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Old 03-18-2007, 11:18 AM   #43
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I was all set to buy the Touareg, when one of the salemen told me that I cannot put a weight distribution hitch on the vehicle. He told me it would twist the vehicle out of shape so the doors won't close anymore, or that the trailer would tear lose from the Touareg....
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finally an honest car salesman!

i like the vdub a lot...

but NOT for towing a 31ft trailer, or at higher hitch weights...

using a w/d hitch WITH spring bars puts a lot of torque on the attachment site, bolts and frame/body.

most receivers bolt on, along the frame rails at the bottom or sides; this distributes the w/d stress along the frame/reciever interface....

the t rex receiver bolts onto the backend...

tightening the spring bars on a w/d system will stress this attachment like a BOTTLE CAP opener

here is a picture i posted in another discussion of this issue.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...56-post35.html

vw recommends NOT using w/d hitches exactly because of how they work.

take a look at the schematics for attaching the vdub receiver included down below...

their receiver and attachment design are not intended to take this stress.

while your trailer isn't really heavy it is LONG. the trex wheelbase is not.

clearly a custom hitch fabricator could design and install a reciever that would attach (bolts or welds) at more points and along the unibody, to better handle a w/d system.

would i butcher a t-rex that way? not on a bet.

the haha is a wonderful hitch. it will give you trouble free and relaxed towing.

but use it with an adequate tv that is designed to handle the stress of spring bars...

the stock vw/t-rex reciever design is too wimpy....

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Old 03-18-2007, 05:06 PM   #44
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How can I make sure I am getting the updated bolts?
Are there even more heavier duty ones I could use?

I have been looking into getting a Touareg for a while now.
I've been doing tons of research, trying to see if the Touareg will handle my Airstream. I love VWs, and I love my Airstream.
I have a 1976 Airstream 31 foot Land Yacht, rear twins, fully restored.
Dry weight is 5200, my usual weight is around 6100, maximum weight is 7200.
I was all set to buy the Touareg, when one of the salemen told me that I cannot put a weight distribution hitch on the vehicle. He told me it would twist the vehicle out of shape so the doors won't close anymore, or that the trailer would tear lose from the Touareg.
But, after reading the letters from Garth Cane and Andy, previously posted here, somehow I don't think those terrible things would happen.
Seems to me, if the Touareg is expected to tow a 7700 pound trailer, it would also be expected to handle a weight distribution hitch, because at that trailer weight, you would not really want to tow without one.
I also sprung for the Hensley Arrow hitch, it's sitting brand new in the box in the garage.
I sure would love to get a Touareg. Xray, can you also please confirm your posts?
Anyone else using a Hensley Arrow with their Touareg?

Thanks everyone!
Toby J. H.
Ha ha! That's a good one.

Don't listen to the salesman - he doesn't know what he's talking about. I no longer have my CCD but I have the Touareg and towed somewhere over 10,000 miles with it using WD and there was never a worry. Frankly, I wouldn't tow without WD no matter what. I now have 40k on the Treg and it is perfectly fine. My doors work and the fenders are still hanging on...

There's a difference between the 31 foot and my 22. My 22 towed like a dream. Can't speak for the 31 but Garth would advise you to "go for it".

Enjoy!

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Old 03-19-2007, 10:24 AM   #45
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Some good points X. Here is a shot from the Garth Cane review, RV Lifestyle Mag.

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Question Well? Which one will it be?

OK. So now that the Touareg folks have had what is soon to be two+ years with the Touareg dragger, here is what i would like to know:

What would you spec differetly if you were going to buy a new Touareg today?

Is the V6 just too under powered? Is the V8 a must? Would everyone trade up for the V10 TDI if they had the wherewithall? The price differences are significant. Is it worth it?

Here's why I ask: My current TV is a 1968 Imperial Convertible and I plan to use this car to pull my 2006 19 foot International for a 6-12 mid-life-crisis road trip.

BUT, when I get back, or even in the meantime, I want my other vehicle to be able to pull the airstream around if necessary. Also, should I decide to go fulltime when i return from the adventure, I'll most likely upgrade the Bambi to the 25' CCD.

Here's the rub: my other car is a 2003 GTI VR6 and I can't imagine a world that did not include a VW. "Gunther" is my 3rd GTI and my saddest years were the ones i spent without a vdub in the driveway. I LOVE that car. Aside from being a total thrill to drive, the car is an amazing utility vehicle for daily living.

From reading this thread, I'm thrilled that everyone with a Touareg is happy (but then again, I don't know a VW enthusiast who isn't) with the vehicle's capabilities in light of the wall of sound chanting, "bigger is better!" Don't get me wrong... I too want to be safe and i understand the logic behind long, long wheel bases. I just don't want to drive something so large (and brutish) when i'm not traveling. Besides, i'd like to ride in some kind of style. =)

So, if I'm looking at spending my annual bonus on a sizable down payment, what should I absolutely make sure is on board my brand new toy? Also, I'm of course going to order silver... Which silver is a better match for the A/S? Although i'm partial to Reflex Silver (my GTI is Reflex Silver), there's something about that Blue silver.

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:42 PM   #47
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Get it with the Airsuspension if you can.You will love it and you Airstream will also.You can use it to hitch up easier.I put mine at the lowest setting and back up and then lift it.
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Get it with the Airsuspension if you can.You will love it and you Airstream will also.You can use it to hitch up easier.I put mine at the lowest setting and back up and then lift it.

I didn;t know you could adjust the air suspension to lift... Good trick! Do you have the V6? and if so, would you buy that one again or would you go for the V8 or the TDI?
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I have the V10 with factory hitch and nothing else towing a 19' AS. Drives great. Even my GMC/SOB/25' friend is in love with it.

I'm still having problem with the trailer lights though. I have to take it back to the AS dealer as their LED swap out caused the running lights to malfunction

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I have the V10
Well I am certainly impressed!!!! Creme de Creme!
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:18 PM   #51
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It is not worth the trouble to spend the money and swap the lights out.There is a fix for one of the warning but not the other.Search my Forum name and you should find the fix.It is just a couple of resistors.I have not even tried to do it to the new Airstream.It does not bother me anymore.Just hit you steering wheel button and it will go away until you restart the car.
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i used to have the V6 when the vehicle first came here in 2003 but last year I traded for the V8.I like it a whole lot better but that is me.
If you are wanting to get the V6 I would wait because they are about to bring the Diesel over here and that thing has pull power and would be great with the 19 footer.
Another thing you should know also is that if you were to pull off the highway and had to go shopping for a bit with the Airstream attached.The car comes with an alarm system and just as long as the 7 pin is plugged into your vehicle and if someone were to try and fool around with it and unplug it your alarm will go off.It is tied into the system which I think is a nice bonus.
Another thing also with the airsuspension is the lowest setting.It is called the load setting.This vehicle will lower almost to where the tires are level to the fenders.A great way to load things on top off the vehicle also.You just cant beat it.This vehicle is great.Threre are so many more things that this thing can do that it is hard to remember what they all are.
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i used to have the V6 when the vehicle first came here in 2003 but last year I traded for the V8.I like it a whole lot better but that is me.

If you are wanting to get the V6 I would wait because they are about to bring the Diesel over here



The price point on the V6 is attractive, but i figured that if i ever upgrade the as to my dream 2007 25 foot International CCD, it should be the V8 or the V10 Diesel. Seems like all the V10 diesels are ready to go for towing... Every example i see has the factory hitch and the air suspension.

Do you mean that VW is bringing over the TDI engine in the Touareg that is in the jetta/rabbit/gti? Or are you refering to the V10?

So... Is the consensus among Touareg owners, is that you do NOT use the w/d hitch as 2air suggests? What do you do about sway control then?
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[/LEFT] So... Is the consensus among Touareg owners, is that you do NOT use the w/d hitch as 2air suggests? What do you do about sway control then?
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it is NOT my suggestion that w/d or spring bars...

that is VOLKSWAGENS recommendation...

sway control and w/d are 2 separate issues.

some hitch systems provide these 2 functions independent of each other,

and some do not.

i'd love to own a v10 diesel dub, well, a depreciated one...

but IF used for towing would have a custom shop fabricate a receiver that could take the forces involved.

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the vortex forums and club touareg forums both have good sections on towing issue...

oem vs others, w/d or not, brake controllers, wiring harnesses, air suspension and so on...

VW Touareg Forums - Off-Roading & Towing at ClubTouareg.com

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This is at the CARMAX in Dulles, VA. Smells like a good deal and CARMAX has a good reputation. What do the Touareg folks think?

Used cars and new cars at carmax.com ® The way car buying should be. ® Vehicle Fact Sheet
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Go to VW Touareg Forums - Index at ClubTouareg.com (a recently acquired Social Knowledge site) and read the 2004 reviews. I am no expert but it seems there were quite a few issues in that model year.
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