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Old 10-11-2015, 02:50 PM   #197
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We selected an international 23FB because the 25 exceeded the hitch weight on our 15 CayenneS. No problems so far.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:19 PM   #198
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I am really bummed out. I love my 2010 VW TDI. But lately it's been acting without even towing. We thought we had it happy, but while in NM we lost our drive shaft. Thank God I upped our AAA membership. 106 mile tow. My husband is making me get rid of it. It's a comfortable daily driver and I love the looks we get when pulling our 27' 1985 Sovereign. Now what? A big old truck? Yuck!
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:59 PM   #199
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I am really bummed out. I love my 2010 VW TDI. But lately it's been acting without even towing. We thought we had it happy, but while in NM we lost our drive shaft. Thank God I upped our AAA membership. 106 mile tow. My husband is making me get rid of it. It's a comfortable daily driver and I love the looks we get when pulling our 27' 1985 Sovereign. Now what? A big old truck? Yuck!
Maybe get a different husband?
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:34 AM   #200
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Hi Texas Gal

Big trucks loose driveshafts sometimes as well. How many miles are on your Touareg? It is not a problem I have heard of from any of our customers and most are towing much more Airstream than you are.

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Old 10-13-2015, 08:25 AM   #201
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Maybe get a different husband?
Actually, SMART husband. You would be wise to keep him......if he'll have you. Towing a 27' trailer with a VW will work....................for a while
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:01 AM   #202
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If the Touareg forums are to be believed, this drive shaft problem is a common problem for Touaregs for many years. There are dozens of threads discussing it on Touareg forums.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:55 AM   #203
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I have 85k on my TDI. In June we were pulling the boat up the ramp and got a Diesel engine failure alert. We limped home parked the boat. When we took it to the dealership they said it was a software issue. Then we started getting a airbag alert. Dealer couldn't figure it out. Another shop unplugged/ plugger it and the alert never came back. Then we had groups of alerts showing up as well as the horn horn honking. Later doors would not unlock and windows acted weird. Finally another dealer determined something in the "comfort control" needed replacing. Ok maybe know we can travel safely to NM. Nope. That's when we lost the drive shaft. Until around 85k things were great. I love my car.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:00 PM   #204
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Fairly recently BMW started sending letter to X5 owners saying that they extend the warranty (10 yrs / 120k miles) on the front drive shafts which can fail. This refers to more less 4/10-2/13 production dates. There is something wrong with these parts.
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Old 10-15-2015, 04:00 AM   #205
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Hi Texas Gal

You likely just need to find another dealer that can do the electrical diagnosis or sometimes you will have better luck with a Independent VW specialist. We have a customers approaching 200,000 miles on these without much in the way of trouble. The driveshaft might be just from the tires spinning and catching pulling the boat out of the water. There is a ton of torque coming out of that in first gear and the computer will direct it all to the drive that has traction at that second.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:17 AM   #206
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Touareg TDI owners with the Can Am hitch reinforcement modification --

How have Volkswagen reacted regarding warrantee of the vehicle to such modification? I am concerned that attempting to purchase a TDI then modify the structure, I may invalidate (in Volkswagen's eyes) part or all of my stock 3/36K warranty.

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Old 10-18-2015, 06:44 AM   #207
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Ian - I'm not in that group but I was initially interested in purchasing a PullRite hitch for my (then) brand new GM truck. It would have required mods (moving the exhaust and minor cuts to sections underneath the bed). I called my dealer and talked with them about this and they said it would not violate any warranties. They wanted to review the installation process and would have given me the promise in writing but the company no longer makes that particular hitch for my model year so the point was moot.

Everyone's mileage varies. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have their promise so I had to have the discussion with them up front. Getting surprised by a voided warranty 20K miles in was a risk I would not be willing to take.

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Old 10-18-2015, 07:42 AM   #208
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There are a lot of folks on this forum who have replaced or modified their stock hitch setup, SUV's to heavy duty pickups, with no reports of warranty problems on account of it. I suspect that's just side noise introduced in an attempt to swing a tow vehicle argument.
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Modifying a hitch doesn't generally impact the warranty on the rest of the vehicle.

There are two qualifiers to that, though.

1) You should not expect to submit warranty claims for your stock hitch after you have modified it. You should seek redress from the people that modified it, not the original manufacturer.

2) Warranty guidelines include standard allowances for removal and reinstallation of other components. If the modification that is done restricts access (to something like the differential, for example) and they need to spend additional shop time on a warranted repair because of additional guards, braces, etc, then you may face an additional labour charge to re and re the modified hitch components that are restricting access. This is a good reason to consider bolted struts where possible and required.

Apart from warranty, which strictly speaking is for defective parts and materials, many vehicles today include some type of service plan, essentially prepaid service work. Point 2 above applies to service plans as well, ie block a drain plug and have to deal with it every time a fluid compartment is drained.

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Old 10-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #210
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Hi Folks,
I've read all 15 pages of posts to this thread and came away convinced that I have a good tow vehicle for my future Airstream. I'd been looking at various TVs for a while and after my 2013 Golf TDI was totaled by a tractor trailer, I happened upon a 2014 Toureg TDI at the dealer where the Golf was towed. All set up with factory hitch and wiring although it had never towed anything. I'm really happy with the car and have put 4K miles on it getting 25mpg around town and 32 on long trips unladen.
I like the layouts of two late model Airstreams that would be below the GVWR weight and hitch weight limits for this vehicle. They are:
  • AS Sport 22FB - 4500lb. GVWR, 393lb. tongue weight
  • AS FC 23FB - 6000lb. GVWR, 467lb. tongue weight
Those tongue weights are not what can be expected when fully loaded though I'm sure.
I am aware of VW's recommendations against WD hitches but from all I've read, they are necessary for safety.
I've also read I am "on the bubble" as to whether I would need a hitch reinforcement if I use a WD hitch with either of these trailers.
Does anyone have any strong feelings one way or another?
Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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