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Old 03-17-2016, 01:51 AM   #253
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Got some great pictures last week with the R50 and the Globe Traveler project together...
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:05 PM   #254
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Under-dash Brake Controller Installation Adapter:

Wiring guide for the Tekonsha brake controller:

https://www.etrailer.com/faq-tb-09-0021-Tekonsha.aspx

Wiring Harness Connector (You need 1):
https://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Sit...2782/ES311294/

Wires (You need 2):
https://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Sit...228/ES1009146/

You will also need a wire cutter, crimper and butt splices.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:06 PM   #255
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[QUOTE=vinstream;1763506Got some great pictures last week with the R50 and the Globe Traveler project together...[/QUOTE]

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Old 03-17-2016, 01:02 PM   #256
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Mercedes ML/GL has knee airbags under the dash, so the brake controller cannot be installed there. You may want to check if Cayenne/Q7/Touareg have knee airbags or not. If they do, I guess you must find an alternate location to install the controller.
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:05 PM   #257
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Mercedes ML/GL has knee airbags under the dash, so the brake controller cannot be installed there. You may want to check if Cayenne/Q7/Touareg have knee airbags or not. If they do, I guess you must find an alternate location to install the controller.

Thanks!

I checked when I had half the dash unscrewed so I can reach the dang dongle!


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Old 03-17-2016, 08:26 PM   #258
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Trip report: Cayenne S (2012) + Airstream 28'
It's our second trip - this time to Death Valley.
Wind warning on the way - sway was minimal - even when on single lane and large Class-A's passing from other direction.

Based on what i had previously towed (FC20) and Andy's (CanAm) recommendation, i have the following setup:

Eaz-Lift with 1400 bars + Sway
Modified (shortened) hitch with Welded Ball Mount (CanAm mod and shipped to me)
Michelin 15's and removed Spare.

I never felt unsafe, never felt underpowered. Even doing some minor off-road to boondocking was perfect.

The Cayenne S GVWR and Tow ability is seriously amazing. thanks to Andy for the setup advice and confidence to tow a 28' International with my Porsche!!

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Old 03-17-2016, 08:31 PM   #259
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Thanks!

I checked when I had half the dash unscrewed so I can reach the dang dongle!


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No problem. Better late than never!
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:25 AM   #260
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Got some great pictures last week with the R50 and the Globe Traveler project together...
Sweet rig & hauls serious booty with that V10 TDI!

Cheers!
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:40 PM   #261
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Time to report on the first day towing the 23FB.

Amazing.

I will say it towed better than expected and the torque from the diesel made a difference on the hills of Tennessee and southern Virginia.

I did find the shift points a bit awkward so I put it on cruise then used manual shifting when I needed to down shift for a hill. Never went below sixth gear and often stayed in eighth.

I'm also happy to report I didn't have any issues with the led lights fast flashing. I wonder if it's been all sussed out? The 23fb does have all led so would that be a contributing factor?

So fuel economy took a huge hit but I can only imagine what a petrol engine would do vice a diesel - anecdotally I'm at 40 miles per 1/8 of a tank. Math eludes me at the moment

Wiring the brake controller was a non-starter. Although my wife wanted me to go to the dealership to get it done. Wonder why she doesn't trust me? Oh that's another story for another day!

I used the primus IQ from Tekonsha with no issues whatsoever. The wiring diagram was spot on. Hmmm. What else? Oh. I mounted it closest to the center console vice the door side - didn't want to hit it every time I got in or out. We'll see if I mount it permanently or not.

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Modernvista , vinstream, chris, lovely setups and glad that things are working so well.
I cannot wait hitting the road this year.
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Modernvista , vinstream, chris, lovely setups and glad that things are working so well.
I cannot wait hitting the road this year.
Yeah the trip back to MD was just to bring the trailer back - we're going to Williamsburg VA this weekend ... now if the weather would just hold up

The 500'ish mile trip back certainly gave me confidence in the Treg as a tow vehicle, but realized I needed mirrors so ordered them from amazon - I wound up with the Aero towing mirrors ... looking forward to seeing again!

Happy Tregging!
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The 500'ish mile trip back certainly gave me confidence in the Treg as a tow vehicle, but realized I needed mirrors so ordered them from amazon - I wound up with the Aero towing mirrors ... looking forward to seeing again!
Chris,

When you get tired of those JP Aero Mirrors bouncing & jiggling around on your Treg, not to mention tweaking & marring the Treg's mirrors - go to the Hensley site & get yourself a set of their McKesh Mirrors with the optional convex round spotter mirrors.

I think you'll be much happier & they have better rearward vision since they're set-out wider.

I got them for our future CayS, but and used them on rented Pathfinders after the cheap clip-on mirrors from CW gave me dizzying headaches (useless POSs!), so I know they work.

I think I posted a pic earlier in this thread with them on another Cayenne towing an AS, if you want to see them.

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Trip report: Cayenne S (2012) + Airstream 28'
It's our second trip - this time to Death Valley.
Wind warning on the way - sway was minimal - even when on single lane and large Class-A's passing from other direction.

Based on what i had previously towed (FC20) and Andy's (CanAm) recommendation, i have the following setup:

Eaz-Lift with 1400 bars + Sway
Modified (shortened) hitch with Welded Ball Mount (CanAm mod and shipped to me)
Michelin 15's and removed Spare.

I never felt unsafe, never felt underpowered. Even doing some minor off-road to boondocking was perfect.

The Cayenne S GVWR and Tow ability is seriously amazing. thanks to Andy for the setup advice and confidence to tow a 28' International with my Porsche!!

chris
Great to hear that Chris, cuz I know you did one of our local big passes to get out there, so our smaller & lighter vintage kin Avion T20 should rock!

As for your spare(s) - someone else on here or another topic which I did a while back asking about how the Cayennes towed, they said that they carried a full size spare for the Cayenne in a stow bag inside their AS, & moved the AS spare to the rear bumper on a mount there (although you could do both inside in bags).

They did that to have a "real spare" for the Cay just in case so they could continue on towing - rather than leaving the As to get the Cay flat fixed/replaced nearby, as well as to preserve as much of the Cayenne's useful load in the TV itself for passengers & luggage/etc.

Same deal on spares works for you Treg & Q7 & other Euro & US mid-sized SUV & pick-up folks.

Cheers!
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Tom, are you still looking for a Cayman, or just dreamin'?
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