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Old 09-13-2016, 02:55 PM   #351
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Thanks Tom. I ended up ordering the JR Aero 2 and will try it out for myself and then maybe get that Hensley if it doesn't work out. I was under the impression the JR's would comply w/ CA law since we do plan to drive to Anaheim (guess where lol) next year. The only reason I didn't pick the Hensley is the way it touches the car door <grin>. Granted I bought mine used and its in excellent condition, it still my DD TV
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:28 PM   #352
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Thanks Tom. I ended up ordering the JR Aero 2 and will try it out for myself and then maybe get that Hensley if it doesn't work out. I was under the impression the JR's would comply w/ CA law since we do plan to drive to Anaheim (guess where lol) next year. The only reason I didn't pick the Hensley is the way it touches the car door <grin>. Granted I bought mine used and its in excellent condition, it still my DD TV
I wouldn't worry about the straps on the doors, since you can pad them with soft felt material if they touch, to keep them from rubbing.

I'm a PCA Porsche club Concours Judge, & plan to show our Cayenne S + TV + DD "extra car" (my guess it will get into a regular DD rotation with the BMW & Westy), so I've looked at those rub issues before buying them.

Go to the Cal. DMV website & look up their towing requirements section for the mirrors & other stuff.

Safe travels to the "Big D"!

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Old 09-14-2016, 01:31 PM   #353
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:59 PM   #354
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I wouldn't worry about the straps on the doors, since you can pad them with soft felt material if they touch, to keep them from rubbing.

I have been using the Hensley mirrors since I purchased the trailer last fall and during our trip this summer of 2 weeks, the Hensley mirrors put rub marks on both doors where the straps and pads touched the doors. I have been able to mostly buff it out but I can still see marks when the light is just right. Granted, I did not remove the mirrors for the full 2 week trip but I did not expect there to be any issues at all. If you use the Hensleys, take them off often and clean under then as I think that dust was the culprit on mine.

I have just purchased the Repusel Luxmax 3007 mirrors for the Audi. I hope that these mirrors will make the difference.
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We're nearly a month into our trip and the Cayenne S has pulled the FC 25 like a champ. Our V8 is getting 10.5 mpg at 70 over the hills and 13.5 mpg at 60 on the flats. I've been monitoring the coolant temp with an OBD reader and 218F is the most I've seen. The oil temp has been steady although the gauge is little more than an idiot light. No issues with the mountains as the 6 sp auto always has a gear ready for whatever the slope.

The short wheelbase allows some side to side movement in the crosswinds but the turning radius is a dream

We use a Husky Centerline and so far no issues with sway. Dave
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:17 AM   #358
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Thumbs up An adventure of a lifetime starts today!

We finally drove our new 2016 FC 23D home this afternoon. My first biggest and heaviest tow ever and I'm glad I got this TV and she is also my first owned TDI. Of all the TV I've researched, I am very happy and confident these two will be paired for a life time of adventure
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Hi Dave

If you slide your hitch shank in all the way you can mark where a new hole would go. Then take it to a machine shop and have one drilled. The 2" of reduced overhang will improve the crosswind handling.

I would also keep an eye on your receiver it looks like it might be bending but it is hard to tell in the picture. Some bend is ok but if it goes further you might want to consider strengthening it.

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If you slide your hitch shank in all the way you can mark where a new hole would go. Then take it to a machine shop and have one drilled.
I did it last week

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The 2" of reduced overhang will improve the crosswind handling.
My main goal was to reduce the length of the lever arm to prevent hitch damage but if it also improves crosswind handling, then that's great.

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I would also keep an eye on your receiver it looks like it might be bending but it is hard to tell in the picture. Some bend is ok but if it goes further you might want to consider strengthening it.
I've been watching it every day.

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Hello...

We want to say hello to everyone on this forum. We just picked up our 2013 FC20 two weeks ago. We are using a 2012 Cayenne S hybrid (supercharged V6 from Audi) as the TV. It was this thread that gave us tons of info to give us the confidence to make this combo work.

We towed 1000 miles our first 3 days (Co back to MN via Wyoming and SD). Personally, I really like the suspension, brakes etc.. of the Cayenne S and also the 20" tires we have. Also, the 8 speed transmission worked great. We got about 13 MPG. You can feel serious cross winds but never felt unstable. We are using a Reese sway bar that came with the FC20.

Not too interested in a weight distribution hitch because of discussions about the interaction with the air suspension.

We measure the tongue weight at the dealer (bought a scale and put it on a jack at the appropriate height) and it came in at 580LBS with the fresh water tank about 3/4 full.

Anyway, thanks everyone for all the good info.

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We want to say hello to everyone on this forum. We just picked up our 2013 FC20 two weeks ago. We are using a 2012 Cayenne S hybrid (supercharged V6 from Audi) as the TV. It was this thread that gave us tons of info to give us the confidence to make this combo work.

We towed 1000 miles our first 3 days (Co back to MN via Wyoming and SD). Personally, I really like the suspension, brakes etc.. of the Cayenne S and also the 20" tires we have. Also, the 8 speed transmission worked great. We got about 13 MPG. You can feel serious cross winds but never felt unstable. We are using a Reese sway bar that came with the FC20.

Not too interested in a weight distribution hitch because of discussions about the interaction with the air suspension.

We measure the tongue weight at the dealer (bought a scale and put it on a jack at the appropriate height) and it came in at 580LBS with the fresh water tank about 3/4 full.

Anyway, thanks everyone for all the good info.

Congrats on your AS/TV combo! I'm curious to know what tongue weight you bought? I think I need to get one to put in my 'must' tool bag
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Not too interested in a weight distribution hitch because of discussions about the interaction with the air suspension.
After a few trips to the weight scales you might change your mind.

I measured my Cayenne at 2900 fr and 2700 rear with me in the car. When I picked up my AS with a WD system that was set-up by my dealer, I hit the scales and measured 2700 fr and 4200 rear fully loaded and with my wife in the car. wtf? Losing 200 lbs on the front adversely affects handling and no telling how much it would have dropped without the WD system.

So I cranked up the spring bars and was able to shift another 200 lbs forward to bring the front axel back to 2900 lbs. The system also shifted weight back to the AS axels.

I have no issues with my factory air suspension and wouldn't tow with a WD system.

YMMV, Dave
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