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Old 01-30-2018, 08:45 PM   #589
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i have no problem pulling this trailer



fully loaded , my gas mileage goes down by 35%


Our last trip (albeit pretty flat and doing no more than 60mph) we managed about 16 mpg with our TDI
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:00 PM   #590
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Air suspension or no?

I’ve read the threads and several are years old and everyone’s use case is different.

We just bought a 30’ safari. 6500# dry.

Will buy an ‘11 or ‘12 CS. Should I get one with air suspension or not?

PS will take to Can Am for hitch reinforcement, brake controller, eaz lift elite and sway control.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:05 AM   #591
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I was afraid the compressor would run all the time so I bought the normal suspension. It works fine but I’m wondering the same thing.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:56 AM   #592
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I have a 2014 ML diesel with the air ride and it works well. Towing my 25 fb I use sport mode which has increased dampenING over the comfort mode. The air ride keeps the vehicle level under load which helps with load distribution on the TV. I had my setup and hitch reinforcement done by Canam. They set it up in sport mode which maintains a constant height. I don't notice the compressor working ever and would not worry about it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:10 AM   #593
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If I understand weight distribution correctly, air suspension does not transfer any load (or any significant load). I would appreciate, if somebody correct me, if this is not correct.

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I have a 2014 ML diesel with the air ride and it works well. Towing my 25 fb I use sport mode which has increased dampenING over the comfort mode. The air ride keeps the vehicle level under load which helps with load distribution on the TV. I had my setup and hitch reinforcement done by Canam. They set it up in sport mode which maintains a constant height. I don't notice the compressor working ever and would not worry about it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:04 PM   #594
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If I understand weight distribution correctly, air suspension does not transfer any load (or any significant load). I would appreciate, if somebody correct me, if this is not correct.


You are correct. Air suspension does not transfer load from one axle to another on the TV.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:21 AM   #595
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You are correct. Air suspension does not transfer load from one axle to another on the TV.
Ditto, hence the fallacy of installing rear air bags to pick up a squashed rear end to level, and assuming all is well.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:25 AM   #596
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You are correct. Air suspension does not transfer load from one axle to another on the TV.
I agree as I've adjusted my WD hitch many times trying to move weight forward with limited success. Having said that, I've been very happy with the tow performance of my Cayenne S.
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Which hitch you are using? With ProPride I do not have problems transferring weight to the front axle up to the axle limit.

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I agree as I've adjusted my WD hitch many times trying to move weight forward with limited success. Having said that, I've been very happy with the tow performance of my Cayenne S.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:54 PM   #598
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Which hitch you are using? With ProPride I do not have problems transferring weight to the front axle up to the axle limit.
Just to confirm, your X5 has air suspension, right? I used a Husky Center Line WD hitch with my 25 FC and am currently using an Equalizer with our 27 FC.
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No, I do not have air suspension, just standard coil springs.

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Just to confirm, your X5 has air suspension, right? I used a Husky Center Line WD hitch with my 25 FC and am currently using an Equalizer with our 27 FC.
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VW Touareg TDI Post Recall Update Towing

Has anyone towed with a VW, Audi or Porsche TDI after having the Recall Update performed?

I have a 2013 TReg TDI. I had not towed prior to the Recall Update. Last weekend I pulled a 3,600 lb trailer for roughly 20 miles on mostly flat Interstate (I-75) near Dayton, OH. I set the cruise at 64 MPH. The tranny was constantly shifting and running at 1,800 (probably 8th), then 2,000, 2,500 and even 3,000 RPM.

I haven't read where anyone experienced this in a pre-Recall TDI. I have about 2,000 miles on my pos-Recall TDI. The low gear shifting is entirely different when the engine is cold. It extends the upshift in at least the first 3 gears to 2,000 - 2,500 RPM. Do you think the shift changes are effecting towing.

I hope at least one of you has towed with an Updated vehicle.

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Yes, we have towed about 2k miles since the “upgrade”. The feel in general is somewhat negligible but fuel consumption is up by about 2 miles less per gallon. The only noticeable issue is the lack of controlled downhill low gear shifting, but I initially dealt with this using manual shifting. Got used to the new settings though and I am now using a situation awareness based strategy when driving downhill. Manual when I really need to keep the speed in check (not touching brakes), or otherwise I let “it go” if there is no traffic and the road is straight- the Pepper’s brakes are exceptional so this is no issue. So overall, I am still not happy about losing the downhill functionality and the gas mileage but thank you for the 10k in the bank....
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thanks Knuff. I see you are running with a later year Cayenne and were afforded the fix and $10k payment. Am waiting a while longer to learn others experience with their VW Touaregs before deciding how to proceed with a fix for my 2016. Was your $10k compensation standard payment for Generation Two year 2013 and after vehicles? I see the settlement protocol for 2013 model year and later is different than prior model years.
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