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Old 07-29-2011, 06:47 AM   #155
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John, when you say virtually nothing in the trailer, your reasoning is to keep down tongue weight?

But if the load was balanced over the trailer axles, and the tongue weight kept within Touareg spec, couldn't the trailer load be increased? (of course maintaining at least 10-12% total trailer weight on the tongue.)

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Yes, most certainly!

But, it can get old after awhile and limits full use of the Airstreams capacity...
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:37 PM   #156
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Thanks John. I am trying to sort this out to get a smaller daily driver to tow a 25FB. Our experience is we don't need near the full load capacity of the Airstream or pickup, even when out for six months at a time moving about the southern U.S. in winter months.

I have looked for reports of bad handling tendencies with the Touareg/Airstream setup, but haven't seen it. The Touareg stability and TDI engine seem to be excellent with the Airstream.

It's the rather weak hitch capacity recommendation and warning about w.d. hitches that is the issue, as I understand it.

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Old 07-29-2011, 02:45 PM   #157
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You know I towed a 25FB 2009 Classic with ProPride hitch all over, as long as I was aware of my weights (and trust me, I watched them like a hawk), never was I worried and it performed without fail.

Due to the pop-top effect of the hitch, if I really wanted to make max use of the Airstream capacity, one trip up north to Andy and I would have been fine.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:26 PM   #158
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I have a 09 tdi touareg (do not use it for towing my 'stream however) and wanted to comment on the weight distributing hitch. Mine was ordered with the hitch factory installed and the decal on the hitch says weight distributing is ok, weights and ratings are the same as if you did not have a wd hitch.

I know if you have the air suspension, which I do not they do not allow a wd hitch. I have attached a photo of my hitch sticker.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #159
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Everyone note the 770lbs tounge weight & 7,700lbs tow rating...

I see 616lbs on tounge.... Very Interesting...
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:40 PM   #160
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Kinda weird, less than 10% tongue weight if maxed out. Usually most trailer manufacturers recommend 10 to 15 percent of trailer weight on the tongue.

I just like mileage!!
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Something tells me that hitch sticker is put on by the hitch mfg to describe the limits of the hitch and not the Touareg. I just looked at a new Touareg. It has this sticker on the hitch, but the owner's manual has a warning not to use a w.d. hitch.

I believe the owner's manual warning is well-described by John S above as the "pop top effect of the hitch". Twist it up or down and risk ripping open the unibody metal at the mounting. It seems to me then, reinforcing the hitch to prevent twisting may be a remedy.

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Old 07-29-2011, 11:36 PM   #162
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My 2009 VW Touareg TDI sticker clearly stated "7,700 lbs max towing - 770lbs tongue" as does my 2011 Cayenne Turbo....

I give up - glad I'm in my F-350 now - this is more confusing then when I had to install my first Prodigy brake controller in my 2005 Cayenne S....
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John S, your help here is greatly appreciated. I'm about ready to give up on the Touareg as well.

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Doug, I'm curious where that leaves you for a smaller tow vehicle. Grand Cherokee/Durango?

(And I admit that when I eventually get a 23' Serenity, I'll be towing it with my CanAm modified Odyssey...)

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Tom, I am a great fan of the TDI engine having had two Jettas. We are now spending half the year with the Airstream, and I'd like to replace the trailer with something larger and the '06 Tundra with something shorter wheelbase and better fuel use for everyday driving. I can only see the Touareg doing that while still pulling the trailer strongly and with stability.

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I have not towed any thing heavy with my TDI, however i think it would make a great tow vehicle. The diesel is so torquey and smooth. I would not bat an eye towing a 23 or a smartly loaded 25.

Only thing that needs to be worked on is the mirrors for towing, too narrow for a 'stream.
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I have a 09 tdi touareg (do not use it for towing my 'stream however) and wanted to comment on the weight distributing hitch. Mine was ordered with the hitch factory installed and the decal on the hitch says weight distributing is ok, weights and ratings are the same as if you did not have a wd hitch.

I know if you have the air suspension, which I do not they do not allow a wd hitch. I have attached a photo of my hitch sticker.
This sticker looks just like the one I saw on the 2011 TDI I was looking at. Tongue weight rating is 616 LBS. The same Tongue wight figure also appears in the Owner's Manual.
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Here's something you can all get flustered about. A front hitch on a Touareg.

Wonder what the manual says about that!
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