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Old 09-22-2011, 06:02 PM   #183
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Congratulations, Javier. Not quite an Imperial, but it gets the job done. I think you went about it the right way (hitch and installer).
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #184
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GolfStream, did you use towing mirrors with the Touareg or did you find the mirrors adequate to see around the Airstream?

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Old 10-01-2011, 03:21 PM   #185
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The stock Touareg mirrors are NOT adequate for Airstream towing.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:54 PM   #186
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The 2012 Sequoia apparently has some type of integrated sway control like the new Ford Super Duty... I imagine this might find its way into the Tundra as well. Not sure if the system is an entire brake controller or if it works with an add-on...
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Integrated sway control uses the tow vehicle's stability control to individually brake wheels on the tow vehicle to reduce trailer sway - once it happens. It's not a substitute for sway control on a hitch or for a brake controller.

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:43 PM   #188
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Integrated sway control uses the tow vehicle's stability control to individually brake wheels on the tow vehicle to reduce trailer sway - once it happens. It's not a substitute for sway control on a hitch or for a brake controller.

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On the Ford, the brake controller is integrated... so it is a substitute/replacement on that rig. I'm just wondering if the Toyota update is just going to be an updated stability program, or if they are going to integrate the brake controller as well... and if they integrate the brake controller, will the stability program make use of the trailer brakes, or just the TV brakes...

I'm not saying a WD or sway component on the hitch isn't needed - just that it might include a built-in brake controller...
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On the Ford, the brake controller is integrated... so it is a substitute/replacement on that rig.
I misunderstood your earlier post about the addition of trailer sway control to the Toyota. Trailer sway control and the integrated brake controller are distinct systems. You can buy a F-150 without the integrated brake controller, yet it has trailer sway control.

Likewise, the Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT/Ford Explorer have trailer sway control, but don't offer an integrated trailer brake controller at all. Same for a Dodge Durango/Jeep Grand Cherokee.

It would be nice if more manufacturers offer integrated trailer brake controllers although not all of them work with all trailer brake systems (particularly discs, although Ford's does).

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GolfStream, did you use towing mirrors with the Touareg or did you find the mirrors adequate to see around the Airstream?

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Although the mirrors on the Tow-reg are large, they don't clear the sides of the trailer to allow for a proper rearward view. I use the Mekesh style tow mirrors mounted to the window frame and secured to the bottom of the door. And I hate them. The pro is that I think they vibrate less than other removable tow mirrors. the big con is that the straps vibrate and leave rub marks on my black metalic paint. I should have bought a white or grey car.

Does anyone here have a suggestion for great tow mirrors that don;t vibrate and don't damage the vehicle?
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:07 PM   #191
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We use McKesk mirrors on our car.

Had the same problem as you but found a solution. Try twisting the strap a half turn or apply a square piece of duct tape on the car (where it is being scratched). Once the tape and mirrors are installed you can't see the tape and the paint is protected.
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On big trucks we turn the straps one-half before tightening. Otherwise, vibration will cause the strap to start cutting itself in half on a "squared" edge of an item being transported on a flatbed.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:49 PM   #193
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The big con is that the straps vibrate and leave rub marks on my black metallic paint.
They actually pull up the plastic on the bottom of the T-Rex's door and make a wicked sound when wet....

Never did find a "great" pair of mirrors for the T-Rex or Cayenne...
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After researching MANY types of towing mirrors, I was not satisfied until I found and bought a pair of Milenco Aero towing mirrors. I find them to be perfect for my needs. They are extremely easy to put-on and remove, are very stable at all speeds and are fully adjustable for a range of widths. There is a small amount of vibration at speed but not enough to bother me (and I'm VERY particular about that sort of thing). There a several models available but I chose the Aero 2" model. Check YouTube for videos that demonstrate the mirrors. I paid less than $100 for the pair at MakariosRV.com.
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That looks pretty cool!

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Old 10-05-2011, 07:08 PM   #196
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These also look good

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