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Old 09-09-2014, 03:01 PM   #15
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Crisen, I would think that IF and only IF adding a trailer hitch increases risk of neck injury, a stronger hitch of any kind would increase risk even more. Think of what a 1 ton truck hitch would do to your neck when slammed into.
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:22 PM   #16
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are you saying you're using the hensley without reinforcing your factory installed receptacle?
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are you saying you're using the hensley without reinforcing your factory installed receptacle?
Yes, but I have the first generation Touareg.
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thanks for that, but i didn't know there was a difference between your T and my 2010 T-TDI…can you elaborate?
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I keep reading about reinforcing hitches on these types of vehicles and have wondered about how this affects the safety of the vehicle in the event of rear end collision.
I don't know for sure, but I can offer up a data point.
I installed a BMW OE hitch on an X5. E53 model. In some markets that vehicle is rated to tow 7700 lbs. In North America the hitch itself is rated 6000 lbs. There are many similarities between the Touareg and X5. For the X5, the OE hitch kit includes two beefy longitudinal struts that replace the collapsible rear bumper supports, a very sturdy receiver, and a new bumper carrier. The vehicle is a unibody. It is obvious when looking at the installation that the rear structure is now much stiffer. BMW is very focused on occupant safety, and the X5 was for many years rated as the safest SUV in its class. Not sure that applies to the current model. My conclusion from the above, though, is that if BMW factory-engineered a reinforced hitch they did so understanding any potential safety risks. I never about it.

My personal opinion is that with any stiffening restricted to being at hitch height the result may be override, not shock loading, unless the impacting vehicle is a snow plow, or has a reinforced impact zone at hitch height.

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thanks for that, but i didn't know there was a difference between your T and my 2010 T-TDI…can you elaborate?
The biggest difference is that I have a V10 and you have a V6.

However, as Touaregs have progressed, VW has refined them more for on-road comfort and less for off-road and towing set up. This has showed up more recently in the the 3rd generation.

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Jeff,

Two points, I don't know the age of your BMW but apparently some of the injury data is fairly new so they may or may not have had access to it. Second I am not referencing factory equipment where they have considerable resources to look at effects of their modifications. I am talking about aftermarket modifications where such resources are not available.
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E53 ran from 2000 until 2006. BMW still sells the same hitch for that model today.

I realize it isn't proof of anything. But as a data point, a manufacturer installed longitudinal members and stiffened the structure, similar in concept to the tried and tested aftermarket suppliers.

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i sincerely want to thank all of you who contributed such valuable information in response to my initial question....great forum and great members!!!

FYI, i will be reinforcing the factory installed hitch using the method that John @ Can-Am advised. i will also be installing a Eaz-Lift WD system (800/8000) with Sway Control.

i will update you all on my first impressions after we arrive home (safely) from picking up our A/S Flying Cloud 25' sometime around the 30th.

thanks to you all again!!!
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