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Old 01-13-2011, 02:54 PM   #29
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #30
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could it be time for a ford f150/250/350
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:19 PM   #31
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:30 PM   #32
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Could it be time for a Ford F150/250/350
No, because a 150/250/350 can't do this...

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Old 01-13-2011, 05:34 PM   #33
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No, because a 150/250/350 can't do this...

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #34
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I bet you my new F-350 crew cab short bed could, clearance and angles look right, plenty of torque and suspension, put her in 4-wheel drive mode and lock the rear and let her rip!

Now for the new 2011 Touareg's, that feat is gonna be impossible till they offer the "off-road package" as an option latter in the year which returns to the Touareg the off-road plating, transmission and AWD components that made the previous two generations so kick A$$...
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:06 PM   #35
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Hi, I did stuff like that with my Jeep CJ-5 and I didn't even have a two way radio coach.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:30 PM   #36
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To answer one of your questions, YES, you do need all those bolts. They are designed for all of them to be there, and all properly torqued. You will be putting 25% more strain on the remaining bolts, which can overstress them. They can and probably will stretch, loosen, or break at the most inopportune moment.
If you can get no help from VW, try one of your better auto body shops for help. They deal with damaged fasteners all the time.
I double-checked all 4 bolts yesterday. Was starting to obsess over whether or not the body shop got them all torqued properly. Well, the problem bolt is definitely tight, but not to VW specs (80 lbs). I didn't want to mess with it for fear of messing something up, so I asked the body shop about why it wasn't tightened to 80 lbs., and they told me they cannot get it any tighter. Period. I just don't know how concerned I should be about this, but no one at the dealership or the body shop seems to think I will have any issues. But, what do they really know about towing? I'm thinking not much. Where else do I turn or do I just monitor it when I start pulling my Airstream?
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Well, the problem bolt is definitely tight, but not to VW specs (80 lbs). I didn't want to mess with it for fear of messing something up, so I asked the body shop about why it wasn't tightened to 80 lbs., and they told me they cannot get it any tighter. Period.
They can't get it any tighter because they're concerned it will strip/break, you have your answer.
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No, because a 150/250/350 can't do this...

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Now if it could do it pulling that 31' ,that would impress me. Dave
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If they strip a bolt it will cost them as much as $50 to $100 max to repair the bolt.
If the hitch comes off when you are going up a steep grade some day, it won't cost them a dime.
#80 is not all that much for a hitch bolt. I think it would be totally sufficient if you just leave it parked, but I would not drive that rig to the end of my driveway to pickup the mail in that condition.

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I torque the lug nuts on my trailer to 90#, no way would I tow with the hitch torqued to anything less than spec.
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I am surprised no one has discussed the recommendation of not using a weight distributing hitch by VW.
A 7700 gvw trailer probably has a 1000 lb tongue weight. How is this going to work with no wd hitch?
Looks to me like the cheesy hitch bolts are the tip of the iceberg.
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If they strip a bolt it will cost them as much as $50 to $100 max to repair the bolt.
If the hitch comes off when you are going up a steep grade some day, it won't cost them a dime.
#80 is not all that much for a hitch bolt. I think it would be totally sufficient if you just leave it parked, but I would not drive that rig to the end of my driveway to pickup the mail in that condition.

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Hmmm...well I first took it to it to a hitch store and they told me 70 lbs. was sufficient. They were surprised it was supposed to be 80. So, I don't know. Obviously a lot of different opinions on this.
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