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Old 08-29-2015, 06:05 AM   #201
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We installed a 6 ohm 50 watt resistors on each turn signal leg to ground. That helped the Mercedes not pulsate the Prodigy RF brake system in time with the turn signal and also removed the flicker of the LED lights.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:23 PM   #202
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I was in Kodachrome Basin State Park this past June and saw a couple of Airstreams. One was being towed by a Cayenne. The setup looked well sorted out. I saw when they were pulling in and never for a second thought, "that's stupid and unsafe". Actually, it looked like a great combination.

I only worry about a setup when I see someone yanking a trailer down the highway at 75 MPH plus and the trailer is dancing around behind the TV. I make sure and give them plenty of distance. Doesn't matter to me whether they are towing with a SmartCar or F450.
Hi MaxPDX. First time we were spotted! Kodachrome is our favorite hangout and we will be back in October

We are towing a 25ft FB International with a 2014 Cayenne Diesel. Eazylift modified bt CanAm and fortified hitch receiver. We also reduced the airstream's tongue weight by ditching the batteries and replacing them with Li-ions located more centrally in the trailer. No spare either. We load the SUV lightly (just 2 people and 2 dogs) and if one would count beans, we are actually within specs.

We also towed the same trailer with an F150. The Cayenne setup is more responsive, has better acceleration, better brakes, and better handling in downhill curves.

We usually do long hauls (2-3K miles in 2 weeks), 3-4x per year. The Cayenne has no issues over long grades up or down. The only time we were re-thinking our setup was when our dealer refused to hitch up the trailer because the ratings did not match. Well, I am also perfectly able to hitch up myself ;-) We still seriously looked at alternatives, considered many factors including safety, and decided that the Cayenne is simply the best solution for us. Not considering a freak accident and a lack of common sense, we are absolutely confident that our choice of TV is the best fit for our situation.
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We are going to be towing a 25 ft airstream with a 2014 toureg tdi.
Which hitch is the best??
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Bottom line is, follow directions. Look at the weights, donít exceed them. If the manufacturer says xxx is the limit, donít rationalize it out and say theyíre fudging the numbers... (the insurance company & the ďauthoritiesĒ darn sure wonít).

Just because you love the gas mileage and the looks and the coolness of it all, face facts and reality - sometimes, using a truck to tow 8,000 lbs and 25+ feet is the right thing to do! Itís more than just getting the trailer to move forward, itís about braking and hills ní dales and stopping. Itís about going up a mountain and down without burning something up. The tail shouldnít wag the dog! Doesnít matter if the Germans, Swedes, Japanese, Americans, or Koreans make the vehicle... this country and it geography/topography is different. You donít see farmers/ranchers towing bales of hay or horses with a VW, Porsche or a Mercedes...

Why argue? Who cares? Drive what you want to drive. If you tow the last mile and suffer no significant problems then youíve had a successful RV lifestyle. This isnít a p*ssing contest of right and wrong... itís about the consequences of your decisions.
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Well, that puts all the towing cliche's in one post, so it's all covered. Let's get back on topic.
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Well, that puts all the towing cliche's in one post, so it's all covered. Let's get back on topic.
That is the topic. Just because it doesnít agree with your reasoning doesnít make it a cliche. But I do understand your effort to discount it.
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Bottom line is, follow directions. Look at the weights, donít exceed them. If the manufacturer says xxx is the limit, donít rationalize it out and say theyíre fudging the numbers...

Just because you love the gas mileage and the looks and the coolness of it all, face facts and reality - sometimes, using a truck to tow 8,000 lbs and 25+ feet is the right thing to do! .

These sound like very good common sense advice. Nothing cliche about it.
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That is the topic. Just because it doesnít agree with your reasoning doesnít make it a cliche. But I do understand your effort to discount it.
Actually, I believe this was the topic, as started by the OP:

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Almost 12000 km with my new VW Touareg Diesel and my 30 feet Airstream. It is a dream to tow....
But I agree with your posted comment: "Why argue?"

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And now to the next round of debates about it is or is not necessary to follow factory recommendations and why ...
Maybe this subject is like religion and politics at the family reunion.
Just for fun go back and read the first post ...
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Let's not have the debate again. Let's just learn something about Touaregs and Airstreams. Let it go guys, kindly go to a truck thread, we've heard enough of the cliche's.
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Let's not have the debate again. Let's just learn something about Touaregs and Airstreams. Let it go guys, kindly go to a truck thread, we've heard enough of the cliche's.
Rude. The OP asking for opinions on the internet???????? Don't ask the question if you can't stand the answer............or it's not the answer you want. Geesh.
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See that's the initial point ...
Nobody ever said no SUVs ever.
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I would consider ProPride.

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OP did not ask for opinions.

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Rude. The OP asking for opinions on the internet???????? Don't ask the question if you can't stand the answer............or it's not the answer you want. Geesh.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:27 AM   #215
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... A got a new hitch is the Husky centerline. A add before the propride. A good system but heavy pricy and archaic! Whit my centerline, I don't have any sway at all!!!
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I would consider ProPride.
OP clearly stated that ProPriode is a good system, but heavy, pricey and archaic. He is using a Husky Centerline.

And I thought the "rules" state that OP's opinion was final and not debatable in this thread.
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OP clearly stated that ProPriode is a good system, but heavy, pricey and archaic. He is using a Husky Centerline.

And I thought the "rules" state that OP's opinion was final and not debatable in this thread.
Bono was obviously responding to the question asked in post 218.
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Since I have been closet following this thread since I posted way back when, I would ask any one with a reinforced hitch to post a picture, I am writing this only to help people understand a little about what is going on back there, I will preface this by saying that I know most manufacturers skimp on their factory tow hitches, it's one of the first upgrades if your going to tow heavy, and this is because aftermarket weight distribution, anti-sway etc put a great deal of strain on a vehicle over long distances. But out of curiosity I looked up a picture of a reinforced cayenne/taurege hutch and found the accompanying picture. This could pose a problem. Hitches are fastened to the solid unsprung frame of a full frame vehicle, or the unit body of a unit body vehicle. In the picture this reinforcement is welded (maybe can't tell) to that very beefy looking sub frame assembly that holds the rear differential and acts as the fastening points for the rear suspension. It all seems good until you know about the vehicles and understand that the hitch is solidly bolted to the body, however the reinforcement is welded to a floating sub frame assembly. The sub frames on cayenne's and nearly every other unit body vehicle are floating assembly's with rubber bushings isolating road vibration. They move, plain and simple. The body acts as the frame, the suspension is attached to the sub frames at either end. A common repair for me is to lower the sub frame and replace bent sub frame bolts after a nasty impact with a pot hole. I use a jig that lines the sub frame up with the factory assembly line holes to reposition it. The sub frames are not rigidly mounted to the body, most Porsche's are split between solid rubber mounts, and hydraulic (think silicone filled) mounts depending on whether it's a cheap V6 or a Turbo. I'm trying to say that the component being used to reinforce the hitch isn't reinforcing anything, under extreme flex, it may transmit some force to the body, but your flexing the rear of the body shell likely. The point of this is just to let people know there is more to a vehicle than what the Web says. 
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Following this with interest. Have a 2009 Touareg gas, but if was a diesel would not be afraid to pull a 30' with it. Pull my 34' with a Duramax. Both vehicles weigh about the same, but the Touareg has far superior brakes. Use a Husky Centerline on the Duramax and love it. Head unit is heavy, but have pulled in some horrible winds with no problem. The combination of diesel Touareg and Husky Centerline will be a great combination. If I had a diesel in the VW would try to pull the 34!!! Chris
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Since I have been closet following this thread since I posted way back when, I would ask any one with a reinforced hitch to post a picture, I am writing this only to help people understand a little about what is going on back there, I will preface this by saying that I know most manufacturers skimp on their factory tow hitches, it's one of the first upgrades if your going to tow heavy, and this is because aftermarket weight distribution, anti-sway etc put a great deal of strain on a vehicle over long distances. But out of curiosity I looked up a picture of a reinforced cayenne/taurege hutch and found the accompanying picture. This could pose a problem. Hitches are fastened to the solid unsprung frame of a full frame vehicle, or the unit body of a unit body vehicle. In the picture this reinforcement is welded (maybe can't tell) to that very beefy looking sub frame assembly that holds the rear differential and acts as the fastening points for the rear suspension. It all seems good until you know about the vehicles and understand that the hitch is solidly bolted to the body, however the reinforcement is welded to a floating sub frame assembly. The sub frames on cayenne's and nearly every other unit body vehicle are floating assembly's with rubber bushings isolating road vibration. They move, plain and simple. The body acts as the frame, the suspension is attached to the sub frames at either end. A common repair for me is to lower the sub frame and replace bent sub frame bolts after a nasty impact with a pot hole. I use a jig that lines the sub frame up with the factory assembly line holes to reposition it. The sub frames are not rigidly mounted to the body, most Porsche's are split between solid rubber mounts, and hydraulic (think silicone filled) mounts depending on whether it's a cheap V6 or a Turbo. I'm trying to say that the component being used to reinforce the hitch isn't reinforcing anything, under extreme flex, it may transmit some force to the body, but your flexing the rear of the body shell likely. The point of this is just to let people know there is more to a vehicle than what the Web says. Attachment 247230

Thanks for the informative post.
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The Touareg hitch reinforcement is working well, according to Can-Am. They have set up 210 Touaregs when I asked them about it last month, and consider it one of the top Airstream tow vehicles, second to an Audi Q7.
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