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Old 08-12-2015, 10:22 AM   #21
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No, I'm not an automotive engineer, and neither are you likely, I'm a gold level Porsche master technician at a busy dealership. And I'm sorry but my ignorance is based on years of factory training and repairing these vehicles from the day they were introduced. I also drank water from a garden hose, rode in the back of a pickup, have over loaded my own vehicles and lived to tell about it. However someone asked for the rated specs, and I provided them. Nothing more. I treat every vehicle like my own, and as much as it pains me, I learned long ago I can't control what the customer does with their car once they walk out the door. However in my job I can't tell you that your vehicle can do something whether I think it can, or I would do it my self. I can only advise that the manufacturer does not rate the vehicle for that. I'm happy to answer any questions on these vehicles as I probably know more about them by now than some of the German engineers that designed them, but I have also seen every single cayenne failure point many times over, so I know exactly what weaknesses can be exposed by hard use, and have seen them before. In the end it's personal preference for choosing one vehicle over another.
And if any one is ever in the Boston area towing an Airstream with a cayenne or Taureg and needs assistance or wants me to look at it, I'd be happy to offer a hand, judgement free, which is perhaps more than I could say for you based solely on your last post. (I'm sure your a fine person)
Thanks Franswa for clarifying your role with them. I appreciate knowing in what basis your claims are made.

Now that I know you're not the gardener, what sort of issues are you seeing related towing? I was considering one of these vehicles for my next TV. But if you are saying to avoid them based on failures then thank you for the advice. I will look elsewhere for my next TV.

Sorry I came across harsh. These threads usually only bring out that you can't tow with anything but a pickup with a 5 plus liter diesel. When in fact their are many people towing without them and are not having issues related to it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:45 AM   #22
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But what failures are related to towing? We have several members using Cayenne-Porsche-Audi diesels and like them, at least one member using a Touareg for 10 years.

Noting that other tow vehicles also have failures, we are seriously considering an Audi Q7 or Touareg. It would be nice to see what we may expect or work around based on an actual mechanic's actual experiences. There are plenty of opinions from those who have never towed with one, or worked on them professionally.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:07 AM   #23
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I'm considering the diesel Audi Q7 as well. I'm confident that there is sufficient power to pull our 27 foot Eddie Bauer (and brakes to stop it,) but am curious to know if anyone has experienced any frame issues due to the forces that weight distributing hitches place on the tow vehicle?

Since the Q7, Cayenne and Touareg are essentially identical, I'd be interested to hear from any owners of these tow vehicles.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:33 AM   #24
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I have researched this pretty hard. You can find a lot of reports about frame failures on pickups resulting from towing. I have never heard about any issues in relation to the unibody (the German SUV chassis). I would be very interested in hearing about such issues.

I am preparing my X5 to tow SOB 6000 lbs trailer with tongue weight of 650 dry, 32 ft long. Doing some mods, I can realistically get 800-900 lbs tongue weight.

The key is to reinforce the hitch (to avoid problems when using WDS and to transfer some tongue weight to the chasis) and to get a good hitch (I am planning to use ProPride).

95-98% users of this forum will tell you that you need a truck or even better a tank to tow such trailer. There are many people who are towing such trailers with SUV or even minivans. Good German engineering and common sense is capable to tow larger trailers.
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With all this discussion of using SUVs as TV I always wondered how a shorter wheelbase (such as those of a Cayenne or Toureg) will perform, compared to longer wheelbase (such as Suburban or full size pick-up)
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better According to Andy from Can-Am, it is not only wheelbase, but also the overhang in the back what matters
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:42 PM   #27
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I believe there are a couple of users (including me) who are waiting for your feedback in relation to the towing failures with Porsche. We would appreciate if you share your experience.
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I'm no mechanic but we've been driving 12 000 miles across the US with our 2013 TDi Touareg and 23D International Airstream without any problems.

We've been in some steep down and up hills and it's been a breeze to handle.

We use and WD and a reinforced hitch (from Can-Am) and it added so much control on the rig.

I'd be really curious to know what long-term problems might occur because so far it seems like the Touareg has been doing this 1 year trip two tire up it's nose. We're also thinking of upgrading to a 27FB which would have a considerable amount of weight.

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Unless it's too much to control, too much to stop, too much to keep from rolling over . . . not to mention too much to pay for.
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I'd never go there. Good luck with that.
I rechecked the numbers, they're good.
For anyone trying this line, not just this contributor:

Your "numbers" may be good as you conceive of the thing. There are those of us who started towing with stronger unibody cars in the 1960s and have tens if not hundreds of thousands of miles. With no failures or problems of note. Rigs with more stability as combination vehicles than using today's pickups.

So, yes, ignorance. Let someone else define the thing for you if you want. Or open your ears and start doing some reading. Don't try the "I value safety" argument otherwise. It doesn't work.

There's more to setting up a good combination than your preconceptions have room.
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What you found was accurate.
... (etc.) ...
Happy, safe camping to you!
Thought so (numbers).
My Father was an engineer who grew up farming before tractors, taught me a little, especially building my first truck before I had a learners permit (41 Ford with a 327). He was also an avid RVer, who worked product improvement for Gates Rubber after the Titan Missile project with Martin Marietta shut down, we talked about those as well.
One of my first 'trades' if you will was the Army trained me to be an air defense missile system mechanic and technician. Which also included driving and caring for a 5 ton semi with a 50' trailer. That line of work lasted about 10 years on the Fulda Gap in Germany.
So for me, coupled with my studies of physics in university lets me know that maybe the rules of math related to mechanics can be bent up to a point - but I'm not interested, which is why I asked what I thought was a legitimate question. I also wandered off into the world of accident investigation, and found nothing favorable about towing more than a vehicle is rated for - frame or unibody.
I think I also mentioned the only reason I have the current TV is because it was originally purchased for something bigger. This is my 3rd RV, a 45' and a 30' 5th wheels previously. It's a great truck, it'll smoke the tires from a dead stop just by stomping on the throttle. The rodeo side of the family loved them because you could put 4 horses out back and the truck never knew it.
I've towed it's max - 10,000# and it never flinched. With pallets of adobe weighing just over a ton (only one pallet at a time), the steering was slightly squirrely, but otherwise strong.
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Bubba, if you think a bed payload of a particular weight equates to a static TW measurement for the forces exerted dynamically, you've a long ways to go.

I've collected more oversize/overweight permits to go down the road at over 100,000-lbs than I can remember.

And run pickup trucks in commercial service with trailers that were more than twice the "tow rated" weight. Down roads none of us would choose to run our private vehicles. Were this a bad practice no commercial insurance coverage would be available. Far from it.

And am happy to be far away from doing college level physics. Formal logic wasn't easy, either, but it's a lot more useful today. Especially in looking at profit seeking entities. What data they choose to ignore (not collect information upon) says more.

If you believe TV weight matters, then the intersection of roll center height and center of gravity should be of concern to you. The short version is that pickup truck weight is helpful to a point, but there comes a point where it isn't. It then makes things worse. The propensity for rollover.
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That's nice.
Selective reading works up to a point.
Still doesn't answer the question about a TV (any TV - with a chassis or unibody) rated at 7,700# towing a 10,000# trailer.
Maybe all of the vehicle and trailer manufacturers are wrong.
Maybe the insurance company investigating won't pay because the owner knowingly violated the manufacturers guidelines.
Maybe the survivors will be sued.
Maybe you know more than the rest of the world.
I'll stick with the truck I already have and my 40 years of towing and hauling experience thank you.
BTW how's that Dodge with a chassis you tow your trailer with doing?
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That's nice.
Selective reading works up to a point.
Still doesn't answer the question about a TV (any TV - with a chassis or unibody) rated at 7,700# towing a 10,000# trailer.
Maybe all of the vehicle and trailer manufacturers are wrong.
Maybe the insurance company investigating won't pay because the owner knowingly violated the manufacturers guidelines.
Maybe the survivors will be sued.
And maybe spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) without any data to back it up is unhelpful in the extreme to those who come here, hoping to gather information.

We know that this is not an insurance issue.
We know, at least of us who know how the legal process works, that this is not a legal issue.
We know, those who work in the marketing industry, that unlit, very recently tow vehicles were set almost entirely according to the projected use of the vehicle.

We know these things. Uttering vague warnings with zero backup is not useful participation.
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Why should I provide any data sources?
When I asked the question about a TV rated at 7,700# towing a 10,000# no one answered how that is possible, nor gave any references.
If pulling a trailer heavier than what the TV is rated for is working for you, great - best wishes.
I did my own research, found NOTHING factual that supported pulling a trailer that exceeds the TV capacity and so politely disagree.
Good day.
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I watched a lot of cartoons when I was a kid.

One can tow 10,000# with a 7,000# rated vehicle. Even more.
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what about the school bus full of orphans?

oh no!!!!!!!!!!

btw i tow with a BMW x5 diesel and love it. will admit it is a 1965 caravel that weighs 2500#
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Next to tow hitches, tow vehicles rate right up there in credibility competition. Sort of the politics of things or the religion of machines...

Or the "mines bigger than yours" arguments. SteveSueMac brings up a good point on respecting others who hold a different opinion. Rudeness is lack of reason (and some would say, maturity).
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No facts but the truth is many vehicles are working very well above ratings because they have exceptional design characteristics. Learn about them, it's not on the tables and charts. Many vehicles with high ratings have marginal overall safety ratings. The only fellow I knew personally who rolled his Airstream was towing with a F250, lost control in mountain crosswinds on a curve and couldn't get it back.

Just got our new issue of Airstream Life and Andrew Thomson from Can-Am RV has an article on towing Airstreams with modern front drive minivans. Has set up 3,000 of them. What makes them work is a nearly ideal chassis for stability. Some are towing 30's; fact is the ratings say they can't but the truth is they do, 3,000 of them.

If you like a heavy duty truck good for you. Do some research, it has some handling limitations but has high weight ratings. Tino's Touareg has some weight limitations but handles well. He likes the way it handles his 30' Airstream.
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Why should I provide any data sources?
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I did my own research, found NOTHING factual that supported pulling a trailer that exceeds the TV capacity and so politely disagree.
Good day.
Ok, here is some data. Sorry the post is so long. The data is for a unibody vehicle built by Toyota. It isn't rated high enough for an Airstream, but the principles are exactly the same, and Toyota models appear frequently in towing limit discussions.

Your premise appears to be that the manufacturers' recommendations on tow limits represents an upper limit that is grounded in engineering and can't be exceeded.

True story. We helped our daughter buy a small Toyota. I read the owner's manual. It said, on two consecutive pages:

American models: your vehicle is not designed to tow a trailer. Don't do it. Do not attach a hitch as the vehicle is not designed for this purpose. It went on in this vein for the rest of the page. Lots of red block print in large font sizes.

Canadian models (next page): maximum trailer weight is xx. Maximum tongue weight is yy. Respect the vehicle GVWR. Tongue weight must be included in your payload. If you install a hitch, be sure to use the one available from your Toyota dealer as it has been engineered to fit your vehicle. It went on for several pages. This is the most I remembered, so I looked it up today, and the tow limit was 700 lbs.

I checked the owner's manual for the same vehicle on the Toyota UK web site. Same vehicle, but optional engines that are all smaller and with lower hp than the U.S. and Canadian engine. Vehicle is built in the same factories. Tow rating was 2315 lbs, with a higher tongue weight limit. Around 1600 lbs with the smallest three cylinder engine available. The owner's manual went on for many more pages, and included GCVWR figures, a discussion of brake controllers with braked and unbraked trailer max weights, a discussion of load equalizing hitches, and so on. For a load equalizing hitch they recommended returning the front axle to unloaded height. And in case you didn't want to buy the Toyota hitch, it included a drawing of the factory engineered mounting holes in the unibody, with three options of which ones to use for your own aftermarket hitch, with bolt hole spacing for each choice. The manual was an international version, because it noted that towing was not recommended for South African models.

So, there is some data. A U.S. consumer could be forgiven for thinking that the vehicle wasn't designed to tow, because that is what the Toyota US marketing department told them. But apparently Canada is different (insert Canadian joke) and in the ROW, the tow limit is more than three times the Canadian limit. All for the same vehicle. Three times. And more than double for a three cylinder model with half the hp of the North American version.

And before someone claims that UK trailers are lighter, or have less tongue weight, that is irrelevant. The tongue weight limits were clearly stated in the marketing department's literature. Separate issue. Trailer frontal area was not discussed.

So much for an engineering basis for the recommendation, and the assumption that the recommendation represents an absolute limit.

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