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Old 08-14-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Audi Q7 + 24' 1963 Tradewind

Hello Airforums! We're the proud owners of a 24' 1963 Tradewind (single axle) that was renovated by Kenny Ruzicka here in Los Angeles. We're shopping around for a solid TV (which will also serve as our daily driver) and the Q7 ticks a lot of boxes. I've done some reading around the forums but I thought I'd consult the hive mind for our specific situation. Two questions:

1) Per the original specs the trailer is 3500 lbs dry with 415 lb tongue weight. Kenny thinks that the reno maintained or shed some weight since we have all new lighter-weight appliances. We'll obviously double this on a scale when we have a TV. That being said the 3.0 V6 model of the Q7 has a ceiling of 7700 lb tow and 770 lb tongue. IMO this gives us enough wiggle room but I'm a neophyte - what do you folks think?

2) Since tow distribution hitches and sway bars are frowned upon on this vehicle I read an Audi World forum post touting the benefits of having the 'adaptive suspension' package to help the car better perform when towing and mitigate sway. Can anyone speak to the effectiveness of this package?

Thank you all in advance!
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:51 PM   #2
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You might take a look at this thread as well

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f46...ce-212738.html

I would not hesitate to recommend the Q7 in your situation. I recommend the air suspension, an electronic sway controller, brake controller (obviously), and 18-20' wheels. I would be glad to answer any specific questions.

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Old 08-14-2020, 04:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Brentone! That Hayes Swaymaster you posted about in the above thread looks like an invaluable piece of kit (especially for the price).

Since you seem like an Audi guy - do you think the air suspension is a must? Tongue height on our trailer is 19”.
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:38 AM   #4
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Hi Devin,

I would certainly consider the air suspension a very nice addition if not a must-have. In addition to self-leveling the rear, it does provide an adjustable ride height. Get the Hayes unit. Super easy, plug and play, and a distinct advantage where mechanical sway/distribution systems cannot be utilized. I believe with these two items the Q7 would be perfect for your rig. Good luck!

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