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Old 10-04-2023, 07:40 PM   #1
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BMW X5 xDrive50e

I'm considering a 2024 BMW X5 xDrive50e plug in hybrid to tow my 2023 International 23FB. Has anyone on the forum had any experience with this towing combination?
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Old 10-27-2023, 11:22 PM   #2
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We have an X5 45e, and it's amazing. The hybrid drive really elevates the experience, and efficiency. (The regular X5 isn't very special)

We don't tow with it tho. I do have a hitch for it, not installed.

The tow ratings are adequate and it is one of the best handling SUV's out there. It has rear air suspension. Payload is pretty good at 1000lbs.

I would want to have the hitch installation looked at to allow for use of say a BlueOx WDH. The X5e is heavier than the standard X5, and the suspension is better with air-ride.
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Old 10-28-2023, 06:26 AM   #3
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I'm also looking at the Mercedes GLE 450e 4MATIC SUV plug in hybrid. It has more towing capacity than the BMW, 7700 lbs vs 5952 lbs.
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Old 10-28-2023, 07:27 AM   #4
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At the Region 2 rally last year in Niagara Fall, ON Andy Thompson from Can-Am RV (https://www.canamrv.ca/towing-expertise/) made a presentation about towing set ups and options.

After the presentation I had the opportunity to talk to him for a bit and asked him if he has set up the BMW X5 40e (which is the model we have) to tow a 27' AS. He said he has done many such set ups. He said sometimes the hitch has to be reinforced.

We tow with a RAM 2500 and have no current plans to change but it is good to know we have that option should we ever wish to exercise it.

I would suggest contacting him directly and I'm sure he will provide a set up that you would be happy with.
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Old 10-29-2023, 12:37 AM   #5
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Here's the X5 hitch I got, sitting in my shed.
6000lb/600 and surprise they say good-to-go for WDH
https://www.curtmfg.com/part/13077
500-600 lb isn't that much, and the 4x2= 8 bolts into frame-ends are pretty stout.

I crawled under the RAM1500 and I see 4 bolts holding the crossmember to the frame, but they are fastened upward/vertical. Hitch is good to 12K/1200 WDH

Crawled under the Range Rover L322, and have to say that is the most impressive hitch. It is 4 bolts to frame each side (8 total), plus two links on each side extending forward, mounted to the frame rails (2 bolts).
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Old 03-04-2024, 07:35 PM   #6
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I'm also looking at the Mercedes GLE 450e 4MATIC SUV plug in hybrid. It has more towing capacity than the BMW, 7700 lbs vs 5952 lbs.

We are also interested in the Mercedes. Just wondering if you had choosen and if the Mercedes how do you like it?
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Old 04-29-2024, 09:44 AM   #7
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Hi - getting ready to purchase a used bmw x5 45e that doesn't have the manufacturer's towing pkg option on it - any thoughts on adding both a stealth hitch and brake controller / any advice on the integration would be most appreciated. I'm assuming your bmw has the tow pkg - in any case curious on your thoughts. P.S. I'm towing a 16' Caravel - Thank you!
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Old 04-29-2024, 10:42 AM   #8
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Hi - getting ready to purchase a used bmw x5 45e that doesn't have the manufacturer's towing pkg option on it - any thoughts on adding both a stealth hitch and brake controller / any advice on the integration would be most appreciated. I'm assuming your bmw has the tow pkg - in any case curious on your thoughts. P.S. I'm towing a 16' Caravel - Thank you!
I haven't installed a hitch on a 45E, but I have installed hitches on multiple BMW X models (X3, X5).

I would not go with the stealth hitch. The positive for it is that it is completely hidden when not in use, but that is the only positive. It can not accept WD equipment due to strength limitations. You may want to tow something larger than a 16 at some point.

I would go with the OEM BMW hitch, which they sell as a retrofit option. I would use the BMW trailer wiring module, and if it needs vehicle coding, then I would get that done as well. My installs did not require vehicle coding, but for those models that did, it didn't change the programming as the trailer specific features were already in the vehicle software. What the coding did was allow the vehicle to recognize that a hitch and wiring were installed (and made them active when a trailer was connected by being plugged in).

You still wouldn't have the other features of the factory towing package (larger brakes, additional cooling) but you would be in good shape for a small trailer and could investigate the cooling retrofits if you chose to.

My choice for a trailer brake controller would be a wireless model.
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Here's the X5 hitch I got, sitting in my shed.
6000lb/600 and surprise they say good-to-go for WDH
https://www.curtmfg.com/part/13077
500-600 lb isn't that much, and the 4x2= 8 bolts into frame-ends are pretty stout.

I crawled under the RAM1500 and I see 4 bolts holding the crossmember to the frame, but they are fastened upward/vertical. Hitch is good to 12K/1200 WDH

Crawled under the Range Rover L322, and have to say that is the most impressive hitch. It is 4 bolts to frame each side (8 total), plus two links on each side extending forward, mounted to the frame rails (2 bolts).
I'm a bit surprised to see that Curt rates that X5 receiver for WDH. Most of this design are not. It's a good, strong approach to hitch mounting - easy to do after removing the bumper covering and unbolting the bumper beam - but the torsional load is not spread out at all. Many of this design are modified with a tube extending forward to the subframe/carrier for the rear suspension, which creates a very rigid receiver suitable for a tongue weight well in excess of 600 lbs.
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Old 04-30-2024, 11:42 AM   #10
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I have a 2015 BMW X5 35d. I installed the Draw-Tite 75600 hitch on mine. It’s rated as a Class III/IV hitch. They say 600 tongue weight and 6000 lbs towing, even with a WDH. I chose it because you can re-install the crush beam(bumper) back on. I have towed a 2015 23FB almost 10k miles without any issues.
I also installed the factory towing harness kit, and had it coded. I also installed Airlift inner coil spring air bags to help with stability. I have the standard suspension.

https://www.draw-tite.com/product/75...hitch-6000-lbs


https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...hoCM1UQAvD_BwE

The Airlift Airbags were the Airlift 1000 60909 universal kit.

Hope this helps some.
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