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Old 06-08-2018, 07:06 AM   #641
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The Q7 is longer with the 3rd row, therefore heavier, so you lose some tow rating due to the weight. The same thing happens with the Cayenne Hybrid due to the weight of batteries, so it's around 6K IIRC.


Towing capacity has to do with the total vehicle chassis - not just the engine, weight of the vehicle, fluids & 150# driver - & the net is the payload, towing capacity, etc. ratings.


So yes, your Q7 will tow less than the Cayenne or Toureg. The new VW Atlas is also 3 row/longer & rated at less than the Cayenne.


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Curiously the latest Cayenne Hybrid has a very similar max capacity rating as the non-hybrid "Turbo" version, despite the batteries (at least according to the website last week). The hybrid includes the 48V system and rear anti-roll bar setup as standard to handle the additional weight. It's possible they designed things to maintain the same capacity across the model lineup?
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:48 AM   #642
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Hi TBDub

You were wondering in an earlier post why your plug comes out of the tailgate. We do this when possible for several reasons.
1) all the miles you are not towing your plug is inside out of the elements so it is far less likely to corrode. We often see ten year old vehicles with their original plug.
2) the metal Bargman plug has a much more positive locking mechanism than the plastic plugs so your problem of it coming apart is very unusual.
3) it is easier to connect than reaching up under the car. In fact we often move them from underneath to inside for customers for this reason alone.

When you connect, the plug should be clipped onto the coupler pin this keeps it from falling where it can get in trouble, always make sure the latch is securely over the lug on the trailer end.

I hope this helps.

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Old 06-09-2018, 03:48 PM   #643
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Andrew T,

I have had a couple responses and everyone agrees that the plug shouldn't have separated. It separated on my return from the dealer. We finally got it out of storage this week and I made the connection and had no problems.

I must admit, that although I live within 50 miles of Jackson Center and my dealer is even closer to the Airstream plant, I actually bought another trailer (Rockwood Mini Lite). I use this forum because I have the Touareg TDI tow vehicle and there is so much good information here.

Thanks for your input,

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After watching this video I am more than convinced that I will be just fine towing a 30 foot Airstream Flying Cloud with Audi Q7 and a Hensley hitch in between

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Andrew T,

Guess the connection problem was a bit more of a problem than I thought. Finally took the rig on a 150 mi outing and I lost turn signals going out and coming back. Since I lost confidence in the connector on the way out I made stops to check lights and reconnect.

The problem appears to be in the way that the TV end and the TT end meet up. The clip/fin on the TV connector that CanAm installed does not contact the base of the TT plug end. There is about an 1/8 in gap that allows the plug to come loose and lose connection with the turn signals. I have add pics below.

I'm thinking I just need to shave down the peg on the TT plug to allow the clip/fin to contact the plug.

Any ideas?

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Old 06-17-2018, 10:04 PM   #646
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I’m glad to have a Cayenne. On two recent trips I was “upgraded” from basic sedans to a new Lincoln Navigator and then a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The interiors of American cars are now good, engines and trannies are capable, and they have modern tech like CarPlay but...wow do they lack steering feel and handling. My wife picked me up from the airport in the Pepper and I drove home. It’s night and day. The Cayenne feels so planted. It goes where I want with no conscious effort. The American SUVs are unpredictable. They wander all over the road. I’m constantly corrected steering inputs because they’re not going where I think they will. They're like a boat. I’m American. I want to like American cars*. They’re good in a lot ways. They’re still bad in others. Rant over.

*I adore the Fiesta ST but sadly it’s cancelled in the US. An Impala I rented recently wasn’t bad.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:31 PM   #647
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If you get a velcro strap (most RV stores will have them for awning arms) wrap it around the trailer end and door on the vehicle end that should stop it from working out.

Usually, it is the opposite problem getting it in far enough to lock in.

One other trick is to travel with your clearance lights on, if you see them out in your rear view mirror you will no the plug is out.

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Guess the connection problem was a bit more of a problem than I thought. Finally took the rig on a 150 mi outing and I lost turn signals going out and coming back. Since I lost confidence in the connector on the way out I made stops to check lights and reconnect.

The problem appears to be in the way that the TV end and the TT end meet up. The clip/fin on the TV connector that CanAm installed does not contact the base of the TT plug end. There is about an 1/8 in gap that allows the plug to come loose and lose connection with the turn signals. I have add pics below.

I'm thinking I just need to shave down the peg on the TT plug to allow the clip/fin to contact the plug.

Any ideas?

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Old 06-18-2018, 02:30 PM   #648
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Might want to look into the EZConnector system. Much easier to hook up, and more reliable connector. Uses gold-plated spring loaded contact setup and a huge rare-earth magnet to hold the parts together.

You can either use adapters, or replace the TV connector and AS umbilical with these magnetically coupled connectors. Much easier and more reliable. Takes a very hard pull to disconnect them, and they are waterproof.

No financial interest, just a very happy customer and user...not cheap, admittedly, but I like the solid connections and waterproofing. Satisfies my (overkill) engineering OCD as well...I went with replacement connectors and coiled cables for my rig.

http://www.ezconnector.com/
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I know what you mean. I would buy an American car, only if German, Japanese or Korean cars would not be available. Handling is everything for me - I do not care about 0-60 mph times, etc. Just handling.

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*I adore the Fiesta ST but sadly it’s cancelled in the US. An Impala I rented recently wasn’t bad.
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:41 PM   #650
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Question Cayenne with non-turbo V6?

Anyone towing 5000 pounds or so with the non-turbo Cayenne V6?
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:48 PM   #651
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We have several customers with the 3.6 in Touaregs. I think the engine is the same. Combined with the 8 speed transmission performance with an Airstream is quite good.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:39 PM   #652
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Hey All,

This summer we bought a fixed 2013 Touareg TDI to pull our 1954 Cruiser. My wife and I lived in it full time for 4 years and so never camped or really pulled it other than "moves." We moved into a house 2 years ago and the poor Airstream just sat because we didn't have a TV for it. (Used brother's truck before). So now that we have the Touareg I have spent the summer putting in the needed updates on the Airstream for camping and regular towing. Its getting a new torsion axle this week.

One of the last things I need is a WD hitch. What do you all recommend?

Cost is definitely a factor because I have spent too much already on the redo. At this point I don't know any current weights. Last I weighed the trailer fully loaded it was 4500lbs. I expect that is a good middle ground for weight since we had all our belongings in it. I am putting a 5400lb axle on it. 180lbs of batteries were placed in the back and the water tank is behind the axles so I can probably adjust toungue weight with adding water.

I would wait and just weight it all at Cat scales before buying, but we have a major trip coming up and time is running out.

I am leaning towards the Eaz-lift system; just not sure which weight to get.
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Also i should mention on this vintage, I only have about 32.5” from middle of ball receiver to the body of Airstream... so i may not be able to fit really fat chain mounts...
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We have a 2014 Touareg TDI pulling a 2018 FC 25 FB Twin. Our AS specs are obviously different. Our setup is by CanAm including reinforced hitch. We use an EAZ-Lift system, 1,400 lb WD bars with twin anti-sway bars. Our draw-bar has been re-drilled to bring the tongue weight closer to the TV. The EAZ-Lift system is simple and has performed very well. In our first 7,000 miles we’ve encountered some very windy conditions, very rough roads (mostly Interstates!) and a few butt-clenching emergency avoidance manoeuvres. Our “package” has handled all of these situations very well.

The full setup including choice of WD bars, road testing and tuning was performed by our dealer. I consider myself technical but I did not consider a DIY install. My lack of AS-towing experience led me to rely on our dealer for a safe and comfortable towing experience, which we achieved.
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We have a 2014 Touareg TDI pulling a 2018 FC 25 FB Twin. Our AS specs are obviously different. Our setup is by CanAm including reinforced hitch. We use an EAZ-Lift system, 1,400 lb WD bars with twin anti-sway bars. Our draw-bar has been re-drilled to bring the tongue weight closer to the TV. The EAZ-Lift system is simple and has performed very well. In our first 7,000 miles we’ve encountered some very windy conditions, very rough roads (mostly Interstates!) and a few butt-clenching emergency avoidance manoeuvres. Our “package” has handled all of these situations very well.



The full setup including choice of WD bars, road testing and tuning was performed by our dealer. I consider myself technical but I did not consider a DIY install. My lack of AS-towing experience led me to rely on our dealer for a safe and comfortable towing experience, which we achieved.


Thanks Coorslite, that is helpful. Man the newer ones are getting heavy!! I will probably go with the EAZ-lift or something very comparable.

So if my tongue weight is around 500lbs I should get an 800lb system? Would it be bad to get a 1000lb one?
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We have several customers with the 3.6 in Touaregs. I think the engine is the same. Combined with the 8 speed transmission performance with an Airstream is quite good.

Yes up to 2015 MY or so the base Cayenne used the VW VR6 3.6L non-turbo (I don't recall at which MY Porsche did or will switch to their own design engine for the base V6), but in the Cayenne it is tweaked a bit by Porsche for a tad more HP & TQ. The Audi Q7 also uses that VW sourced VR6 3.6L engine too.



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Yes - I understand the 25FB has one of the heaviest tongue weights of all Airstreams. I was there at install/setup and the weight was about 1,000 lbs. Regardless this tongue weight has not been an issue for us whatsoever. I am mindful of our capacities - we do load the Touareg and AS carefully.

Regarding your question of the size of bars - I don't know the answer. This choice, plus things like the angle of the Hitch Head tilt, distance of the sway bar attachments etc. are all variables that I decided to avoid resolving myself. There is lots of debate on this topic that I feel can be potentially misleading. So I relied on dealer expertise.

My suggestion is to contact Andrew T (Andy Thompson - see above in this thread) at CanAm RV for advice and WD bar proper selection.
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Hi Andrew M

I would get the Eaz-Lift Elite 1000 pound with a friction sway control. You can measure your hitch weight easily with a bathroom scale and a couple of pieces of lumber. It should be at least 500 pounds.

Cool (no pun intended) way to do AC. If you don’t have room for the snap up brackets you can do them the way we do on the Basecamp. I can send you a picture if you like.

One other huge benefit of weight distribution is your trailer can never come off the ball.

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I would get the Eaz-Lift Elite 1000 pound with a friction sway control. You can measure your hitch weight easily with a bathroom scale and a couple of pieces of lumber. It should be at least 500 pounds.

Cool (no pun intended) way to do AC. If you don’t have room for the snap up brackets you can do them the way we do on the Basecamp. I can send you a picture if you like.

One other huge benefit of weight distribution is your trailer can never come off the ball.

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Great Thanks Andy, that is a big help. I will order that today.

That is a very keen eye also about the concern about trailer coming off of the ball; I have been worried about that original coupler latch for a while now. That brings me extra peace of mind hearing that it can't come off with the weight distribution.

Some scoff at that mini-split unit; but after 7 years its still one of the best things I did with the trailer. I hate the look of 50's Airstreams with a big fat AC on top. This one is much more efficient and the heat pump is crazy good as well.

I will see how the fit is when the kit comes in this week and update the thread here on how it all installs.

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Just got the axle installed today. I am really happy with the two inch height increase. That means i was able to hook up the WD setup. Here are The pictures of the setup so far; still might need a little adjusting. I measured my tongue weight at around 415lbs for unloaded trailer which is spot on.

Few things I noticed: the front of trailer is a bit higher than I would like for perfectly level; but if I drop down a hole I think it would be a bit too low... is either way preferred?

My torsion bars don’t seem perfectly level with the frame. Is it close enough?

On average I had about 1/2” drop on the rear... and on the front one side dropped 1/16” and the other 1/2”... i think its due to my driveway not being level?


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