Touareg: 2013 V6 TDI
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North of the 45th
Second Vehicle: too many to list
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Towing small stuff (under 2K lbs) is easy, just hitch up and go. when you start towing near the 6000lb+ range everything changes. You can read up on my experiences with WDH...that said towing is 100000% about setup. make sure your setup is perfectly level, this will mean getting the exact correct height on your receiver. Get a hitch scale and make sure your weight is packed such that a minimum of 10% (15% is optimal) hitch weight rests on the hitch. These two factors are what contribute to sway...off on these two and you get sway (and people will sell you all kinds of overpriced junk to prevent sway). I towed over 100K miles on my pickups with trailers >10K pounds, never had sway once, never used any silly gadget. Followed very anal setup every time I'd travel.
WIEGH your trailer, WIEGH your hitch weight. the published travel trailer specs are never even close.
Tire pressures (on both vehicles) are critical. brake controller setup is critical. Bearings on trailer must be checked and lubed religiously (every 500 miles).
Think like a private pilot doing pre flight checks before flying a cessna. You need a systematic lineup of checks and you stay grounded until everything is perfect.
I've towed probably more than anyone with Touaregs, have used WDH on steel suspension and never on Air suspension. Never used anti sway (on Treg's or any other vehicles).Used very light WD.
THis thing will out-tow any 1/2 ton pickup easy. Better brakes, better suspension, better electronic controls, better everything. You ARE up against a short-ish wheelbase but its still a 5000lbs vehicle (same as any 1/2 ton pickup).
Remember Setup setup setup. Did I mention setup?
2013 Touareg TDI Black Pearl / Titan Black
'09 TDI, '07 V8 FSI, '04 V10 TDI, '04 VR6