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Old July 29th, 2019, 11:37   #16
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I thought I'd update the group. We went and drove a Touareg the other day. Boy, I LOVED it, but it's just too small for the 5 of us. It's a great vehicle -- if only it was 6" longer and 3" wider, or if we were a smaller family, it would be perfect for us.

Back to the drawing board for me. We're probably looking at a Suburban, really.
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Old July 29th, 2019, 11:45   #17
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Here is out Touareg with the Casita
I don't know for sure, but I think all later USA spec Touaregs came with the hitch and 7 pin trailer wiring. You will need to add a brake controller and run the wire for the electric brakes to the trailer connector. I used this Redarc controller, it tucks under the dash with only a knob exposed. I placed it right next to the light switch, it's out of the way but accessible when you need it.
Do I need my eyes checked, or is that a Tiguan, not a Touareg?
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Old July 29th, 2019, 11:59   #18
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Do I need my eyes checked, or is that a Tiguan, not a Touareg?
Egad, you're right. We used the (CJAA TDI converted) Tiguan until we bought the Touareg. Both are black and when I was trying to find a pic I saw that and thought it was the Touareg. I guess I didn't take any good pics of the Touareg, this is the best one I found.
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Old July 31st, 2019, 07:35   #19
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We have been towing a 28foot Airstream weighing about 6000+lb with more than 1000lb tongue weight. The trailer tows like a dream with the Treg.

We have an Eaz-Lift Weight Distributing hitch system that uses 1200lb bars and 2 friction type sway controls. We also have a user installed Redarc brake controller (mounted beside the shift lever). The hitch has been reinforced by CanAm RV in London Ontario.

Our Touareg came with the hitch receiver and 7 pin wiring harness installed.



Will try to edit the pic for correct orientation when I get a chance.
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Old July 31st, 2019, 08:27   #20
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We have been towing a 28foot Airstream weighing about 6000+lb with more than 1000lb tongue weight. The trailer tows like a dream with the Treg.
Wow, that is just awesome!!!
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Old July 31st, 2019, 11:24   #21
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But..... what kind of MPG do you get? Towing our 6,000 lb. RV with our BMW X5 diesel, MPG dropped from nominal 29 MPG highway to 13-14. Was even lower with cross-winds. Could not even get into highest gear then.

Just did a trip return trip to Ottawa on the week end and tracked mileage for the trip one direction. 353km (219.72 Miles) from Orillia to Richmond fairgrounds, filled in Richmond immediately after unhooking and put in 50.49L (11.1 Imperial Gallons or 13.34 US Gallons). That is 14.28L/100Km (19.78 Imperial MPG or 16.47 US MPG) My return trip was actually going much better but I did not fill once back so I could not track it accurately.



I figure I am averaging about 15 Miles per US Gallon when Towing. I think it would be somewhat better had VW not had to do the emissions changes.

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Old July 31st, 2019, 16:57   #22
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I thought I'd update the group. We went and drove a Touareg the other day. Boy, I LOVED it, but it's just too small for the 5 of us. It's a great vehicle -- if only it was 6" longer and 3" wider, or if we were a smaller family, it would be perfect for us.
Back to the drawing board for me. We're probably looking at a Suburban, really.
Consider a GL Bluetec. I love mine, bought a used one 2 years ago and had no problems with it. Big, but not Suburban big, but bigger than the Touareg.
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Old August 1st, 2019, 08:11   #23
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You figure? Didn't actually calculate average of several tankfuls?
I doubt MPG change with the "fix". I get 33-35 on hwy with my 2012 "fixed" one. My very similar BMW X5 d35 3.0L I-6 averaged only 29 MPG all highway driving.
Most of my fuel usage when towing is “mixed” towing and unhooked local driving. I almost never have one tankful that is ALL towing mileage. On those tankfuls where I have actually filled and the usage has been towing only I have exceeded 15 US MPG. So my estimate should be conservative.
My overall average is better than 30MPG Imperial. I often get 35MPG imperial on mostly highway trips. See my Fuelly link below if you would like to see my mileage results. I have never exceeded 30US MPG that I can recall.
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We have a 2013 Touareg TDI that we used to tow a Casita travel trailer. The Casita loaded probably weighed about 3300-3500 pounds. It did fine, we went all over the Southeast with it. The problem you may have is tongue weight. As I recall, the Touareg max tongue weight is just over 600 pounds. Americans tend to want 10-15% tongue weight while Europeans seem to get by just fine with half that. I don't know if you will find a suitable size trailer with that little tongue weight. Keep in mind if you pile a bunch of stuff in the back of the Touareg you will reduce the tongue weight capacity. We have had lots of tow vehicles including Suburbans and various trucks. With what you have (kids, camper, etc) a 2500 Suburban would certainly do better loaded, much more people and cargo room, trailer capacity, etc. but it doesn't drive like a Touareg unloaded. I wouldn't even consider a 1500 Sub for your needs and a 2500 won't get near the economy of a TDI Touareg. You might want to look around for a Diesel Ford Excursion. I have a friend with one and he loves it. That would do anything you want, but they are not cheap.

Here is out Touareg with the Casita
I don't know for sure, but I think all later USA spec Touaregs came with the hitch and 7 pin trailer wiring. You will need to add a brake controller and run the wire for the electric brakes to the trailer connector. I used this Redarc controller, it tucks under the dash with only a knob exposed. I placed it right next to the light switch, it's out of the way but accessible when you need it.
What kind of mileage do you get towing the Casita?
I am planning on towing a heavy 16' Scamp with my new to me 2012 TDI Touareg Exec.
Currently we use our 2016 Town and country and get about 16 MPG.
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 09:26   #25
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Here are the raatings asn setup for towing with a Touareg

From the spec sheet for my 2012 TDI Executive

Dead Weight (Ball) 5000 lbs
Dead weight max tongue weight 500 lbs

Weight distributing hitch 7700 lbs
Weight Dist max tongue weight 1150 lbs.

From the OEM hitch stickers -


Both say 7700 with 616 lbs tongue weight.
the geometry says max extension to the top canter of the ball from pin hole 6.15" and .562 to the bottom of the ball down from the extension of the center line of the ball


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Old August 2nd, 2019, 09:55   #26
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What kind of mileage do you get towing the Casita?
The Touareg gets about 25 city/30 highway unloaded. We got in the high teens towing.
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