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Old 04-21-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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Pulling with Toureg or Mercedes GL320

Hi all,

Does anyone here pull with either a Toureg or Mercedes GL320. We were plannign on buying a Tundra to pull our 21 foot Bigfoot, but I am starting to wonder if, rather than owning a minivan for day to day driving and a separate truck for towing, if we would be better off owning a Toureg diesel or Mercedes diesel to use for both.

Anyone have experience with these as tow vehicles for the larger trailers like mine?

Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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If you pull a Scamp with a Toureg, does that make it a Tour Egg?
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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I tow with a Touareg and interestingly also own a Tundra PU. I LOVE the Touareg and it has a 7500 lb limit but the wheel base is shorter than the Tundra. The touareg tows like a beast and is a wonderful daily driver as well but it's also a fairly posh ride.

Consider how much extra gear you may have to take along - do you want it in your touareg or in the bed of a truck?

Run the numbers on the vehicle purchases, it may help you make a decision. The tundra will be cheaper and the maintenance costs will be lower. How much is your minivan worth? Selling it may balance out the equation...
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:49 PM   #4
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Thanks Janet. What are you pulling with the Toureg? The person I purchased my Bigfoot from towed it with a Grand Cherokee and said it worked well, so I imagine the Toureg's wheel base can handle it (though obviously the longer Tundra would be preferable in that sense).
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Thanks Janet. What are you pulling with the Toureg? The person I purchased my Bigfoot from towed it with a Grand Cherokee and said it worked well, so I imagine the Toureg's wheel base can handle it (though obviously the longer Tundra would be preferable in that sense).
I've towed a 16 foot scamp (2000 lbs), a 19 foot airstream (2400 lbs) and a 26 foot airstream (3800 lbs). I prefer towing with the Touareg with the smaller trailers and while I've towed the 26 footer with the vw, it's not comfortable. The weight is no issue but the wheel base makes towing in high winds in my part of the world uncomfortable.

My Touareg is a 2008 and newer ones are much lighter weight - I imagine this might change road feel. For me the deal breakers would be cost of the rig and the additional stuff you might want to pack that would traditionally go in your Tow Rig.

Do you carry fire wood, generators (and fuel) propane stoves or fires, inner tubes, dogs, kids, wet or muddy stuff, fishing gear, kayaks, bikes, etc? Some of these items are better in the bed of a truck. Otoh, the Kayak is better on the Touareg. Lots to consider.....
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Some other thoughts.... The Touareg and ML both have some limitations on tongue weight - BE SURE to check these numbers. The Hensley hitch is heavy so if you go this route I strongly urge you to consider an Anderson to cut down on weight.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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It looks like the Toureg has about a 700 lb tongue weight (some say 616 some say 770). The dry weight of my trailer is about 3800 lbs. So even if we presume 5500 lbs (which I am sure it isn't even loaded and wet), it would be below the tongue weight and towing capacity. I do currently have a sway control hitch on the trailer, though it is not a Hensley. I imagine that my tongue weight is on the heavy side, but not out of bounds.

But not being able to just throw stuff in the back is a big downside. I do expect to haul firewood etc. hmmm.
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But not being able to just throw stuff in the back is a big downside. I do expect to haul firewood etc. hmmm.
SUV vs pick ups..... There are down sides and upsides to both. Need to think about the priorities and go from there.

Janet is right about the weight of the Hensley. It is roughly 75lbs heavier than a traditional WDH. That adds about an average of 10lbs more per tire on an 8 tire combination.
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Just a short note. We also considered carefully what to tow with and settled on our 2008 Diesel Grand Cherokee. It is splitting hairs between these three vehicles. The one thing we have found is that is is harder to find knowledgable repair people since not too many are arround. So far it hasn't been a problem.

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When you see vids like this you can see the advanced technology and very rigid structure on these high end vehicles. It all adds up to positives when used as a TV. To bad they cost so much.

VW Touareg Rock Climbing in Moab! - YouTube
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we did tow our Hunter-1 with our Mercedes E320 wagon.
In comfort and with no problem.
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Might want to also consider the Porsche Cayenne diesel. That and other short wheel base vehicles with a Hensley make a nice combination.
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we did tow our Hunter-1 with our Mercedes E320 wagon.
In comfort and with no problem.
What year E320? Wondering what you used for a hitch? Ours is not rated for towing on this side of the big pond, yet is comfortably rated to pull either trailer in Europe where it was made. Our Benz trained mechanic thinks that's nuts and said he'd install a hitch.
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