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Old 10-12-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Towing with a 2018 Tiguan?

Hey folks! Looking to purchase a 2018 Tiguan with 4Motion and in the Comfortline trim and I'm just wondering if it's even possible to tow a 13 foot 1970s Boler? My boyfriend and I are looking to modify the Boler with removing all the kitchen components, and just use the cabinet area for storage. Also may explore the option of changing the frame from steel to aluminum if that gives more of a weight allowance.

Towing capacity of the vehicle from what I can see online is 1500 lbs, so with all our gear (including a 15.5 foot Pelican canoe on the roof rack) I'm hoping we will be ok!? Will be taking it to camp mostly in the mountains, so will need to make sure I'm a-ok on hills and such.

Any advice would be amazing!
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:13 PM   #2
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Hey folks! Looking to purchase a 2018 Tiguan with 4Motion and in the Comfortline trim and I'm just wondering if it's even possible to tow a 13 foot 1970s Boler? My boyfriend and I are looking to modify the Boler with removing all the kitchen components, and just use the cabinet area for storage. Also may explore the option of changing the frame from steel to aluminum if that gives more of a weight allowance.

Towing capacity of the vehicle from what I can see online is 1500 lbs, so with all our gear (including a 15.5 foot Pelican canoe on the roof rack) I'm hoping we will be ok!? Will be taking it to camp mostly in the mountains, so will need to make sure I'm a-ok on hills and such.

Any advice would be amazing!
Personally, I think that it would be cutting it close. I'm not sure why the tiguan was downrated in towing from 2200 a year ago to 1500 for this year, but it may be due to suspension changes. I think the 150lb tongue weight limit will be what your up against. Also, don't forget to check the gross vehicle weight rating for the car and the trailer once you figure in passengers , gear and the canoe in the car and the camper. The engine makes plenty of power so the mountains should not be a problem, i tow a 2013 scamp 13 front bunk model with a Lexus nx200t which is also a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbo with 235hp and 258ftlbs with no problem and it is rated at 2,000 lbs towing capacity so similar specs, i am looking into air bag suspension helpers as even though I am within the 200lb tongue weight limit the car sits a little lower than I would like in the back and thats with 1 passenger in the back and no gear at all in the car.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:18 PM   #3
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Check out the thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" in the General Chat section (post #297 links to a spreadsheet). It reveals a lot of variation in 13' trailers. Weighing yours fully loaded is a good idea.

My gut tells me this is going to be marginal.
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Check out the thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" in the General Chat section (post #297 links to a spreadsheet). It reveals a lot of variation in 13' trailers. Weighing yours fully loaded is a good idea.

My gut tells me this is going to be marginal.
Do you think it would make a difference if I remove all the kitchen components and change the frame to aluminum?
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Do you think it would make a difference if I remove all the kitchen components and change the frame to aluminum?
At that price point, unless you can get the frame done by someone you know for cheap its probably not worth it. The kitchen components don't really weigh much, the fridge is the heaviest at 45lbs. i'm not sure of the weight of the frame, but you would have to use fairly thick gauge aluminum for the frame so the savings there wouldn't be as big as you think. After all of that, you would have a stripped down Boler and still after packing it, be pretty close to the limit of the car. Those modifications wouldn't net more than maybe 300lbs savings
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Personally, I think that it would be cutting it close. I'm not sure why the tiguan was downrated in towing from 2200 a year ago to 1500 for this year, but it may be due to suspension changes. I think the 150lb tongue weight limit will be what your up against. Also, don't forget to check the gross vehicle weight rating for the car and the trailer once you figure in passengers , gear and the canoe in the car and the camper. The engine makes plenty of power so the mountains should not be a problem, i tow a 2013 scamp 13 front bunk model with a Lexus nx200t which is also a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbo with 235hp and 258ftlbs with no problem and it is rated at 2,000 lbs towing capacity so similar specs, i am looking into air bag suspension helpers as even though I am within the 200lb tongue weight limit the car sits a little lower than I would like in the back and thats with 1 passenger in the back and no gear at all in the car.
Yeah I have no idea why it was changed for the tow capacity, kind of a bummer.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:43 PM   #7
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Post #1 says you've not yet bought the vehicle, so I'd just look for a more capable tow.
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Hey folks! Looking to purchase a 2018 Tiguan with 4Motion and in the Comfortline trim and I'm just wondering if it's even possible to tow a 13 foot 1970s Boler? My boyfriend and I are looking to modify the Boler with removing all the kitchen components, and just use the cabinet area for storage. Also may explore the option of changing the frame from steel to aluminum if that gives more of a weight allowance.

Towing capacity of the vehicle from what I can see online is 1500 lbs, so with all our gear (including a 15.5 foot Pelican canoe on the roof rack) I'm hoping we will be ok!? Will be taking it to camp mostly in the mountains, so will need to make sure I'm a-ok on hills and such.

Any advice would be amazing!
Kirsten,

Welcome to the forum.

I agree with others that this would be very marginal. Also, the canoe would add an additional load by adding some wind resistance.

If you like the German blood in the Tiguan, consider an Audi Q5 with its 4,400 lb rated towing capacity. We towed a Casita with a Q5 and it was extremely competent. You could get a low-mileage Q5 for the same money as a new Tiguan.
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Towing with a 2018 Tiguan?

Good advice from Mike. I suspect the reduction in the Tiguan's tow rating may be a reflecting of testing to the new J2807 standards. Or maybe they just want you to buy an Atlas...
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I think the aluminum frame would be a waste of time and money, plus probably heavier. Look at an aluminum rim vs a steel one and the aluminum is considerably heavier.
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I think the aluminum frame would be a waste of time and money, plus probably heavier. Look at an aluminum rim vs a steel one and the aluminum is considerably heavier.
that depends a lot on the quality of the alloy rim, and what alloy is used. good ones are considerably LIGHTER than steel, but significantly more expensive. I'd hazard to guess that an aluminum trailer frame would be made from a 6061 or similar alloy, similar to aircraft frames.
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The bigger point is it seems like a waste of money to put an expensive aluminum frame under a 13' trailer just to scrape by with a marginally-rated tow vehicle you haven't even bought yet.

If you're committed to the 13' Boler, look for a tow vehicle with a rating of at least 2000-2500#. There are plenty to choose from in the mid-size crossover class, some rated 3500# or higher. Note that that tow ratings assume only a driver (sometimes one passenger) and no cargo. Extra margin allows you to carry more in the vehicle, like that canoe and other outdoor toys.

If you're really committed to a Tiguan, consider a different, smaller trailer. The Meerkat comes to mind, or a vintage Eriba Puck on which it is based, if you can find one. The Puck was designed for air-cooled VW's, so there's a certain appropriateness.
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As a VW fan I would skip the Tiguan altogether.
The fuel mileage, resalex, towing, and reliability are all lacking.
I would bet my Town & Country gets better mileage and if it still has the 2.0 turbo it can be a problem.
If it has the 1.8 TSI now then maybe.
I towed with a VW TDI 2.0 and was happy, but my wife is happier with the T&C.
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