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Old 01-26-2015, 12:11 PM   #15
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Good day Jan... The T-Regs and Tiguans are great vehicles and have proven themselves as very good tow vehicles.

I see the Tig has a 1,200lb payload rating. That is impressive It is intersting to note that some full size pickups are rated just a shade over that amount. I believe it was a Dodge Ram 1500 that was rated at just 1,325 just a few years ago.

Hope you find the trailer you want. Just remember the hookup/connection is what you need to get right and is most important. Brakes on the trailer is also recommended and in many cases can double the tow rating.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:44 PM   #16
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Just looked on WV.ca

Tiguan max towing ( brakes req) 998Kg (all models in 2015)

Touareg max towing ( brakes req) 3500Kg ( all models 2015)






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Old 01-26-2015, 01:37 PM   #17
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I went specifically to the VW Dealer and they looked it up in the book.It is a Tiguan like I said and it does 5500 It is not diesel.
There is always a bunch of confusion with tow ratings when it comes to vehicles based off shore. On my first google search Jan's number seem close.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:50 PM   #18
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As MC1 mentioned, having trailer brakes often results in a higher tow rating and many mfgs. show separate ratings for with and without trailer brakes.


But those that show a single value are an absolute value, and cannot arbitrarily be doubled just because a trailer has brakes.


And unless you are towing in Europe with a European version, those ratings don't count either. No confusion there..... unless a dealer or seller tries to foist them off on you as being correct.
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:32 PM   #19
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VW.com site http://www.vw.com/content/dam/vwcom/...re-Digital.pdf

Shows 2200 lbs braked, with optional tow package.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:41 PM   #20
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VW.com site http://www.vw.com/content/dam/vwcom/...re-Digital.pdf

Shows 2200 lbs braked, with optional tow package.
Thank you for your help. The you tube video said 2200KG but since then I wnet back into my manual and found 2200 LB also. I will get a smaller RV if I want to keep the SUV. Appreciate your kindness
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:41 PM   #21
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Jan I did not try to Diss you in any way We were newbies 1& 1/2 ago years ago and trying to learn as much as possible . We just don't want anyone to hurt
themselves or others with false info from a salesperson .We have been looking at tow vehicles for a while i have a 07 Sequoia V-8 which is great for almost any fiberglass RV but it is a gas hog .So my quest is for a smaller car ,truck SUV that will handle a 2500lb trailer .I'm leaning toward a truck to get a Escape 5er or their new Twin Axcel fifth wheel sometime in the future .We love the Snoozy but with Grandkids and such bigger might be better and the Canadian dollar down might be a good time to pull the trigger ?? JIm

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Old 01-26-2015, 04:52 PM   #22
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That 4-banger has 200 HP now... amazing output for such a small engine.

There are some people who have towed heavier trailers than the Casita with Jettas and such, but they have the hitch receiver specially built to attach more securely and to handle the load. The 16' Casita Deluxe when loaded for camping would likely weigh 2500 to 2800 lb; that's not very much over the 2200 lb rating. With an improved hitch receiver it would be possible. But even then, it would be best to stay in the flatlands; I'd expect that you would be unhappy with how slow you'd have to go if you ever towed up a long grade at higher elevations. (Not that you have much to worry about around GA, though).
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:25 PM   #23
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Jan I did not try to Diss you in any way We were newbies 1& 1/2 ago years ago and trying to learn as much as possible . We just don't want anyone to hurt
themselves or others with false info from a salesperson .We have been looking at tow vehicles for a while i have a 07 Sequoia V-8 which is great for almost any fiberglass RV but it is a gas hog .So my quest is for a smaller car ,truck SUV that will handle a 2500lb trailer .I'm leaning toward a truck to get a Escape 5er or their new Twin Axcel fifth wheel sometime in the future .We love the Snoozy but with Grandkids and such bigger might be better and the Canadian dollar down might be a good time to pull the trigger ?? JIm

BTW my sign in is jennykatz after my daughter This was the name of one of my boats and I keep the call sign JIM
Jennykatz I never thought you were dissing me hun. I spent most pf the afternoon looking at used trucks. Even used they are expensive LOL
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:14 PM   #24
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Just to review, towing specifications are based on a lot more than just the hitch construction. Other factors include braking, driveline, stability in U.S. configuration when towing, speeds when towing in different countries etc., etc.


We usually try to keep total weight in the range of 80% of rated limit, towing at 600 lbs over specification is also about 900-1000 lbs over best practice.


Or as Sheldon might say.... Bazinga!
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:59 PM   #25
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Closer you push to limit the more stress and strain you put on the tow vehicle and yourself driving it.

Having a proper hitch set up as MC1 points out will add to stability and control. Closer you get to limits more critical that becomes.

Looks like no one else has posted the Trailer Weights in the Real World link yet so I will. These are weights from trailers weighed at rallies so they reflect real world loaded trailers.

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Looks like the YouTube video put Kg as the weight unit rather than pounds for the same 2200 figure, that would more than double the capacity and may explain the different weights being reported by different sources. Weight expressed in wrong units. For 2200 if one thought it was Kilo and converted to lbs. would yield 4850 lbs.

It is a pita to have to sweat every item put into a camper because running right up on limits of what you can manage to tow. When it gets to "only load one of those two cans of...." then it is time for a larger tow or smaller camper.
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Closer you push to limit the more stress and strain you put on the tow vehicle and yourself driving it.

Having a proper hitch set up as MC1 points out will add to stability and control. Closer you get to limits more critical that becomes.

Looks like no one else has posted the Trailer Weights in the Real World link yet so I will. These are weights from trailers weighed at rallies so they reflect real world loaded trailers.

Trailer Weights in the Real World

Looks like the YouTube video put Kg as the weight unit rather than pounds for the same 2200 figure, that would more than double the capacity and may explain the different weights being reported by different sources. Weight expressed in wrong units. For 2200 if one thought it was Kilo and converted to lbs. would yield 4850 lbs.

It is a pita to have to sweat every item put into a camper because running right up on limits of what you can manage to tow. When it gets to "only load one of those two cans of...." then it is time for a larger tow or smaller camper.
The KG rather than LB was what I thought was correct but when I went out to my car and looked into the manual it's 2200LB. I'm waiting for some brochures from Casita to look at the Casita 13. It's a start.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:21 AM   #27
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The KG rather than LB was what I thought was correct but when I went out to my car and looked into the manual it's 2200LB. I'm waiting for some brochures from Casita to look at the Casita 13. It's a start.
Still the confusion. We know that VW originally listed the tow rating as 2,200KG (4,500+ LBS) when they designed the vehicle. Your VW dealer stated it was good for 4,500+ LBs.

Seems to me when they wrote the manual in North America the pencil pusher probably didn't know the difference between KG's and LB's and probably just changed the KG to LBS. That makes more sense.
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Remember, the o.p. first stated that the "Dealer" said 5500 lbs, which is not 2200 kg converted to lbs. And then there was some mention about a Youtube video etc.


Considering that it's question about safety and liability, I would first present that theory to VWofA for a written opinion, before even thinking about venturing in that direction. Perhaps, if the o.p. mentions that they bought the Tiguan based on information provided by a specific VW dealer, it might carry a tad of weight and garner some research and a reply. If nothing else, VWofA wants to know that it's manuals are correct.


And, in defense of VWofA and Technical Writers everywhere: Companies no longer depend on "Pencil Pushers" to put in writing, information that can result in huge liabilities. And that's not to mention any potential loss of sales, something VWofA can ill afford. The art of technical writing includes the risk of incurring corporate liability from errors, and is usually well vetted. .


I might go with "may have" and do a lot of follow-up, but never "probably".


When there is confusion, go with the owners manual.
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