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Old 03-25-2013, 10:36 AM
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Towing w/ x5

Guys,

Currently looking at a 2011 x5 35d. Tow rating on it is 6k lbs. Boat is an x-15 with a listed weight of 3900 lbs plus trailer. I was at our local boat show talking to the head of sales for MC a couple weeks ago who told me my boat is actually closer to 4500 lbs (new x-10 is 4400 lbs and x15 is slightly larger and MC started reassessing the weight of their boats last year). I only tow the boat one time per year from the Marina to our house to wax up the hull and give it a good cleaning before it goes back to the marina to spend the winter on the lift. My question is, does anyone else tow this big of a boat with an x-5 and what has your experience been? I currently tow it with a 1500 silverado which has no problems at all with it but I am worried that with a trailer I am getting a little close to the max of 6k lbs. The diesel x-5 has 425 lb/ft of torque which is more than the silverado but I'd still like to toss the question out there.

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:20 AM
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For one time a year, you could tow the thing with a Yugo.

Guys are going to come on here and say you should not tow with anything less than a F-450 Dually, but the fact is if you make sure your trailer brakes work correctly and provide yourself enough room to stop, anything will work for you.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:31 AM
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For one time a year, you could tow the thing with a Yugo.

Guys are going to come on here and say you should not tow with anything less than a F-450 Dually, but the fact is if you make sure your trailer brakes work correctly and provide yourself enough room to stop, anything will work for you.
F550 I believe would be the correct tool for the job!

You'll be fine with the Bimmer.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:32 AM
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i do not have a bmw x5 but i do own a 2012 touareg tdi and it tows my x2 great. i think the tow capacity of the touareg is around 7800lbs.

i am sure you will be fine.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:50 AM
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1 time per year home and 1 time back is not worth buying a tow rig for. Buy the vehicle you are looking at and be careful hauling boat home and back to the marina. It should be just fine.

I have over loaded my '09 f150 king ranch many times. I have even put 2,500 to 3,000 punds of sod in the bed. My truck hauled it fine, but I was careful.

There is no need for a big rig for your boat. If you pull it home and it is uncomfortable then call a friend with a truck and make sure to invite him out on the water. No need to but a specific tow vehicle. Make for dang sure that the trailer brakes work.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:36 PM
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Guys,

Currently looking at a 2011 x5 35d. Tow rating on it is 6k lbs. Boat is an x-15 with a listed weight of 3900 lbs plus trailer. I was at our local boat show talking to the head of sales for MC a couple weeks ago who told me my boat is actually closer to 4500 lbs (new x-10 is 4400 lbs and x15 is slightly larger and MC started reassessing the weight of their boats last year). I only tow the boat one time per year from the Marina to our house to wax up the hull and give it a good cleaning before it goes back to the marina to spend the winter on the lift. My question is, does anyone else tow this big of a boat with an x-5 and what has your experience been? I currently tow it with a 1500 silverado which has no problems at all with it but I am worried that with a trailer I am getting a little close to the max of 6k lbs. The diesel x-5 has 425 lb/ft of torque which is more than the silverado but I'd still like to toss the question out there.

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I wouldn't be worried about the torque, I'd be worried about the suspension. I have an X5 4.4i and would never consider towing my boat with it although I'm sure it would have plenty of power.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:05 PM
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if i had to choose between the silverado and the bmw, i'd go with the chevy. i'm not a chevy fanboy, but i agree with the above post about what the suspension was designed for. having said that, towing once a year from the marina to your house, it probably doesn't matter. you may just have to go slower with the shorter wheelbase.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:15 PM
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Totally don't sweat it. Get the X5 and have fun! Just be sure you have trailer brakes....it does help.

I'm re-doing my trailer brakes so I've had to tow around a few times using just my vehicle's brakes.

In the 3/4 ton suburban, I do notice a little more weight back there when stopping, but nothing too significant.
The 89' Blazer though, definitely feel the extra weight. When driving the K5, I do have to plan a little more when braking and also brake "early".

Trailer brakes definitely help take the load off of the tow vehicle.

If the Touareg can do it, I'd say the X5 can as well. And it sounds like a few people in here use their Tourareg's as their primary tow vehicles too.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:47 PM
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... or have one of your friends who will be enjoying your boat with you tow it for you!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:47 PM
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Have you looked at the Mercedes Benz ML350 Bluetec?

We'll be making the same decision within the next year. My wife doesn't want a VW because ... well just because. Sorry Touareg owners, don't shoot the messenger. We've been looking at the mercedes ML350 Bluetec and the X5 35d. The ML350 has a tow rating that I think is about the same as the Touareg - in any case it's significantly more than the X5. I'm leaning towards BMW, but the mercedes seems like a better towing option.
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