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Old 09-18-2016, 09:10 AM
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Towing With an F15 X5

Anyone else towing with the current gen X5? We only tow once or twice a year, but one of those times is ~480 miles each way. Always has plenty of power and braking. But this was the first year with the XT23 behind it (about 1,400lbs. heavier than our prior boat), and man does it really jerk the vehicle when going over any uneven pavement/potholes, etc. I try to tow with as little fuel in the boat as possible, but still I'm probably pulling 6,400-6,500lbs. with rated capacity of 7,200-7,700lbs. depending on what source you believe. Dealer indicates 7,200lbs.

Sure I'd love to have a larger vehicle to tow with, as I suspect some of this is a function of the wheelbase. But living in the city, the X5 is literally the largest vehicle we can fit into our garage (to the inch).

My thought is to tow in "sport" mode, since this significantly stiffens the suspension. Problem is the owners manual is completely devoid of any towing guidelines, and dealer isn't sure either. I'm not so concerned with the wear on the vehicle (under warranty, and we'll punt it before the warranty expires), but would just like to improve the stability. Thoughts? Suggestions? Boat is level (i.e., not putting undue weight on the hitch).
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:27 AM
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You just opened a huge can of worms!!!

I would think you're a little more than 6500 pounds wet though. May be well over the capacity.
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:49 AM
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Was thinking 1,200-1,300lbs in the trailer, 5,000lbs for the boat, and conservatively ~200lbs of gear and fluids. Only two people in the car including driver, so hoping I'm not at/over 7,200lbs...
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:39 PM
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Take it over a set of scales to get a better idea of the weight you have to deal with. It generally costs 5-10 dollars to scale your rig, and a re-weigh is free usually. Your chassis is designed to be the ultimate driving machine, not towing machine. Extra weight places the suspension out of its design limits for weight performance. I did a similar thing with our Q5 towing the 209. Just be mindful you are at or near your limit and respect the load. It will be fine, white knuckle sometimes but fine.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:12 PM
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We have a 2013 X5 diesel model. Great rig and pulled the X2 with ease, but when we upgraded to the X20 which is around 1200 pounds heavier I decided to upgrade the tow vehicles. For short distances and flat roads, you are probably okay, but I wouldn't do long trips. I believe the X5 is only rated for 6500 pounds and you are probably pushing 7000 Ibs when filled with fuel.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:24 PM
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Since you only tow a couple of times a year you may consider renting a tow rig for those long trips. Definitely cheaper than upgrading the rig. A Tahoe or Yukon are common rental rigs...
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you have a F-15!
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At once or twice a year and normal city driving with a small garage I'm thinking the rent a truck idea is probably the best as well. The X5 is an awesome vehicle but it wasn't designed to be a tow vehicle and that's a big, heavy boat. Save the wear and tear on your X5 and your nerves and put the boat behind a 2500 or 3500.
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you have a F-15!
He has 5 of them!
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He has 5 of them!
wow, 5 of them! does he give rides?
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