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Old 01-23-2014, 09:32 AM   #11
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I went a little searching, and found this...

Which Reese Dual Cam Weight Distribution for Towing 3460-lb Airstream Safari Trailer with BMW X5 | etrailer.com

I personally would get a WDH. If you are nervous, just don't snug up on the bars all that much.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:41 AM   #12
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Thanks for the replies.

Yes it has been discussed on the BMW forum, people use them but no one is sure about it.

Thanks for the link but that is for an 05 and totally different than the 2010, so sort of does not apply.


Payload is 1300lbs or more if I change my shocks, this will be ok as I will load as much as I can in the trailer not in the car.

So again I am not figuring out if I can pull this trailer, I know I can and everything I just wanted to look at the mechanics of what's happening.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:18 AM   #13
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There was a recent thread where a WD hitch ripped the receiver right off the tow vehicle.

Not 100% sure of the circumstances, but I would be wary if the MFR specifically said it was a No No.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:39 AM   #14
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Dude! that's not cool.

Looks like the receiver failed in that picture.

I am going to go it a try as others have and no issues so far and I feel safe in my thought process, I am also going to size the bars correct and not go way to stiff like I have seen many people do.


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Old 01-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #15
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Dude! that's not cool.

Looks like the receiver failed in that picture.

I am going to go it a try as others have and no issues so far and I feel safe in my thought process, I am also going to size the bars correct and not go way to stiff like I have seen many people do.


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Interesting article. I assume you read the part about how the hitch receivers are attached to the vehicle body and the poor weld locations.
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Yes I did, the body appears to be fine but the receiver is the issue.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:02 PM   #17
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Not 100% sure of the circumstances, but I would be wary if the MFR specifically said it was a No No.
Also, from a liability standpoint...

If you install the WDH against manufacturers explicit directions and are involved in a collision, even if its not your fault, any lawyer worth his salt will be able to lay a significant portion of the blame squarely on you. God forbid you cause the accident, then your disregard for manufactures direction can not only prove willful negligence, but probably also criminal negligence.

I would not use the WDH on this vehicle for any reason.

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Not worried about that as I am in trouble from the get go as it also says use only the BMW OEM drawbar and ball...

Good points for sure and I will see how everything looks and go from there, I just wish the drawbar did not stick out so far with the WDH.
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WDH is not recommended on vehicles with unibody construction.
From my 2011 Traverse Owners Manual:
"If a weight-carrying hitch or a weight-distributing hitch is being
used, the trailer tongue (A) should weigh 10‐15 percent of the total
loaded trailer weight (B)."

Car & Driver, discussing the Traverse says:
"Construction plays a role, too. Vehicles based on front-drive, unibody platforms—this means all contemporary crossovers—are rarely rated to tow more than 3500 pounds, and very few achieve our 5000-pound minimum for this category."

My Traverse is rated for 5200lbs. So I'd say I have a unibody that can use a WDH.
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My 09 SRX was a unibody and was rated for less WITHOUT the WDH, the SRX is a RWD/AWD but still unibody, based on the CTS.

350/3500 without and 500/5000 with, I dare say blanket statements don't apply to everything. Before I called on this, that is from Etrailer but I will check the manual when I find the PDF of it.
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