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Old 12-26-2019, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so - I have a hand me down BMW X5 (85k miles). Its a 2013 and I am considering putting the hitch set-up on to tow 2 sleds in a hybrid trailer.


The typical trip is from just west of Boston to Pittsurg or Erroll, NH and back a few times per year. some significant inclines and declines once you leave the highway and, of course, throw in the occasional white out / slippery snow storm conditions...


I'm worried about electronic transmission etc. Do you think this car is capable enough for towing? Anyone know if I need more than just the hitch and electrical (like a coolant / transmission accessory)? its the 3.5 T engine.


Thanks for any input. This question may not even matter if we don't get some snow win NE soon!!


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https://www.boatingmag.com/tow-test-bmw-x5/
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I can tell you one thing those x5's make plenty of hp. Whats the vehicle rated at to tow?...that should tell you if your good to go. Personally i've seen lesser vehicles towing a 2 place sled trailers...mostly the non-enclosed type.
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I can tell you one thing those x5's make plenty of hp. Whats the vehicle rated at to tow?...that should tell you if your good to go. Personally i've seen lesser vehicles towing a 2 place sled trailers...mostly the non-enclosed type.
I see it all the time. Make sure you put a ATF tranny cooler in or you risk burning it up. Consider an upgrade for your brakes. I installed power brake slot and drilled specifically for towning.

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Yep, really need a tranny cooler, and the brake controller for trailer brakes...had both on my 06 tundra that made less hp. Years ago i bought a used 01 tundra from the company i worked for. First thing i did was put on a set of ebc slotted and drilled rotors with ceramic pads. Been using the truck since and have nearly 40k miles on the upgraded brakes...almost zero pad wear. Its best dollar vs miles upgrade i've done.
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I’d tow with a 77 Volkswagen rabbit if thats all I had to get the job done. When we were kids buddy had an 84 Toyota Camry with snow tires and a karavan 2place open trailer. It’s wasn’t sweet or ideal but he made it happen.
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Iíd tow with a 77 Volkswagen rabbit if thats all I had to get the job done. When we were kids buddy had an 84 Toyota Camry with snow tires and a karavan 2place open trailer. Itís wasnít sweet or ideal but he made it happen.
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I'd be shocked if it didn't already have a trans cooler and I'm sure the oem brakes are up to the task and better than the china aftermarket. I'm sure the BMW will do well.
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When it comes to answering "Can I pull this with that?" the answers always come down to the same thing for everyone.

Roughly ordered from most important to last:
- GVWR
- GAWR
- Manufacturer's Tow Ratings (generally related to cooling)
- Braking controller suitable for trailer
- Trailer frontal area restrictions
- Sway considerations (see this thread)
- Engine HP

Notice I put HP last? That's because it only determines how FAST you can accelerate. Everything before that determines how safe you will be once you are at speed.

If you don't know what any of the above items refers to, then do some reading. It's important for your safety.
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I'd be shocked if it didn't already have a trans cooler and I'm sure the oem brakes are up to the task and better than the china aftermarket. I'm sure the BMW will do well.
Stock brakes on one are WAY more effective than the stock nonsense GM puts on it's half ton trucks*

*haven't driven the latest so kick that back a generation, I have no expectations for the newer ones however.
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