[Biturbos4] trailer towing
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Sun Nov 21 11:42:29 EST 2004
Hi all -
I've towed a U-Haul 6x12 trailer many times with our allroad (2.7T,
6-speed) on 200-mile trips with no problems. I do try to avoid backing
up uphill, only because my backing skills aren't 100% ;) and that can
stress the clutch a bit (at lest when I'm the one doing the backing;) .
And yes, this *is* the same drivetrain as in the S4, *including* the
6-speed. So I'd say the drivetrain shouldn't have any problems.
However, the allroad was designed to tow a trailer, and in fact we have
the Audi-manufactured trailer hitch for it. The self-levelling
suspension is great for towing as it compensates for varying tongue
loads, and the factory hitch ties into the unibody in factory-approved
locations. I personally would *not* put a hitch on our S4, especially as
we have another vehicle which was designed with towing in mind.
My two cents,
- Bob T.
'01 S4 Avant 6-speed
'02 allroad 6-speed
Nicholas Mistry wrote:
> I am sure there will be lots of opposition to this idea, but depending
> on how much weight you will be towing, it might be possible.
> First off, you need to figure out how much weight you are going to be
> carrying... Generally an S4 can haul 5 adults... figure an average of
> 200 lbs per adult... that is 1000lbs.. Plus luggage... This is
> all downward force. Adding a trailer will offset that weight, but
> will add a significant amount of drag to the car, and thus make the
> engine work harder.
> If you add a properly loaded trailer, it should be ok. Just as long
> as you dont plan on scaling mt washington. Just be sure to take your
> time, let the weight of the trailer push you down hill so your engine
> can cool off. Keep an eye on the oil temp gague, and again.. TAKE
> YOUR TIME...
> Now i have a question for the group... Doesnt the 2.7T Allroad have
> pretty much the same drivetrain as an S4 (other than the 6spd) ?
> If this is true, i have friends w/ allroads that tow uhaul trailers
> all the time.. And they have no problems w/ blown turbos,
> transmission, or otherwise.
> In my honest opinion, i would tow w/ an SUV before attempting it w/ my
> s4. Simply b/c i dont want a trailer hitch hanging off the back
> David Lau wrote:
>> I've gotta move my daughter from Michigan to Texas in January. I
>> REALLY don't want to be wollowing around in the Cherokee for 2600
>> miles of interstate round trip, especially deadheading back north.
>> I think U-Haul's little 5x8 would be big enough; I wouldn't even
>> contemplate anything larger. I looked through the fabled Owner's
>> Manual and it's no help: "towing is not recommended..." (neither is
>> chipping!) "or if you really must - class I or II". Not a thing
>> about actual weight or frontal area.
>> I know it'd stress those fragile turbos a bit, but I can be easy, and
>> that's what the oil temp gauge is for. We'll be west of the mountains...
>> Can you even fit a 2" hitch under the plastic bumper? I thought I'd
>> seen 'em in Germany.
>> 01 Audi S4 Avant biturbo, laser red, APR chip, UUC short shifter, red
>> shift knob, fog light mod, RS4 grille, 8-disc, AWE boost gauge,
>> Pirelli P-Zero Rossos over 18" Ronals (Avus + Michelin Pilot A/S in
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