I have not towed with my Atlas SEL as of yet (only 750 miles on it so far) but I will be towing a 2,200GVWR landscape trailer in a few weeks. I had the dealer install the round 7-pin trailer plug, and I am curious how it will work.Hi , as the title says does anyone here tow? I am looking for real world reviews on towing. Weight , tongue weight etc....
Looking at about a 3500lb dry trailer with a tongue weight of 375 or so.
Redneckson, you used a weight distribution hitch? No problems, no issues? Im towing an Apex Nano, similar weights, without a distribution hitch. It squats and bounces alot. Was thinking about helper bags, but if theres brave people like you trying the distibution system, i just might invest in the new hitch system.Just completed my first towing trip with my VW Atlas Highline with R Line package here in Canada. Overall trip length was roughly 850 km /500 miles. Purchased a new Jayco X19h trailer, dry weight of 3877 lbs, 360lb tongue weight. I went for the weight distribution hitch set up, although VW doesn’t want you too.... without the equalizer set up, the Atlas squatted really low on the back end. On the trip was myself and my adult daughter, our food and supplies loaded in the trailer. We don’t pack too heavy, but had a fair amount for our 4 day trip. We took one of the famous highways in Canada with mountain passes that were in some cases a 7percent grade for 15 km or so . Obviously you do feel the resistance from the trailer behind you, but the Atlas felt very stable.
As far as power in the Atlas, it could always use more.....but that being said, once you learn to use the manual shift mode properly,you will find that the Atlas has a sweet spot when towing, which is @ 3000 rpm. I would shift in manual mode on the hills finding the gear that held it at 3000 rpm and it did well. On the steep grades the Atlas would hold 80km/h and on the flats, 100-110 km/h in regular sport. Ode @2500rpm or less. I really didn’t want to push the atlas too hard so tried to keep it in the under 3000 rpm range.... revving higher really didn’t add much to speed, but rather just dropped the fuel economy further. When tracking the fuel economy, it was not great by any means. Went through 2 full tanks and a bit on the journey. I probably picked the hardest pulling highway , Hwy5 Coquihalla Hwy ..
I would definitely not pull anything heavier with the Atlas, lighter would obviously be better. I will rarely do that highway, so to me I a, more than happy with the way the Atlas pulls, and the comfort you get to ride in doing it... overall I would say the Atlas is a great choice if you keep the weight down....
I have not towed with my Atlas SEL as of yet (only 750 miles on it so far) but I will be towing a 2,200GVWR landscape trailer in a few weeks. I had the dealer install the round 7-pin trailer plug, and I am curious how it will work.
I have a 4,500GVWR travel trailer with electric brakes that I will be taking on several camping trips this summer. I hope the advertised 5,000 lb tow capacity lives up to its claim.
One interesting, and surprising, feature with the rear sensing system is that it will quickly jack up the brakes if it senses something behind you while moving in reverse. This is a good thing if there is a child or bike behind you. Not good if there is a towed trailer connected. I discovered this when I put my cargo rack in the hitch receiver and loaded my trash cans in it. While backing out of the garage I heard lots of beeping and as I kept backing up, the car applied the brakes. I pressed the button behind the parking brake and that turned this feature off for the trip. Lesson: make sure to think about these safety features while using towed trailers or hitch accessories.
I would expect this backup warning system will be automatically disabled once a trailer harness is plugged in.
Another cool feature I found is a rear-view camera angle that guides you to hook up to your trailer. This is found in one of the on-screen options while the backup camera is on. I can’t wait to try it.
I would love to hear if anyone has had a trailer electronic brake controller installed on their Atlas SEL. How’d it work, and any trouble getting to the proper wires to connect it?
The equalizer hitch system made all the difference. It brought the tail end up nicely and handled very well. A lot less expensive then the bags. I didn’t go crazy putting tons of pressure on the bars when hooking up, but enough to even things out. Pulled great with no issues at all. Have pictures but can’t figure out how to put on this site.Redneckson, you used a weight distribution hitch? No problems, no issues? Im towing an Apex Nano, similar weights, without a distribution hitch. It squats and bounces alot. Was thinking about helper bags, but if theres brave people like you trying the distibution system, i just might invest in the new hitch system.
Has anyone else tried using a weight distribution/sway control hitch with the Atlas? I'd like to hear about your experiences. Now that the Atlas has been out for a while, I haven't seen many updates and wondering how it's going after a few trips with WD. Atlas SEL towing a Coleman TT here and seem to be running a fine line with weight and sway control. Actual loaded weight is around 4200 lbs (CAT scales) and currently using just a sway control bar. Have realized the OEM VW hitch is bolted onto the frame too.I also decided to purchase a WDH for my 3100 lb travel trailer. I went with the 'Blue Ox sway pro 550'. This hitch has built in sway control and allows you to back up without disconnecting. Despite the owners manual stating not to use one, a very well known towing expert throughout Canada and the US reassured me that a WDH wouldn't harm my Atlas. I will be getting the WDH installed in the next few weeks once I get my trailer out of storage and will report back and perhaps even share some pics with it hooked up to my Cherokee Wolf Pup 16bhs. Although I towed all of last summer without one, a WDH with sway control is definitely important for safe towing. You never know when you will come up against a strong wind gust, a passing semi creating sway, or having to make a sudden abrupt move to get out of harms way.