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Just a couple pics of the Taos towing my 2016 Waverunner V1sport. It tows it fantastically, can barely even tell it's there except for a bit slower accelerating and only getting 23-24mpg highway. Oil temps are no problem even after a 2 hour highway drive in 93+ temps. With a full tank of fuel and trailer the weight is right around 1000-1100lb.

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I wonder what the transmission temperature was that I wish we could see too you would think it would show you that but I know the taos is not a tow Machine lol
This is the same transmission used in the atlas which has a pretty solid tow rating, and the Taos has a transmission cooler as well, albeit not as big of one.
 

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you wont feel them acting funny unless you're well over GVWR even if you're still within GAWR. but they will wear faster, just keep and eye on it sooner than you might otherwise. if the combo is over GVWR then it will have an impact. more so if you live in hilly area.

with the mountains in my area, it would be a major mistake to tow with my Taos. it already has to use more brake than I'd like going down steep long grades when loaded with bags/people. that will be deligated to my truck which has no issues slowing a 10,000# load without brakes down steep grades

its all situational and these are the things that need to be considered when towing (with any vehicle and load)
 

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They look pretty good, what tire size did you go with. They look a little beefier than the OEM.
215/55/R18 (factory was 215/50/r18 but my size is basically the same as the size that came on the AWD. If I ever need to put another set on I'll prob go with 225/50r18 instead, a bit wider.
 

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No I'm driving around on public roads with no trailer lights :unsure:
Cute reply.. .LOL... I think he may have been asking if you had the hitch and wire harness put in by a mechanic or did it yourself.. I looked at doing it myself and it looks sort of involved.. (that's not the right word but I think you know what I'm saying). I've got a 2006 Touareg and the wire harness was already back at the hitch area.. I just had to connect the plug to the harness that already was run back by VW... IS there a plug kit already in the area or what ? Thanks...
 

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Cute reply.. .LOL... I think he may have been asking if you had the hitch and wire harness put in by a mechanic or did it yourself.. I looked at doing it myself and it looks sort of involved.. (that's not the right word but I think you know what I'm saying). I've got a 2006 Touareg and the wire harness was already back at the hitch area.. I just had to connect the plug to the harness that already was run back by VW... IS there a plug kit already in the area or what ? Thanks...
There is no rear harness, I used the Tekonsha kit, it has clamps that clamp onto the tail light and turn signal wires, but I had to run the 12V Power wire up to the battery under the car.
 

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215/55/R18 (factory was 215/50/r18 but my size is basically the same as the size that came on the AWD. If I ever need to put another set on I'll prob go with 225/50r18 instead, a bit wider.
Odd that your 18's came with 215 wide tires. My SE 4-Motion came with 225/50/18 Bridgestone LS100.
 

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There is no rear harness, I used the Tekonsha kit, it has clamps that clamp onto the tail light and turn signal wires, but I had to run the 12V Power wire up to the battery under the car.
Do you know what the amperage draw is of that kit? I was thinking of using it as well, but just tapping off the inside fuse box with an add-a-circuit... rather than running power all the way from the battery.
 
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