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Old 05-09-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hello all. My husband and I are ready to buy our dream MH and hit the open road. I've fallen in love with a 2015 FWD VW Tiguan for our toad. Has anybody dolly towed this vehicle? The manual says it can only be towed 30 miles/MPH on a dolly. Doesn't make sense. I thought all 2WDs could be dolly towed. Thoughts??
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VW doesn't approve any of their vehicles for towing. I verified that the 2015 Tiguan owners manual limits you to 30 mph for 30 miles, (pg 429) even on a dolly. Remco has an interesting entry, "Must be towed on a tow dolly. Please confirm in owner's manual." Which we know limits the miles and speed.

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I'd have a good independent mechanic see if they can find any reason turning the rear wheels would do damage. I did read that an electric power steering and electric parking brake are used on the vehicle, perhaps that has something to do with the mileage limits. A charge wire from the RV would eliminate that as a possible problem.
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Is it all wheel drive? I can' t see any reason for limiting speed and distance if it's a front drive model. The rear wheels are along for the ride, just like when you would be driving it.
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I suspect All Wheel Drive is the reason. We dollied our 2012 VW Passat Diesel for five years with no problem. It is front wheel drive only.
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Front wheel drive only shouldn't be a problem. All wheel drive will require a full trailer.
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Is it all wheel drive? I can' t see any reason for limiting speed and distance if it's a front drive model. The rear wheels are along for the ride, just like when you would be driving it.
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I suspect All Wheel Drive is the reason. We dollied our 2012 VW Passat Diesel for five years with no problem. It is front wheel drive only.
The OP said FWD which I believe is an acronym for FRONT wheel drive. The owner's manual made the distinction that FWD could be towed on a dolly 30mi @ 30 mph. AWD had to be towed on a trailer.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I think you better find another toad to love!

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I have a 2016 VW Passat. The owners manual says the same thing under "Towing on a commercial tow truck">general information. If you read further down under "towing automatic transmission vehicles", it says "Tow the vehicle only with its front wheels off the ground". I tow it on a tow dolly and it is fine. A pain in the neck compared to towing with a 4 wheel down and tow bar, but doable.
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The OP said FWD which I believe is an acronym for FRONT wheel drive. The owner's manual made the distinction that FWD could be towed on a dolly 30mi @ 30 mph. AWD had to be towed on a trailer.
No, according to the dealership FWD and AWD mean basically the same thing. Just one is full time and one can be deselected but still cannot be towed.
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No, according to the dealership FWD and AWD mean basically the same thing. Just one is full time and one can be deselected but still cannot be towed.
The 2015 Tiquan was offered in FWD front wheel drive and 4MOTION, the AWD version(VW used to call AWD Syncro) The towing restriction is typical of all AWD vehicles, but most FWD vehicles can safely be towed on a tow dolly. VW now offers AWD called Alltrack. VW doesn't mention or recommend recreational towing for any of their vehicles, FWD, automatic, manual, or DSG (direct shift gearbox) transmissions. I believe it was last offered in FWD 5-speed manual transmissions like my '00 TDI Beetle. In later years the manual transmission was changed to a FWD 6-speed and they were not recommended for towing 4-down, but I've read reports of folks doing it successfully.


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I tow my Volkswagen Eos on my Acme Tow Dolly but the Eos is a Direct Shift Gear Box front wheel drive only, I would like a newer Audi Cabriolet but most of the ones I see are all wheel drive and they CANNOT be dolly towed
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