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Towbar recommendations for Macan

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Hi Guys,

I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience in getting a towbar fitted in Melb for a Macan?

I think the OEM is a good way north of $2K, and would probably prefer a removable Hayman Reece Type.

The local supplier has quoted $2500 something for a HR one, which seems massively more than normal ?

Just need something to tow a 6x4, not the tajmahal or race car.

TIA

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2 minutes ago, deano said:

Hi Guys,

I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience in getting a towbar fitted in Melb for a Macan?

I think the OEM is a good way north of $2K, and would probably prefer a removable Hayman Reece Type.

The local supplier has quoted $2500 something for a HR one, which seems massively more than normal ?

Just need something to tow a 6x4, not the tajmahal or race car.

TIA

Mate, similar prices quoted for one for my Touareg - HR ended up only being a few hundred less than genuine.  But, more importantly, check what the genuine wiring harness does compared to the generic HR one.  On the Touareg, the genuine VW one did things like changing transmission changeup points, disabled electric tailgate, also did something with stability control too.  If you're just towing a small trailer this is probably not too much of an issue, in my case we tow a caravan and also towed my previous GT3 (LHD one) on a tandem trailer, so the nice bits of the genuine harness was worth while.

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@deano I would not recommend getting anything but the OEM one from the factory, there is a lot different about it than just the extra $$$ even the bumper bar they build the car with is different to a NON tow bar Macan. 

The OEM one has a module that allows connections with incandescent and LED illuminated trailers, these can be troublesome and if they are, you want that to be covered by warranty (I've had one replaced) 

The OEM is made by a German 3rd party supplier "Westfalia", its like the Hayman Reese (note: they do a folding one too but its for EU market only) and you can take the hitch out, its got a cap that comes with it, to nicely block it off when not in use... however as I mentioned, the bar is actually different one the factory fitted one with a a "relief" into the lower apron... when they are installed after the fact, they just look like a hack a job in my experience... I'd never go that route. 

 

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thanks @edgy I imagined  that just having an ECM would cover that aspect ok, but might have underestimated its importance.

I missed the opportunity to have a car built with a towpack in mind, as the car was a demo spec vehicle already underway, so I imagine then that whatever one I end up going for, its going to be hacked to some extent.

Hopefully having an OEM  fitted by PCM would be a better job than a third party towbar supplier.

I wasnt trying to be  tight rse , but didnt know a towpack would be so involved.

I ended up selling my Territory on the weekend to the first prospective buyer, for nearly $10k more than the highest dealer trade in price, and $13k more the the P dealer offered.

All without a roadworthy also.

Looks like adding an OEM at the first service might be the best option. 

Owe you a beer Edgy. :)

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12 hours ago, deano said:

thanks @edgy I imagined  that just having an ECM would cover that aspect ok, but might have underestimated its importance.

I missed the opportunity to have a car built with a towpack in mind, as the car was a demo spec vehicle already underway, so I imagine then that whatever one I end up going for, its going to be hacked to some extent.

Hopefully having an OEM  fitted by PCM would be a better job than a third party towbar supplier.

I wasnt trying to be  tight rse , but didnt know a towpack would be so involved.

I ended up selling my Territory on the weekend to the first prospective buyer, for nearly $10k more than the highest dealer trade in price, and $13k more the the P dealer offered.

All without a roadworthy also.

Looks like adding an OEM at the first service might be the best option. 

Owe you a beer Edgy. :)

 

Nah you're good mate... you don't owe me squat!!  

I just want you to be fully aware of what is what, before someone lures you in with an attractive quote then proceeds to cut up your brand new car! :lol: I'd definitely double check with your Porsche centre too... if they include the lower apron etc then your golden, it really integrates the wiring outlets nicely, and when its not in use isn't unsightly. 

I remember agonising over this and delaying the build because they didnt offer the OEM hitch from the factory until MY 17 (2016 built) 

 

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Agree 100% with Edgy on this - OEM only.  It's a class bit of kit.

Interestingly, I bought mine without the roof rails expecting to be able to retrofit them.  Big mistake!  Apparently they can only be fitted during assembly.  Or else you need to get the roof replaced.  Just FYI. 

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yes I found out about the roof rails in time. 

I was recommended to get a rack from Thule who do one that you can fit if you dont have the rails pre built in, they clamp above the door ridges.

Although the weight capacity is the same (75kgs), my issue was that you are then limited to how far they can be spaced apart.

We have a 35ft long SUP (ok it is probably just12ft) that I thought might be pushing the friendship if the roof bars were only around 1m apart.

Luckily the new car has roof bars built in.

Only other thing I am chasing is a rear boot liner tub thing.

3 weeks to wait, then happy wife (theoretically) :) 

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