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      02-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Have...never seen this before.

This Kinda blew my mind. I have never seen it before.

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Don't think that type of hitch is available in the US, doesn't meet standards or something along those lines. Wanted one for an X5 I had rather than cutting the back bumper but couldn't get it.
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And you never will here in the US. Pretty slick set-up. The rest of the world is smart enough to just get small trailers that they can tow with a car occasionally rather than ride around in an empty truck 99.99% of the time.
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Don't think that type of hitch is available in the US, doesn't meet standards or something along those lines. Wanted one for an X5 I had rather than cutting the back bumper but couldn't get it.
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LOL, that would torn off with a U Haul trailer in a hot second...
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And you never will here in the US. Pretty slick set-up. The rest of the world is smart enough to just get small trailers that they can tow with a car occasionally rather than ride around in an empty truck 99.99% of the time.
Very true.

I have never seen a hitch like this before...

Although I have never actually needed a hitch.
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A neighbour had one of these on his E61. I've never towed anything in my life but I have to admit it was pretty cool.
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The same thing happens to me when my wife pushes my button.....
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The same thing happens to me when my wife pushes my button.....
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LOL, that would torn off with a U Haul trailer in a hot second...
Really?

It supports a trailer weight of 750kg (~1650lb) for a trailer without brakes, and 1700kg (~3747lb) for a trailer with brakes.

It is quite common in Europe, especially during the summer, to see every car brand, including BMW, Mercedes, etc with trailers.
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The same thing happens to me when my wife pushes my button.....
She's pretty patient then? Or does she go and put the kettle on while you're 'unfurling'?

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She's pretty patient then? Or does she go and put the kettle on while you're 'unfurling'?

Hahaha! I walked right into that one
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Its a standard option in in europe i have been trying to get one sent over for me for months.
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Its a standard option in in europe i have been trying to get one sent over for me for months.
I want one too. There had to be a part number - what if it got broken in an accident?
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It's nifty, but when I watched the video, the first thing I thought was, "OMG, they've invented a way for a car to have an erection." LOL.
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I want one too. There had to be a part number - what if it got broken in an accident?
It's not a matter of having the part number. It's that BMWAG won't ship parts to a market that they're not certified for. That's usually the case anyway. These parts aren't in the BMWNA catalog which means it's not a simple matter for a dealer to even order them.
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Really?

It supports a trailer weight of 750kg (~1650lb) for a trailer without brakes, and 1700kg (~3747lb) for a trailer with brakes.

It is quite common in Europe, especially during the summer, to see every car brand, including BMW, Mercedes, etc with trailers.
See, this is the perception in the US. Everyone thinks you need a truck with a 15,000lb tow rating to pull a 1000lb. trailer. Very few recognize the fact that a family sedan is perfectly capable of towing a trailer.
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It's not a matter of having the part number. It's that BMWAG won't ship parts to a market that they're not certified for. That's usually the case anyway. These parts aren't in the BMWNA catalog which means it's not a simple matter for a dealer to even order them.
? So have someone order the part for you and then have them ship it to you.


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See, this is the perception in the US. Everyone thinks you need a truck with a 15,000lb tow rating to pull a 1000lb. trailer. Very few recognize the fact that a family sedan is perfectly capable of towing a trailer.
Why would any American think this? Together, 4 average Americans weigh 1000 pounds.
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See, this is the perception in the US. Everyone thinks you need a truck with a 15,000lb tow rating to pull a 1000lb. trailer. Very few recognize the fact that a family sedan is perfectly capable of towing a trailer.
Not a whole lot to tow that weighs 1000lbs.. Sedans are fine to tow some small things. But people pay too much attention to towing capacity and too little to the extra drag towing puts on any vehicle, extra stress on the motor. Just because a vehicle can tow something, doesn't mean it should.
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Not a whole lot to tow that weighs 1000lbs.. Sedans are fine to tow some small things. But people pay too much attention to towing capacity and too little to the extra drag towing puts on any vehicle, extra stress on the motor. Just because a vehicle can tow something, doesn't mean it should.
Strange then that lots of people in Europe have no issue with hooking up a caravan to a family car and driving 2000km (each way) for the summer holiday to the south of Europe. These trailer pick-ups are standard factory options from the manufacturer, or you can have them added later at the dealer.

Ohh and the typical family car in Europe is at most a 2.0 liter, although Diesel models are more popular with caravan people for its torque.

p.s. I don't have, and never had a caravan
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Not a whole lot to tow that weighs 1000lbs.. Sedans are fine to tow some small things. But people pay too much attention to towing capacity and too little to the extra drag towing puts on any vehicle, extra stress on the motor. Just because a vehicle can tow something, doesn't mean it should.
How often do you think anyone puts a 1,000lb payload in the back of their F-150? Probably never.

Boats aren't very heavy. Or jet skis. Snow mobiles aren't very heavy. Appliances. I could go on...

The cars are designed to be capable of towing. The engineers have already built in a safety factor when determining the ratings. The cars are perfectly capable.

As an aside, I have a 3/4 diesel Suburban that I use to haul stuff, people and to tow my cars. It's "rated" for 5,000lbs. It's "capable" of towing 15,000lbs. so long as I'm not trying to maintain 85MPH over a mountain pass.

It's just a different mindset than we're used to here in the US. Towing with cars hasn't really been prevalent since the 50's.
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