BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: General information

The permissible trailer loads, axle weights, drawbar node weights, and the permissible gross vehicle weight are specified in the technical data.

The vehicle is equipped with an enhanced suspension system on the rear axle and, depending on the vehicle type, with a more powerful cooling system.

When the trailer power socket is in use, the vehicle will be raised or lowered to the normal level automatically. The adjustment to the normal level can occur when the trailer power socket is plugged in or when driving off.

Before driving

Drawbar nose weight

The maximum load of the towing vehicle is lowered by the weight of the trailer hitch and the drawbar nose weight. The drawbar nose weight increases the vehicle weight. Do not exceed the approved gross vehicle weight of the towing vehicle.

Loading

Distribute cargo as evenly as possible on the cargo area.

Stow the load as low and close to the trailer axle as possible. A low center of gravity in the trailer increases the driving safety of the entire vehicle-trailer combination.

Do not exceed the approved gross vehicle weight of the trailer and the permissible trailer load of the vehicle. The smaller value applies in each case.

Tire pressure

Note the tire inflation pressure of the vehicle and trailer.

For the vehicle, the tire inflation pressure for higher loads applies.

For the trailer, the specifications of the manufacturer apply.

Additional information: Tire pressure specifications.

Flat Tire Monitor FTM

After correcting the tire inflation pressure or hitching/unhitching a trailer, initialize the Flat Tire Monitor.

Additional information: Run-flat tires.

Tire pressure monitor

After correcting the tire pressure or hitching/ unhitching a trailer, reset the Tire Pressure Monitor.

Additional information: Tire pressure monitor.

Exterior mirrors

Exterior mirrors, which allow the driver to see both rear edges of the trailer, are available as special accessories from a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Electrical consumption

General information

Before starting to drive, check the function of the trailer tail lights.

Keep the activation times of the electrical components short when towing a camper to save the vehicle battery power.

Trailer tail lights

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