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Old 02-05-2006, 11:04 AM   #15
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I would be tempted too, but then I have spent my adult life keeping Rover cars going, so what do I know? I would be concerned about all the functional parts which may or may not be available in Europe and having them located and shipped over here. If you do not aim to restore it to all its ORIGINAL glory that may be a different matter. Those interiors are marvelous.
May I suggest a change in tug to go with it? Your Element is way too practical, efficient, long-lived, etc. for this kind of trailer. Check out what I saw on a Dresden street a few years ago. These Trabbies would complement the Puck very well and you'd never have a peaceful moment from astonished campers with their jaws down to their belly-buttons.
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:50 AM   #16
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These Trabbies would complement the Puck very well and you'd never have a peaceful moment from astonished campers with their jaws down to their belly-buttons.
Ummm...as I recall, the Trabant body was duroplast, made from plastic reinforced with wool fibers - toxic materials that couldn't be used in landfills, or even be recycled. The cars were so underpowered that, when they ran at all, they could hardly move their passengers, much less a trailer of any sort. When The Wall came down, Volkswagen bought the plant, equipment and inventory before learning it was all worthless.

For those unfamiliar with Trabant (built in the late unlamented DDR), think Yugos built on Friday, by disgruntled East Germans who coined the expression, "they pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work."
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:46 PM   #17
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Grab it Gina! Nobody plays golf with only one club. We hunters have rifles and shotguns in all sorts of gauges and drillings. Heck, most of us have both cars and trucks in our driveway and we think nothing of it. Why should you not have a list of specialty trailers to suit your needs.
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:09 PM   #18
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Actually, Gina, you strike me as a rather puckish character for whom the Eriba model seems perfectly suited. I have often regretted the things I failed to do, and seldom regretted what I have done. Go for it!
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:00 PM   #19
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There is an Eriba Puck for sale near here.. it's in good shape.. and in my budget..

why do I need two trailers? Talk some sense into me..
Situtations such as these are specifically one of my spouse's roles in insuring family harmony. Since I currently have a partially dissasembled VW Double-Cab pickup and our '87 Burro it has been made quite clear that one of them would have to go before I'm allowed any additional "projects".

Do you have a special someone who can follow you for a day or so going "NO!"?

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Old 02-05-2006, 03:02 PM   #20
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I missed out on buying a Puck several years ago when I was driving a VW Beetle Convertible. I have enough regrets for the both of us.
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:16 PM   #21
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OK, OK, so the Trabbie had a few shortcomings. The only ones I saw actually moving were always enveloped in a cloud of blue smoke (too cheap to put sleeves in those aluminum blocks, I think).

On the other hand, it seems that as far as the Puck is concerned, the concensus seems to be that you, Gina, should go for it. Bear in mind that if you do, no one who urged you to do it will be stuck with the headaches, or the bills. If it were me I would probably do it. I think it has something to do with an excessive need to be needed, ref. the Rover comment above.

So the Trabbie is out. A better alternative might be the prewar Skoda with the air-cooled V8 in the rear. Dicey handling, so bad that the German soldiers in WWII who were tempted to requsition them were apparently told in no uncertain terms that they could not, as they would surely die.

Full circle: keep the Element, but buy the Puck. Keep the Burro, too.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:03 PM   #22
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I buy nothing until he finds the title..seems he has it "Somewhere".

I am not even going to go look at it until he can show me both trailer and paperwork.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:10 PM   #23
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Gina.......I don't know how I added that last thing because it was not what I ment to add ..........but I will tell you like I tell my DH " you worked hard(he is retired) for it so if you want it and you know or at least THINK you can afford it ....then By All Means Get It.......we only go around once so if you want to have one camper for taking the kids(doggies) and work Then another one just to work on and use for "dress up"( camping with out doggies) then You Go Girl and more power to you.

P.S. If I was close enough to help you work on it I would sure be there everytime you needed help. P.P.S.........I fully agree with what everybody elese has said. I must say I am still waiting for my dream egg to come along and someday it will......So do Not pass on this one if you want it. Lynn M
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:54 PM   #24
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There were plenty of Trabbi's out there with trailer hitches -- I owned on for about a year and it had all of 23 hp!!! It was surprisingly nimble (not swift) when not loaded down with family and furnishing fleeing the East, creeping along the Autobahns. My '79 still had a 6 VDC power system.
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:50 PM   #25
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In German, Trabant means satellite.



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Old 02-05-2006, 10:30 PM   #26
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Gee Gina this sounds like the child who had
a little dog follow him home and he says
"Honest MOM he followed me home so
Can I keep him pleaseeeeeee"

Its good to rescue an orphan Gina
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:53 PM   #27
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I think the smoking problem with the Trabant is the two-stoke design - and not even a modern two-stroke (yes, the last couple of years had VW four-strokes, but that's not what made the Trabant reputation). Unsleeved aluminum is fine is done correctly - what am I saying... apparently nothing in a Trabant was done correctly!

Pete - a Trabant? It's a good thing you switched from egg-car to egg-trailer.

As for Gina...
As we can see from Roger's experience, mulittraileritis is a rapidly advancing disease, which must be treated immediately. If you let this Puck into your driveway, surely you will then realize that you cannot tow two tag trailers together (or even say that) so you will need to replace the Burro with a Scamp 19' and a pickup truck (sorry, the Ridgeline won't fit), and so make a three-unit (truck+Scamp+Puck) train. Since the Element will then be free of any rolling anchor, you will find youself getting a little egg again, and all hope will be lost.
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:12 AM   #28
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Who needs a stinking title?

Seriously if he will accompany you to a DMV office, if he really owns it the title thing is no problem. I really want you to get this and we both know why. Go girl!

Need someone to go with you to look at it?
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