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Old 03-31-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
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Saw a VW Beetle pulling a 13 ft Scamp going onto I-80 in Iowa City Iowa on Sat afternoon. Was suprised it would tow.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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You mean like this blue combo?
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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Hi all first time posting. I have 2006 VW Jetta towing a 13' scamp. IT runs go good drown the road, I have tow 1000 mi so far and avage about 35 mi pg. Kind of nice on fixed income. Bob
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:45 AM   #4
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Hi all first time posting. I have 2006 VW Jetta towing a 13' scamp. IT runs go good drown the road, I have tow 1000 mi so far and avage about 35 mi pg. Kind of nice on fixed income. Bob
Glad you join in Bob.

Do you have a photo of your rig you can post?
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:47 AM   #5
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Yes, Donna, very similar.
Actually saw it coming back into Iowa City on Sunday morning also.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:08 AM   #6
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We were looking at a VW Jetta Wagon TDI as a possible new TV for our Trillium 13. However, it's hard to find real numbers on what it will pull here as it's not stated on the VW website (not a good sign in itself). A thread I found on a VW forum was that it's only rated for 1000lbs here in North America.

In Europe they are rated to pull far more but as many members have pointed out if you are pulling more then the vehicle manual states and you are in an accident it could really cause you grief.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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I've noticed over the years that some kinds of vehicles seem to have owners who swear they can do anything; VW and Chevy Blazer (orig) come to mind first! Never had either one so I can't speak from experience.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:21 PM   #8
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I know that the Jetta TDI is rated at 1000 pd but it's the best thing in this country for traveling. You can't find one in a used cat lot. I have pulled My scamp all over MN Wis ND and SD. with no trouble. I thought when I brought the car I would get 5 sp manl trans. So wen I get in the the hills could drop back to 4th but to car has enuff power to pull in 5th. As soon as I can get a 08 or a 09 I will have one the car is fantastic. After two year and 44k mi I still love that car. I have had GM Ford IH TV and the Jetta is for the a near further Bob
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:56 PM   #9
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Wow what a cute combo that VW and scamp were. We saw them in Iowa City on Friday afternoon while in City Park, and we were telling our daughter about it on Saturday afternoon and like magic they appeared again! Maybe they were just cruising Iowa City!
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:46 PM   #10
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A British used car website lists the VW Beetle's tow capacity as 600 kilos without brakes, 1000 kilos with (1320 lbs without/2400 lbs with).

It is worth noting, however, that there are no Rocky Mountains in England. One can hike up and back down most of their "mountains" in a day

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Old 04-01-2008, 07:02 AM   #11
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Here's an article about a Jetta diesel towing an airstream



http://www.rvlifemag.com/file363/hitchhints363.html
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Thanks Phil I always new the Jetta TDI was up for the task!!! Bob
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:34 AM   #14
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We have 4 VW choices. We tow with the Eurovan. Now, according to this thread, we can tow with my '99 Beetle (They sell towbars, but all I have found is information that towing is not recommended.). We have a '69 Beetle like the one in the previous posting picture, but we are hoping to eventually have the projected picture below, our '68 pickup towing our UHaul.

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