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Old 05-19-2010, 11:50 AM   #141
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I would suggest following the Mfg. tow spec's I have seen people who have not followed those guild lines with some serious breakdowns on the highway. I just purchased a 2010 Subaru Outback with a tow rating of 2700 lbs and hitch weight of 200lbs. While I could go light on the 16' Scamp I going to go with the 13' version(1200lbs and 100lbs for the hitch) as I want to carry bikes, and all the stuff that you need in the RV.

All that stuff adds up and who wants to have mechanical problems while camping! You may want to take a look at the tear drops.

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Old 05-19-2010, 05:00 PM   #142
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BTW, a regional VW office in Europe looked up my VW from its VIN # and gave me different (higher) tow weights. So I guess it is CYA in the U.S.
Yes, probably some CYA and also some encouragement to buy bigger vehicles offered in North America that just aren't sold in Europe.

But the biggest factor is that European and North American towing practices are completely different.

Europeans:
- tow with a hitch weight %age that would be considered dangerously low by most North Americans;
- expect to drive at a lower speed when towing (and towing speed limits are enforced);
- expect to drive with greater attention since they are always nearer the limit of stability than North Americans.

So if using a European tow rating in North America, you would have to be willing and able to drive like a European when towing.

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:06 PM   #143
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Maddy was Last Active 31st March 2010 - 08:39 AM, doubtful she'll see any of the recent comments. But hope she finds her way here again.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:19 PM   #144
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TOO MUCH TRAILER?? hehehe
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:07 PM   #145
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We pull our 13 foot Boler with a Jetta TDI...still hardly know it's there behind us!
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:18 PM   #146
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Isn't that an early Subaru? No problem!

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Old 05-22-2010, 09:03 AM   #147
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Sorry for the non-fiberglass trailer, but I like this old photo too much to leave it out:


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Now that Weferlinger 200 is small even compared to a Scamp (111" long, 65" wide and 550 pounds) but that tow vehicle is a Bond Minicar three-wheeler - with a single-cylinder two-stroke 200cc motor putting out nearly 10hp on a good day.

The cycle may be for local transport at the destination (no point driving that monster tow vehicle around, eh?) or it may be for the car passenger to get out and ride to help push the trailer up hills....

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Old 05-22-2010, 11:53 AM   #148
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Isn't that an early Subaru? No problem!
Yep! 1970 Subaru 360. two stroke/two cylinder 360CC , car weighs 925# seats four.
It's 9 feet long, The Smart Car is 10" taller and 10" wider than the Subie.
It only has 26HP [not bad for 22CID]
BTW.... It doesn't have a hitch! of course. I was just trying to rib those "By the Book" guys a little.
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Sorry for the non-fiberglass trailer, but I like this old photo too much to leave it out:


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Now that Weferlinger 200 is small even compared to a Scamp (111" long, 65" wide and 550 pounds) but that tow vehicle is a Bond Minicar three-wheeler - with a single-cylinder two-stroke 200cc motor putting out nearly 10hp on a good day.

The cycle may be for local transport at the destination (no point driving that monster tow vehicle around, eh?) or it may be for the car passenger to get out and ride to help push the trailer up hills....

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here's one on a matching Trabant
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:05 PM   #150
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here's one on a matching Trabant
Way cool stable door! (what is the right name for them?)

Now there's an idea for a trailer mod!
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:49 PM   #151
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Way cool stable door! (what is the right name for them?)

Now there's an idea for a trailer mod!
They're actually called Dutch Doors. They just happen to be used in stables as well as human houses
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:19 PM   #152
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Now there's an idea for a trailer mod!
I thought about doing that to my boler American. Cut the door in 1/2 near the belly band. One would have to use 2 sets of hinges and move them both closer to the middle of the door to accomodate the body curvature.

Some pet screening on a roller blind type set up could then be used for when the top of the dutch door is open.
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I'd love to have a 360 in good working order. Would go nicely with our Forester and WRX STi, particularly the WRX -- what polar opposites they'd be.
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It's really a simple answer, at least for me, tow within the car manufactures specification. I have a new Subaru Outback that is rated for 2700lbs and 200lbs hitch weight. Regardless of what I tow I intend to respect that. As far as the hitch weight you can simply measure it by resting the retractable hitch wheel on a bathroom scale.

Enjoy and be safe!
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