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Old 06-05-2009, 10:21 AM   #99
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looks like the same TDI VW here at devils post pile. I don't remember where this photo came from.

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Old 06-06-2009, 06:12 PM   #100
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We saw a new Beetle towing an Alpine today at the VW Fest in Effingham, IL. Here's pix:

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Old 06-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #101
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Here is a link to an interesting tent trailer that weighs in at 800 llbs.
From th web site: the GO is more versatile than a swiss army knife!

http://www.sylvansport.com/it.html
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:31 PM   #102
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the GO is more versatile than a swiss army knife!

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Perhaps more versatile....but....the rain fly doesn't appear to be adequate. An adequate rain fly looks as shown in attached photo (must come all the way to the ground (or base of tent)
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:59 PM   #103
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This rig was at the Bluebonnet casita rally at Bandera, TX in April.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:42 PM   #104
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yep! that's us!
we pull our 13' with a diesel new beetle TDI and it does fine. Not great, but fine.
Just shift down when going up those long inclines! ha!
We love the VW--it is red and so looks right with the red and white Scamp.
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If you are moving all your things inside that scamp, the VW will be very upset pulling all that weight. If you are shipping your stuff and it's just yu and kitties, then, go for it!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #105
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I know is not a Egg but with only 1000Pds limit you need to compromise a bit...

Here a 750Pds 12' composite fiber wall (Like a TADA) look all the photo link (down the page) To bad the mini 13' at 950 Pds was a bit heavy... Just take the outside shower option and the spare tire support....Your good to go ! http://www.roulottesprolite.com/english/eco12.htm

PS: This is axel rating the trailer weight exactly 830 Pds empty Aka no propane,no water and no gear...
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:12 PM   #106
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Towing information and capability is in my new Beetle manual. The brake lights went out on my VW baby (among other expensiv things), and the hubby found it in the documentation when he was looking for fuse information.

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Old 06-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #107
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Towing information and capability is in my new Beetle manual. The brake lights went out on my VW baby (among other expensiv things), and the hubby found it in the documentation when he was looking for fuse information.

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I made the mistake on weight when I first posted, but have since realized my error. My manual states 1,000 lbs max.

I'm trying to work with that - don't want to give up the Golf. I'm pretty sure a Puck is my only alternative, but Gilles suggestion looks good too, as well as some others that have posted. I've got some time to work on this, so I will keep looking and searching for an answer.

Thanks for the info. (That VW manual is a beast, isn't it? )
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I haven't used the manual myself. We did buy one of the thicker repair manuals but even with that, we still have to rely on the experts for a lot of things. This Beetle is a bit more complicated than our '69 Beetle. The hubby can handle that one.

I read a recommendation online that these not be used to tow (I also read that the Golf and Beetle are the same underneath.), but why would there be something in the manual if this is the case? There is even a hole in the fender of my Beetle for towing.

Good luck on what you choose to do. The Puck is cute too. I took some pix of one at the VW show we were at last weekend if you want me to post those?

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I haven't used the manual myself. We did buy one of the thicker repair manuals but even with that, we still have to rely on the experts for a lot of things. This Beetle is a bit more complicated than our '69 Beetle. The hubby can handle that one.

I read a recommendation online that these not be used to tow (I also read that the Golf and Beetle are the same underneath.), but why would there be something in the manual if this is the case? There is even a hole in the fender of my Beetle for towing.

Good luck on what you choose to do. The Puck is cute too. I took some pix of one at the VW show we were at last weekend if you want me to post those?

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From what I've been told, the Golf and Beetle are the same basic frame underneath. I am on a couple of forums trying to get my towing situation solved, and there are lots of questions/comments about limits on towing. On a TDI forum, you get a whole different set of ideas and recommendations on using a VW to tow. It's been very interesting - hope it boils down to a solution soon. By the way, ask about towing at a dealer and they freak out a little, as if you asked if you could put wings on it!

Would love to see the pix of the Puck. Since it was a VW show, I guess that this was showing that you could tow one with a VW, yes?

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Here you go. Exterior pix:
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:50 PM   #112
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Maddy...I have an '03 4cyl VW TDI. The manual states clearly not to tow with this vehicle. Alan


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I posted this on the Casita Forum, but someone suggested I also post here:

I am looking at the little 13' Casita. I'm trying to find out if anyone has ever used a VW Golf TDI (manual transmission) to tow one.

I'm actually considering this because I'm moving in a few months from the East Coast to AZ. I have 2 cats to take with me and the idea of taking them in and out of motel rooms along the way is not something I look forward to. So, I thought if I bought one of the Casita trailers, I could also get a separate pop-up screen room for the "girls" in which they could burn off some energy and I would have a secure place to sleep and shower. I would much rather stay in an RV park than a motel (and the additional charges for pets is sometimes very expensive).

Also, I have no definite plans on permanent housing once I get there, so I may need a couple of months to find something. I can stay in the Casita while I look, although the cats will NOT be happy . I may have to board them for a little while - don't want to leave them alone in the trailer at all.

Then, once I'm settled in a new home, I can take the trailer on little trips as needed since I'm moving to a fairly rural high desert area and any major shopping will require quite a bit of mileage and overnight stays.

So, I'm just at the beginning of this process. I don't understand the "hitch weight". I know about the maximum weight I can tow, VW manual says 2,000 - but whenever I ask someone at the VW dealer about this, they freak out a little.

Thanks for any and all info.
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