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Old 06-13-2009, 04:53 PM   #113
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Cindy: Thanks for the pix. Those Pucks are nice. Interesting VW "truck"? I need to find out if there is a rally nearby so I can get some firsthand looks at some of these little trailers. It would be good to talk to the owners about their experiences.

Alan: My manual actually has towing info. It states that the car was designed for passenger use, but then goes on for more than 2 pages about towing including limits, tire pressure, hitch weight, load placement etc. And then, there is another section that lists all of the applicable weights in a chart. A lot of people in Europe (and here) tow with VWs. If I get a Puck, the weight is well within the restrictions. Do you think it has anything to do with the type of platform each year is built on? I just found out that different years are built on different platforms. Maybe one is more conducive to towing than others???
And, as I said before, I don't want to do anything risky, but if within VW limits, I will try to do this. I intend to go slow and careful. I always think the other drivers around me might be nuts, so I drive defensively anyway. I'm not going to be racing to Arizona. I just want to be able to enjoy the trip and stop when I feel like it - maybe stay a few days before moving on.
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:42 PM   #114
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Cindy: Thanks for the pix. Those Pucks are nice. Interesting VW "truck"? I need to find out if there is a rally nearby so I can get some firsthand looks at some of these little trailers. It would be good to talk to the owners about their experiences.

Alan: My manual actually has towing info. It states that the car was designed for passenger use, but then goes on for more than 2 pages about towing including limits, tire pressure, hitch weight, load placement etc. And then, there is another section that lists all of the applicable weights in a chart. A lot of people in Europe (and here) tow with VWs. If I get a Puck, the weight is well within the restrictions. Do you think it has anything to do with the type of platform each year is built on? I just found out that different years are built on different platforms. Maybe one is more conducive to towing than others???
And, as I said before, I don't want to do anything risky, but if within VW limits, I will try to do this. I intend to go slow and careful. I always think the other drivers around me might be nuts, so I drive defensively anyway. I'm not going to be racing to Arizona. I just want to be able to enjoy the trip and stop when I feel like it - maybe stay a few days before moving on.
You will be fine towing a 13ft fiberglass scamp, burro, casitas but you wil have to trave lite. I encourage you to browse some of the VW forums in the US an UK and get 1st hand account from those who have and continue to use VW's of all modelss to tow travel trailers ie: caravans.

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:00 PM   #115
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:51 PM   #117
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I wonder what's in that crate.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:57 PM   #118
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I am not a salesman for little guy but here is an alternative:

http://www.golittleguy.com/cms/

Your VW should be able to haul one of these. Just do a search on "teardrop trailers".

I have a Teardrop as well as my Burro and have seen many VW's pulling them at our gatherings.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:56 PM   #119
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Maddy,
Here is a link to some interesting very small trailers. None are molded fiberglass, but several might fit your needs.

http://www.johnweeks.com/random/campers/index.html
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:15 AM   #120
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New guy Wayne here ,just a thought on the subject .I have read somewhere that different states have different rules about tow weights and restrictions.Something else to consider for your trip . Good luck drive safe .
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Here is a link to some interesting very small trailers. None are molded fiberglass, but several might fit your needs.

http://www.johnweeks.com/random/campers/index.html
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:37 PM   #121
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We just rented a 13' Boler for a week and towed it with our pt cruiser up and down the mountains of bc without any problems what soever and our tow rating is also a 1000lb (in europe its 2500lb with a smaller engine) I don't there is going to be a problem.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:07 PM   #122
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If you read back in this thread, you'll see some posts that detail the issues when you are towing over your vehicle's rated limit. It can be done, but the question is, whether it should be done.

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:54 PM   #123
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Roger, I refreshed my memory on the teardrop trailers and went back to a couple of mfrs' sites. Way too claustrophobic - might as well sleep in the hatchback. My only real alternative is a Tentrax. But that is just a tent trailer. No refrig., no facilities - just a bed. The weight restriction with the VW is a killer.
Listen My name is Joe and I have a VW air-cooled shop here in Fl. I have been restoring bugs and buses and all things aircooled from the 50's 60' and 70's. Believe me when I tell you that a bug or beetle as you might call it will be struggling to pull and 1200 pound casita, boler, Scamp or anything else that is in that 13' range!....That is why the Germans made the Eriba Puck out of aluminum and that weighs 760 pounds. I had a 1978 bus pulling a 13' boler and the motor in the bus was a 2000cc or 2.0 liter motor like they had in the Porche's in the 70's and it was all I could do to get it to 60 mph so if there is someone out there pulling a 13' fiberglass camper with a 1600cc type 1 motor call me at 352-280-0283 and talk to me about getting your engine rebuilt. I would love to do it for you becasue you are putting alot of stress on that little motor!.....thanks Joebugs[at]yahoo.com
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:01 PM   #124
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It can be done, but the question is, whether it should be done.

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The answer as Raya is trying to point out is probably not! It's unfortunate that some will try it and then feel they have the right to promote a dangerous scenario. Towing with the perfect tow vehicle/trailer combo can have issues as well. But when you have the correct tow combo your less likely. As I have said in previous post, I don't want to talk anyone into not having a fiberglass egg I just hope they can have the perfect combo cause I want them and the people on the road around them safe. I had left this post alone several pages ago cause I got tired of the crazy promotion of taking a huge risk with someones life, but figure someone still has to speak up, thankfully some have tried to keep drilling safety first. As Raya and I have talked about, it's unfortunate that some newbie puller might read here that its ok. When infact it might not be.

Joe brings up a very valid point as well. What is incorrect towing doing to the vehicle? In my opinion more than the person who chooses to tow incorrectly has the mechanical knowledge to understand.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:58 PM   #125
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Robin, I have to agree with you about safety first. I have been following this topic here and feel the need to share my two cents. And Maddy I do remember that along time ago in the post you stated that you understood the problames of towing over the legale limit of your rig so this is only for people considering towing over weight. I am a truck driver with 14 years in and over 1.5 million miles. I have seen allot out on the roads and would hate to see anymore trailers of any kind scatterd accros the road any more. I have seen it happen 3 times right in front of me. and 2 of those times it was the correct tow rig for the camper. The problame is, something unexpected happens and a fast manover is made that is like a chain reaction. even if you are trained to deal with adverse driveing conditions, things go wrong. And if you happen to be useing a combination that is over the cars or trucks rateing you are to blame and will loose big. Do not be mistaken. what your rig is rated for is the limit. anything over that is against the law. maybe it is capable of towing it but the law in the US is verry strict about this. it is not just truck drivers that get weighed at those scales you see along the road. if an officer thinks you are towing unsafely they can and will pull you in and check it out. you do not want to pay that fine or be forced to leave your camper there while finding a proper tug to get it home. Please be carefull out there to all and I am sorry if this sound like I am preaching but 1 week ago today I wittnesd a crash of this kind and I do bnot want to see it again. I will remove myself from the soapbox no. and safe camping
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I have towed a 1,200 plus pound teardrop up and down the coast of CA with a Hyundia Elantra, the trailer has no brakes. I have not had any issues with towing and i consistantly drive 65 mph plus on the freeways.
I have done BIT inspections with the Highway Patrol from the up and down the coast and towing a 2,000 pound camper with a vehicle rated at 1,500 or less is not a major concern to anyone enforcing California title13 or the federal title49.
What realy looks odd is a one ton dually towing a 13 ft trailer, if i remember correctly the original brochure for the Burro showed a ford pinto or a chevy chevett towing a 13ft burro on the beach.
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