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Old 05-06-2009, 07:14 AM   #1
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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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I would think that would be similar to towing with a 5 speed Subaru Forester (mine is rated for 2000 lbs.) Since it sounds like you'd be moving with all your possessions you might be pushing things with a Casita, even a 13 foot.

Hitch weight, or tongue weight, refers to how much the trailer tongue weighs down your hitch. But in a two-wheel trailer that isn't huge, it is easily changed by how you load the trailer. Mine was a bit light so I carry heavy items towards the front of the trailer. But changing the overall trailer weight is harder- you can drive without carrying water in the tanks, for example, and a trailer that is just the basics would be lighter than one with all the bells and whistles- but I think you are probably still going to find most full sized 13 foot trailers are a bit heavy for your car.



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Old 05-06-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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THere are photos of a 13 footer and a new beetle tow vehicle. somewhere in this thread i think Here
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:41 PM   #4
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I know someone who pulls a 13' Scamp with a diesel powered beetle.
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My VW Golf is only rated to tow 1000 lbs. Unless you tow below that weight, you are opening yourself up to working the rest of your life for someone else. A lawyer could make you look so bad if you had an accident while towing overweight. There are a lot of discussions on this forum on towing weight. Don't even think about it.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
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Jeez, I have a big OOPS!

My VW Golf TDI has a 1,000 lb towing limit. I was reading the section that was giving the weight for the car itself. DUH!

So, now I have to reformulate all my plans. I can't afford a new car. So I don't know what I will end-up doing. I really like the idea of the little 13' Casita.

I hadn't planned on taking a lot of "stuff" with me - was going to store most and ship some to destination.

I couldn't find the post with the VW Beetle in it - I checked all 22 pages!
But since I am really stubborn, I will go to some VW sites and see if anyone is towing anything like the Casita w/VW. I have to give this idea one last try to see if there is any possibility.

My only alternative is getting a small motor home and towing my VW. Not something I think is preferable, but maybe my only option.

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if after you do all your calculationd and your tow vehicle weight rating numbers are getting close Here is a good thread about risk and liability to ponder. Take care.

EDIT : I see we posted at the same time and you found your weight rating so never mind about this reply then. IF we can help you out with anything else just ask. Lots of great folks on this forum here. IF anyone has that photo of the BLue VW new beetle and blue 13 foot trailer painted to match please post it.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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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".
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IF anyone has that photo of the BLue VW new beetle and blue 13 foot trailer painted to match please post it.
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Okay, now I'm really confused! If the VW Bug can pull a Casita, why can't my Golf? It is the same frame, just a different body (or so I'm told by VW salesman).
My VW is a diesel, with 5 speed manual transmission. And I think my hatchback is heavier than the "bug".
VERY CONFUSING

Also, I'll have to check again, but I didn't think the teardrops were much lighter than the smallest Casita (and - no "facilities"). But I have looked at them and will do so again.
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wonderful, thanks terry! those are the ones. Maddy might have thought i was wacky ha ha. I could not hunt them down either.
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Maddy, the issue here is not what it can do but what it is allowed to do by law.
There is a forum on desert ATVs I read which I cannot find at the moment. He linked to this forum somewere. One of their members had an accident with his toy hauler and someone was killed. The State Police weighed his trailer with contents and discovered that his Ford truck was not rated to haul that heavy a load. The guy lost his house, his wife divorced him, he is going to jail, in other words his future is ruined. I admit that there are persons who haul overweight, I hate to admit I did it myself in my salad days, that is what those VW/Egg pictures show. They might get away with it for years, but it's like getting hit by a train, it only takes once. Try coming back to these posters who tell you you can do it when you get into trouble. They will just shrug their shoulders and walk away, but you are in big trouble from following their advice.
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Be careful -- Just because it CAN pull it a ways doesn't mean it SHOULD pull it!

VW spent some time considering what the maximum tow capacity is and you are almost doubling it, esp when you start loading moving stuf into it.

You not only have to pull it, you have to be able to stop it and to steer it under adverse conditions, plus the body has to be strong enough that you don't rip the trailer hitch right off it...
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Okay, I get the problem. But it sure is tempting.

And I don't totally trust VW about anything, although I'll concede on this one for safety's sake. If the load limit is 1,000, then I can't pull much of anything

By the way, I don't intend to load any moving stuff into a Casita or any other towable. I was just going to take necessities, store most of it and ship the intermediate stuff to the new destination.

Ken C.: didn't think you were wacky, I just couldn't find them. They are too tempting - getting me into trouble already.
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