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Old 12-08-2010, 08:50 PM   #29
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During the 80'a and early 90's I drove around Ontario year round pulling a 27' woods travel trailer behind a Dodge van with cooler and proper hitch setup. We just need to be reasonable in ratio and setup, (with proper tongue capacity).
The boler trailer above is very light and VWs have a great frame; though stock HP maybe a bit low; not shure and I do not know how you would add extra cooling for the transmission.
It just sounds like a lot of fun to be had.
Really like the shots 'Matt in SV' looks like fun setup.
I think we need to just have fun with our little rolling palaces
Keep in mind i do think we should listen to Joe Diaz as he knows a lot more about VW's
also as stated in group a truck in not always needed.
Great group like all the comments made. So much good input from all that commented.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:07 PM   #30
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B and TW this is not a shot, but just a fun photo. Harley’s have been pulling little tear drops for years. It is just about ratio and hitch setup.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:44 AM   #31
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Obviously there is a breaking point for everything. With size you get weight of course, but you also get wind resistance. You could have a 1500lb sail that was 500x400 feet, and sure, completely impractical and dumb, but would blow most vehicles off the road if the right wind hit it. So yes, there's definitely a fine line around there somewhere. I'm amazed at how well my jeep pulls the boler, like you said, I can definitely tell it's there but when ripping along you definitely forget about it sometimes
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:09 PM   #32
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My father in law has driven vw's most of his life and swaps the vw engines with the early 90's 2.0 subaru engines. He has done it in the vanagons and a transporter, but I don't know if it can be done in a bug.

VW transporters or samba single/double cabs make killer tow vehicles with subaru engines. When we got our Boler we towed it home with my father in laws '85 Transporter and got more looks than I have since lugging it around with my Subaru Forester.

You can find used 2.0 subaru motors from the 80's or 90's for under a thousand bucks, and they have plenty of torque to haul our trailers. They fit in the VW's small engine compartment because like the VW's they are a horizontally opposed engine (Porsche also makes it's boxer engine as mentioned by someone earlier...they probably cost a bit more than the Subaru's though...).
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:31 PM   #33
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another long thread with photos to look at Here
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:18 AM   #34
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Just checked out the link but what would be the fate of this thread then The pics were not much but very good cars.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:50 PM   #35
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Doesn't anyone remember what happened to Pintos when they got rear ended?
Yeah, they exploded,BOOM!!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #36
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My father in law has driven vw's most of his life and swaps the vw engines with the early 90's 2.0 subaru engines. He has done it in the vanagons and a transporter, but I don't know if it can be done in a bug.

VW transporters or samba single/double cabs make killer tow vehicles with subaru engines. When we got our Boler we towed it home with my father in laws '85 Transporter and got more looks than I have since lugging it around with my Subaru Forester.

You can find used 2.0 subaru motors from the 80's or 90's for under a thousand bucks, and they have plenty of torque to haul our trailers. They fit in the VW's small engine compartment because like the VW's they are a horizontally opposed engine (Porsche also makes it's boxer engine as mentioned by someone earlier...they probably cost a bit more than the Subaru's though...).
That's interesting. I would rather see a VW diesel engine inside a 4wd Subaru, though. That would be a sweet combo!
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:40 AM   #37
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a TDI into a 4 runner would make the best of both worlds.........lots of towability, 4 wheel drive, and 50 MPG to boot....(not towing)
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:07 PM   #38
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Hi all , I'm planning on buying a project VW beetle , the older ones . I've seen them pulling bolers and trilliums but my question is , will the car be able to pull the boler without being to laboured

I just saw your question today. I used to have a 1964 VW van with a 1600 cc engine, which was about as big as it got back then for those vehicles. I could barely go over 55 mph (90 kph) without the van becoming unhappy. I would not have imagined towing a Boler or anything else with it, but if I did I would have to go even slower. I did several cross-country trips at that speed, which took a day or so longer than they would with a more modern vehicle. I also once owned a 1968 Beetle, again with the 1600 cc engine. It was great for local travel but we did not attempt to tow anything with it and it was stunningly loud (inside the vehicle) on the highway. Not to mention the almost non-existent heating/defrosting and absurd windshield wipers.

My guess is that your old VW will labour mightily and your best sustained speed will be low enough to annoy everyone else on the road if you drive on single-lane back roads. Also, the old VWs did not get really great gas mileage anyway (my Beetle was about 36 mpg in Canada, with a 20% bigger gallon than the US, and the van was about 27 mpg) and I think that mileage would suffer terribly with a significant load.

On the other hand, it would make a heartwarming picture.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:16 AM   #39
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Hi all , I'm planning on buying a project VW beetle , the older ones . I've seen them pulling bolers and trilliums but my question is , will the car be able to pull the boler without being to laboured
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:13 PM   #40
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Not recommending this, but the VW bug, trailer and I survived.

Back in the 70s I had a 4 year old 69 VW bug with 60,000 miles and new valves when I started moving around the country pulling my stuff on a 4x8 snow mobile trailer with 4' high plywood sides. The trailer probably had a max weight cap. of around 1500 lbs and I know I loaded it past that because there were times when the trailer frame rubbed the top of the tires on rough roads. I drove with this rig from Vermont to Arizona (and "rested" for a month or so) then on to Vancouver B.C. and "rested" for a year then on to Denver, CO (think mountains) and "rested" for 3 months then back to Arizona for a years "rest" then on to Louisiana and "rested" for 3 years. By this time, of course, my knuckles were permanently white.
The VW was junked with 139,000 on it because the bottom was rusting so bad it was falling off or things were falling through the bottom and I didn't want to be one of them. I kept the engine and moved it with me to Iowa thinking I would tear it apart and rebuild it, but instead I gave it to the local community college auto tech program. Never did get to see how it looked inside, but it was still running just fine --although surely it was ready for another set of valves.
Way back then I barely knew anything about tow ratings, but I sure did know that those 1500+ lbs behind me did not want to stop once they got going. Of course I kept my speed down (or should I say the trailer kept my speed down - seldom over 50mph) and drove with my eyes looking about one mile ahead of me.
The point is that the engine/transmission seemed to handle the overloaded situation without any problems. Amazing I was never pulled over by the cops.

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