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Old 05-31-2015, 03:38 AM   #1
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Hi all! looking for info on towing abilities

Hello Everyone... finally after 2 years I get my egg!! I just purchased a 1975 Trillium 13'. I have a 2014 vw golf wagon TDI that says 2000 tow capacity. Trailer says 1500 lb capacity...and has brakes. I will clean it up and load up what I need... ( I travel pretty light) and get it scaled to see exactly where I am. My problem is that my drive train warranty will be void if I pull something too heavy... so am looking for some ideas or suggestions - do I go ahead and put a trailer hitch on my vw? or should I buy something else to tow this with like a dodge caravan? - rated 3500 lbs? Thoughts please! Thanks Wendy
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I'd go with towing with something else. We had a 2012 and towed a teardrop. The engine was more than capable but the suspension wasn't up to the task- we would have needed air lifts to stop the hitch bottoming out. We had the hitch installed by the VW dealer. You can get a a European hitch installed which would be better.

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Thanks... I appreciated your input!
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Hello Everyone... finally after 2 years I get my egg!! I just purchased a 1975 Trillium 13'. I have a 2014 vw golf wagon TDI that says 2000 tow capacity. Trailer says 1500 lb capacity...and has brakes. I will clean it up and load up what I need... ( I travel pretty light) and get it scaled to see exactly where I am. My problem is that my drive train warranty will be void if I pull something too heavy... so am looking for some ideas or suggestions - do I go ahead and put a trailer hitch on my vw? or should I buy something else to tow this with like a dodge caravan? - rated 3500 lbs? Thoughts please! Thanks Wendy
Hi Wendy. The TDI's have a great reputation here and all over the world when used as TV's. There are a number of them that we know about that are pro set ups and towing trailers much larger than yours. What that means is that your vehicle towing at the max rating is well within it's capabilities with margin to spare.

Good to hear your trailer has brakes so you need to get a quality brake controller and get a good connection system. If appropriate to your hardware specs a WDH will mellow out the ride and add an additional safety margin.

You have the potential for a great handling/performing rig if set up optimally.
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I'd go with towing with something else. We had a 2012 and towed a teardrop. The engine was more than capable but the suspension wasn't up to the task- we would have needed air lifts to stop the hitch bottoming out. We had the hitch installed by the VW dealer. You can get a a European hitch installed which would be better.
The Euro hitch would not be any better in your case. A properly installed WDH would be the best solution.
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If the VW is rated to tow 2000 lbs and the trailer is only 1500 lbs, you should be fine. Use of a weight distributing hitch would be the sensible way to distribute the hitch weight over the vehicle's entire suspension.

Can-Am RV in London ON could install a hitch receiver... or even fabricate a custom hitch receiver... if you are anywhere near them. They have WD hitches for sale also.
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Thanks all for the info!!

Appreciated! I so love this site... So much help and info...thanks!
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