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Old 01-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hi! I am looking to buy my first trailer. I have a VW Tiguan that can haul up to 5500 pounds so I am seriously looking at the Casita Freedom 16' or an Rpod 179. I have been camping all my life... most times off of my motorcycle. Since I can't pull a toyhauler I am looking for nice light campers. I really love the Casita but can't get a price on them new. The site doesn't list the prices. I like this site. It looks like a lot of fun folks.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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Call or email Casita. They will send you a sales brochure with the prices. They will also give you contact info of owners in your area willing to show their trailers. I think I used the live chat option on their website to request info, and was surprised to find an owner within 5 miles of me.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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Is that a VW Tiquan or Tourag ? The Tourig with diesel is rated for 7700lb towing and Tiquan is rated for 2200lb .I have been looking at VW for awhile I have a 5000lb boat and a 2500lb RV Snoozy . Looking to tow Snoozy not the boat What Tiquan do you have that will do 5500lb? i see the Audi Q-5 will tow 4400 lb with a 2litre 4 cylinder i believe same engine as Tiquan ? inquirng mind want to know JIm
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:36 PM   #4
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Welcome Jan. Check out the for sale section on this forum. Even the ones that have sold can give you a reality on the prices for used ones.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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check the height of the Casita 16... I am 5'10" or so and wouldn't consider anything I have to be stooped over in unless it was free lol.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:24 PM   #6
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As this is primarily a Molded Fiberglass RV site you won't find many Rpod owners or much support for any sticky, as they are called, hereabouts. You can check on irv2.com for them though.


But it does seem like the dealers may be (pardon the phrase) dumping them at drastically reduced prices, something you never see in FGRV's. There must be some message there. Here's an example I saw at random:
2015 Forest River R-pod r-pod East RP-179 Stock: 3462 | The Outpost RV
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:43 PM   #7
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Is that a VW Tiquan or Tourag ? The Tourig with diesel is rated for 7700lb towing and Tiquan is rated for 2200lb .I have been looking at VW for awhile I have a 5000lb boat and a 2500lb RV Snoozy . Looking to tow Snoozy not the boat What Tiquan do you have that will do 5500lb? i see the Audi Q-5 will tow 4400 lb with a 2litre 4 cylinder i believe same engine as Tiquan ? inquirng mind want to know JIm
I went specifically to the VW Dealer and they looked it up in the book.It is a Tiguan like I said and it does 5500 It is not diesel.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:53 PM   #8
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If that Tiquan is a 5500lb tow rating that would be Great or is that GVWR Gross vehicle weight restriction .I was looking it up on Trailer boats and it said 2200 towing and it weighs 3300lb which =5500lb .I will go to VW this week and find out I hope your right .
They will be coming out with a diesel tiquan sometime 2015-2016 ??
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:41 PM   #9
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Manufacturers towing limits is about the most discussed single topic on this site.


What we have learned is what the dealer sez is always open to question and verification from another source. Often what they said, if incorrect, will be denied at the wrong time. They are not considered an unimpeachable source.


And, no one else agrees with your dealer. Here's a link addressing the question: VWVortex.com - Tiguan tow capacity? North America Vs The rest of the world




The correct source of information is what's in the owners manual for your specific vehicle.
All that said, if you don't have a manual , or if the figure doesn't seem to be there, contact VW of America with your VIN and get a definitive answer.
"Accidently" towing at some 3000 lbs over limit is a very serious issue.
And, BTW: Figures for European models don't count in the USofA.
Good Luck and let us know what you find.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:24 AM   #10
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If that Tiquan is a 5500lb tow rating that would be Great or is that GVWR Gross vehicle weight restriction .I was looking it up on Trailer boats and it said 2200 towing and it weighs 3300lb which =5500lb .I will go to VW this week and find out I hope your right .
They will be coming out with a diesel tiquan sometime 2015-2016 ??
hI Jenny I hope I wasn't steered wrong either. I love the Tiguan. It had a wide base and the back seats fold down flat. I bought it because I did 14000 mile across America in a Jetta and wished I had something I could crawl in the back and sleep in. Traded it for the Tiguan.
If you folks find out they told me wrong, I'll look for a F150 of comparable Chevy used

Oh...and found this: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...torture-thread
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:53 AM   #11
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In regards "hazy450" mentioned in the above link:

Yep, ya gotta love those that do whatever they want, without concern for themselves much less others around them.

Without even addressing the issue of safety. I'll bet that hazy450 didn't ask his insurance company about what effect towing well over limit might have on his insurance coverage, or his lawyer about what liability he might be opening himself and family to if he had an accident while towing in that condition. And, after all that, there is the issue, in his case of being in the military, of UCMJ Section 134 and what they would do when the civil peeps were done with him. As was mentioned in the replies, in picking up a speeding ticket along the way, he wasn't showing the greatest respect for the law, much less common sense.


Also add in, hazy450 knew that he had to lie to the people at U-Haul by telling them that he had a different vehicle than he actually had as he must have known that they wouldn't rent that trailer to him if they knew it's towing limit was so low. Who knows, he may even have had to go to several U-Haul dealers before he pulled that one off.....

Bottom Line: Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do something or as Mom said, "If hazy450 jumped off the bridge, would you also jump off the bridge?".

And what does the owners manual for your specific vehicle say about towing limits?
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:04 AM   #12
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Specifications?????

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"If you folks find out they told me wrong, I'll look for a F150 of comparable Chevy used"
BTW: It's not up to a web site to find out if you were incorrectly told about towing specifications.. We have already made that clear from the information available to us.

Now it's up to you to take that information and verify which is correct for your vehicle.

But, no need to sell what is an excellent vehicle, as there are many FGRV's that you can safely tow with a 2200 lb towing limit, they just aren't as big as you mentioned.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:22 AM   #13
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check the height of the Casita 16... I am 5'10" or so and wouldn't consider anything I have to be stooped over in unless it was free lol.
Just talked to the Casita guy and he said my Tiguan could haul any of their trailers. He also mentioned that Toureg's can haul 7000! Didn't know that.
I'm looking at the Freedom Deluxe 16' and it's only 5'10" interior height. I'm only 5'6" so that's fine for me.

GVWR Manual 4784 lb 2170 kg N/A
Automatic 4806 lb 2180 kg 4960 lb 2250 kg
Just copied that from the specs.
I don't own a Toureg I just mentioned that.
I came in here to learn and not to be put down because I'm new. I have several friends who are full timers in RV's and I just wanted to get one to travel -safely- around the US.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:40 AM   #14
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Here we go again.... The "Casita Guy" is in the business of selling trailers, not being certain that your vehicle is safe to tow them. Ask him if he will give you a signed statement, signed by an officer of his company, to that effect. And don't forget to add at least 500 lbs to their shipping weight for your stuff.
And what does your owners manual say about towing limits? You don't seem to want to tell us that information....


Unfortunately a lot of newbies get on the site seeking support for decisions that are incorrect. As you will see, that just doesn't happen hereabouts.
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