Bill says towing capacity for TDI is 2500, but I think that sounds too high, maybe 1500. anyway, dealers are covering their behind for legal reasons and don't recommend but folks in Europe do it all the time with no problem. That's why we settled on the TDI.
Bill also tells me i got the vintage wrong on the bug. it is a 1998 model, with highest tow rating ever.
We are pleased with its performance with Scamp and without. We do have to shift down to third on long inclines and no problem braking. we have had a couple emergency stops that i thought would end up badly, but we stopped on a dime with Scampy happily behind us.
We do not recommend towing with later models of VW, especially non-diesel. Check out the VW TDI forums before going for a bug for a tow vehicle.
We would be happy to sell Herbie to anybody with a standard 13, but nothing above that. Adding the bath weight
would push Herbie's limits and I'd rather not strain him.
There has been quite a bit of interest in the last year or so here about towing with a VW bug. So far all the VW buggers who've piped in have had tow capacities too low for even the lightest of our eggs. Can I ask what the tow capacity of the TDI is? Maybe that would be a good solution for the die-hard bug folks.
It certainly does make a cute combo
PS: I should clarify that I'm not in the market for a trailer right now since I already own one; but being a fellow tow-with-a-car person, I'm always interested in towing capacities.