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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old February 21st, 2018, 21:34   #3181
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It is a 13 foot Camplite We had to search for it and drove 300 miles to get it. All aluminum/composite unit. The Beetle is generating ~315 TQ/160 HP. So it pulls no problem. When we are cruising, there is a lot of wind drag because of the shape and so much of the trailer face is not protected by the Beetle so we feel that. Don't really need brakes with this parachute behind us . So much drag that the turbo is always boosting at about 5 psi. It doesn't generate boost when cruising when the trailer is off.
Very nice! I looked up the specs and saw that it was a lot lighter than I expected. I figured all aluminium would be, but still.

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Put an AirLift setup in the factory springs. I love that setup on my wife's MkV. I've put the AirLift setup in my MkIV Wagon as well, but I didn't take the Wagon on a 4500 mile test drive with the trailer...

Here's the link to the photos before the AirLift setup went on the cars...
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I might have to look into that. Thanks! I'm anxious to see how it does with the stock springs by themselves.
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Old March 5th, 2018, 09:23   #3182
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Last Sunday I took a trip from Ohio down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The trip went pretty smoothly. The car towed the pop-up without any issues at all, I was genuinely impressed with how well it it did.

We had a spot right next to the beach. It was so nice falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves.

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Old March 10th, 2018, 22:10   #3183
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55, 40# bags of Anthracite nut coal. 2,200#. Trailer did not like all of the frost heaves we have this time of year in NH.

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Old March 11th, 2018, 14:01   #3184
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Don't get delivery in your area?
from what I hear you usually get a few tons delivered a lot cheaper than in bags
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Old March 11th, 2018, 15:49   #3185
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This was from a free ad. ;-)
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Old March 11th, 2018, 19:50   #3186
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Who gives money away?
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Old March 11th, 2018, 21:40   #3187
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It happens, sometimes. I can't remember the last time I've paid to heat my home, other than in motor fuel and sweat equity.

The person I got it from said I was about the 12th to respond but the only one to use the magic words. "I heat with coal". The rest were just out to flip it for a buck.
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Old March 18th, 2018, 14:51   #3188
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Why would someone give it away? Don't they need it to heat their own home?

I think I'd be looking to set up some form of omnivorous heating system - is there such a thing, that can use coal or pellet pine or otherwise? Mainly I only know of gas or oil/diesel heaters.
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Old March 19th, 2018, 07:31   #3189
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A good heating stove should be able to burn any consumable solid. Probably not able to burn liquid/gas in the same stove but wood, coal, paper... should all be good.
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Old March 19th, 2018, 22:02   #3190
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The person with the coal injured his back and couldn't hump around 40# bags any more. He needed the room in his garage and so we both won. He regrettably will be heating with gas now, would have been happy continuing to burn coal but such is life.

We heat our entire house (other than a 10K btu unvented propane heater in the upstairs bathroom for subzero days) with an Ashley combo wood and coal stove. It burns wood, of course, and Anthracite coal sized Pea up through Stove. You need to be careful with Pea because it tends to drop through the grates fairly easily so I blend it with Nut and that helps. We have no other sources of heat.Typically burn wood in the Spring and Fall, when it is still too warm for a proper coal fire.

I have burned some Butuminous and Cannel coal, but it is very dirty and stinky. Anthracite burns very clean with no smoke and only a little bit of odor outside when you first load it up.



I love heating with coal. Only need to tend the stove twice a day unless it is below zero.
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Old March 20th, 2018, 08:27   #3191
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sounds like the same furnace I have for wood. Do you have the funky little hinged vent door on the main door. The only thing I don't like about it. 17 years and in use right now.
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Old March 26th, 2018, 22:19   #3192
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Hmm, interesting. So does this heat water that then is piped through the house to radiators, or some other direct method? What kind of cost would it be normally... And lastly, since this is so small, would something like a pellet stove (which I think they have little augers in them to feed the pellets) work for this?
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Old March 26th, 2018, 22:28   #3193
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Mine does have a little hinged door in the main door, I believe it is there to relieve pressure in the case of a minor explosion in the stove which can happen if you have it really cranking along then turn the temperature way down, starving the fire for air. It will eventually get enough to ignite whatever flammable vapors have accumulated in the stove and it goes "WOOOF" and puffs smoke out into the room.

The stove just heats the air, it is not a boiler.

Not exactly small, either. From empty it takes 40-50 pounds of coal to fill it. This is a "hand-fired" coal stove, where you shovel the coal in manually. A "stoker" stove is more like a pellet stove, except it burns Rice or Buckwheat sized coal, typically. Some use augers and some use a pusher mechanism that strokes back and forth, with the rate of firing being controlled by how often it strokes.
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Old March 27th, 2018, 07:17   #3194
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Yeah, I have had mine pop open a few times in mild weather and the coals get choked down{hardwood}. The place I bought it from said it was for letting a small amount of air in prior to loading, to avoid inducing to much air to the choked coals. They also make a door without it.
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Old March 27th, 2018, 12:18   #3195
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Did some camping at Porteau Cove on the West Coast of BC.

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