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Old August 24th, 2015, 14:50   #121
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I just spent the past two hours looking at Scamps, thanks to this thread.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 04:32   #122
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I just spent the past two hours looking at Scamps, thanks to this thread.
I did that earlier this year I was looking for a camper to tow with my Passat and the Scamp fit the bill. Even thought about a road trip to Minnesota to pick it up, but since my girlfriend can't drive a manual we bought a Nissan Frontier to tow with. I can tell you - 10MPG towing sucks. Couldn't justify 50k for a Tuareg TDI when the Frontier was 1/2 that.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 03:58   #123
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I have a light hardside trailer, and a popup. I tow currently with my 2010 Golf TDI, taking delivery of my 2016 GSW (that's really not gonna be a good abbreviation, I know someone will come up with something less DOOMey) TDI hopefully in the next ten days. I get 32 mpg towing the popup in Ohio, where it's flat. 27 in PA, which is home.

EPA rates the GSW larger inside than a touareg. Later this year, it will be available in 4-motion. I have towed with now 3 generations of these cars, lots of miles and weights MUCH greater than they are supposedly rated for (in the US), and they are amazing tow vehicles. I am worried about pushing the hitch so much further back from the axle, because this will affect stability and vehicle balance (further from the fulcrum will make it affect the front wheels more and interfere with the car's ability to stabilize the trailer, but the return to trailing-arm suspension should fix most of this), but I need the extra space inside the car and for the first time in decades, I have a garage that will fit the larger car.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 09:22   #124
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Airstreamer, I'd be very interested to here more information on the custom Class III hitch CanAm made for you if you have any? I've got an email in to them as well.

I'm currently towing (short trips to the hardware store, dump or local camping) a Jumping Jack 6X8 utility/tent trailer with a Suzuki SX4 (manual) but we're strongly considering a GSW TDI (manual) for our next car in a couple years for longer camping trips. So far it's looking like our only option for an efficient wagon/hatch/CUV with a manual that has room for the family, get's good mileage for it's main commuting use and can handle occasional light duty towing (unless Mazda gets it's act together and brings their diesel here in the CX5 and with a stick).

Either way a small turbo diesel seems like a great light duty tow engine. Great efficiency when not towing but enough grunt to haul smaller stuff around and with a turbo to lessen the effects of high altitudes when towing through mountain ranges.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 10:08   #125
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As for the question of towing weights for Golfs in North America, IMO if you're using the OEM Westfalia or something like the custom Class III hitch of the OP with a weight distributing hitch, sway bars etc, you should be fine staying under the everywhere-else-in-the-world rating of 3500#'s.

With the lesser Class I hitches that don't allow for weight distribution etc predominantly found in North America, I'd stay under the 1000#'s un-braked / 2000#'s braked.

You'll want to watch tongue weights on both.

Here's some great videos on their towing capabilities when properly equipped:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H65PMTcXOU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTCXFtior4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAH-8_x4SuE

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Old September 9th, 2015, 07:03   #126
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I'm sure I'm about to get ripped for towing this much weight without extra braking, but I've been doing a fair amount of this. Carefully.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 10:05   #127
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Old September 9th, 2015, 14:22   #128
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I'm sure I'm about to get ripped for towing this much weight without extra braking, but I've been doing a fair amount of this. Carefully.

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Low speed, on quieter residential streets for short distances while leaving lots of space and you should be fine.

Cross-country on highways....not so much
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Old September 9th, 2015, 14:46   #129
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300 miles yesterday. 1,000 miles in the last 3 weeks.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 15:32   #130
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300 miles yesterday. 1,000 miles in the last 3 weeks.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 16:13   #131
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Up to 80 mph. It drove like a dream.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 16:54   #132
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Up to 80 mph. It drove like a dream.

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Yeah the stopping was more what I'd be worried about....

People do dumb @#$% like pulling in front of you and slamming on their brakes when you're towing.

Towing ~3000lbs un-braked behind you in a scenario like that would not be good!
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Old September 10th, 2015, 05:34   #133
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I understand what you're saying. The car actually braked much better than I expected, although an urgent brake-while-turning scenario would certainly be a problem. I'm planning on getting a tow dolly with brakes, and with that setup, I'll be 100% confident. I basically just wanted to try flat towing to see how the golf would handle that kind of weight in acceleration, handling, etc, before I invested in a dolly.

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Old September 10th, 2015, 10:12   #134
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Yeah it's largely the stopping i'd be concerned with. It's at the upper limits of what the OEM towbar and car can/should tow, but it's certainly capable of it.
(You're using the OEM/Westfalia towbar, correct?)
The brakes on the other hand... best case scenario in emergency stopping would be fried pads/rotors. Worst case....
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My hitch is home built. 2x2x.25" angle iron and 2x2" square tube. All fastened with grade 8 bolts AND welded.

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