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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 June 28th, 2018, 11:56   #3226
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You don't need brakes until over 3000 pounds. I would feel comfortable up to that without much issue. But - depends on where you are driving too. Pulling up or going down a long mountain pass with high wind conditions may change a persons mind quickly.
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Old June 29th, 2018, 14:56   #3227
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You don't need brakes until over 3000 pounds. I would feel comfortable up to that without much issue. But - depends on where you are driving too. Pulling up or going down a long mountain pass with high wind conditions may change a persons mind quickly.
Depends on your state, too. Some require trailer brake at 1500 or 2000lbs. But then I wouldn't tow that much weight with such a small car without adding brakes.

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Old June 29th, 2018, 15:22   #3228
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In my opinion Brakes should be required on anything behind the vehicle that exceeds the manufacturers capacity of what can be carried inside the vehicle.



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Old June 29th, 2018, 20:45   #3229
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Extended the tongue on my trailer this weekend.

Nice, I have a tongue about that long on my sailboat trailer to get it deep enough for launching, but it also makes towing with my '01 Golf really nice. The tongue weight is so low I can easily move the trailer without a jack, and it doesn't sag the stock rear springs... yet no sway coming down steep grades.
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Old July 9th, 2018, 08:30   #3230
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I went and towed my dad's boat around the block yesterday just to see what it was like and to get some pictures. I never went over 25MPH and didn't go far. Even though it was a short trip I still got many stares haha. Pulling it didn't seem too much worse than the 2,000lb pop-up I normally tow. Only thing was the trailer didn't have brakes, so stopping a 3,000lb car and 3,500lb boat and trailer was pretty sketchy.

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Old July 9th, 2018, 18:21   #3231
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Old July 10th, 2018, 07:26   #3232
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Old July 12th, 2018, 08:31   #3233
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Depends on your state, too. Some require trailer brake at 1500 or 2000lbs. But then I wouldn't tow that much weight with such a small car without adding brakes.
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Here's a good reference regarding trailer brake requirements.. it varies greatly from state to state.. Seems a few states require brakes if the total trailer weight is over 40% of the tow vehicle's weight regardless of anything else

https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-brakes/
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Old July 12th, 2018, 08:54   #3234
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Two states required new trailers have brakes 1500lbs or more. Most states seem to agree on 3000lbs or 40% of towing vehicle weight.

I wish there was federal (DOT) standard so this wouldn't be so confusing.

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