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Old January 3rd, 2019, 16:26   #1
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I would like to tow my 650 adventure bike on a lightweight trailer with my tdi sportwagen.
Anyone done this, leave it in auto, or shift manually?
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Old January 3rd, 2019, 19:36   #2
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Should be no problem, use sport mode and downshift manually if the engine seems to be laboring.
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Old January 15th, 2019, 19:13   #3
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What he said. Sports mode is also good to avoid overheating the brakes.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 06:45   #4
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S mode will likely do exactly what you'll want, if not, Tip it yourself and you'll always be in the correct gear.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 08:00   #5
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I have a 2014 Jetta diesel sedan 4 cyl. And I also have a light weight teardrop trailer....500 lbs? I need to get it weighed at a cat scale to be sure but title says 400 lbs.... I would love to tow it with my Jetta but am scared cause the manual says no towing with diesel... But I hear in Europe they do tow... What do you think?
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Old January 28th, 2019, 08:05   #6
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I think you should do a search here, this topic comes up quite often. There are probably 100+ threads on it.

Short answer: you'll be able to tow that just fine.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 21:04   #7
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Most people in the US sure do have a fear of towing with a car. I've been doing it for years now and never had an issue. With a little education and caution it can be done safely, 500 pounds is really just about nothing to tow. My trailer weights almost that empty.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 22:06   #8
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Most people in the US sure do have a fear of towing with a car. I've been doing it for years now and never had an issue. With a little education and caution it can be done safely, 500 pounds is really just about nothing to tow. My trailer weights almost that empty.
Not so much a fear, as we've been propagandized by truck salesmen that anyone daring to think of towing even a tiny trailer with anything less than a semi-truck must have a small peni.

It's all about those high margin truck sales, nothing else, The laws of physics are no different between Europe and here. If a mid-size sedan is rated to tow 4000 lbs in Europe, it can do the same anywhere.
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Old January 31st, 2019, 20:58   #9
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I have a 2014 Jetta diesel sedan 4 cyl. And I also have a light weight teardrop trailer....500 lbs? I need to get it weighed at a cat scale to be sure but title says 400 lbs.... I would love to tow it with my Jetta but am scared cause the manual says no towing with diesel... But I hear in Europe they do tow... What do you think?
I looked at some of these teardrop trailers and none of them had weights anywhere near 500 lbs. More like 1700 lbs empty. Closest I could find is this:

https://golittleguy.com/lg-mypod/

I would first get your trailer weighed or find the correct specs before you go any farther. Towing up to 1000 lbs isn't really any problem at all. Over that trailer brakes or a lot of common sense should be considered. 2000 lbs is the limit with US supplied hitches.

By all means get someone experienced to help you with initial setup and instructions and driving techniques.
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Old February 1st, 2019, 18:59   #10
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Our teardrop weighs between 900 and 1000 lbs and our wagon tows it wonderfully, you hardly feel it back there. It rolled along behind us for over 6000 miles last year and it'll be the same this Winter except that this time we have towing springs on the rear and Tiguan springs up front. Best thing I've done so far.
I keep the speed as close to 90 kms or 55 mph as I can to get the lowest fuel consumption.
I think it's a great tow vehicle for a light trailer.
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