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Old March 3rd, 2012, 17:43   #1
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This post is showing off your BEST TDI mileage pulling a TRAILER. Please describe what you are pulling...

My best mileage in my 2011 Jetta TDI 6M is 40.9 mpg on a 190 mile round-trip pulling my Motocross bike on a Harbor Freight 4'x8' Folding Trailer.

My typical MX trip I do is not easy either going over the Santa Cruz Mountains, through the San Jose metropolis, over the Fremont hills, through Pleasanton/Dublin traffic and then going up the hills of Brentwood Vasco Road...

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 17:48   #2
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Here is my Fuelly Mileage Log.

I keep track of my Fuelly Mileage of "TDI with MTB bikes" separate of "TDI with MX bike and trailer".

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 21:56   #3
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I have trucks to pull my trailers. Lol
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 22:10   #4
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I have trucks to pull my trailers. Lol
I feel for ya! Got away from that years ago...
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 22:12   #5
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unless your hauling tractors your wasting money
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Old March 4th, 2012, 10:35   #6
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I have trucks to pull my trailers. Lol
Yes, I do "laugh out loud" when I drive into my local MX tracks and see everyone driving in there 8-12 mpg 4x4 or 12-16 mpg Truck or 8-10 mpg SUV with trailer to bring their MX Bikes to the MX tracks.

I had a 2001 Dodge Dakota and got 15mpg City, 16mpg Average, 18mpg
peak long trip highway mileage and 16mpg with MX Bikes.

Let's do the math for the truckers...

For my 2001 Dodge Dakota on a typical MX trip:
(180mi/16mpg) = 11.25gal * $4.21 unleaded/gallon = $47.36

For my 2011 Jetta TDI w/Trailer on a typical MX trip:
(180mi/40mpg) = 4.50gal * $4.39 unleaded/gallon = $19.76

$47.36 - $19.76 = $27.76 which is the saved money that pays my $25 MX track fee.

Yes, I am LOL!!!
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Old March 4th, 2012, 11:34   #7
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unless your hauling tractors your wasting money
I have a landscaping company, so, that is exactly what I am hauling

Everything from riding mowers to backhoes and excavators.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 12:14   #8
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Well thats understandable...but the average person doesnt need a truck its just they think they do...Ive towed a lot with my tdis and im more then impressed...but yah heavy equipment hauling is what trucks are for.
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Well thats understandable...but the average person doesnt need a truck its just they think they do...Ive towed a lot with my tdis and im more then impressed...but yah heavy equipment hauling is what trucks are for.

Personally, I do not feel that cars are made for towing, not sure I would feel comfortable doing it. But to each his own.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 15:31   #10
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This post is showing off your BEST TDI mileage pulling a TRAILER. Please describe what you are pulling...
My best mileage in my 2011 Jetta TDI 6M is 40.9 mpg on a 190 mile round-trip pulling my Motocross bike on a Harbor Freight 4'x8' Folding Trailer.
My typical MX trip I do is not easy either going over the Santa Cruz Mountains, through the San Jose metropolis, over the Fremont hills, through Pleasanton/Dublin traffic and then going up the hills of Brentwood Vasco Road... [/IMG]
Off topic but did you wire your trailer lights in your car? I took the powered wire kit out of my passat and want to use it in the Jetta. I have a kayak trailer that I want to haul this summer. Just trying to figure it out some befor I get started.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 16:01   #11
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Personally, I do not feel that cars are made for towing, not sure I would feel comfortable doing it. But to each his own.
well millions tow much more then we do here in europe so i dont worry about it...Ive towed two sleds 1200 kms with my tdi up the hills here with no issues at all...my buddy who came with has a truck and said the tdi did better then his gas ford would have....crap the hills we were going up were steep and i had to take it out of 6th very rarely
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Old March 4th, 2012, 20:23   #12
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I used a "Curt PWM Powered Converter - Stop/Tail/Turn (STT) - Circuit Protected" on my Jetta. I bought it on etrailer.com and it was p/n 56146. It works great and never had any issues. 56146 is the corrected p/n

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Old March 5th, 2012, 14:07   #13
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I used a "Curt PWM Powered Converter - Stop/Tail/Turn (STT) - Circuit Protected" on my Jetta. I bought it on etrailer.com and it was p/n 56201. It works great and never had any issues.
Did you wire it your self? I'm going to wire mine up this spring . Just looking for some tips on the how to part. I'm looking for information on the location and what wires used to hook into. Is your wire plug under your car or is it stored in the trunk when not in use?
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Old March 5th, 2012, 18:01   #14
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Did you wire it your self? I'm going to wire mine up this spring . Just looking for some tips on the how to part. I'm looking for information on the location and what wires used to hook into. Is your wire plug under your car or is it stored in the trunk when not in use?
Sorry, I had the wrong p/n before. The CORRECT Tail Light Converter Kit from CURT is #56146

Here is the link...

http://www.curtmfg.com/HitchLookup/f...TDI#tab=wiring

The wiring order from top to bottom in the trunk at LEFT Tail Light assembly is:

Pin #, Color, What it does
9, Black w/ White Stripe, Left Turn
3, Brown, Ground
2, Black w/ Red Stripe, Brake
1, Gray w/ Black Stripe, Parking Lights

The wiring order from top to bottom in the trunk at RIGHT Tail Light assembly is:

Pin # Color What it does
4, Black w/ Green Stripe, Right Turn
3, Brown, Ground
2, Black w/ Red Stripe, Brake
1, Gray w/ Red Stripe, Parking Lights

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I mounted the Tail Light Converter Box on the "inside wall" of the spare tire well adjacent to the rear bumper. There is a ton of room in there. The Tail Light Converter Box mounts easily with 2 way foam tape...
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