Show what you tow!

coalminer16

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Dec 11, 2008
Location
Central Wisconsin
TDI
Golf 2004
I love the wheels as well. I was thinking you could have just used a VW solid rear axle. My brother used one from a rabbit for his water trailer to water his trees. A vw truck axle is straight but harder to find. Nice job either way. The benifit is that you don't need to carry extra tire changing tools and spare when they are already in your car for your car (and now trailer).
 

tivoKlr

Veteran Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2003
Location
Vail, Colorado
TDI
Jetta, 2003, black
jetta-truck

I needed a bed for the rotten one on my plow truck. The Jetta with a 2 place did the trick.



This is what I typically tow with the ALH.



Tows great.
 
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TDIJetta99

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Joined
May 17, 2005
Location
Port Jervis, New York, USA
TDI
03... Faster than yours =]
Frankencar, that's about what I want to see hahaha..

I pull quite the amount of stuff with mine as some of you guys have personally seen..

I just did 2200 miles round trip to Daytona beach for bike week with this.. The bike weighs about 700lbs and the trailer weighs around 350 or so..

 
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whawker

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 1, 2009
Location
Austin, Texas
TDI
'03 Jetta TDI wagon


Loaded up for Burning Man 2009. Heh, camper empty 1450lbs, loaded about 1900. Car had maybe 1000lbs also.
 

mech644

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2007
Location
Blue Hill, Maine
TDI
'00 Golf, '14 Touareg
Thats a funny place for a white tail doe to take nap? Around here they usually climb into the back of a truck. Them Penn. deer must be numb in the head!
 

coalminer16

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Dec 11, 2008
Location
Central Wisconsin
TDI
Golf 2004
Now that is funny. A car seat next to a dead deer. "daddy, can I pet the deer" I would probably do that only I would have to find a way to stuff an elk in my Golf. I would likely take my VW pickup for that hunting job though.
 

Savageman69

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 3, 2007
Location
ontario
TDI
2012 Highline Touareg TDI
Trailer isnt pretty but for 125 bux cant complain...going to paint it this summer for sure.



 

techrealm

New member
Joined
Feb 13, 2010
Location
Seattle
TDI
2006 Jetta Sedan TDI
Towing from OR to WA then off to MI via Yellowstone and southern WY 2009. Over 30k with a 6x10 trailer heavily loaded with gear, water, wood etc. electric brakes on the trailer.



Heres what doing a favor gets ya... Actually I knew I was gonna get stuck. I didnt expect them to raise the lake that hour though,
My friends f-350 is a foot or two out of frame. He had the wrong hitch on his truck to put his jetski in after he took it out of the toyhauler... I still havent taken the front tow eye off.
 
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oilcan_boyd

Veteran Member
Joined
Sep 15, 2003
Location
St. Albans, WV
TDI
2012 Touareg TDI Sport, 2005 Wrangler Unlimited TDI
The longest tow was a 6x10 box trailer to long beach, mississippi after katrina.

This picture is 1700 pounds of scrap steel going to recycling.

(That is an upside down honda crv)

And here we have about 3800 pounds of block.
 
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deezelpower

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2004
Location
Martha Lake, WA
TDI
2004 Jetta TDI, 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
Firewood!

I tow about 4 loads like this per year, since 2004, with your common everyday Costco trailer



This particular load was @2200lbs for trailer, 300lbs in car plus two adults (250lbs). A little scary with the sway if I don't load it right, power certainly isn't a problem (OEM PD) and braking was fine. I wouldn't try this down a mountain pass but across the ferry to whidbey island is cake. With the trailer >200 over the tires get a little warm even when maxed at 80 PSI.

After installing the Eibach Pro-Kit coils, it almost eliminates any rear-end sag. I was worried that lowering it would ruin towing but turned out the best thing I ever did.

I even tow around my '74 Super Beetle with a tow bar but I don't have any pix of that yet... :rolleyes:
 

NarfBLAST

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Joined
Mar 3, 2002
Location
Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
TDI
2001 Golf 5MT
The 3x6 got its old axle back today. The axle had been freshened up with a pair of used 175/70/R13's I recently had mounted and balanced on the rare 5.5" x 4 bolt pattern 13" wheels.

I hitched up the trailer and engaged hover mode to make the axle swap easier. (click picture to enlarge)



I rolled the 60" axle with the Avus wheels into the garage to be fitted to the 4x8 trailer I am working on.

Took the 3x6 to IKEA tonight. Can't wait to get back to work on the 4x8.






 
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coalminer16

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Joined
Dec 11, 2008
Location
Central Wisconsin
TDI
Golf 2004
You must live on a quite street. I don't know if I would do it out in the street like that even if it is on the side. But I live on a busy street.
 

WEDEL.1

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2008
Location
Adelaide, Australia
TDI
Golf VI BlueMotion, 1.6TDI - Oettingered
Our new camper trailer which we picked up last week. Off to get some practice in it over Easter, in preparation to our Adelaide-Perth road trip next year (Easter) across the Nullabor......







 

McBrew

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Joined
Oct 30, 2002
Location
Annapolis, MD
TDI
2003 Golf GLS TDI, 5 speed, Silver/Grey
Here's my mobile laundromat!



Okay... I was actually moving our old washer/dryer up to the house we are selling in PA... we replaced it with an LG front loader. Had to drive this old Whirlpool combo about 150 miles, then shoehorn it down an old cellar door and into the basement of a 110-year-old row house. It was... ummmm... fun.
 

odinsjetta

Veteran Member
Joined
May 26, 2006
Location
Flesherton, Ont.
TDI
2003 Jetta GLS TDI Wagon
Pulled a used Jetta home today that I recently purchased with a toasted automatic transmission. Was very impressed with how my wagon performed. Was about a 25km journey.

 

Fix_Until_Broke

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 8, 2004
Location
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
TDI
03 Jetta, 03 TT TDI
When you're pulling this with your TDI...
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and then at 70 MPH you hear a BANG and feel a strong jerk, the result is likely a blown tire like this...
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but what you don't expect is for it to break your hitch in the process...
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Safety chains save the day.

If you look close at the crappy picture above, you'll see that at the top of each piece at the break, there's a slight darkened depression in the middle. This is an area of high cycle fatigue that has been cracked for a while and has started to corrode which is why it's darker. This is on the top side of the bend and is in tensile when pulling the trailer/compression in breaking

At the bottom of each piece if you look close and use your imagination, you'll see a ~0.050" tall strip of very smooth/fine area. This is another area of high cycle fatigue that has not been cracked for a while as it's still bright and clean. This is on the bottom side of the bend and is in tensile when breaking with the trailer/compression when pulling.

The other 95% of the 1/2" x 2" drawbar was low cycle fatigue, sudden failure as it's very rough and "torn"

I magnafluxed/glowed the rest of the cross bar for any other signs of fatigue and didn't find any.

It used to look like this...
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The new and improved one looks like this...

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It's a pair of 1.5" x 0.125" wall box tubes with a 3" x 0.625 top plate to mount the ball.

It needs a coat of paint and a 1" hole punched in for the ball, but otherwise I like how it looks.

It should be much stronger in the side to side direction (think wagging trailer) and less suceptable to fatigue with the large smooth radius on the inside of the bend. I tacked the box tubes together then made 4 cuts through the 3 sides leaving the inside corner un-cut. I then bent the tubes to fit the curve of the back bumper then welded the now wider gaps full so it's like a formed piece of 1.5" x 3" box tube with a 1/4" thick reinforcing web in the middle.

I'll try and get some pictures of it on the car once I get it painted and mounted up.
 
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