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Redneck Truck

Gone, but not forgotten
Joined
May 3, 2009
Location
Plano, TX
TDI
2008 Touareg V10, 2001 Audi TTQ Roadster TDI 6-speed, 2005 Jetta Wagon TDI 6-speed

Parts car from Galveston to Dallas: 18mpg, limped home due to broken rear driveshaft carrier bearing support.


Custom angle iron/wood cargo rack fits in receiver hitch. Have "safely" transported 550 lbs on it, so far.


A friend's pontoon boat. Not sure about the weight, but it walked it right up the dock without a squeak!
 

Shenandoah

Veteran Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2008
Location
Shenandoah Valley, VA
TDI
2005 Jetta Wagon; 2005 Beetle; 2004 Jetta; 2002 Golf (three of them); 2002 Jetta Wagon; 2000 Audi TT->TDI; 1999 Beetle


I pulled my 1978 Scamp that I'm working on (slowly) out of the barn to wash the dust off of it last week. I towed it home to Virginia from Ohio over the summer. It towed great!

Eric
 

ELM

Veteran Member
Joined
May 25, 2011
Location
Sutter Creek CA
TDI
2002 Beetle 5 speed swap


I pulled my 1978 Scamp that I'm working on (slowly) out of the barn to wash the dust off of it last week. I towed it home to Virginia from Ohio over the summer. It towed great!

Eric
How did your Beetle do on power towing the trailer? Also how was the ride in the Beetle when towing? I have a 2002 Beetle 5 speed and I'm thinking about getting a smaller camper trailer than your to tow but I'm concerned about power and ride. Also sent you a PM Thanks
 
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kjclow

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Apr 26, 2003
Location
Charlotte, NC
TDI
2010 JSW TDI silver and black. 2017 Ram Ecodiesel dark red with brown and beige interior.
Since the motors the same as many posts with a Golf, I would think power would have been fine. My concern, after having owned a 2000 Beetle, would be ground clearance with the added weight of the trailer. It looks like Eric either has airbags or stiffer springs though.
 

CameraJack

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 29, 2013
Location
Somerset
TDI
mk4 PD130 Golf Estate
I put a couple of hundred miles on the new tow bar. Gotta say, the B5.5 with the sport pack tows really well. The sport pack gives me a six speed with similar final ratio to the five speed but with closer ratios. It's also 15mm lower all around, along with a larger clutch than the five speed and slightly more torque, plus some other unrelated goodies. Sport pack is good :D

Didn't really go much above 60mph as that's the towing speed limit in the UK, and wasn't really heavily loaded - pretty much just a drum kit and a few other bits and pieces. The car was loaded with five guys, amps, guitars, and enough stuff for a weekend away including a gig. Never felt the need to switch down from sixth even on some fairly decent inclines.

Sticking some new wheels and tyres on the trailer before the trip. Trailers are so much easier to work on than cars!


Yeah, those definitely needed doing..


Tidy!


Gig was pretty sweet too - I do a bit of photography when I'm not ferrying the band around
 

sandmansans

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 3, 2013
Location
NJ/PA
TDI
2014 Jetta
I put a couple of hundred miles on the new tow bar. Gotta say, the B5.5 with the sport pack tows really well. The sport pack gives me a six speed with similar final ratio to the five speed but with closer ratios. It's also 15mm lower all around, along with a larger clutch than the five speed and slightly more torque, plus some other unrelated goodies. Sport pack is good :D

Didn't really go much above 60mph as that's the towing speed limit in the UK, and wasn't really heavily loaded - pretty much just a drum kit and a few other bits and pieces. The car was loaded with five guys, amps, guitars, and enough stuff for a weekend away including a gig. Never felt the need to switch down from sixth even on some fairly decent inclines.

Sticking some new wheels and tyres on the trailer before the trip. Trailers are so much easier to work on than cars!


Yeah, those definitely needed doing..


Tidy!


Gig was pretty sweet too - I do a bit of photography when I'm not ferrying the band around
Terrible terrible place to lift the trailer my friend. Placing the Jack under the leafs is very unstable. Seems like a small/light trailer, but if it falls on you it could still be trouble. Stay safe amigo


I put a couple of hundred miles on the new tow bar. Gotta say, the B5.5 with the sport pack tows really well. The sport pack gives me a six speed with similar final ratio to the five speed but with closer ratios. It's also 15mm lower all around, along with a larger clutch than the five speed and slightly more torque, plus some other unrelated goodies. Sport pack is good :D

Didn't really go much above 60mph as that's the towing speed limit in the UK, and wasn't really heavily loaded - pretty much just a drum kit and a few other bits and pieces. The car was loaded with five guys, amps, guitars, and enough stuff for a weekend away including a gig. Never felt the need to switch down from sixth even on some fairly decent inclines.

Sticking some new wheels and tyres on the trailer before the trip. Trailers are so much easier to work on than cars!


Yeah, those definitely needed doing..


Tidy!


Gig was pretty sweet too - I do a bit of photography when I'm not ferrying the band around

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CameraJack

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 29, 2013
Location
Somerset
TDI
mk4 PD130 Golf Estate
Terrible terrible place to lift the trailer my friend. Placing the Jack under the leafs is very unstable. Seems like a small/light trailer, but if it falls on you it could still be trouble. Stay safe amigo
It is a pretty small trailer, and it was more than stable enough for a quick wheel change. I'd have put it under the axle itself but it's only a little jack and there wasn't enough space to jack it once the pad was under the axle. For any serious work I just flip it back onto the tailgate and all the suspension and axle are at the perfect height to work on!
 

jason_

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2014
Location
michigan
TDI
2015 s wagon dsg
Really? I put a jack under every axle. Never the frame. If I did that I'd never lift anything. My 12ton bottle neck only goes so far, and I'm not wasting that in spring action.

No, I don't play around under there. Once up I'll cradle the tubing with a jack stand.

But point being I lift everything from axle. My ton truck I do the same, especially with 4k# in the box, and God knows what for tongue weight if I'm hitched to something. I had a flat and couldn't lift one tire with a 2ton, had to buy a 12ton. Ha.

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romad

Top Post Dawg
Joined
May 27, 2011
Location
Prescott, AZ
TDI
2005 Jetta GLS Wagon "Cranberry"
Terrible terrible place to lift the trailer my friend. Placing the Jack under the leafs is very unstable. Seems like a small/light trailer, but if it falls on you it could still be trouble. Stay safe amigo
On my trailer the springs are bolted to the axle, so I use that point to lift the trailer for a tire change. I use jackstands when doing other work under the trailer.
 

sandmansans

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 3, 2013
Location
NJ/PA
TDI
2014 Jetta
Hey if it works, it works. I've just always avoided doing so simply because it's being placed under something with a round surface as opposed to flat. For my Duramax I would put 6x6 boards underneath the bottle jack to make lifting easier. That and we used to have an old hein Werner jack that my dad kept from his days as a truck driver...if I remember correctly it was a 10 ton capacity, with a very high lift. Lol made lifting the truck real easy.

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romad

Top Post Dawg
Joined
May 27, 2011
Location
Prescott, AZ
TDI
2005 Jetta GLS Wagon "Cranberry"
Hey if it works, it works. I've just always avoided doing so simply because it's being placed under something with a round surface as opposed to flat. For my Duramax I would put 6x6 boards underneath the bottle jack to make lifting easier. That and we used to have an old hein Werner jack that my dad kept from his days as a truck driver...if I remember correctly it was a 10 ton capacity, with a very high lift. Lol made lifting the truck real easy.

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Well, on my trailer the leaf springs are flat and the axle is round. Since the springs are under the axle, I have a flat surface: o Where "o" is the axle and "_" is the spring.

At home I use my floor jack(s); I carry a bottle jack for on road use (if needed).
 

TDIDaveNH

Left Lane Coal Roller at Large
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Location
North Conway, NH
TDI
1997 Passat TDI x2 1984 Buick Century 4.3 diesel
Towed my latest TDI home a couple of days ago: an '06 BRM on Craigslist. Does not start, possibly ECM or immobilizer. Yes, it's a 5 speed:D
Beat out a ton of people to get it, just by being fast and willing to get 'er done...on any day at any hour.

 
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sandmansans

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Joined
Nov 3, 2013
Location
NJ/PA
TDI
2014 Jetta
Towed my latest TDI home a couple of days ago: an '06 BRM on Craigslist. Does not start, possibly ECM or immobilizer. Yes, it's a 5 speed:D
Beat out a ton of people to get it, just by being fast and willing to get 'er done

Hey dave, would love to learn more about your rig.

Is it stock? How about the suspension And brakes? Also does the dolly have electric brakes? If so what kind of controller do you have.

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TDIDaveNH

Left Lane Coal Roller at Large
Joined
Feb 17, 2009
Location
North Conway, NH
TDI
1997 Passat TDI x2 1984 Buick Century 4.3 diesel
Nothing special really, just a GLX/TDI conversion I did about a year ago with PP520 injectors and a stock tune. Also a custom 2" receiver hitch I built myself and a 2-3 year old Master Tow dolly without brakes. I've towed with this set-up on 7 occasions at various distances and it's really pretty slick for going and getting disabled TDIs. Car is at 174K and engine is like 406K miles or something close to that. I would not do this with the stock B4 brakes:eek:
 
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sandmansans

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Joined
Nov 3, 2013
Location
NJ/PA
TDI
2014 Jetta
Nothing special really, just a GLX/TDI conversion I did about a year ago with PP520 injectors and a stock tune. Also a custom 2" receiver hitch I built myself and a 2-3 year old Master Tow dolly without brakes. I've towed with this set-up on 7 occasions at various distances and it's really pretty slick for going and getting disabled TDIs. Car is at 174K and engine is like 406K miles or something close to that. I would not do this with the stock B4 brakes:eek:
Very nice! She's strong as an ox I see.

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TornadoRed

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 3, 2003
Location
West Des Moines (formerly St Paul)
TDI
2003 Jetta TDI wagon, silver; 2003 Jetta TDI wagon, indigo blue; 2003 Golf GL 5-spd, red (PARTED); 2003 Golf GLS 5-spd, indigo blue (SOLD); 2003 Jetta TDI wagon, Candy White (SOLD)
Lol holy smokes. I hope my Common rail Tdi goes for at least half of that 400 thousand you've clocked.
Your TDI will run as long as you want it to, unless it gets totaled in a crash. If you want it to last 300k miles, it will. If you want it to last 600k miles, it will. Et cetera.
 

sandmansans

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Joined
Nov 3, 2013
Location
NJ/PA
TDI
2014 Jetta
Your TDI will run as long as you want it to, unless it gets totaled in a crash. If you want it to last 300k miles, it will. If you want it to last 600k miles, it will. Et cetera.
[Aye caramba, can't anyone post anything without it being taken to the extreme? Lol
It was a compliment perse to TdidaveNH and the longevity of his car. That's all!!!
:)


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Stealth TDI

Pre-Forum Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 13, 1998
Location
Newport News, VA
TDI
2017 GTI APR Stage 3 (395 hp/376 lb-ft)
Not mine, but I saw an odd trailer today. Looks like it's for hauling a scooter or something:



Has anyone seen anything like this?

Scott
 

Stealth TDI

Pre-Forum Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 13, 1998
Location
Newport News, VA
TDI
2017 GTI APR Stage 3 (395 hp/376 lb-ft)
That's pretty cool! I don't need one, but can certainly appreciate it. I thought it would jack-knife in a bad way. Now I see that it can't. Very neat!
 

PoochiePD

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2005
Location
Sun Prairie, WI
TDI
2013 Tempest Blue Jetta
Jetta looks sharp! You have the gli tail lights? Is the spoiler factory and what kind of rims
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Thanks! OEM tails, just had them smoked by a body shop buddy, a bit dark for my taste but haven't had any problems yet. EBay spoiler, I think it was about $65. Wheels are Bremmer Kraft BR10 iirc from tirerack. The car is also lowered 1/2" (eibach pro kit + 1/2"-3/4" spacers. It was just too low with the Pro-Kit but I needed a bit more capacity than OEM springs.) Tires are Continental Extremecontact DWS 235/45R17.

 
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