I did my Jetta Wagon install by myself except for help removing-installing the bumper cover. Sounds like the Beetle was more complex. Oh, yes, I had to replace the coupler on my trailer with a 2" one.Couplers aren't that hard to replace either if needed.
I must say that my trusted mechanic Robby/Lance (runonbeer) did an excellent job installing it. They had trouble with removing everything and getting it back though. Not something they want to repeat any time soon is my understanding.
Invest in airlift air bags. Only 90 bucks and your car sits level.This is a shot of our utility trailer behind my wife's Jetta taken in April 2015. At the point this photo was taken, we were 1900 miles into our 2000 mile maiden voyage trip with our new trailer. No, that Jetta isn't lowered, it's stock suspension is just squatting from all the stuff in the trunk and the back seat. The Thule box on the roof was intended to ride on the custom bars on the trailer tongue. However, with 190lbs tongue weight, there was no way the Thule box was going to work on the tongue with everything in the car...
I think we got a consistent 23mpg that trip... (which still surpasses anything Uhaul has to rent).
Before anyone asks: Oh Yes, that trailer HAS BRAKES! (Hydraulic surge vented disc brakes, with a reverse lock out solenoid.) There's no way I'd have towed a trailer with that much stuff through the mountains without brakes on the trailer.
Always wondered what MPG you Scamp guys get.That is good mileage with the flip up tailgate/ramp up in the air.
I get about 25 towing my 16' Scamp travel trailer.
Thanks for the tip. Since 2015 was just the first of many of these heavy haul road trips, I've already begun to look into airlift bags, especially after reading the MkIV Wagon owner's love for their bags and towing... Bagging the rear of both the TDI's is definitely on my list. The MkV scraped coming out of several fuel stops that trip.Invest in airlift air bags. Only 90 bucks and your car sits level.
My "Continental" brand utility trailer will be around "long term", there's no doubt there. Long term plan is to leave the 4' mesh ramp at the north end of the road trip where we have a 24x40 garage and barn to store things. However, Spring of 2016, I have a nearly identical load to haul north, so the ramp came south this fall for one more trip.I have a folding rear gate on my utility trailer. It just folds in half rather than sticking up like a sail. I have no idea why that isn't the standard way they are all made! I'd bet a trailer shop could modify yours if you plan on keeping the trailer long term...
I can fully relate. Years ago, I borrowed a 4x6 utility trailer with a mesh ramp from work to haul something to the office for a project. I was accustomed to towing my 15' Boston Whaler Sport behind my Corrado G60, so I thought nothing of hitching the little empty 4x6 behind the Corrado. When I hit the interstate on-ramp, that mesh trailer ramp felt like I was towing an open parachute!! That trip made me a believer in vehicle aerodynamics and towing aerodynamics. A 15' Boston Whaler is much more aerodynamic than a mesh ramp.Ive towed a full ramp trailer like that before and hated it, dumped the ramp off the first chance I could and just relied on my straps to keep stuff from going out the back... id rather back the car into a ditch if I need a ramp honestly.
Here you go:The bedding is air matresses that are supplied with trailer and sleeping bags i already have. I would buy a couple lockable trunks to store food and junk in. I like the light weight for going cross country with the TDI. An enclosed trailer would be heavy and kill fuel mileage. Not sure what a T@B trailer is?
That's a really cool trailer with a lot of emphasis on utility! I'm on the verge of building a box to fit inside of my 3.5x5' utility trailer. It should be good for about 25 cu-ft of weatherproof cargo under my crossbars, which will be more than enough for a long distance family road trip.
Thought you might like lmgtfyATR...That "let me google that for you" deal is awesome. Laughed my ass off. Walked right into that thought.
T@B trailer $15000 and no toilet. F@@k that.
I may have missed your ride somewhere - what do you have and what is your non-towing mileage like? With my ALH and automatic, I'm right at 35-36mpg on the highway all day long, but that is at 83mph (GPS).yeah wind sucks.. My rig I get about 33-34mpg @ 70-75 pulling it, dont matter if its 800lbs or 1500lbs.. but it sits lower than the car.. If I put a canoe or a few bikes on the top of the trailer I am into the mid to high 20's. I get better mpg's than most people with roof rockets and I have so much more cargo room.