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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: What do you guys tow with your van? Reply with quote

Any pictures out there of awesome set ups behind your vans? I am thinking of hitching up a trailer full of motorcycles for riding in Utahs west desert. I wil post up when I get a sec.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to snap a pic. I meant to the first trip last week but to excited and I forgot. I pull a 14' Dolphin sailboat. It looks so cool with vanagon and sailboat rolling. People sure give me a look going down the road! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 5:02 am    Post subject: towing Reply with quote

I'll get a pic one day soon as well. Towed a small trailer that I have set up for our kayaks. It was just a test...worked well.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the hitch installed, thanks to a local TS'er! Ready for the open road. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not the most legal trailer to tow, but it got the job done.
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picked up this Coleman VersaTrailer about 2 weeks ago, and just finally installed my hitch and wiring system for the lights. Trailer is only 200# and the van pulls her easily. I'm thinking of repainting it, but can't decide, it's already in such great shape. The top pops up like the camper, or comes off completely. The two tailgates fold down, making it useful for just about anything, including motorcycles, bikes, cargo, etc...

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This 'guy' was going to tow a matching Reeve trailer but I have reconsidered and will most likely go with a rooftop bag that I already have and/or bike rack or platform. Decided towing would be just too much for me. There are lots of great pics in the threads of things/styles of towing.
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.colemantrailers.com/uploads/13151235001146.pdf
http://www.colemantrailers.com/uploads/201481234903100.pdf

ashafer wrote:
Picked up this Coleman VersaTrailer about 2 weeks ago, and just finally installed my hitch and wiring system for the lights. Trailer is only 200# and the van pulls her easily. I'm thinking of repainting it, but can't decide, it's already in such great shape. The top pops up like the camper, or comes off completely. The two tailgates fold down, making it useful for just about anything, including motorcycles, bikes, cargo, etc...

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my WESTRAILIA I built a few years ago.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

50 Kafer wrote:
http://www.colemantrailers.com/uploads/13151235001146.pdf
http://www.colemantrailers.com/uploads/201481234903100.pdf

Haha, those pdf's are great! I want one!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What do you guys tow with your van? Reply with quote

This has come up here a few times before. A few of the heavier rigs:

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a best friend scenario Question Razz Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashafer wrote:
Picked up this Coleman VersaTrailer about 2 weeks ago, and just finally installed my hitch and wiring system for the lights. Trailer is only 200# and the van pulls her easily. I'm thinking of repainting it, but can't decide, it's already in such great shape. The top pops up like the camper, or comes off completely. The two tailgates fold down, making it useful for just about anything, including motorcycles, bikes, cargo, etc...

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Is that a left handed brewing company sticker in your window?
I have one on our westy that I got on our cross country trip 10 years ago!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice flat line trailer!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

50 Kafer - Thanks for the post on those brochures - I have the 2nd one, but that not the one on the 1st link. That brochure looks much better! I love this little trailer..I wish I could find that the tent kit or wooden siderails!

hero419 - Sure is! I love their beer Very Happy

I'm thinking of painting the trailer, and was considering coating the entire bottom portion in black Line-X and painting the top white. I remember seeing a thread on here where a guy painted it to match and it looked great!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=194893&highlight=trailer+setup
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashafer wrote:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=194893&highlight=trailer+setup


Nice try Ashafer. This thread is much better. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sometimes a horse trailer:

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of these bigger rigs really amaze me...can't believe an 86hp Vanagon would tow a sailboat, horse trailer, etc...

Anyone ever had any towing horror stories?
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashafer wrote:
Some of these bigger rigs really amaze me...can't believe an 86hp Vanagon would tow a sailboat, horse trailer, etc...

Anyone ever had any towing horror stories?


Most towing horror stories have little to do with the power of the tow vehicle, most have to do with the stability and/or stopping power.

I covet a West Wight Potter sailboat to tow around behind my Vanny, but wouldn't have been comfortable doing so before upgrading my brakes. and adding a better transmission cooler for my automatic.
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