Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Looking for a tow hitch for my 81 vanagon
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:36 am    Post subject: Looking for a tow hitch for my 81 vanagon Reply with quote

For some reason I'm not finding much. I need a tow hitch with a two inch receiver for towing my little 12ft sailboat and hooking up a bike rack. I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.

The only one I found was on the go westy site but it say's not compatible with the air cooled vanagons.
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
syncrodoka
Samba Member


Joined: December 27, 2005
Posts: 11277
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
syncrodoka is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen burley's bumper hitch?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy cow. $395....yikes!
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
djkeev Premium Member
Samba Moderator


Joined: September 30, 2007
Posts: 24785
Location: North West New Jersey
djkeev is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM me, I know of a used one.

Dave
_________________
Stop Dead Photo Links how to post photos

Ghia
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473

Vanagon
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537

Beetle
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
danfromsyr
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2004
Posts: 12667
Location: Syracuse, NY
danfromsyr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

quality costs $$$ ya gotta pay to play

you can always get the cheaper one that hooks to the eyelets on the bumper brackets. but it's not rated for as much pull/tongue.

I had a friend want one for his Bay bus. sure we can work it out.
gave him a materials list, had him measure cut, I welded and then mounted..
took him/us all day.. still cost more $ than he'd have preferred..
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not towing more than 500lbs. So I'm fine with cheaper.
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
danfromsyr
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2004
Posts: 12667
Location: Syracuse, NY
danfromsyr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheaper, just put a 2in ball on it.
http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Curt/C11657.html?feed=npn&gclid=CPDu2OW6mcYCFYSQHwodyawAzQ

http://www.amazon.com/11657-Class-Fixed-Trailer-Hitch/dp/B001C6MD3I/ref=pd_sxp_redirect
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like that curt only fits 90 and up vanagon.
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
danfromsyr
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2004
Posts: 12667
Location: Syracuse, NY
danfromsyr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tow loops are all the same..
looks like they list it as 90 and up only.

watch your tongue weight..
w/o a drop down lower support bar (to engine cradle) they can twist if given a heavy load.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
syncrodoka
Samba Member


Joined: December 27, 2005
Posts: 11277
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
syncrodoka is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a cheap hitch with a 2" receiver you are going to have to fire up your welder and DIY. Hopefully your structural welds are good.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Westified
Samba Member


Joined: May 01, 2012
Posts: 354
Location: Miami, FL
Westified is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for a tow hitch for my 81 vanagon Reply with quote

domromer wrote:
For some reason I'm not finding much. I need a tow hitch with a two inch receiver for towing my little 12ft sailboat and hooking up a bike rack. I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.

The only one I found was on the go westy site but it say's not compatible with the air cooled vanagons.


I have a hitch you can have for free, just pay the shipping from Miami. It is identical to the Curt hitch Danfromsyr has the link to. I have towed a 2100 lb Boston whaler 16 miles to the dealer and back. I wouldn't recommend that much weight. I only did that once. My 1.9 floored could only do 50 mph. Usually just tow a 15 ft aluminum skiff, boat, motor and trailer weight 800 lbs no problem. Hauled the skiff to the keys and Everglades numerous times. You can bolt a 2x2 inch sleeve into the ball mount hole for a bike rack. Yakima used to sell the sleeve. PM me if you are interested.
You can probably use this to adapt it for bike carriers but I am not sure you could tow a boat with it. http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-RV-2-Bumper-Adaptor/...NXFZJBS2CP
_________________
1984 Westy Wolfsburg, owned since 1987.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Dana Champion
Samba Member


Joined: July 06, 2012
Posts: 630
Location: Ventura County, CA
Dana Champion is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a shop fabricate a hitch for my '81 Westfalia back in '91, so I could haul a small Coleman tent trailer to Mammoth Mountain. Ready made hitches were not as common back then. If all else fails have one made, "custom like"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
tow loops are all the same..
looks like they list it as 90 and up only.

watch your tongue weight..
w/o a drop down lower support bar (to engine cradle) they can twist if given a heavy load.


Is there a reason these hitches don't have receivers? Is it an issue of clearance?
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
0to60in6min
Samba Member


Joined: November 27, 2006
Posts: 2979
Location: OR & CA (Oregon/California)
0to60in6min is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about this one...

http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van_1299275510577/pag...eiver.html
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
domromer
Samba Member


Joined: August 16, 2009
Posts: 177
Location: Clearwater, Florida
domromer is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Says doesn't fit air-cooled.
_________________
1981 Aircooled Vanagon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsrphotography/
http://www.dustybootsphotography.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
hdenter
Samba Member


Joined: October 14, 2008
Posts: 2250
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
hdenter is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other problem with the Go Westy/Van-Café receiver hitch is that it is braced to the engine or the mustache bar. If someone taps you in the rear the blow is transferred directly to your engine. Not a good idea in my book!

Hans
_________________
'84 sunroof vanagon
'85 weekender
'96 golf
'07 Passat Wgn
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
danfromsyr
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2004
Posts: 12667
Location: Syracuse, NY
danfromsyr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's so that you don't over load it and use it for a purpose that it isn't designed to handle.
this is a class-I hitch. very light weight utility use..
a bike rack on one of these in a receiver will create far too much cantilevered leverage and twist the tow loop eyelets.

some have added a 2" receiver to the class-I hitch, but you are on your own for safety and practical application there. no warranties and no safety assurances. also it's all on you if there's a failure that damages or kills someone elses property/self

your options are
$ used
$$ cheap class-I
$$$ DIY
$$$$ custom

domromer wrote:
danfromsyr wrote:
tow loops are all the same..
looks like they list it as 90 and up only.

watch your tongue weight..
w/o a drop down lower support bar (to engine cradle) they can twist if given a heavy load.


Is there a reason these hitches don't have receivers? Is it an issue of clearance?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB