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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:12 pm    Post subject: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

My wife and I just bought an 82' Westfalia with a 1.9L diesel engine. It came with a hitch but not a receiver. We would like to use our Curt basket cargo carrier for extra storage. Is there a conversion kit, an easy modification or new hitch set-up that will work? GoWesty has a receiver hitch set up but it will not work on a diesel. Thought and wisdom please!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

We need to see what kind of hitch you have. I converted a regular ball hitch over to a 1.25" receiver hitch. If it attaches to the tow hooks, then I don't recommend that approach
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

This is the hitch we have now.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

http://www.harborfreight.com/atv-hitch-adapter-65961.html

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

I definitely don't recommend that type of tow hook style of hitch to be used with vertical loads
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

If you want to carry heavier loads on the back, I can personally recommend the Burley heavy duty receiver hitch.

http://burleysmotorsports.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_14&products_id=55


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

We have a Burley and use it to carry a cargo tray. It's solid, well built and easy to install.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

I also recommend a Burley hitch
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversionlly Reply with quote

Hi. I've been seeking advice on a hitch for my van as well.

10 minutes ago I just bought the bullet on a Burley Motorsports hitch.

I really just want to be able to use my 3 bike rack, but the center mount on the GoWesty won't work with my Subie conversion (and your diesel too, I think) and folks tell me there's a bit of sway and instability without that center mount.

I could have saved an extra $250 and tried the GoWesty or done something like you're trying to do, but in the end I figure the extra $250 is worth the security of a stout hitch with the benefit of being able to tow whatever I might want to tow in the future. This, and the fact that the Burley hitch sits a bit higher and will avert the potential clearance issue on my sloped driveway entry.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Westfalia trailer hitch conversion Reply with quote

Depending on how much weight you plan to carry you may want to consider air shocks. They were just the ticket for me carrying a 300 lb dirtbike.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=407359

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