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Old 03-27-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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Flat Towing a VW 2004 Beetle

I have recently purchased a 2015 35 ft. Winnebago class A RV with Ford F58
chassis. I want to flat tow a lightweight car eg. VW 2004 Beetle. I can't find
any solid info on this and would appreciate some advice from anyone who has
first hand experience. Thanks
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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I tow a '00 TDI Beetle. It's a 5 speed manual and tows with no issues. Automatics can't be towed, VW doesn't recommend towing 6 speed manual transmissions, but some have reported doing so without issues. Blue Ox makes a baseplate for the Beetle, to install the front 'clip' (fenders and bumper) must be removed.
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Thanks BFlinn181.
That's the first reassurance I've had since beginning my search.
The "taking off fenders and bumper" part scares me a little on a used vehicle, but here's to getting our hands dirty. I'm going to look at the 04 Beetle on Sun. and will
keep that in mind.
Thank you also for the "Welcome to iRV2". By surfing through the different topics and threads, I already see this becoming invaluable.
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The front clip isn't that challenging, it's just elevendy-seven screws holding the inner and outer fenders on. I did it myself in about a day to get it off and on again.
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Did you have to drill or cut large holes in the bumper to allow the hitch parts that attach to the base plates to come through?
Is Blue Ox the only hitch to fit the VW or just the best, or are there other makes
more affordable and still reputable?
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I've only had experience with Blue Ox and I was impressed with it's strength and powder coated finish. The two removable pins that stick out for attaching the tow bar come out through the black plastic mesh grill, very simple to snip out a hole in the mesh at the proper locations. When the pins are removed the holes in the mesh below the bumper are hardly noticeable.
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