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Old 01-15-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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70's VW Beetle as a Dinghy

Looking to see if anyone knows if a 70's VW Beetle with manual Transmission is a candidate for towing using a tow bar, thanks ;~{)
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Hello GuitarLefty; you have one of the easiest toats. You don't have to install a baseplate. Tow on all wheels. If you go to Samba.com which is the site for vw's you most likely will find a towbar for your vehicle. price should be between $25.00-$75.00. Remember you will need a Brake assist unit that slows your toat together with your MH. It's the law in some states.Thats your biggest cost.Cheers Gerald
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We were in the crane rental business and for many years towed volkswagens behind our cranes with no problems.
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Put it neutral take off the parking brake and if it has a steering lock turn the key and tow away. Downside you speedometer will measure every mile that you tow it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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Looking to see if anyone knows if a 70's VW Beetle with manual Transmission is a candidate for towing using a tow bar, thanks ;~{)
We have towed our 1973 VW THING before and it's VERY EASY! It's pretty much just like a Beetle, the tow bar hooks on front axel.
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Samba.com is an Arabic bank. Just sayin
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I towed a 1970 VW Beetle with a class C all over West US. You can Wire Brake, turn Sig lights to MH lights - use VW manual for wiring Diagrams I think I used Diodes Cant remember. You wont need brakes as the VW only Weighs 1650 Lbs.
However some states may require them. How I miss that VW - my wife and two Daughters could not wear it out.
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Even if you have a tow braking device it's not like it will do better than a flintstone stop!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:58 PM   #9
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Now that is funny, yaba daba doo
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I've also considered a Bug. It would first serve as a project car for my son and I. Also, you want to look at "thesamba.com" or graigslist, ebay etc. the tow bars are very cheap. Some people take the little grease fittings off the bottom of the front axle before towing to keep them from getting broken by the bar. YOu may need extra light wiring or those magnetic towing lights for brake lights (about $20).
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Some people take the little grease fittings off the bottom of the front axle before towing to keep them from getting broken by the bar.
I wish I knew that, last time we towed our VW THING I had a grease fitting snap off!
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