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Old 06-22-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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Anyone towing a VW New Beetle????

I have a question for anyone towing a VW New Beetle on a dolly. What has been your experience?
What year New Beetle?
What brand dolly?

Thank you in advance...
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:44 PM   #3
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We have a 04 beetle 5 sp convertible. Started out wanting to use a trailer. Then have decided to tow it 4 down as the coach we bought already had a tow bar on it.. I have read where the tow dollies don't work so good on the Beetle cause they set so low it is hard to get them up on the Dollie.

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Finally got to the VW dealer this morning. They said it was ok to tow with all 4 wheels down ( flat tow ). Since it is a 5 speed manual transmission all i have to do is put it in neutral and go. Will have to put the key into the accessory position so the steering wheel will not lock up. Will it be ok to just unhook the positive battery cable or do i need to do something else to cut off power so as not to drain the battery?

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I have a question for anyone towing a VW New Beetle on a dolly. What has been your experience?
What year New Beetle?
What brand dolly?

Thank you in advance...
Anyone use a dolly?
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Finally got to the VW dealer this morning. They said it was ok to tow with all 4 wheels down ( flat tow ). Since it is a 5 speed manual transmission all i have to do is put it in neutral and go. Will have to put the key into the accessory position so the steering wheel will not lock up. Will it be ok to just unhook the positive battery cable or do i need to do something else to cut off power so as not to drain the battery?



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Are you sure there is a battery drain issue? If so, instead of battery disconnect everything just pull fuse on the item doing the draining?
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I am getting one with my class c. IT is a 2001 beetle. IT has a falcon tow bar. The seller has pulled it.
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Are you sure there is a battery drain issue? If so, instead of battery disconnect everything just pull fuse on the item doing the draining?
Not sure if it will drain the battery or not. I will have to check and see if i have to put the key in accessory to keep the steering wheel unlocked. We just bought the car a few months ago. Good idea on pulling the fuse...Thanks

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I am getting one with my class c. IT is a 2001 beetle. IT has a falcon tow bar. The seller has pulled it.
I also have a Falcon II model 522 that came with our coach. I am going to get the Blue Ox base plate kit ( # BX 3815 ) and an adapter ( RM-031 ) so it will hook up to my tow bar. Our model Beetle is not a Type S....there is a different base plate plate kit if you have the Type S Beetle. We have the GLS model.

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Not a Beetle but a 09 Jetta TDI DSG. We use a Master Tow 80 with surge brakes if we need to chauffeur 4 around. It is close loading but no scraping. No problem making a tight turn (46 ft turning circle). If it is going to be the two of us then we put the truck on the dolly.
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Finally got to the VW dealer this morning. They said it was ok to tow with all 4 wheels down ( flat tow ). Since it is a 5 speed manual transmission all i have to do is put it in neutral and go. Will have to put the key into the accessory position so the steering wheel will not lock up. Will it be ok to just unhook the positive battery cable or do i need to do something else to cut off power so as not to drain the battery?

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Some people go to the trouble to disassemble the steering column and remove the locking mechanism that locks the wheel. That way, they don't need to bother with putting the key in and turning it on. If I were towing, that is what I would be doing.

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Are you sure there is a battery drain issue? If so, instead of battery disconnect everything just pull fuse on the item doing the draining?
You can insert your key, turn it on (do not start) and turn it off. Do not remove the key and the steering wheel should not lock. I cannot say if there is or is not a small battery drain...likely not much. You can always run your car for twenty minutes or so to keep it charged if necessary.
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Not a Beetle but a 09 Jetta TDI DSG. We use a Master Tow 80 with surge brakes if we need to chauffeur 4 around. It is close loading but no scraping. No problem making a tight turn (46 ft turning circle). If it is going to be the two of us then we put the truck on the dolly.
What is the measurement from front bumper (or low point) in line with your front tire to the ground? Thanks.
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I went and measured the height to the front valance on the 09 Jetta. It is exactly 8 inches. Master Tow sells riser plates for cars with low front valance, but I did not need them The dolly ramps are welded to the dolly table (table and ramps tilt for loading), so the clearance is always the same regardless what the terrain is like. Since the Jetta is a DSG, we tow with the trans in park, key out, parking brake off. I use the magnetic tow lights even though the dolly has a complete set of LED lights. The dolly weighs about 325 lbs but is easy to maneuver unloaded unless you are in mud. We rotate towing between four different vehicles so flat towing setups would be really expensive.
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