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Old 04-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #57
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Orange, imagine that
matches the new "ARGOSY 20" lettering on the coach!
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #58
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On my return trip from Delaware on Friday, I saw a late model motorhome towing baby-blue vintage Beetle (convertible). It looked like it was towing just fine.

I REALLY need to get my dash-cam out of the package and start using it!
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:03 PM   #59
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Beginning in 1961 I was a Star Route contractor/operator with the U.S. Postal Service out of Maxwell, Nebraska (near North Platte). When I began I owned a 1960 Falcon and a 1958 Jeep CJ6. The Jeep was only used for extreme weather and road conditions. The route covered 118 miles of nearly all gravel or sand roads. It quickly became obvious that the Falcon couldn't stand up to the job, and although I was a healthy 26 year-old in pretty good shape, the Jeep beat me up so bad on bad roads that I hated it! In early '62 I traded the Falcon for a '61 VW Beetle. I can't say enough good about it. Never again did I need the Jeep, for the VW would go over any road the Jeep could and didn't beat me up in the process. Now the VW wasn't perfect, but it was great for my severe usage. I bought into the VW myths and believed you couldn't get one stuck, so the very first blizzard I proceeded to take on a long drift to get to a ranch. I got stuck, but I un-stuck it because as a macho mid-twenties guy I just had to prove it and all the while I had a shovel in the back seat! Well I made it around the whole route, but that afternoon I took it in to the VW shop in North Platte for a new clutch. The car had a South-Wind gasoline heater that was hot enough to heat my house so I was always plenty warm during the frigid times.

On one occasion after some overnight flooding, I encountered a flooded portion of road. To back-track would have meant about 70 miles of extra driving so . . . remembering I'd read (and believed the myth) that VWs were so well built that they'd float, I did one of the dumber things I've done in my long life. I put it 1st gear, revved it up and hit the water. In the middle I lost traction but my momentum carried me to the other side. Although it was missing pretty badly I kept it going until it smoothed out and I shut it down and inspected the engine compartment. The water line was nearly up to the distributor cap but no damage, and I finished the route.

The '61 ranks among the best cars I've owned in my62 years of vehicle ownership.

Later I had a '69 and it wasn't the car the '61 was. Still later I had a '73 that I'd as soon not talk about. Definitely showed the regression of manufacturer's standards!

As has been said, You've got to be religious about regular maintenance. Oil changes and valve adjustments have to be regularly scheduled or you'll buy trouble. I never had brake problems, not ever, on any of them.


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Old 10-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #60
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So early on in this thread, someone mentioned a toad braking system that you didn't have to remove.... presumably somehow actuates the master cylinder directly? Has anyone used or seen information on these? I have a couple of old British cars that I was thinking of using as toads (one at a time....) and the Brake Buddy things look obnoxiously primitive and clunky.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:35 AM   #61
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...old British cars...and...obnoxiously primitive and clunky.
Am I the only one that thinks this sounds appropriate somehow?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #62
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Am I the only one that thinks this sounds appropriate somehow?
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #63
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Too true.

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #64
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Wow, from all of these replies I'm starting to think that I made a mistake by buying a VW Beetle to tow. Hope my Bug does better than what I heard about here. Thanks for your replies, though.
I know this is a very late reply, just to chime in that my first car in the early 90's was a 1974 VW in British Racing Green that I bought for $700. Loved that car. Yes, cold in winter but great fun to drive.

Never had anything serious wrong with it apart from a bent back axle when I hit a hidden curb in snow.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:57 PM   #65
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So this maybe is the system I was looking for:

ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products

This Ready-Brake system may be used with your existing towbar or their own Ready-Brute towbar:

Readybrake RV Tow Bars and RV Surge Braking Systems for Car Towing - NSA RV Products

And here is an installation video (not the best, starts out badly, but improves):

ReadyBrake Use and Installation Video

Looks very simple and straightforward. A cable attaches to your brake pedal and forward surge activates the brakes. You don`t have to have power brakes, there`s no electrical hookup (for the brakes, you still would have to have the hookup to the toad`s brake lights). I`m not too clear on what happens to the cable when you`re not towing, but presumably that has been thought of. Seems it`s also a very inexpensive system (should be: there`s not much to it!).
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:44 AM   #66
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At the Jackson Rally a week or so ago, there was an older gentleman with SOB of MOHO towing a '65 beetle, painted to match the older MOHO. I had wanted to ask him about it, he just had some towing setup that seemed to be connected to the front end of the frame that supports the front axle of the bug. I had a 65 bug when I was in high school, and I loved it.
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This '71 bug was to be used as a toad. It wasn't ready in time so a '01 Jeep Wrangler became a toad.
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Toads in a Row

I think you should carry one for every occasion.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:03 PM   #69
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Well you know how it is, the guys with the little trailers always feel as if they need to compensate somehow.
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