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Old 03-20-2008, 08:25 PM   #15
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we got one from U-Haul..only cost $149 (its the Valley Towbar rated at 5000lbs) it came with little attachements that --if you had a jeep-- you could simply bolt on to the bumber....but for our VW the mechanics had to pretty much remove the whole front bumper, and they custom made a braket/plate holder...(they did not charge us :-) --- instead of using the $300+ Ox etc...plates...(then another 600 for the tow bars..._) our setup cost us less than $400... TOTAL...so we are pretty pshyched...and yes, a little peace of mind never hurts!!! how is your rig going? Also, quick question...seems like our MH burns oil a bit...how do I know how much to add? Any idea? THANKS
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:49 PM   #16
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Not a bad price at all. How do you store the towbar when not in use, in the VW on the motorhome or....?

There are a bunch of threads on the forums about the amound of oil these things hold as well as issues with the dipsticks. On our 310 the dipstick is real easy to slide in and out. On our previous SOB it was a real bear. If you haven't found the dipstick yet its on the left side front of the engine compartment. Should be somewhere near the same area as the radiator cap.

Susan is prepping our 310 right now for our upcoming trip to the Branson rally. I'm stuck out here in Pasadena so she has to take care of everything herself .

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Old 03-21-2008, 05:13 AM   #17
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Hey Brad, we think we will store the towbar either in the trunk of the car, or in one of the undercariage compartments...Am really not sure...LOL . As for the dipstick, I found it, as well as the fill inlet for the oil, my question is : how do i not put TOO much oil in .... that dipstick does not seem super accurate...and I cant really tell how much is needed.....Makes sense?
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #18
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The slide out drawers on the 345 must be larger than on our 310. There is no way we could stow our towbar in one of our drawers. Fortunately ours is the time that can stay mounted in the hitch receiver and then fold sideways. Very handy.

As far as figuring out how much oil to put in its pretty much a guessing game. There should be a few marks on the dipstick indicating full and low.

On ours I did a full oil change to find out where the "full" mark really was on the dipstick and after that I would check and if needed I just poured a little oil in and let it settle and then checked how much it changed on the dipstick. It was trial and error to get it right.

Fortunately ours uses very little to no oil so its usually not much of an issue. I believe I usually end up changing it before I need to add any. Our 454 only has about 15,000 miles on it. It is a factory crate replacement engine.

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Old 03-21-2008, 02:04 PM   #19
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You might also look into brake controllers for your Beetle. I'm in no way familiar with them but one I have seen is basically an electronic box that sits in the floor board with a mechanical "foot" that presses the brake pedal when the motor home's brakes are applied. This is wired to the 7 pin connector so there is no additional wiring to the motor home. I have no idea how well they work but I would think some kind of additional brakes are needed in addition to the motor home's brakes. I have always had one question on toads with power brakes: what provides the extra hydraulic pressure to the toad's brake system while the car engine is not running and it is being towed in neutral or with the drive shaft disconnected...something else to check into: will towing your Beetle require disconnecting the drive shaft or will there be no damage to the transmission while under tow.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:06 AM   #20
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From what I know and have read, (we have a manual transmission) we can simply leave the bug in neutral while towing it. All we have to do is keep the keys in the ignition to let the wheels freely turn as it is being toad... U-Haul told us we did not need any brakes on our vehicule ... so we will be trying it out without...if brakes are needed then we will have to see what we get then....
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:50 AM   #21
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I didn't realize the new "bug" was available with a manual...learn something new every day. The brakes issue would still concern me because of the weight of the car. But you may not need them after all. Good luck with your new Airstream. The Airstream Classic motor homes were real beauties and real head turners. Have fun with it and keep us informed of your travels.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:46 PM   #22
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We are hitin the road in the AM tomorrow. leaving CT for the south,... headed towards Austin TX. Will keep you all posted on how things go...anyone wants to give us tips etc.... places to stop bye and so on ... all appreciated
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:28 PM   #23
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I would make sure that the new bug can be towed four down. By that I mean I wuld want to see it in the owner's manuel, and not "some guy at the Uhaul said it was OK". I looked in the Family Motor Coach section on towables and did not see your bug, or any VW for that matter.

As for brakes on the toad, I used to tow our Saturn that way and had no real problems. Then I started reading on the subject and got a bit concerned about it from a legal stand point. I bought one that I can take with me to other cars as the need might arise. I really can tell a difference in stopping distance, and I think my SL1 probably weighs about the same, or less, than your bug.

Have a great trip, enjoy the weather, and be prepared to fix a few things on the road.

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Old 03-24-2008, 06:41 PM   #24
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Thanks! we have read about someone else towing a bug... 4 down...w/o a prob...it HAS to be a manual transmition...to be towed...and we have to put the key in (to let the wheels turn...) that is basically what we have learned
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Update on our toad and from the road..

Started a new thread : http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...xas-40708.html with pics of our toad/setup....
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #26
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We just wrapped up a 2000 or so mile trip pulling a 2002 manual tranny beetle. Without a problem. We did have our hitch strenghen, and had a custom plate built to fit our beetle through its front grille. all looks and works well. As a tow bar we used a valley tow bar rated at 5000lbs, only $149....much cheaper of a setup then blue ox....
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