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Old 02-11-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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I was coming home from doing some shopping for a few basic items, and I rode past the Flynn's Inn Campground in South Augusta. I noticed this unmistakable shine coming from the back of the campground. I turned around to get a closer look. I took a ride to the back of the park. It was a 1960's Bambi. Had a nice polish on the shell and was being towed by a red Jetta with Florida tags.

Would I be describing anyone on this forum?
Busted! Lol.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:38 PM   #16
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That would be my Bambi and my car you photographed and posted.
Congrats! That's a good looking, and I'm sure fun, combo!

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Old 02-11-2011, 06:19 PM   #17
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I usually get around 20-25 miles per gallon while towing with the Jetta. The only problem I have encountered so far is some bad hitch scraping on steep inclines or very uneven surfaces at campgrounds since it is already so low to the ground. There are only a few inches of clearance. I suppose it is a little unconventional and might be funny looking, but I have done my homework on what my car can handle and it has passed the tried and true road test. Can't beat the fuel economy for a TV either!...
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:20 PM   #18
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That would be my Bambi and my car you photographed and posted.
Nice looking rig.

Hope you are enjoying your car/airstream combo as much as we are enjoying ours.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:30 AM   #19
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I usually get around 20-25 miles per gallon while towing with the Jetta. The only problem I have encountered so far is some bad hitch scraping on steep inclines or very uneven surfaces at campgrounds since it is already so low to the ground. There are only a few inches of clearance. I suppose it is a little unconventional and might be funny looking, but I have done my homework on what my car can handle and it has passed the tried and true road test. Can't beat the fuel economy for a TV either!...
I have a 2003 Jetta TDI and would never tow an Airstream with it. You have a later year model, which is more stout of a vehicle.

If you don't mind me asking, which engine and transmission does your car have? Also, did you make modifications (upgraded brake system, suspension, etc, etc)? I am just curious.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:43 AM   #20
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I don't understand the negativity toward towing with a smaller vehicle. Let's look at some numbers.

The door sticker on my F-150 shows a cargo carrying capacity of 1372 pounds. My little Jaguar X-Type has a cargo carrying capacity of 1356. That's a difference of only 16 pounds!

The little Jaguar is rated to tow 4,500 pounds and has better performance all around. So what's the problem with a small car pulling a trailer well within it's limits?
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:35 AM   #21
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I don't understand the negativity toward towing with a smaller vehicle. Let's look at some numbers.

The door sticker on my F-150 shows a cargo carrying capacity of 1372 pounds. My little Jaguar X-Type has a cargo carrying capacity of 1356. That's a difference of only 16 pounds!

The little Jaguar is rated to tow 4,500 pounds and has better performance all around. So what's the problem with a small car pulling a trailer well within it's limits?
1372 on your F-150? That seems low, what year is it? I would've expected 1700 - 2000#.
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This is a topic that never gets anywhere because it is always gets consumed by the "tail wagging the dog" theory. Even though the much-trusted pickup expends much of its power and braking on itself, and is about as poor handling passenger vehicle as there is on the road.

Not to say a Jetta TDI can tow any Airstream. But this little guy weighs 1/3 less than the Jetta.

I wish the capabilities of such vehicles could be discussed more thoroughly. Is $5 gas just around the corner?

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That would be my Bambi and my car you photographed and posted.
Cool! A little more info on what kind of hitch set you have would be interesting. Also, info on the brake controller.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:46 AM   #24
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Great to see your combo on the road! Hopefully the skeptics don't intimidate you and you stick around to share more information. Some of us aren't interested in resigning ourselves to towing with a big gas-guzzling American truck. Seeing real life examples like yours are a treat. Hopefully you'll share some photos and information about your setup.
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This is a topic that never gets anywhere because it is always gets consumed by the "tail wagging the dog" theory. Even though the much-trusted pickup expends much of its power and braking on itself, and is about as poor handling passenger vehicle as there is on the road.

Not to say a Jetta TDI can tow any Airstream. But this little guy weighs 1/3 less than the Jetta.

I wish the capabilities of such vehicles could be discussed more thoroughly. Is $5 gas just around the corner?

Doug
Now here in Canada Doug we are already paying $5.00 a gal for gas. It is one of the reasons why many of us get involved with smaller, more fuel efficient TV's. Besides that they seem to work very well.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:11 PM   #26
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1372 on your F-150? That seems low, what year is it? I would've expected 1700 - 2000#.
It's a 2005 F-150 Crew Cab Lariat 4x4 with the 5.4 liter and tow package. Much of its carrying capacity is used up by the weight of the four doors. That's a lot of steel. My tongue weight is 750 dry plus me, a 90 pound dog and a little firewood and pretty soon I'm overloaded. Trucks aren't the limitless tow-beasts that most claim.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:56 PM   #27
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Wow, I see my little set-up has garnered quite the response.

No modifications have been done to my car as far as suspension, brakes, etc. I have the standard 2.0l diesel engine, automatic transmission with the option to switch it over to manual (the name for it is evading me at the moment). I had a DrawTite Class 1 hitch mounted as well as a digital DrawTite brake controller put in. I had a mechanic cut a hole in my rear bumper near the hitch receiver and the 7-way plug receptacle was bolted on in a pretty inconspicuous place so that I could make use of my trailer brakes. I towed the trailer a few times before I added the brake controller and it handled wonderfully, but I wanted to be as safe as possible. I have been thinking about altering the suspension in hopes that I can get a little bit more ground clearance when towing my little Bambi so I can avoid the scraping. I get enough attention as it stands, it is embarrassing to make grand entrances with the loud scraping sound or getting the curved part of the shaft that holds the ball lodged tight in a dirt mound or a small ditch. I am not sure if that will help the problem or not.

I am new to Airstream ownership, new to towing, new to this forum and even pretty new to life (I am only 26. Haha.), but I am not easily intimidated or unwilling to take a chance on something that might seem a little odd. From everything I have read and learned so far, my car is perfectly capable of towing my small and lightweight trailer. I am very cautious and keep up with maintenance on my car and do small things like keep the tire pressure on both my car and trailer at the recommend levels for towing and check it obsessively.

So far, so good. Maybe some of you think I am nuts. Maybe some of you would never take the chance on doing something similar with your Jetta, but I am out and about doing it and it is working out well for me AND I am getting more miles on the dollar when I travel. I don't mind being the guinea pig so I will let you all know if I run into any problems....then all of you doubting Thomases can say you told me so. Lol.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:07 PM   #28
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Wow, I see my little set-up has garnered quite the response.
I think it's fantastic. Last year at Alumapalooza, Andy Thomas from Can-Am RV featured a Jetta TDI matched with a 23 foot Safari weighing at least double what your trailer weighs. I wish I had a picture of what hitch he was using.

Anyone who was interested could test drive the setup and I think it helped make a few believers of the skeptics.

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