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Old 02-25-2009, 08:56 AM   #29
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Towing with too small a tow vehicle can be tricky. Take a look at this unfortunate vacationer who found out the hard way.
LOL.... They choose the wrong small tow vehicle. They should have bought a Saab !!!


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Old 02-25-2009, 09:42 AM   #30
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No, no, no, no, we don't tow it no more...

We towed a 990 pound (we weighed it)1968 canned ham trailer with a 1968 VW bus when both were new. Top speed was 45 on flat, level ground, with a tailwind. Uphill, regularly we were in 2nd gear, or even 1st, doing 10-20 mph. While the trailer itself was fun, towing it wasn't, and the trailer and bus were both traded in on a 1971 Campmobile within 18 months. The Campmobile went through exhaust valves like a fat kid eating a box of chocolates, but that's another story for another forum.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #31
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Wally dood it!

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Review this thread, Wally did!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:45 AM   #32
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I've been shlepping our 19' CCD around the (flat) midwest since we bought the AS in May of 2004 with our beloved 2001 VW Eurovan MV Weekender.

Not that I wanted to, but economically it just wasn't feasible to buy another vehicle. Nor was there one that I particularly want except a Toureg.

That said, we've been out many times, and with careful driving and REALLY going easy on accelerating and braking we have found this to be a remarkable vehicle. This actually makes us a two camper family.

I have the brakes checked frequently, and they are still the factory original! Although, I think it might be time for a change.

In 2001, VW switched over to a more powerful engine, 201hp, 2.8lt which helps to.

Even if I had the Toureg of my dreams, this van will stay in the family. I wouldn't attempt to tow with anything older than the 2001 though.

Here is some further info on how I tow with the EV:
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:27 AM   #33
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Im still driving my 58 VW Westfalia Microbus camper with stock 36 HP motor, birch wood interior and safari flip out windshields for short cruising trips. It lead me to Airstreams.

Id more likely use the 64 Airstream Safari to pull the VW!

Type II buses will go off road nicely and will climb almost anywhere, slowly, but towing power, thats another story.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:53 AM   #34
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I have 3 VW buses a 56 kombi, 64 camper, & a 68 SC (single cab pu), Would not tow with a stock 1500 or 1600 engine. One could build a 1915 - 2135 engine that would pull a small AS. But will the stock breaks stop it?? I would like to see a vintage VW bus tow a small AS
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:10 PM   #35
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Im still driving my 58 VW Westfalia Microbus camper with stock 36 HP motor, birch wood interior and safari flip out windshields for short cruising trips. It lead me to Airstreams.

Id more likely use the 64 Airstream Safari to pull the VW!

Type II buses will go off road nicely and will climb almost anywhere, slowly, but towing power, thats another story.
There was a strong relationship between Wally and Han Knobel, owner of Westfalia Werke.

This is a story to be told. In 1956 Stella Byam and Helen Byam Schwamborn stayed at the family home in Weidenbruck.

I also became aquainted with Dick Dunbar, VP of Marketing, with Hehr manufacturing. Dick traveled ofter to the Westfalia Werke. Hehr sold and furnished the windows for the Combe, this met the safety regulations required for American vehicles.

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Old 02-26-2009, 07:54 AM   #36
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This looks like it is becoming a VW Bus thread. So here goes. I had a 59 Bus that I referred to as a combi. I'm not sure that is the correct description. It had no side windows and there was a divider panel between the front seats and the back of the bus. It also was a 36hp hauler. I converted it to a camper of my own design. The 59 had the small back window opening and small window. To the side of the back window I built in an ice box for food storage. A table folded out of the back window space that had a Colman stove mounted on it for cooking. This was my main vehicle and my camper that I use in Yosemite while I was rock climbing in those younger days.
In our town, Yreka,CA, there is a fellow who had a VW bus yard. He must have at least 40 busses of all years. His place is located right off of I5. I've never stopped to talk to him. You know too many projects allready. But when ever I drive by I can't help but look at the collection of Busses to pick out the ones I think are probably 59's. It a lot like driving through my old home town and hoping I might see that old college buddy. The one I spent so much time with.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:57 AM   #37
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If it had no side windows it would have been a panel and not a Kombi. There is a couple who are traveling around the world in their 1958 panel...they are in Peru right now. I believe their website is:
Check it out...pretty cool journey.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:35 AM   #38
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Hey thank you everyone for all your posts - lots of cool ideas, but overall I'm hearing that it's a resounding "no."

We would definitely be aiming to get a smaller AS, not sure of the proper terminology but I call it the armadillo, basically what Wally was towing. However, it might be prohibitive to completely rebuild the engine and (gasp!) the tranny every two years!!!

My basic idea was to possibly even strip out the stove/fridge/sink from the AS and make it into more of a communal living space. I have a wife and a 7 year old boy, so the wife and I would have a toilet + bedroom-that-converts-to-a-living-room in the AS, and then the sink/oven/toilet from the VW would serve us for that type of thing, and also the boy could have his "room" in the bus.

We're fulltimers, and somewhat creative/customizer types, so with a setup like this we could have a full home with both vehicles combined, but then also leave the AS behind if we wanted to explore cities or National Parks without towing around the whole shebang.

I do realize that I could pull this off with other vehicles, but for the same reason you guys are all wild about Airstreams, I'm also into the VW Bus...there's an aura and a history behind it, and they just look so darned swell.

Thanks for ALL of your help! I'm going to keep looking into it and if/when I ever pull it off, I'll be sure to check back in.

Now, off to read the thread on Wally...
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:55 PM   #39
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Ha ha It would make more sense to tow a VW with an Airstream... if you had an Airstream motorhome that is. Ha ha.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:55 AM   #40
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Here ya go.This is a great site to use if you want to look into it more deeply.I am pretty sure you already knew of this site anyways but here it is for the others who didnt.
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