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Old 07-29-2008, 06:23 AM   #29
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If my memory serves me correctly, the camper was named Shadow Cruiser. There were several models available and there were larger campers for the full sized American car market. All were "5th" wheels, but were towable by a coupe or sedan automobile.

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Old 07-29-2008, 07:19 AM   #30
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Yea now I remember the A/C thing - doing 60 down the road, flip on the ol A/C and it was better than pulling on the emergency brake - slowed you right down....

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Originally Posted by Janet View Post
Does it weigh much?
in 1958, they weighed about 500lbs, the '68 is about 700 wet. The current Eribas are getting pretty heavy, but probably still under 2000lbs

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The only downside to towing with a New Beetle is the fact that the hitches available in the US are pretty flimsy. Most are rated to 1500 pounds and bolt to the tow hook and the spare tire well.
Westfalia makes hitches for european VWs that replace the rear bumper core and are completely hidden when the ball is removed. The rating on those is 3000 pounds with a 200 pound tongue weight. They are expesive and difficult to get your hands on, but that's stout enough to pull some of the small vintage Airstreams!
The funky metric hitch ball would be another issue since euro hitch balls are welded in place and don't come in different sizes.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:53 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by ommuel View Post
in 1958, they weighed about 500lbs, the '68 is about 700 wet. The current Eribas are getting pretty heavy, but probably still under 2000lbs

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That was really a cool set up! We were parked right accross from you

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