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Old 07-03-2011, 07:34 PM   #15
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I did not use a WD hitch when towing the 19' as it was stable with a sway bar. But a larger trailer has more hitch weight which means a WD hitch. VW doesn't recommend them on any of their cars but many have found that it works fine. I now use a Hensley which makes fine adjustments much easier. My hitch weight is 720lbs, about the max I would want to go.
Okay. As of now, based on my limited research & knowledge - Using a TDI as a TV,... I'd use a Propride Hitch on a 23'FB FC.

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-A roof basket is about 48" long which does not cover the sun roof. You'll need crossbars which attach to the siderails which are very stable to hold the basket and spare.
Cool - Do happen to have any pics of your setup?

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-Wheelbase has not been an issue, in fact the tight turning radius is a blessing getting in and out of tight spots.
That's one of the main reasons I'm looking at the TDI. However, in this instance - My question about wheel base & your 25' FB, had to do w/ the ratio, for safety concerns (I've read people state, bz of the TDIs shorter wb, they'd be hesitant towing anything longer than 25' ,... bz of handling/safety concerns),... & I was curious if you've experienced anything while towing your 25', that made you feel your were close to the edge, in this regard.

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If you mean by weight management, not bringing a ton of stuff along, yes. I only have a small generator, grill, and a couple of chairs in the back and one passenger.
I'm not a big "stuff" guy,... & probably would/will be doing mostly solo trips. However, I wouldn't want to be always concerned w/ how much propane was in the tanks,... or water,... etc. Or have to relegate myself to only traveling w/ 1/2 full tanks.

This (under utilizing capacity, due to weight), & the towing/handling of the TDI, w/ a 25' vs. 23',... has me leaning towards the 23'. Whether those concerns are justified or not,... is what I'm trying to flesh out.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience & insights - It's appreciated!


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Old 07-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #16
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Thanks to John Scheck for his experiences and recommendations. We are thinking of getting a larger Airstream, like the 23' International, but for a few dollars more there is a Flying Cloud 25'. . .

Would also like to tow with a T2 TDI as our TDI Jetta is such a good, stable, economical car.

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Old 07-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #17
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I LOVE the T-Rex, went with Steel suspension over Air like I had in my V8 Porsche Cayenne S as I knew I was going to require a good hitch ala the Pro Pride and my opinion, they work better without Air (again, learned this on the Cayenne the hard way...)

Also, with my 25FB, was never lacking for power with the diesel, and between my V8 Porsche and Diesel VW engine, the Oil Burner was the hands down winner!!!

As for tires, 19" M&S - the collapsable VW and Cayenne tires are made to take the full weight of the TV to include attached trailer, my opinion, only need full size spare if you are offloading.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #18
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Touareg on 17" wheels with full spare. No 19's or inflatable donuts out here.
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