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Old 06-26-2015, 08:46 PM   #155
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Started our summer trip and we are now at Zion NP 105 today, good thing for AC at watchman CG


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Hi there Subfan,
Great looking setup....be sure to report back after your hike up to Angels Landing!
We did those 25 switch backs and "spine of the mtn." back in March heat wave of only 88 and
cannot imagine leaving the air conditioned shuttle bus in 105.

However, you can really beat the heat wading in the narrows....have a great time and enjoy your 20 footer.

See you down the road,
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:50 PM   #156
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Looks awesome! What is your TV? Looks like a nice set up. Have a great time!

Hi Wild Child, thanks.
We tow with our 08 Tahoe


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Old 06-26-2015, 10:53 PM   #157
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We are going to hike a few places it's just too hot. We will do the Narrows though.
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:44 AM   #158
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Right now we're camped at the marina in St. Clair, Michigan in the RAIN! So, I posted this as a reminder of our great weekend up north closer to home a couple weekends ago...
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:51 AM   #159
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Maiden trip in "Lulu," my 2007 Safari 20

Hello all. Just had my first trip after getting my VW Jetta diesel hitched to my 20 at CanAm in Ontario. Made me wish I were Canadian and lived nearby. Great experience!
Initial impression is the Jetta diesel, manual transmission, seems to newbie me to be super as TV, delivering a phenomenal 28-29 mpg towing highway (and double that solo!). It seems to be a fine choice for anyone concerned about lowering fuel costs.

From London, Ontario, I towed back on US90 to Syracuse, overnighting at a truck stop (that was a learning experience!) and then down US81 to Philadelphia for a family visit.
Photos: right, at CanAm; left in Phila.
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:15 PM   #160
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Hi Bear a scream,
Love your setup! We have never been to a rally but it would be fun to attend a FC 20' rally with a subset of 20 footers with VW tow vehicles! Those of us with VW's could enjoy sitting at our campsite without other campers walking by and with the usual greeting " so you really tow that trailer with a Volkswagon".

See you down the road,
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BTW - we just had our FC 2014 state inspection and one of the LED tail lights had all center bulbs out.....called our dealer - Colonial Airstream, as still under warranty and received replacement within 48 hrs. Colonial continues to impress us during first year ownership!
Install ( well removal of old unit ) a bit of challenge but picked up a special inexpensive trim remover kit from Harbor Freight and all lights are good to go. Leaving for few days at the beach before the July 4th crowds hit the shore....then we get ready for extended Adirondack, New Hampshire and coastal Maine adventure for the rest of the summer?
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:49 PM   #161
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Hello all. Just had my first trip after getting my VW Jetta diesel hitched to my 20 at CanAm in Ontario. Made me wish I were Canadian and lived nearby. Great experience!
Initial impression is the Jetta diesel, manual transmission, seems to newbie me to be super as TV, delivering a phenomenal 28-29 mpg towing highway (and double that solo!). It seems to be a fine choice for anyone concerned about lowering fuel costs.

From London, Ontario, I towed back on US90 to Syracuse, overnighting at a truck stop (that was a learning experience!) and then down US81 to Philadelphia for a family visit.
Photos: right, at CanAm; left in Phila.
Wondering if your Jetta is rated to tow the 20' with a maximum loaded weight of 4,500 to 5,000 pounds +/-?

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PS -- Just found this thread FYI:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tta-79645.html
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #162
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Hey FCloud9, will keep my eyes peeled for you. On my 2007, the only LEDs are just those four break/stop lights And despite their age, they all seem fine. Someone cut costs?

Unless I;m wrong, there is no trailer inspection in MA -- no sticker needed. Enjoy your NY/NE tour.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:27 PM   #163
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Hello all. Just had my first trip after getting my VW Jetta diesel hitched to my 20 at CanAm in Ontario. Made me wish I were Canadian and lived nearby. Great experience!
Initial impression is the Jetta diesel, manual transmission, seems to newbie me to be super as TV, delivering a phenomenal 28-29 mpg towing highway (and double that solo!). It seems to be a fine choice for anyone concerned about lowering fuel costs.

From London, Ontario, I towed back on US90 to Syracuse, overnighting at a truck stop (that was a learning experience!) and then down US81 to Philadelphia for a family visit.
Photos: right, at CanAm; left in Phila.

Looks great Myles!

I'm in for a 20 rally, or a 20 subset of a larger rally!
I'll have to crash the VW party, as my non-pickup TV has an "L" rather than a "VW" on the badge 😈
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Old 06-27-2015, 09:00 PM   #164
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Thanks Darrell, and very much like yours! So it isn't the badge but the principle that even a capable small sedan (white, of course) can tow well.
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:13 PM   #165
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Wondering if your Jetta is rated to tow the 20' with a maximum loaded weight of 4,500 to 5,000 pounds +/-?

Thanks

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Interesting thread, OTRA, tho it wandered a lot off topic in the middle:-- thanks for the link. From this thread, the answer to your question is no, not rated, due to lack of incentive to bother here in the US. The VW manual describes towing about half the load with a class 2 hitch. It is so rated in the EU, where TTs are lighter, weight dist hitches and electric TT brakes, are rare at best. I voted for Andrew T's analyses and his long experience at CanAm. My small experience towing thru the Poconos of PA taught me to downshift the manual trans when I needed to climb or brake. Seemed well controlled to me, with only a small hit on FE.

it seems to me that added TV maintenance costs go with the territory and are likely worth it.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:05 AM   #166
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Thanks BearScream, I was wondering mainly about the effect of towing the 20' on your Jetta's warranty, but you seem to have anticipated this issue.
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Looks soooo nice! It's great when we get to have nice weather for our adventures. Love the pix...I had to look twice as I thought it was our trailer!
In New England the weather is a roll of the dice. Last weekend we were at a rally put on the CT Charter Oak Unit from Region 1. We stayed at Riverside Marina in Portland CT.
It was so much fun meeting folks in the club. It was our first rally. Our 20' drew lots of attention as folks were curious to see the inside. So we gave a few "tours."
We had great weather the first two days, but Sunday was torrential downpours so a complete washout. But it sure was nice having a cozy 20' to have our breakfast in that morning! We are planning to join up with a couple more rallies this summer. It was great fun!
Have fun trailering!
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FCloud 9 - Have a super summer traveling! Looking forward to your posts. Let us know if any great CG to try.
Bear Scream - Congrats on your new adventure! Your are correct, no inspection stickers for trailers in MA - just insane excise tax bills. Travel safe and have fun!
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