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lane hog

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Posted: 10/16/19 04:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We owned an older Jetta with a manual transmission, and could only tow it four-up. I think it was because of the ABS.



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Posted: 10/17/19 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, yes the ABS seems pretty tricky.


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Posted: 10/18/19 07:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow a 2016 VW Golf GTI with 6 speed manual transmission 4 wheels down. I had a mechanics cut off the locked steering engagement pin so I did not have to run the ignition switch in the ACC position in order to keep the steering unlocked. I use a Blue Ox base plate and tow bar. I have towed the GTI so far more than 7000 miles with no problems.

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Thats a really nice set-up there. We made our first trip last week to a campground (Sebastian Inlet state park) and experienced the loss of mobility without a toad.

It is looking more and more that we're leaning toward a Jeep but still researching. We're going to PA the first of November, which will be the first long (over 200 miles away) trip and should give us a better idea of what we'll need. Plus, we only have to imagine the fun it'll be trying to get the back of the mh to a gas pump with a toad attached.

Going from a fiver to a mh does have a learning curve. I could tow my Silverado diesel but its too heavy for the hitch and would make the V-10 a gas guzzler pulling an extra 9,000 lbs.

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Posted: 10/29/19 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had the Jetta at the dealer last week for warranty work (replacing some sensors) and the service writer said it was no problem towing it since it was a standard transmission. Guess I've gone full circle on this question.

Anyhow, going up to PA Friday and will look more into it when we get back.

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Posted: 10/29/19 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Swampman597 if the service tech will put that in writing on company letterhead go for it. Otherwise it's great for conversation but if you have any issues they are not going to support you.


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Posted: 10/30/19 01:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Y-Guy, I agree.

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