RE: [bolger] Car topping or not to.
- Krissie is right. I cartopped my Brick for 3 years, yes it can be done but
in the end what an ordeal, your time and energy is better spent enjoying the
boat. You don't need much of a trailer to tow a 150 lbs boat and I suspect
that with a llittle searching a suitable used one could be found.
If you are soley intent on cartopping then please heed this advice. Use
extra rachet straps atttached to the cartopping racks. Open the car doors
or windows as needed and run the straps from the rack through the passenger
compartment, out the other side and attach to the rack on the other side of
the car. this is done to thoughly secure the car racks to the car. Yes they
do come loose, yes the little clips break and more than you boat will be
damaged if it comes off on the way. I do this and the car doors still shut
an the straps can be positioned so the they do not appreciable interfere.
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- The one thing that has only been touched on here. With
a small bore motor they don't like to be lugged at
all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keep
them from over heating, keep them spun up so they can
make the power needed. In short down shift as soon as
the RPMs start to fall off on the hills.
I have towed with a 64 VW Baja Bug and 74 VW Bus and
they did the job asked of them. My 79 Toyota 4x4 does
all I ask of it and then some and it's a 2.3L motor.
You also have to learn to plan well ahead of yourself
all the time you are moving. Enjoy the time you have
when you can.
--- timbo@... wrote:
> I certainly wouldn't portray my old Geo as the____________________________________________________________________________________
> ultimate towing machine.
> And I purposefully purchased my powerboat because it
> is exactly the right
> size to hold my kids and still be reasonably towed
> with my car.
> Certainly the larger the vehicle, the less it is
> affected by the weight of
> the trailer.
> What I hoped to accomplish was to provide an example
> of what is doable,
> not what is optimal. The original poster is
> wondering if he can budget
> for a $250 trailer, and I'm guessing he can't
> entertain purchasing a
> different vehicle just to tow his boat for 10
> weekends in the summer. Is
> his Passat capable of safely and occasionally towing
> and launching any
> unballasted sailboat under 20 feet without
> destroying his drivetrain?
> Almost certainly.
> You are right, hills exacerbate the wear and tear
> that towing puts on a
> car, and I've certainly got no plans to pull my
> powerboat through the
> Rockies, but I'd be confident pulling it a couple
> hundred miles on a
> weekend excursion.
> Sometimes it seems that this whole "trailering"
> thing gets portrayed as
> some big scary deal, and it doesn't need to be.
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