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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    The VW Bug had an option like that...


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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Quote Originally Posted by bead-boy View Post
    Unfortunately the gusset is of no use because the hitch is upside down in the receiver. I am guessing this was done to give more clearance for overloaded tongue weight.
    Without commenting on any other issues, the gusset does what it is intended to do regardless of whether it is up or down.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    That is correct. The gusset will prevent separation at top (in it's current orientation). But separation will occur at the bottom. The most stress is at the joint closest to the ball (load). That is why commercially made hitches are gusseted at the joint closest to the ball.

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Gxjetmech View Post
    Anyone ever see a tow rig like this?

    Those roof mount rigs were advertised back in the day when that car was new. I don't recall I ever saw one on the road.

    I did see a nearly identical bumper-pull combo that had skidded along the center guardrail 100+ ft upside down with Gramps and Gran still strapped into their seat belts and both white as ghosts. What an adventure!

    The VW version had to be a joke. Just adding A/C to a VW would shorten engine life down to less than 10k miles. The wind resistance of that rig would limit it to boulevard speeds at most - before the engine burned up.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    What do you call this kind of set up, a fourth wheel?
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Those roof mount rigs were advertised back in the day when that car was new. I don't recall I ever saw one on the road.

    I did see a nearly identical bumper-pull combo that had skidded along the center guardrail 100+ ft upside down with Gramps and Gran still strapped into their seat belts and both white as ghosts. What an adventure!

    The VW version had to be a joke. Just adding A/C to a VW would shorten engine life down to less than 10k miles. The wind resistance of that rig would limit it to boulevard speeds at most - before the engine burned up.
    I believe these rigs were only a novelty for shows. I'd be surprised if they could drive on a highway. I've seen one doing donuts, where the car drove around in circles but the trailer only oscillated.
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