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    Thread: does anyone else tow with a phaeton?

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      07-02-2012 01:03 PM #1
      I find the Phaeton to be the best tow car, and I've had a few over the years. Does anyone else tow with a Phaeton?


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      07-02-2012 02:06 PM #2
      Hi,
      Yes I do.
      I tow a motorbike carrier. Both the motorbike and the trailer weigh about 300kg together which is not that much though.
      Cheers.

      Gabriel

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      07-02-2012 10:19 PM #3
      I have a boat but never really thought about using the phaeton. I usually use an old truck that I have but it is becoming unreliable and I am actually looking to get something else. I have a v8 phaeton don't know if it can handle a 3500lb boat and trailer?

      Ken

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      07-03-2012 03:48 AM #4
      Hi,
      According to VW mine is rated for towing up to 2500kg.
      I know that some engines need an auxiliary water pump plus an enlarged radiator and that is fitted as stock on 171kw 3.0TDI engines like mine. Otherwise the towing capacity is slightly reduced.
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      07-03-2012 01:54 PM #5
      Managed to up load the picture of the caravan hooked up has anyone else got any pictures?


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      07-07-2012 01:03 PM #6
      Hi,

      Bought the Phaeton 2 weeks ago, specifically for towing. Best tow car I've had so far, Although I found out its limits yesterday!!
      Hopefully I've managed to attach the photos.

      [IMG]C:\Users\Public\Pictures\My Phaeton\019a[/IMG]
      [IMG]C:\Users\Public\Pictures\My Phaeton\020a[/IMG]

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      07-07-2012 05:53 PM #7
      Try posting them on-line (photobucket etc) and use their web URL.

      Can't wait - hope all's OK...!

      Chris

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      07-08-2012 03:57 AM #8
      Thanks for the advice,

      Have opened a flickr account, so hopefully posting pictures will work this time



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      07-08-2012 08:31 AM #9
      These pictures are possibly the best on the forum. Very very different from what we normally enjoy.

      I seem to remember somebody making fun of tractor wheels... but I'm not sure Steve would have needed a tow if he'd had 17" M+S tyres on...

      Do I remember from a few years ago a picture of Prince Ludwig's motor in a ploughed field too?

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      07-08-2012 09:46 AM #10
      Good Lord!!!
      Do not forget your wellies next time you go camping...

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      07-08-2012 11:05 AM #11
      Do I remember from a few years ago a picture of Prince Ludwig's motor in a ploughed field too?
      Yes, but I had mud & snow tyres so didn't get stuck (although I wasn't towing a caravan!)



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      07-08-2012 12:13 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by danny0 View Post
      Does anyone else tow with a Phaeton?
      Ian does... pictured here with Mr Box...

      Not seen in here in the forum since this picture was taken in July 2011.. .hope he made it back from France which is where I think he was going when we met....

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      07-08-2012 01:11 PM #13
      Phaeton has now been valeted inside and out after its previous escapade!



      Previous photos were taken last friday at Bromyard Gala, which was cancelled at the last minute (can you guess why!!)

      To be fair to the Phaeton, it did remarkably well, it carried on where SUVs failed to go. It was only due to my ineptitude that it got stuck!

      I've been a Cadillac fan for 20 odd years, but the Phaeton is definately turning my head (and heart)
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      07-08-2012 02:01 PM #14
      My Phaeton managed to get up a muddy slope that flummoxed the Range Rover in the second of my pics. Everyone laughed when I took it off-road but it did surprisingly well!

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      07-08-2012 02:39 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by allanteSteve View Post
      Phaeton has now been valeted inside and out after its previous escapade!
      And it looks very beautiful clean too.
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      07-10-2012 04:54 PM #16


      We have been caravaning in eastern Finland for the past few days. Although its been raining quite a bit, this is not even close...

      Yep, Phaeton is the best "puller" I have ever driven - though I am not regularly pulling a load.

      Jouko

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      08-19-2012 04:28 PM #17
      Couldn't be any old van to tow, it had to be from the Fatherland! Unlike some of you guys I haven't tried off roading yet and am not sure i really want to



      Cheers

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      08-19-2012 07:23 PM #18
      Don't worry Ian, contrary to what the spit and polish brigade think, mud is not a highly corrosive substance and will wash off quite happily with water

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      08-20-2012 06:43 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Prince Ludwig View Post
      Don't worry Ian, contrary to what the spit and polish brigade think, mud is not a highly corrosive substance and will wash off quite happily with water

      Harry
      Morning the Prince

      Anyone you thinking of in particular,when you so whimsically refer to the " spit and polish brigade "


      .......and are you certain that mud isn't corrosive !

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      08-20-2012 01:11 PM #20
      I cannot help but notice everyone in this thread is European. Are the NAR models not rated for towing at all, or it just that everyone has a Ford F150 as well?

    21. 08-20-2012 01:35 PM #21
      Americans don't indulge in the delightful passtime of caravaning! For more information, see the Top Gear episode that explored the subject.

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      08-20-2012 02:53 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by invisiblewave View Post
      Americans don't indulge in the delightful passtime of caravaning! For more information, see the Top Gear episode that explored the subject.
      I assure you that we do!

      Clarkson is frequently incorrect about Americans. For example, we do have curves in our roads. I know this because I encountered one on a road trip in 1992. It was a bit scary at first, but I'm still here to tell the tale.

    23. 08-20-2012 03:04 PM #23
      Yes, both exceptions that prove the rules!!

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      08-20-2012 05:18 PM #24
      Of course, when the Americans do caravanning, they won't settle for 4x4, it has to be 4x4(x2) and quite a lot of horsepower.

      Funny how USA used to look like the English Midlands.

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      01-23-2013 02:01 PM #25
      Picked up the new (but old) van last Monday, Phaeton copes well with the snow. This car never ceases to amaze me


      019 by allanteSteve, on Flickr


      018 by allanteSteve, on Flickr

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      01-23-2013 04:40 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by allanteSteve View Post
      Picked up the new (but old) van last Monday, Phaeton copes well with the snow. This car never ceases to amaze me
      What tyres are you running Steve?

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      01-24-2013 11:42 AM #27
      They're just ordinary road tyres (Nankang I think), not snow tyres. But they seem to be coping in the snow ok.

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