quattro digest, Vol 1 #1385 - 17 msgs

Steve Arbaugh sneakers@oz.net
Sat, 21 Apr 2001 18:05:13 -0700

Just for the sake of information: a friend of mine bought a 200tqw a couple
years ago, and I was able to talk her out of the trailer hitch that was on
the car and put it on my 5ktqw. It is a Reese hitch with a 1 5/8 inch
receiver (not too common), and while it was not in any of the books at the
two places I've asked at, they both said the hitch was easily capable of the
3500lb class2 rating. What they could not do, however, was evaluate the way
the hitch was mounted (well, they would have done that for a $fee, which I
wasn't in the mood for). For the uses I have, which is a 2000lb utility
trailer, I have no problems or concerns filling it up. The loads of gravel
and such do make a difference on the car, and I wouldn't want to pull 3500
pounds every day. I don't know how far you have to tow the Austin-Healey,
but I'd make sure the cooling systems, especially for the turbo, are in good
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Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 21:56:56 -0400
From: Kent McLean <kentmclean@mindspring.com>
To: quattro@audifans.com
Subject: Trailer Hitches

Steve Jensen wrote:
> Now if I can just get caught up with the other stuff - F&R
> brakes, trailer hitch, struts, transverse link rod, etc.

I'm moving soon, and have to move my 1956 Austin-Healey. Since
I seem to do this every year, I went to U-Haul (a US trailer
rental company) to inquire about having a hitch installed so
I could tow the Healey with my '89 200 TQ. The lady behind the
counter looked in her book and found it listed. All Right!

The towing capacity for their Class 3 hitch on my Audi is
3500 lbs. The trailer plus my Healey (a small two seater
with no windows) exceeds that by 150 pounds (3650). So she
said I can't do it.

I'll have to try another store and tell them I'm towing a

Has anyone had a Da'Lan hitch installed? Do you know what
their weight and towing limits are for a Class 3 hitch?

Kent McLean