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Old 11-13-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
My e brake doesnít know the difference between forward and backwards. Holds the truck in place on an incline with the boat attached.
haven't owned a car with drum brakes in quite a while but I have several vintage motorcycles with drum brakes. if you have 2LS (dual leading shoe) drum brakes then there is dramatically more stopping power in the primary direction (forward) than the secondary direction (reverse). my vintage motorcycles with 2LS brakes can barely stay put without drifting back on any sharp incline with the brakes applied. it's strange till you understand how they work.
Old 11-13-2019, 02:15 PM
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Chock the rear wheels but have some line on the chocks tied to the vehicle. This way you will drag the chocks with you. No risk hitting them with the trailer. Stow them properly once clear of the ramp area. Easy & safe.
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Thankfully you are safe with no bodily injuries. I think you'll be happy with yourTouareg. I tow with a land rover discovery diesel with the same tow rating. I pulls great in the books of central Virginia. I believe the 4x4 systems are different but I expect your towing experience will be similar.
Old 11-13-2019, 03:45 PM
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I put it in park and have insurance.. Shrug.
Old 11-14-2019, 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
I put it in park and have insurance.. Shrug.
Yes, but the whole experience of going through the insurance, renting vehicle, getting check, buying new vehicle, etc. etc. is a whole bunch of no fun when you could have been fishing
Old 11-14-2019, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by n559br View Post
Thankfully you are safe with no bodily injuries. I think you'll be happy with yourTouareg. I tow with a land rover discovery diesel with the same tow rating. I pulls great in the books of central Virginia. I believe the 4x4 systems are different but I expect your towing experience will be similar.
Thanks, lot of good things being said online about this VW actually from a mix of VW, Porsche, Audi engineering..
Old 11-14-2019, 04:27 AM
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I heard they are the vehicle of choice these days for FL nudists

But, a cousin has had one for several years and really likes it. Just be prepared for more expensive parts and service compared to the Ford. But it is a whole different (better) driving experience. Glad no one was hurt
Old 11-14-2019, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
I heard they are the vehicle of choice these days for FL nudists

But, a cousin has had one for several years and really likes it. Just be prepared for more expensive parts and service compared to the Ford. But it is a whole different (better) driving experience. Glad no one was hurt
Thanks, Yes, about the parts hope I don't have a lot of trouble with that. We have a VW dealer here in Fort Myers. I know a VW mechanic who would help me but he lives four hours away near Orlando.

Leather sticks to nude bodies so we might have to use towels to sit on for that.
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Didnít read through 6 pages, but if it hasnít been said, props to OP for posting this. Never easy to post pictures of your car underwater Iím sure.

I parked my truck on a wet (has just rained) steep hill the other day...(not a boat ramp) threw E-brake on and truck in park...opened the door to get out and truck skidded back about 2 feet almost ran me over.

Was a bit of a wake up call because I also trailer a boat


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Old 11-14-2019, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post
Didnít read through 6 pages, but if it hasnít been said, props to OP for posting this. Never easy to post pictures of your car underwater Iím sure.

I parked my truck on a wet (has just rained) steep hill the other day...(not a boat ramp) threw E-brake on and truck in park...opened the door to get out and truck skidded back about 2 feet almost ran me over.

Was a bit of a wake up call because I also trailer a boat

Here's the correct way to use E-brake as a few have stated above. I never did it this way but will start now.

https://www.nationwide.com/how-and-w...ency-brake.jsp
Old 11-14-2019, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Here's the correct way to use E-brake as a few have stated above. I never did it this way but will start now.

https://www.nationwide.com/how-and-w...ency-brake.jsp
I actually do it this way only because my Dad always thought me to do it this way...

To be clear, in my story above, my truck skidded a bit, the brakes did not release...
Old 11-14-2019, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post
I actually do it this way only because my Dad always thought me to do it this way...

To be clear, in my story above, my truck skidded a bit, the brakes did not release...
I wonder if at least some of the mishaps on ramps start out as a slide on slime. The trailer leverage going over ramp edge lifting vehicle with some buoyancy from tires and spare....enough to ruin the day

The OP indicates his floated a bit.

I'm glad it's never been me. I know a few it happened too and they are not careless dumb asses. So I reason it happens much easier than one might think. I wonder if in all the chaos anyone thinks to check.if the brake actually failed or not.
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That really sucks OP. Thanks for sharing your story and for the tip on turning the front wheels. I've never had any issues but it doesn't sound like you had any either, until you did.
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Had a good day fishing last week then pulled up to the dock...

I thought that pic looked familiar. I've docked right next to your car...







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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Yes, but the whole experience of going through the insurance, renting vehicle, getting check, buying new vehicle, etc. etc. is a whole bunch of no fun when you could have been fishing
Pretty unlikely to happen but worrying about it would occupy more brain cells than dealing with it if it did.

Wont catch me chocking wheels.
Old 11-14-2019, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by RollerCoastr View Post
I thought that pic looked familiar. I've docked right next to your car...

Yep that's it....I put in there when going to the river.
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Old 11-14-2019, 10:17 AM
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A friend of mine used to live there. Nice place! It's not in the greatest neighborhood, but the units themselves, the view and location by water are impressive, and it was cool to visit by boat.
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Enjoy that new Touareg, that VW is great for towing and is often overlooked because of its size.. Wolf in sheeps clothing
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Originally Posted by AceSpades View Post
Enjoy that new Touareg, that VW is great for towing and is often overlooked because of its size.. Wolf in sheeps clothing
Thanks, nice to know.....
Old 11-14-2019, 02:27 PM
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Might be fun to try Sea legs on your pontoon

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