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boostedup
02-27-2009, 09:12 PM
show me your setups, if anyone has one.....
Was thinking about going BT, but don't really track my car or race it for that matter, and yes i am an avid fisherman so i decided to buy a small 16ft bass boat since i live in Florida and have access to MANY waterways, just thought i'd enjoy the boat more than adding 100 horses to my car. have access to a Chevy Tahoe for now, but would like to add my own hitch setup on the A4.

TIA.
if you post please post pictures + total cost of setup if possible, I'm looking for something stealthy where the ball can be removed when not in use. [drive]


not exactly the boat im picking up, but very similar for reference of what i'll be towing.
http://img.vflyer.com/render/images/2263271/14.jpg

Kyle H
02-27-2009, 09:20 PM
that'll be fun to pull out of the water....[:|][:|] how much does it weigh??



Check out uhaul's website, I think they have packages you can get for most cars.

boostedup
02-27-2009, 09:35 PM
under 1000 pounds, pretty sure she can handle it. just trying to get opinions.

Like i said i have access to a Chevy tahoe with hitch WHENEVER i need it, just wanted to see if the a4 would be able to handle it so i don't need to rely on parents truck.

witwer4444
02-27-2009, 10:31 PM
ya i just checked uhaul.com

they have a vehicle selector and it shows they have one for my car $269.95 (2001 QUATTRO)

arorem
02-27-2009, 10:39 PM
dont fuck the tranny up

pipe7284
02-27-2009, 10:45 PM
It will handle the twe. Is not the heavy either.

boostedup
02-28-2009, 12:09 AM
just wanna hear some reassurance that i won't blow up the trans, I'm thinking maybe burn the clutch up more than normal while hauling it out of the water only.

5speed quattro BTW

Kyle H
02-28-2009, 12:26 AM
Yeah that's why i said pulling it out of the water would be fun. You have to go uphill, with the weight of the boat+weight of the water in the boat/trailer, and you have the resistance of the water against the trailer.

I don't know if I'd trust the stock clutch to handle that... My families boat weighs ~3000lbs with the trailer, and the silverado 1500 we pull it with struggles to pull it out and will spin the tires sometimes (before were started putting it in 4wd).

If you do it, let us know how the car pulled the boat. I'm interested in the results. [:)]

boostedup
02-28-2009, 12:52 AM
was hoping someone else had done it already, so i don't have to be the guinea pig! lol
I've seen Avants pulling a trailer with 2 motorcycles which is definitely over 1000 pounds w/trailer + bikes. But there is no water involved.

Kyle H
02-28-2009, 02:44 AM
Some reading:
http://bassreport.com/forum/rec.boats.t564241.htm
http://www.audiforum.ca/audi-mailing-list/2751-a6-avant-boat-towing.html
http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.boats/2005-11/msg00889.html

arorem
02-28-2009, 04:24 AM
If it were me, i wouldnt do it with the audi. You dont only have to worry about burning up the clutch, but you also have to worry about burning up the actual gears themselves. There is a chance it might not totally fuck your transmission, at the very least it will shorten the life of it. (I speak from experience with my truck) The trans were never designed to pull stuff, and especially pull stuff out of water, and dont forget, the boat and trailer might weigh under 1000lbs, but you also have to factor in the boats full gas tank, the cars full tank, and all the gear you might take along, all that is a good amount of weight. Not to mention what it would do to your suspension over time.

My overall opinion is dont pull it with the audi. If you buy the boat, spend a little extra cash and buy a truck (doesnt have to be nice) to pull it with, it will save you money in the long run, trust me.

mike-2ptzero
02-28-2009, 08:12 AM
Car manufactures put a GVWR on the car for a reason.

boostedup
02-28-2009, 02:40 PM
Car manufactures put a GVWR on the car for a reason.

translation for the rest of us? [:p]

boostedup
02-28-2009, 02:47 PM
Some reading:
http://bassreport.com/forum/rec.boats.t564241.htm
http://www.audiforum.ca/audi-mailing-list/2751-a6-avant-boat-towing.html
http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.boats/2005-11/msg00889.html

good reads, most I would say are reinforcing the fact that it shouldn't be a problem. the 1 guy tows a similar boat with a 1.8L NON-turbo NON-quattro.......

mike-2ptzero
02-28-2009, 03:12 PM
translation for the rest of us? [:p]

Why cars move very slowly when there are five 350 lbs guys in it.[;)]

djwimbo
02-28-2009, 04:03 PM
GTS = Google That $hit

I found a trailer hitch for my car for $140. I haven't bought the trailer or the hitch yet, but I will need one eventually for pulling tires and a toolbox around to race tracks.

iloveturbos
02-28-2009, 04:08 PM
i would advise against using your audi to tow your boat. just buy a cheap beater pick-up truck. after fixing the audi when it breaks it will probably be cheaper to have a beater truck to use

djwimbo
02-28-2009, 04:14 PM
i would advise against using your audi to tow your boat. just buy a cheap beater pick-up truck. after fixing the audi when it breaks it will probably be cheaper to have a beater truck to use

beater trucks have crappy brakes, cost $ to insure, cost more $ to fuel, and can't fit 4 passengers.

If the boat is <1000lbs, what's the problem? Your car with 4 people in it and luggage would weigh the same.

burner799
02-28-2009, 04:26 PM
i want pics of a b5 towing shit. do it.

arorem
02-28-2009, 04:32 PM
My vote still goes for the truck. Some trucks can fit 4 people in them, and as for fuel, the audi is going to burn more gas than normal while pulling something.

burner799
02-28-2009, 04:39 PM
towing has more to do with your chasis, axles, and transmission than your engine. As long as you have a solid clutch, I don't think you will have any problem pulling the boat. I have seen sti's towing small trailers with bikes and their trannys are known to be bad too. Put a hitch on there and tow the shit out of it, you only live once.

oh and take pictures.

arorem
02-28-2009, 04:43 PM
the pic would probably look something like this
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa2/expidia/DSC04102.jpg

Here is the forum i found it on
http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?p=1711699

If the boat your getting has a aluminum hull than you might be good, but if its fiberglass, its going to be heavy as shit

arorem
02-28-2009, 04:48 PM
I just remembered, i dont have much room to advise you against it, cause i did pull a intrepid out of a ditch with my audi. Sorry.

djwimbo
02-28-2009, 04:55 PM
...the audi is going to burn more gas than normal while pulling something.

The Track day at Grattan I averaged 16mpg on that tank. My buddy's Ram avg's 11mpg normal driving.

What now?

mike-2ptzero
02-28-2009, 05:45 PM
The Track day at Grattan I averaged 16mpg on that tank. My buddy's Ram avg's 11mpg normal driving.

What now?

Ouch. I avg 17-19 in my Titan pulling a open trailer with my Car on it.

djwimbo
02-28-2009, 07:48 PM
Ram > Titan [/discussion]

boostedup
02-28-2009, 09:00 PM
getting a beater truck is out of the question. I just bought the boat and am not willing to buy a truck JUST to tow the boat on occasion, plus as stated comes with extra costs, like parts breaking, gas and of course another insurance bill.

The hull is fiberglass and not aluminum.

from what i understand the only place i might have a problem is pulling the boat OUT of the water, and was told that the main problem is traction on the slope + slippery floor of the boat ramp which should be easily handled through QUATTRO.....

would have to get the exact specs but my new boat is most definitely lighter than the one pictured on the Saab.

iloveturbos
03-01-2009, 05:22 PM
if the car is all you have then go for it, i actually looked it up and found this information on your model car.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk186/jeepxj99/towing.jpg