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S3 and towing

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by andyoxon, Feb 27, 2012.

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    [Feb 27, 2012]
    Hi all I have owned my S3 for 6 years now and the wife has decided we need a caravan. I always said I would rather chop my right arm off than own a caravan.....however now I have to choose I have decided to keep the arm and buy a caravan. The question is who here has towed anything behind their S3 and how did you get on. The manual states that you can tow a braked trailer up to 1600kg with a nose weight of no more than 75kg and the total for the car and caravan must not exceed 3580kg. I also have read all about the 85% suggested rule which I intend to try to follow however the caravan I have seen will make it nearer 90% which I know is legal if not ideal. I would like to hear from anyone who has used there S3 to tow before I go ahead and get a tow bar fitted.......suggestions for good tow bar fitters also appriciated I live in Berkshire but can travel. Thanks for any information you can give

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    Suggestions....

    Haldex oil and filter change
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    I cant see there being any issues. I've seen rovers towing caravans.

    I'm sure the s3 would cope. Probably quite well too.

    Obviously mpg would be affected though.
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    Haldex oil and filter change? car is well maintained and has recently had a new clutch fitted
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    I seem to recall that Audi didn't actually sell an approved towbar! However you can definitely get them aftermarket. I did a bit of research many years when I was wondering whether to trailer my track car, but decided to keep it road legal so I've now got a supermarket/tip car that also goes on the track and an S3 without a towbar.
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    If you want a detachable tow bar give me a shout as i'm taking mine off my S3 this week as i'm selling the car, Its a Bosil unit

    As for the car towing, Mine have pulled twin axled car trailers and caravans with no major problems.
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    Hi Jacko does the bumper need to be cut with this tow bar? and how much do you want for it and what electrics does it have. thanks

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    No bumber cut is needed, I have all the wiring and relay box, Would take £125 , It cost me almost £300
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    Did you sell the tow bar and what year is it for...Cheers Jim...
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