Westfalia Trailer Hitch Installation (Modification #1).

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Westfalia Trailer Hitch Installation (Modification #1).

Post by Shaun Folkerts » Mon May 16, 2011 12:27 pm

Hi all. This was the first modification done to our Prima, when it was just 3 days old. I documented the entire process on my website in case anyone else might be interested in doing the same:

http://www.fiatlancia.com/500mod1.html

Haven't had the opportunity to actually use it yet, but that may soon change. ;^)
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Post by JarrodWeaver » Mon May 16, 2011 2:07 pm

Can you share purchase contact info and price? Would definitely want one of these.
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Post by Shaun Folkerts » Mon May 16, 2011 8:58 pm

Jarrod, thanks. If I had been satisfied with the purchase I made, I'd have been happy to spread the word about the seller to bring in extra business for them, and to provide other North America-based 500 owners a solid source for the kit. But I can't say they did a great job with it. I won't go into the specifics because nobody likes to hear anyone complain. But I wouldn't be doing you any favors by recommending the company I bought from. I won't recommend AGAINST using them either in case you have better luck with them than I did. So consider it clean slate regarding recommendations or "avoid" advice.

My best advice would be to take my research (confirmation of fitment to US models, quality of product, part number, installation procedure, etc.) and run with it. If you Google "Westfalia #306311", you should come up with about a half-dozen "towbar" (as it's called in Europe) vendors. I'd try to get a quote from each one, including shipping cost and time, and pick the one you feel the most confident in...and definitely get them to confirm that it's in stock/in their warehouse...mine ended up being ordered from the U.K. but was "drop-shipped" from the Netherlands. Total cost with shipping was around $350, IIRC. Maybe you can even do better than that!

Good luck!
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Post by Danno » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:37 am

So are you gonna build a teardrop camper? That's my plan for the 128...

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Post by Shaun Folkerts » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:47 am

Already have something I built and used a few years ago on a cross-country trip in a Lancia Zagato with a then-pregnant wife:

http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa23 ... ildernest/

This trailer is so lightweight I move it around easily with just one hand. Which means I can pack lots of stuff inside it and still not overwhelm the tow vehicle, be it Zagato or Prima. :^)

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