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  1. GroupCaptSlow

    GroupCaptSlow Newbie

    Hey everybody I'm John (or JC if you like), I live in central Ohio. My dad spent the better part of the 1980's doing intel work with the US army in West Berlin, and growing up I heard stories about Berlin, the Wall, and the East. Ever since I was a kid I've wanted a Trabant, and now that I'm older and I'm able to go out and get one, well I'm gonna try and hunt one down! Though I have no mechanical experience I'd love a Trabi to tinker with as a fun project on the side. I've just recently discovered Trabantforums and I'm hoping you guys can point me in the right direction as far as buying a Trabant and keeping it running, I'm really excited to be here!
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  2. BillB

    BillB Loyal Comrade Administrator Forum Donor

  3. GroupCaptSlow

    GroupCaptSlow Newbie

    I'm thinking you may be right! I saw it yesterday when I first signed up, and I've been kinda lusting after it ever since. Just gotta talk to the girlfriend first and work out a way to get it from Tennessee to Columbus... at that price it's hard to say no, but I'm really not sure how I'd get it here.
  4. Steve

    Steve Loyal Comrade

    Trailer?
  5. BillB

    BillB Loyal Comrade Administrator Forum Donor

    Yes, if you have access to something with a class 3 hitch, rent a trailer from U-Haul.
    If you're really looking, there are not many of them around to chose from and zero at this price range. Besides, one more in Ohio and you guys can have your own car show/club.
    OTtO (Ohio Trabant Owners)
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  6. Caleb

    Caleb Loyal Comrade

    Welcome to the forum. Best of luck to you finding a Trabi.... although the harder task may be convincing the girlfriend. I am hosting a get together of Trabant owners in May (check out the car shows posting) down in KY. Great way to learn about the cars is getting together with other owners.
  7. GroupCaptSlow

    GroupCaptSlow Newbie

    Trailer looks like my best bet, though I may not have a tow vehicle... I'm asking around to try and borrow one. And a trailer from U-Haul looks like my only option. Only problem might be having a garage for it to live in...
    Surprisingly the girlfriend is completely on board! She even loves the color!
  8. Caleb

    Caleb Loyal Comrade

    I am pretty sure you can rent a truck and trailer from Uhaul. Just make sure you get the full trailer and not the car dolly. Its a tight fit on the full trailer since they have an open center and the Trabi wheels are just far enough apart to make it work.
  9. GroupCaptSlow

    GroupCaptSlow Newbie

    U-Haul is actually quite a bit cheaper than I'd figured. Only about $140 for the vehicle trailer! Now my only hurdle is a garage or a shelter for it.
  10. BillB

    BillB Loyal Comrade Administrator Forum Donor

    John, you should contact Justin and get something going.
  11. IronJaw

    IronJaw Puttering Along

    Hi, I'm in the UK but also hope to become a future owner.

    I do however also have lot of experience towing and transporting cars on trailers, one thing I'll say to you is make sure you have plenty of ratchet straps to hold it down. When I transport a car I normally have a ratchet on each corner of the car as well as the trailer winch on the car. It's also a good idea to check for any loose items that may come off at motorway speeds and check the doors, bonnet and boot are securely shut.

    Good Luck and I look forward to seeing your progress. S.
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  12. RogerDerSchrauber

    RogerDerSchrauber Premium Member Forum Donor

    Girlfriends come and go. Trabants are forever.
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  13. RogerDerSchrauber

    RogerDerSchrauber Premium Member Forum Donor

    Experience talking: Over the wheel towing straps work great on the front of a Trabant, not at all on the back, since the back is so light, it bounces. Run the rear straps through the slots in the wheels instead. Find some old fire hose as cushioning, so the wheel slots don't chafe and wear through the straps. Ratchets on all four straps, good and tight.
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  14. IronJaw

    IronJaw Puttering Along

    Notice I said corner and not wheel ;) I always strap the cars down via their suspension, chassis or eyelets and never the wheels if it can be helped.

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