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Hello all, this is my first post although I have been reading your forums for about a year now. I have a 2010 Jetta TDI for a little over a year now and love it. I however would like to go camping and have a little trailer with a GVW of 2000 lbs. I want to be able to tow this trailer with some camping gear on it and be able to put my bike rack on the hitch as well. My question is this, what hitch is the best and easiest to install. I don't want to or should I say won't cut any of the plastic and want to keep the car as stock as possible. I will also need to hook up the trailer lights how hard is this with the VW wiring system and any sugestions on this as well. thanks for the input in advance. Roger:bangshead
 

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Read your owners manual, I believe the tow limit is 1000 pounds with a maximum of 80 pounds tongue weight? Probably not a good idea to tow your 2000 pound trailer with your jetta or golf tdi, a Touareg would be ok. 2,000 pounds is not little when your car only weighs 3200 pounds by comparison.

You do not want to grenade that DSG transmission and it's clutch packs trailering too much weight.
 

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Bohan2 -- howdy. Don't know if you've got hitch but my 2 cents:
I researched tow issues before buying 2011 JSW TDI - VW offered NO TOW rating for DSG transmission- I believe it's verbotten, period. Sorry if you have DSG.
With manual trans limit is 1000 Lbs GVW, that's trailer weight + cargo; tongue limit 200Lbs.
I would not choose to approach GVW limit -- handling/braking/safety becomes greatly compromised.
Trailer GVW = 2000 is the trailers max; but ultimate factor is the car's limit.

Curt and Drawtight both make hitch for most VWs; drawtight & Hidden Hitch are the same, marketed under both brands. All seem to be the same design, mounting is virtually identical. Best to have hitch specialists get and install it unless you have skills, tools, experience and warm dry place to do it.

trailer wiring: requires power converter connected to separate power source (e.g. cig lighter in cargo area in my 2011 JSW) -- you should not connect trailer light load directly to turn/brake/tail wiring on the car. Good luck.
 

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According to my manual the DSG in my 2010 jetta is goodfor 1000 lbs. All I plan on towing is a very small trailer with a tent and bicyles in it. I bought a curt hitch and wiring converter, I have plenty of experiance working on and fixing anything and everything. I was just looking for input on what hitch is better then the others. I plan on asking my local VW for assistance on the wiring as I dont really understand these new resistance wiring on the cars. thanks for the input
 
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