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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   60283

Retail:$247.46

Price:$175.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch - 60283

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip included


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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60283 Hidden Hitch Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver







Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Volkswagen Jetta - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 60283. Now, we've already gone ahead and removed the contents in the trunk as well as the spare tire and spare tire tools. So we'll begin by removing the plastic fascia from underneath the passenger's side of the vehicle by removing the four fasteners. Now, we'll set the fascia aside as it will not be reinstalled. We'll then lower the exhaust by removing the rubber exhaust isolator ahead of the axle and the two bolts from the exhaust hanger bracket. Now, you may need to support your exhaust before you drop it down.

Here on the exhaust bracket, we'll need to bend these two small tabs up. Using a pull wire, we'll feed the 7/16 carriage bolt and spacer through excess slot on the passenger's side frame and we'll go ahead and leave the pull wire attached. We'll now bend the handle nut and insert it into the passenger's side frame over the center hole here. We'll now move over to the hitch where we'll tape the 1 x 2-inch spacer onto the passenger's side slot onto the inside of the side bracket here on the passenger's side. We'll now need to remove the rubber plug from the spare tire well.

We'll use a utility knife to cut away the coating and the plug itself, first on the outside and then on the inside. We'll now rotate the exhaust bracket out of the way and raise our hitch into place. It would be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch up in place while we install our hardware. And now when you raise your hitch into place, you'll want to pull the 7/16 pull wire through the spacer in the side brackets as you're lifting the hitch in. We can then install the M12 bolt and washer.

We can then remove our pull wire here on the passenger's side and install our 7/16 conical toothed washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch and our 7/16 nut. Be careful after removing the pull wire to not push your hardware back into the frame. We'll now move over to the driver's side. We'll rotate the exhaust bracket back up towards the hitch and install the two M8 bolts and washers. Now, we'll go ahead and tighten up all the fasteners that we restarted with our inaudible 0:03:20.7.

Now here in the spare tire wheel well, we'll finish removing our plug with our utility knife and we'll install our 1/2-inch carriage bolt and 1-1/2 x 3-inch spacer using some sealant to prevent the exhaust and water from entering the cargo area. Now back underneath the vehicle, we'll install the 1/2-inch nut and washer. With our hitch torqued to specification, we can reinstall the two fasteners here on the passenger's side that were holding our fascia cover in place. We can then reinstall the spare tire and the cargo carpet, which will complete our installation of Hidden Hitch, part number 60283, on our 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.


Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4 - 60283

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.5 out of 5 stars   (13 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sam04/03/2012

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This is a review on the installation only. Have yet to drive test with a bike rack. As far as installation went - smoothly. I used a YouTube video to install which was much better than the instructions. Seeing is much easier than reading. As can be seen by my included photo - the hitch is very hidden and blends in well with my car. 36007



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Andrew11/01/2011

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Works fantastic. Installation did not took longer than expected. Like other have said WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST! But installation is very simple and etrailer sends you everything you need except sealant. Overall, very pleased and would order again if I ever needed another hitch.26427



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul B05/28/2011

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Be sure to watch video of Jetta installation, before and during your installation. Directions alone are confusing. I bought longer bolts to snug in the hitch where the exhaust bracket is just to get it close enough to use the supplied bolts. Wiring from battery back also time consuming because most of Jetta SW underneath is covered.15631



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis W.06/07/2011

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Installed this on 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Installation was well documented (read the instructions). I did the prep of the parts and setup for the install (matching parts, fishing bolt, detaching exhaust) in about 45 minutes. Actual install, with a helper, took about 20 minutes. Unit seems well built and expect it to perform well. Reduces rear clearence about as little as possible.16311



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike W.06/23/2013

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The part went on with out a hitch.... Oops it was a hitch. Anyway I did not have any major problems. The two bolt holes for the mount at the exhaust hanger were a bit off, a little larger hole would have helped. I couldn't figure why it was recommended to leave off that plastic panel on the bottom right rear after the hitch was installed. The other brand of hitches suggested cutting out a chunk to fit around the hitch. I ended up cutting a slot about 1 inch wide and 6 inches long and it slipped right back in position and to me looks a lot better than the empty hole. The hitch works nice with my Thule Bike Rack.85625



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron C.04/25/2013

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This is the second hitch I've bought from eTrailer, one for my wife's CRV and this one for my Jetta Sportwagon. No surprises, just a quality hitch delivered promptly by eTrailer. Installation process went just like the video explained. Thanks for the great service.77750



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary C stafford03/22/2013

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Received hitch and wiring kit in a timely fashion. Could not find a video on 2013Jetta to assist. Used another year and got way off track. Finally used enclosed paperwork and got the hitch installed. Now I've done it and got it figured out with very little help from instructive video or paperwork I'm sure a second unit would be easier. The wiring went somewhat okay. There was no method to secure the black lighting module and was asked to go to Wal Mart and try to find some two sided fabric when I called your Co. Which they didn't have. I ended up using some very thin two sided tape and trippling up on it.71969



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg01/24/2013

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This is the second hitch I've purchased from etrailer among a couple other purchases (harnesses, balls, etc.) I don't even shop around any more...I'm confident they've got the best price, best service and quickest shipping out there. Look no further...buy it here.64038



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark W.05/02/2012

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Once mounted, this seems to be a very solid unit. It is well built out of heavy stock. The time estimate of 1 hour for install was quite a bit less than what it took for me to get the hitch mounted up. Watching the install video helped although it is for a slightly different model and the instruction sheet was not all that clear on the first few readings (it made sense once I was done). My hitch took close to 3 hours for the complete installation. The two bolt holes on exhaust hanger bracket needed to be enlarged in order to align with existing mount on the car and longer bolts were needed to initially draw that side up to a point where the bolts included with the hitch would thread into existing holes.39225



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe W.10/12/2011

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Amazing! I thought it was gonna be kinda difficult but actually very easy. I found an install video on YouTube and that help out so much because the directions seemed very vague. After watching the video it explained it all! Great product. Make sure you order the wiring harness.25489



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe Pecheles Automotive01/05/2012

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Exceptional service!! Product was affordable, high quality and arrived way ahead of schedule. Keep up the good work!29138



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim H04/30/2011

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I got a jetta hidden hitch. The product is great, installation was relatively easy, but too twice as long as I expected. Would buy from strainer again.12599



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Pab08/16/2011

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The install was not as simple as described I was glad I went to a professional to get it installed Etrailer was great to deal with the hitch arrived on time with great emails from etrailer Wonderful buying experience21985



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  • Availability of Hitch For a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan
  • I spoke with my contact at the manufacturer and yes, the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4, part # 60283, will fit a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. I checked with Curt and the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch, item # 11072, does fit the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. Some items you may need to complete your towing setup are. Wiring # 56201 Ball # 19256 or # 19258
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch to Carry a Hitch Mount Bike Rack, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • There is a trailer hitch that will fit your 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. According to Curt Manufacturing, Trailer Hitch # 11072 will fit your vehicle. I have included a link to the installation details below, as well as a video showing installation on a similar model. This is a 1-1/4 inch, Class I trailer hitch. Currently, a 2 inch hitch is not available. Since you want to use the hitch for a bike rack, there are still numerous 2 bike options that will fit a Class I trailer hitch. Since
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 Fit a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Diesel
  • I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch and he stated that Trailer Hitch # 60283 will fit on your 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. This trailer hitch comes with the recommended ball mount, pin and clip. For a ball you can use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, you would need Upgraded Circuit Protected Modulite with 4 Pole Harness and Hardwire Kit, # 119176KIT. I have included a link
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  • What Is Ground Clearance Of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 on 2011 Volkswagen Sportwagen TDI
  • I contacted our representative at Hidden Hitch about the ground clearance of the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 60283, on a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. The representative at Hidden Hitch informed me that the hitch sits almost flush with the spare tire carrier or area. Also what you can do to gauge an idea of where the receiver will be is to measure from the bumper fascia down 2-1/4 inches. The hitch has a 1-1/4 inch receiver and sits about an inch away from bumper fascia. I h
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  • Hidden Hitch # 60283 Compatibililty with a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 that you referenced will work on your 2011 Volkswagen TDI. The installation will not be too difficult, With basic mechanical skills and tools, it would most likely take you about 50 minutes to complete this installation. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. You may be interested in the following products to complete your towing setup: Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 56146KIT Hitch Ball with 1-7/8 inch Diameter and
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Volkswagen Sportwagen 2.5S
  • This Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 will fit on your 2012 Volkswagen Sportwagen 2.5S. I checked with Hidden Hitch and they confirmed this. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also. You may be interested in the following products to complete your towing setup also: Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 56146KIT Hitch Ball with 1-7/8 inch Diameter # 19256
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  • Lining Up the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 on a 2006 Jetta Sportwagen
  • Hidden Hitch, part # 60283, is the correct hitch for the 2006 Jetta Sedan and is also a fit for the newer Jetta Sportwagen models, see attached photo. My information shows that there was not a Sportwagen model produced for the U.S. in model years 2006, 2007 and 2008. At this time we have not had the opportunity to install a Hidden Hitch on the 2006 Jetta sedan, but we have had the opportunity to install the Curt Mfg. hitch on the 2006 Jetta and the video we did should help you with installati
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch # 60283 Fit a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan
  • I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch and they said that the Hidden Hitch Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 60283, will fit the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the # 60283 hitch. The Hidden Hitch includes the ball mount and pin and clip. If you will be towing with this hitch you will also need the Tow Ready 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19256, or Tow Ready 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19258, depending on the coupler size of the trailer.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • Out of all of the hitches available for a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta, I would go with the Curt hitch # 11072. It is going to offer approximately 9 inches of ground clearance from the bottom of the receiver to the ground. The round tube design generally looks better on vehicles, and you can see it in the video I have linked. All of the hitches install in basically the same way and have the same capacities so any of them would be safe and secure for towing a trailer up to 2,000 pounds. The Curt h
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  • Ball Mount and Sealant Recommendation for a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
  • The distance from the top of the Hidden Hitch # 60283 down to the ground will be 11 inches. The recommended (and included) ball mount is the Sportframe Drawbar # 3593. This ball mount is recommended to only be used in the rise position. Using any other ball mount or even this ball mount in the drop position will void the warranty of the hitch. Basically any RTV gasket maker/sealant would work, but if you are looking for the best I would go with the Loctite RTV 598 High-Performance Silicone Ga
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 Fit 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 60283 you referenced is a compatible fit for your 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan. It is a custom fit for your vehicle and bolts on to your car with no welding required. It is a Class I receiver hitch with a maximum weight capacity of 2000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs. I have included links to the installation instructions for this product as well as a video of its installation on a 2012 Jetta. While this not the same model year as your car, the
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  • Recommended Ball Mount for the Hidden Hitch # 60283 on a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
  • Actually Hidden Hitch states in the installation instructions for the Hidden Hitch # 60283 that the included ball mount should only be used in the rise position. So you are totally fine to do so. The included and recommended ball mount is Sportframe Drawbar # 3593 that has a 2-1/8 inch rise or a 2-3/4 inch drop. Its important that you only use this ball mount in the rise position otherwise you will void the warranty.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
  • Yes, Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60283 will fit your 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing an installation for you. This hitch comes with a ball mount, pin and clip. To do some towing you will just need to add a properly sized ball and a wiring harness. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch use # 19258. And for trailer wiring use # 119179KIT. I have linked a video and instructions for the wirin
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