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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hidden Hitch custom fit class one trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 1-1/4" opening and its part number is 60283. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like once we get it installed on the vehicle. As you can see, you see it all the way across here. It's going to tuck up over our muffler on this side so we won't have to worry about moving that. Then we've got the longer bar for our middle support.
That runs up just underneath our wheel well area here at the back. It's a class one hitch so we're going to have options as far as bike racks go. Typically limited to two, or also light duty hauling. Now the hitch is going to offer us a 200 pound tongue weight rating, that's the maximum amount of downward force we can apply to the tongue, and a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is going to be the total of the trailer and everything we've got loaded. We'll want to look into the owners manual just to make sure our Jetta can handle these loads. If not, we'll go off of whichever is the lowest.
Our hitch is going to have a 1/2" pinhole diameter, so all the 1/2" pinhole accessories will work out fine. We've got an 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening here at the rear and plenty of room for our safety chains to connect in whether we're doing a trailer or maybe we need the extra support with a strap. Now a few measurements that will be helpful in selecting our ball mount or maybe bike rack. These will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening. We have about 9-3/4". From the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 3-3/4.
We'll begin our installation here under the passenger side. What we're going to do is remove the three Torx bolts around the perimeter, and then the two plastic hex nuts that we have here in the middle. Now we'll grab a pair of pliers, or you could use a socket if you want to and just back these off. Then we'll just pull that down. In this case we'll return it to our customer. Now it's time to lower the exhaust down a little bit.
We've got a rubber hanger located here just in front of the rear axle that we'll be removing. Then there's also two bolts in the hanger back here that we're going to be taking out. Now just for good measure it's always a good idea to give your exhaust a little support from the underside here. We're just going to use a cam buckle strap. That way when we release those it can come down and rest right on there for us. For the hanger here just in front of that rear axle we're going to use a little bit of penetrating oil or a little lubricant, just help it slide off. Then we can head back here and take out the two bolts. We'll just allow that to come down and rest on our strap. Now I'm going to move this exhaust isolator down and you'll see the two small tabs here, one on each side. We need to bend those up. Now we'll also remove the three bolts that are holding our vapor canister up into place. Then we've got our last one tucked up right under the rear bumper cover here. Then we can just let that come down a little bit just like that. Now let's take our fish wire, let's bring it in through the hole that's right here in the side of the frame and push it back towards the rear. We're going to be using that access hole right there. We'll feed that in far enough you can see our wire poking out right here. We'll grab that with some pliers and guide it out just like that. We're going to grab our spacer block and feed that on, and then thread on our carriage bolt. We'll guide those up into our frame rail separately. Now with that waiting, we'll take our handle nut now. We want this to be right over our center hole location right here. We'll get a rough idea of about how long that straight section will need to be. Then we'll grab it back here and give it a bend, feed it back in. Then we'll want that, as you can see there, just to be resting right over top of that hole so we can thread our bolt in. Now we're going to take the spacer block and we need to position that so it's sitting just underneath the hitch there. Use a piece of tape just to hold that in place. Then we can just poke out the middle of it there. That will leave us ready to bring our hitch right up into place. Now as we raise the hitch into position we want to start our fish wire right here through our spacer and also our hitch. Just guide it over. We'll start our hex bolt with a conical tooth washer here on this side. You want those teeth to be facing up. We want to get that started right into that handle nut that we had up there. Here on the driver side we're going to rotate our exhaust bracket back up into place. Then we'll go right through that, through the hitch, into the holes that our exhaust hanger was in before. Once we've got one of these started well and our one started on the other side, we can allow the hitch to hang while we get the rest of our fasteners taken care of. Now we can pull off our fish wire. We want to be careful not to let the bolt drop back into the frame. Onto that we're going to add one of the conical tooth washers and then thread on our hex nut. With all of our exterior fasteners in place, let's head into the trunk. Let's remove our . any coverings or anything you might have on the floor. We need to gain access in here to our spare tire area. Now we can see the plug right here that we that we want to remove. Then you'll see our hitch lined up just below it there. Here on the top side we're going to bring in the large spacer block, allow that to go right down in through our hitch. What we'll do is just seal up any of the openings that we have here. We'll take a little bit right around the main portion. We're trying to seal any exhaust gasses or any water from getting inside of the vehicle here. What that down, that will seal the bottom, and a little bit on each side there will take care of the side portion. Perfect. That's all we really need to do here in the trunk so let's get our spare tire and everything else put back into place. Now let's go around to the underside and we'll put a conical tooth washer on here and the hex nut that's provided. Now we use the 1/2" carriage bolt for this area and the 7/16 goes on that passenger side. You'll see the difference between the two. Let's just snug everything up temporarily for now. Now we'll go through and torque everything down to the specifications listed on the instructions. Now we can get our vapor canister put back up into place here. We're also going to put the one Torx bolt back in here on the very rear side. This will actually hold our fascia up into place. The two on the side, that was just for that panel, but the one back here we want to put back in. Now let's get that rubber isolator put back on our exhaust and we'll be ready to hit the road. We'll hit this with a little bit of spray lubricant just like before, help us a little bit get it on there. There we go. Now we're good to pull down our strap and our hitch is in. That will complete today's installation of the Hidden Hitch custom fit class one trailer hitch receiver, part number 60283, on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon.
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 Customer Reviews)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.
by: Ron C.04/25/2013
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
by: Jim H07/06/2014
So far so good, although the hitch arrived poking through the box and with some small scratches on the ball mount. Not etrailer's fault. Installation took longer than advertised, some of it my fault because I fed the block into the frame the wrong way...the block apparently has to go in oval hole first. The bolt would not protrude straight from the frame with the block inserted the other way. I had to back the bolt and block out of the hole in the frame (which must have taken 20 minutes) and re-insert. The video does show the correct orientation. After that, it went pretty smoothly, and the hitch looks great! The installation video was VERY helpful, way more information than the single-sheet installation instructions. We will mainly use this to mount a bike rack. 139538
by: Mark W.05/02/2012
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
by: Dave F01/14/2015
Installation was pretty much like the video on the web site. I did it alone, and if you can it would help to have an extra set of hand as the video states. The splash panel on the passenger side that was removed and not replaced in the video, I did replace after trimming a bit off the back. It is plastic so it was quite easy to cut, I think it is worth replacing. Now, I hope there is an instruction video for the wiring as good... 168905
by: Mike W.06/23/2013
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
by: Gary C stafford03/22/2013
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
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
by: Dennis W.06/07/2011
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
by: Paul B05/28/2011
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
by: Joe W.10/12/2011
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
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
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
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 experience 21985
by: Jim H04/30/2011
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
by: Joe Pecheles Automotive01/05/2012
Exceptional service!! Product was affordable, high quality and arrived way ahead of schedule. Keep up the good work! 29138
by: Jeannie J.06/23/2014
Great service. Package was ripped and crushed but I'm sure that was the post office's fault. 137109
Super fast delivery! 162707
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