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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Hidden Hitch

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.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite SportFrame trailer hitch receiver. This is a custom fit class one trailer hitch with an 1-1/4" opening. Its part number is 24866. 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.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today in our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, we're going to show you how to install the curt upgraded circuit protected tail light with converter hardwire kit. This is going to offer the 4 pole trailer connection. It's part number is 56146kit. Here's what your kit's going to look like when you get it. We're going to have our converter box here, that's going to run out to our 4 pole connection. That's really what we're after in getting our lights at the rear of the vehicle. To make that connection, we've got a couple of wires here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Curt

Today, on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt Custom-fit Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is an inch and a quarter opening. It's part number is C11072. Here's the hitch once you get it installed on the vehicle. Overall, it's a nice-looking class 1 hitch. It has a pretty, wouldn't say a heavy-duty look to it, but a real strong look to it.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwgen, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Aero Blade Roof Rack System and it's going to be part number THARB47 and the foot pack is going to be TH450R. Again that's going to be THARB47 for the Aero Blades and then the foot pack is going to be TH450R. All right really simple to put together especially if you already have that factory roof rail installed from front to back and then all you need to do is get the crossbars. On the back side here we did mount up the bottom foot pack to the backside of that bar to give us a nice reference point to place our next one. Really simple to put on. First thing we'll do is we'll take off the end cap, you just rotate that around, deep press the little piece here and pull the end caps right off. Once you have the end caps off, notice you will have your scale in here but we won't be using that for this because they are already are set. We'll remove the end cap off the 450R which will also have our tools included on it and then simply slide those on with the strap towards the inside and the tool access to the outside which is going to be that bolt right there.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon we'll be installing the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring Harness with Four-Pole Connector, part number 119179KIT. To begin our install we'll first need to remove the spare tire cover and lower storage cover. Then we're going to remove the cover panel behind the passenger side taillight assembly. Using a flat blade screwdriver we'll get in behind the cut out panel and go ahead and sat it aside. Then on the driver's side we'll go ahead and fold down the access compartment by unlatching the two twist knobs and then pulling back on the cut out of the carpeting to expose the wiring behind the driver's side taillight assembly. Now that we've exposed the wiring behind both taillight assemblies we'll need to remove the rear threshold. To do this we'll remove the two fasteners that secure it. Once we unscrew them we'll set them aside we can gently pull up on the rear threshold releasing the fasteners underneath. Now with that done we'll need to identify the running, turn signal and brake lights.



Thule Sprint Roof Bike Racks Review - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon we'll be doing a quick test fit of the Thule Sprint Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number Th528. With a Rhino-Rack Vortex Roof Rack System installed onto our roof, we'll begin our test fit by placing the bike rack up onto the vehicle's crossbars. Starting at the front here, we'll loosen up this speed link lever so that we can bring the rubber coated steel strap around the bar and hook it into the connection point. Then moving to the rear, we'll adjust the rear bracket as necessary, and then again bring the rubber coated steel strap around the underside of the bar. With both straps hooked in place, we'll then tighten down the speed link levers, which will bring the straps around tightly against the bar. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, we're ready to load up our bike. We'll loosen up the AccuTight knob at the front, which will extend the skewer outward.



Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon, we'll be doing a quick test fit of the Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box with 13 cubic feet of space in glossy black, part number TH634B. With a inaudible 00:00:12 rack vortex aero roofrack system on our roof, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's crossbars. After positioning the clamps over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the 2 closest knobs. We'll then turn the knobs, which will tighten down the clamps around the bars. Now this box does feature the AccuTight mounting hardware, which will notify you when the clamps have been fully tightened when the knob starts to click. We'll move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. Now this double-sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the car.





Thule Hyper XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Hyper XL roof top cargo box with 17 cubic feet of space in two tone black and silver part number TH612. With the rhino rack vortex aero roof rack system installed onto our roof, we'll begin our test by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicles cross bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars we can unlock the box and open the lid exposing the two closest knobs. We then turn the knobs which will tighten on the clamps around the bars. Now this box says featured the acutight mounting hardware which will notify you when the clamps have been fully tighten when the knob starts to click. Now this double sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the car.



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL rooftop cargo box with 21 cubic feet of space in AeroSkin black, part number TH626. With a Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system installed onto our roof we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's crossbars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. We'll then tighten down the knobs, which will bring the clamps tightly around the crossbars. Now this double-sided-opening lid will also enable you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the car. I'll move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. Once everything is all tightened and secured, that will complete today's test fit of the Thule Force XXL rooftop cargo box, part number TH626, on our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon.



Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon we'll be doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack SX Series Leg Kit with the Vortex Aero crossbars. These are part numbers RRSX004 and RRVA118B-2. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front crossbar onto the front of our roof. Now there's a small slot in the side rail where the parallel bars connection down to the piece which anchors to the roof. I'm going to use that as a location mark to where we're going to place the feet on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Once we have the front bar in place i'm going to use the included tightening tool to tighten down the silver bolt on the inside of the bar, which will bring the two clamps together tightly around the side rail.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon, we're going to install Part #60283 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on a Sport Wagon. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of the receiver opening down to the ground is about ten and a quarter inches. And from center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper is about three and three quarter inches. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. There's a panel underneath the vehicle that we have to remove to install the hitch. The bits we used to remove the hardware is a T25 Torx bit and a T30 Torx bit. Now we'll remove these two plastic fasteners with a 10 millimeter socket. Should be able to remove our panel.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, we're going to install part number 24866 from Draw Tite. This is what the hitch looks like, when it's installed on a Sportwagen. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. The top of the receiver opening, down to the ground, is about 10-1/4 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of the bumper is about 3-3/4 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today in our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon, we'll be installing our tow-ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat connector, part number 119179KIT. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and open up the rear hatch. We remove the rear cargo cover, fold back the cargo lid, and then remove the spare tire cover. With these out of the way, we can remove the rear threshold. To remove the rear threshold, there are two fasteners we'll need to remove first. We'll unscrew the plastic caps and then remove the threshold by gently pulling up on the rear threshold, releasing the fasteners underneath. Now, with that out of the way, we'll move to the driver's side, where we can open up the interior cargo panel on the driver's side. Once we fold the door down out of the way, we can pull back on the carpeting that's been cut out behind the rear tail light, allowing it to fold away and give us access to the driver's side tail light wiring as it goes into the driver's side tail light.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Today on a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, were going to install part number 119179kit from Tow Ready. First thing we need to do is get access to the wire harness were going to work with. This will behind the panels right behind the tail lights. To start off we need to remove some interior components. Were already removed the spare tire cover and a spare tire itself. At this point we go ahead and remove the thresh hold.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Curt

Today on this 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen were going to install part number C11072 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on our car. Next well give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 10 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about five and a half inches. Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.



Thule Pulse Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Medium roof top cargo box, part number TH614. This box measures 14 cubic feet and it is in color matte black. With the Thule aeroblade edge roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle we'll begin our test fit by placing the box directly onto our load bars. Please keep in mind that this box opens from one side only. For our test fit today we'll be placing it closer to the passenger side for easier accessibility. Once we have it in place we can open the box, take our clamps and feed them through the appropriate slots making sure that the feet go around the load bars.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, we'll be test fitting the Swagman Fork Down roof-mounted bike rack, part number S64710. With the Thule AeroBlade edge roof rack system assembled to our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Swagman Fork Down directly onto our load bars. Here at the front, we'll want to take our U bolts, bring them around the underside of our load bar, and back up through the platform. Once we have it in place, we can secure it there and tighten it down with the wing nuts. We'll do this for both sides of the front platform. We'll move to the rear and take our U bolt and drop it through the top of the carrier, making sure it goes around our load bar, and then we can feed it through our bracket and tighten in place with our wing nuts.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box, measuring 22 cubic feet, in metallic silver, part number TH636S. With the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Thule Sonic directly onto our load bars. Since the feet are already hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around our load bars while placing this onto our roof rack. With the box situated the way we like, we can then open the passenger side and tighten the two clamps using the hand knob to secure our feet around the bars. One of the great features of this box is its ability to open from either side of the vehicle. We'll move to the driver's side, open the box, and tighten down the two remaining clamps.





Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Questions

  • If you are needing a lock for the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ Low-Profile Latch, part # BD028287, and a lock for the hitch receiver on your vehicle that are keyed alike you can use the Deadbolt brand lock. For your Bulldog coupler you would have to use the Deadbolt Trailer Coupler Lock, part # 28012. This is a coupler lock with an inside width of 3-3/8 inches. I pulled the Bulldog coupler from our warehouse and measured the size of the lock pin that goes in the coupler....
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  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and he informed me that the regulations for snow chain design stem from the states wanting to prevent damage to the roads. He informed me that these Thule - K-Summit Chains, part # TH02230K44, meet the S-standard which is the international norm for chain construction in regards to designs that do not damage the roads beneath them. When I asked him about Colorados specific rules he said that the K-Summit chains are used all over the world and...
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  • You could use either the # AM30020 for a white painted steel wheel or the # AM30030 for a steel wheel with a galvanized finish. The tires that are included on the CE Smith # CE48810 trailer are manufactured by Kenda, the same company as the tires used on both the wheel/tire combos I mentioned. The tread pattern might be slightly different, but because the tire will be used as a spare, it doesn't need to be an exact match.
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  • All of the roof rack options for your 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen only fit if the vehicle has the factory side rails that run front to back on the roof. The bars will clamp to the these factory side rails. You may or may not be able to open the sunroof with a roof rack installed. It all depends on how far up the sunroof goes when opened. If it never rises above the tops of he side rails then it would not be a problem. The taller the roof rack feet are the more likely it...
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  • The Thule installation notes for the Raceway 3 Bike Carrier, part # TH9002PRO, on the 2009-2010 VW Jetta Sportwagen indicate that the rear wiper cannot be used with this bike carrier installed. The upper mounting arm will rest on the rear hatch glass when this item is installed. Please see the attached photo showing how the carrier mounts on a hatchback type vehicle. Since this rack mounts securely to your vehicle with its steel cables it is likely that if turned on accidentally...
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  • When carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, you will need to use a bike adapter bar, # TH982XT to carry the bike on the Raceway, # TH9001PRO. This will also allow for greater ground clearance and the bike will be more level. I have included links to videos on the rack and adapter for you to view.
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  • The Curt Trailer Wiring Harness, # 56146KIT, is a powered converter. This means that the trailer lights will be drawing most of the power they need from the battery. With this type of connection, the harness will work with LED and incandescent bulbs on the trailer. However, if you have LED lights and incandescent lights on the same circuit the lights may not function properly because they draw different amounts of power. It would be best to replace all the lights to one type or...
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  • I strongly recommend running the 12 volt power wire from the Curt Wiring Harness, # 56146KIT, directly to the vehicle battery. The 12 volt accessory circuit was not designed to support the additional load of a trailer wiring harness. A wiring harness must have its own dedicated circuit directly to the battery. We have seen many instances where customers have tapped into a 12 volt accessory circuit, like a car lighter socket, and the harness failed. We have also seen instances...
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  • No, you will not have to remove the coil spring in order to install the Firestone Coil-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F4176. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view so that you can see what is involved for a typical installation.
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  • The crossbars from the Rola Sport Series Roof Rack, # 59820, will sit slightly lower than the tops of the factory side rails on your 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. If you lay a flat object on the rails across the vehicle then measure from the center of the roof up to the bottom of the object, that will give you a really good estimate of where the bottoms of the bars will be. Then open the sun roof and again measure without the object on the rails to see how far up the...
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  • I spoke with my contacts at Rhino Rack regarding your question about the crossbar system interfering with your sunroof. I was told that because the side rails on your SportWagen extend the full length of the vehicle roof, that the crossbars can be moved around so that they will not interfere. They tell me it would be safe to assume that the bars would interfere if they are placed directly over the sun roof. The bottom of the cross bars will sit about 3/4 of an inch above the...
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  • The Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, # TH7501-TH7502, mounts to the vehicle side rails. This means that you can adjust where the bars go on the roof of the vehicle. If you are able to place the bars so that they will not interfere with the sunroof operation then you can open the roof with the bars in place. I do not recommend opening the roof while something is loaded on the bars though. You may not want to open the roof with the bars...
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  • The Firestone Coil-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit, part # F4176, is specified to fit the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen for model years 2009-2010, and 2012-2013. There is no fit confirmed for the 2011 model year. I spoke to a technical contact at Firestone who indicated that the manufacturer changed body styles after the 2010 year and did not complete the re-design in time for a 2011 model year to be test-fitted for this kit. It may fit but Firestone cannot confirm with certainty. We...
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  • I will be happy to help you get everything you will need to tow a trailer and go on the road with your band: except roadies. We are all out of roadies. First, you will need a trailer hitch. I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60283. It comes with a ball mount, hitch pin, and clip. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. This trailer hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds. This is important...
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  • Since your Trailmanor 2720 is a travel trailer and not a pop-up camper that measures about 24 feet long you would want the part # 052963734638 and not the # CA80042 that you referenced. The # 052963734638 is made of rugged polypropylene that will work very well in a very sunny area like you are in.
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  • There are several options for adding crossbars to your 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. I have included a link to them for you. For a Thule system, you would need the Crossroads foot pack and 50 inch load bars, # TH45050. The bike rack, # TH599XTR, will fit this system. I have included video links to the bike rack and the Crossroads system for you.
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  • The Curt Class I Trailer Hitch, # 11072, has a gross towing weight capacity of 2,000 lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs, which are common ratings for Class I trailer hitches. To verify that you can tow your 550 lb sailboat on your E-Z Loader trailer, you will need to check your vehicles owners manual to verify the towing capacity of your vehicle. If the towing capacities of your 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen are lower than the towing capacities of of this hitch,...
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  • For your 2009 VW Jetta SportWagen you can use Curt Circuit Protected Powered Converter, # 56146KIT. I have included a link to the installation details for this wiring harness for reference. Your Jetta SportWagen has separate wires for brake lights, running lights (tail lights), and turn signals. The Curt harness includes a converter that takes all of the signals and converts them down to a 2 wire system used by trailers.
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  • One of our most popular 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch trailer hitch adapters is the Brophy Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter, # HT5R. This adapter provides a 5 inch rise for improved ground clearance. Keep in mind, using a trailer hitch adapter or extender will decrease the tongue weight capacity of your trailer hitch by 50 percent. All of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2014 Jetta Sportwagen are Class I trailer hitches with a maximum tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. Using an...
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  • Roof Rack manufacturers do not typically test their roof racks for sunroof interference, but after doing a little research on the sunroof on the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, I recommend choosing a roof rack that sits above the factory side rails. When the sunroof is retracted, it comes pretty close to the same height as the side rails. The roof rack I recommend is the Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack. This roof rack consists of the Thule AeroBlade Load Bars, # THARB47,...
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