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SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Braking System Installation - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Today on this 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen we're going to install the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo supplemental braking system, part number SM99251. This is what the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo looks like when it's installed on your vehicle. As you can see, there's really not much to see once it's installed in the vehicle. There's only a few components on the inside that need to be installed. First up, this is our G-Force Controller. This is the actual brains of the operation. This senses how hard you're hitting the brakes because it uses inertia. This is also activated by your brake signal on the RV.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Today on our 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen we'll be installing a Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Tail Light with Converter Hardwire Kit with a 4-Pole Flat End part number 56146KIT. Now, we gain access to our wire for our trailer connector. We'll pull it outside the vehicle and we'll close our hatch on down, making sure we don't have the wire close on the latch right there. When we want to use our wire connector we just have to have it out like that. Now, when we're done towing our trailer all we have to do is just open up our hatch again, tuck our wire down here in the inside and we can close our compartment back and it's nice and hidden. All right, we'll begin our installation here by opening the hatch of our vehicle. Now, we will gain access to our taillight connectors.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen we will be installing the Draw Tite Sport Frame Class I 1-1-4" Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 24866. Here's what the hitch looks like once it's been installed. It tucks up fairly nicely underneath the bumper cover of our vehicle. The only thing you can really see hanging down is the frame of the hitch itself and the 1-1/4" Class I receiver. This hitch is rated for 200 pounds max tongue weight and 2000 pounds max trailer weight. It utilizes your standard 1/2" diameter hitch pin hole here. You can see our safety chain loops are very easily accessible here, and you can even use the smallest diameter safety chains on there without any problem. Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessories.



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 - 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.





Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Questions

  • The Thule # XADAPT2 load bar adapter will allow you to mount the Thule Big Mouth roof-mounted bike carrier to the Thule Rapid Aero, AeroBlade and Xsporter load bars. You would need one adapter per roof mounted bike rack.
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  • 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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  • The Curt 1-1/4-inch hitch we offer for your 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is their part # C11072. This Class I hitch offers a 200-lb tongue weight rating (tongue weight is the downward force on a hitch applied by a trailer or bike rack). It is a good idea to check your Jetta Sportwagen owners manual for any manufacturer restrictions on vehicle tongue weight. The combined weight of your chosen bike rack plus the loaded bikes cannot exceed either the hitch or vehicle limits....
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The next size up from a 5.7-8 trailer tire is the 215/60-8 which is only .2 inches taller in diameter, yet it fits a rim that is twice as wide (7 inches). It would not fit on your current rims. The next biggest diameter tire that would be about the same in width to what you currently have would be to go to a 4.80-12 that would require you to go with a 12 inch rim. This will be almost 2-1/2 inches taller. For a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern rim you would want the part # AM30620,...
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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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  • 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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  • I believe I have something that will work for you, but the Curt Hitch Ball # 40038 that you referenced is not made in the USA, it is made in China. You might be interested in a Convert-A-Ball Interchangeable Ball Set # 904B. This product is made in the USA and comes with an interchangeable hitch ball that will give you the option to easily change between a 2 inch and a 2-5/16 inch ball.
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  • The Curt trailer hitch # C11072 is the same as # C110723, with the exception that the latter, part # C110723, comes with the Curt Class II Drawbar # C45520. So trailer hitch # C11072 is just the hitch by itself. Hitch # C110723 is the hitch and ball mount. You would then use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch ball or # 19258 for a 2 inch ball. Hitch # C110721 is the hitch plus a 1-7/8 inch Euro Style ball mount. And hitch # C110722 is the hitch with a 2 inch Euro Style ball mount. For...
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  • Our hitch manufacturers, Curt, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch only make a Class I hitch for your 2014 Jetta SportWagen. Typically this is done because during testing, the engineering folks at the hitch manufacturers determine that the structures that the hitch bolts to on the underside of the vehicle aren't capable of supporting the additional tongue weight and towing capacity of a Class II hitch. If you're wanting to use the hitch for carrying a bike rack, the hitch and the bike...
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  • At this time there is not a Class II hitch option available for the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. Most likely, because of the frame on the Jetta, there will not be a Class II option made available for this vehicle. The only cargo carriers we have available for Class I hitches at this time are the open style carriers, see link. One option would be to use one of these style carriers along with a cargo bag, like the Yakima FarOut Cargo Bag, # Y07173, which is designed for...
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  • Thule does list the Passage 2 trunk mount bike rack, # TH910XT, as a fit for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. I have included a link to a video review of the rack on a similar vehicle.. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # TH982XT. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these...
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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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  • The Firestone Coil-Rite helper springs, # F4176, are made of an elastic polyurethane and not a regular hard plastic so they can move and flex with the vehicle suspension and will last for years provided they are inflated as specified in the instructions, linked for reference, and not overloaded.
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  • For the TowReady Wiring Harness # 119179 and the corresponding version that you have which includes an installation kit, part # 119179KIT, we do not have a video showing the installation process in a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. This item is a universal fit and so does not come with vehicle-specific instructions. We do have a video showing installation of this harness in a 2013 Kia Soul and I have provided a link. We also have a written transcript of this 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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  • In terms of ground clearance there isn't a lot of difference between Curt hitch # C11072 and Draw-Tite hitch # 24866. When we installed these hitches, see video links, the Curt hitch measured 10 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening and the Draw-Tite was 10-3/4 inches. So the Draw-Tite hitch was slightly higher. As far as installation goes they are pretty much the same which you can also see in the videos. I would not say one is more or less difficult than...
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