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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2022 Volkswagen Taos

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2022 Volkswagen Taos


Hey everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today, on our 2022 Volkswagen Taos, we're gonna be showing you how to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver. But before we do that, why don't we check it out and make sure that this is gonna work for you. So, when it comes to the Volkswagen SUVs, they're pretty popular and they're really capable machines. So, having a trailer hitch on it just makes sense.

You know, it seems like it's right at home. Probably one of the things I would be concerned with is the way it's gonna look. These actually are pretty sporty looking and have some good lines. And so, I wouldn't want a gigantic hitch hanging all down below the bumper and everything, and taking away from the appearance. And this one doesn't really do that at all.

It kind of looks factory in my opinion. Really the only thing you're gonna be able to see is the receiver tube opening here. So, good deal as far as that goes. I do wanna address one of the questions it seems like a lot of people are worried about is, is this hitch gonna fit their particular model. And this one is designed to work with the VWs that are all-wheel drive as well as front-wheel drive.

So, regardless of what package you got, this is gonna bolt up and work. This is gonna be a class III hitch, so it's gonna have that two inch by two inch inch receiver tube opening. Really common size. A lot of different accessories that work with it. It is going to use that standard 5/8 pin and clip.

Now keep in mind, a pin and clip doesn't come included. If you need one though, not really a big deal. You can grab it right here at etrailer. The safety chain openings that are gonna be a loop style and provide us with more enough space to use just about any size hook that our trailer might have on. As far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it's gonna have a 300 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. And that's gonna be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. So, decent number and you should be able to use those one to three, maybe even four-bike racks, just to give you an example. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's gonna be 2,000 pounds. And that's gonna be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch, so the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. I do always like to recommend though, it's never a bad idea just to grab your VW's owner's manual. That way, you can make sure your vehicle can pull that much weight safely. With that in mind, if you are gonna be pulling a trailer around, you're gonna want the lights to work on it. That way, people know what's going on and you'll be safe and legal. And to accomplish that, you can always grab some trailer wiring. Now, I'm gonna give you a couple of measurements, and you can use ease to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, that's gonna be about 11 1/2 inches. So, if you plan on pulling a trailer around, chances are pretty good you're gonna need to get a ball mount that has a rise in the shank. If we go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, that's gonna be about 5 1/2 inches. And you can use that measurement to help figure out that if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in an upright position without contacting the back of your Volkswagen. Now, as far as the installation goes, it's a little time consuming. You do have to remove the fascia here to give you all the space you need to get the hitch up in place. Don't be super intimidated by that. It's relatively straightforward. Some of the clips are kind of tight, so be careful with that and I'll kind of give you some pointers on how you can make it a little bit easier. But as long as you stay focused, it really shouldn't give you a ton of issues. But speaking of that, if you would like to see how it's done, feel free to hang around. We'll go ahead and I'll put this on together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be underneath the back of our Volkswagen and we are gonna need to remove the rear fascia. That way, we'll have the room that we need to get our hitch into place. So to start, we're gonna have two fasteners here along this bottom edge that we need to pull out. So, here's the two fasteners. What you're gonna do is take a T15 torx bit and unscrew them. Be careful with these cause they are plastic. But a lot of times what'll happen, that center will come out and you need to remove the base. So, you can take a flathead screwdriver, kind of just pop that out. And I'll do the same thing for this one here. If we work our way towards the outside of our car, right here, we're gonna have another fastener. I'm using the T20. We're gonna pull that out and then do the same thing on the other side. And I wanna mention, actually from this point on, anything we do to one side of the vehicle, we're also gonna do to the other side cause it'll be set up the same way. Now, if we move to our wheel well along the back edge here, we're gonna have four more fasteners. And I'm gonna use a T20 torx bit to get all these pulled out. Once you have those screws out, you can take your fabric here and kind of just push that out of the way. And if you look where the fascia meets our quarter panel, there's gonna be another torx bit fastener right there. So, go ahead and get this one pulled out too. Open up your rear hatch. We need to remove our taillights. So, we're gonna have these plastic covers here. We need to get those off. So you can use preferably, a plastic trim tool. If you don't have one, you can probably use a flathead screwdriver. Just be real careful. These things are pretty brittle. So, we're just gonna kind of pry it out and pop it off. So, that's what was keeping this thing in, these little tabs here. And below that, that'll expose T25 torx bit screws. Get them out. We're able just to kind of grab our taillight and I'll just gently work it around in there. Sometimes these are pretty tight. You might have to take your trim tool and help pry it out a little bit. Once we have it out, we can disconnect it. So, you're just gonna pull back on that red tab, push down on the connector, and set our light off the side. So, if you look just underneath where your taillight was, we're gonna have this piece of black plastic and there's gonna be a cover on it. We take a small flathead and pry that cover off, and that'll expose a T30 torx bit screw. So, we're gonna pull that out. Now, we can start to get our fascia removed and I put some painter's tape along where we're gonna be working. That way, we don't scratch anything up on accident. But you're just gonna kind of peel out and then carefully, just start to kind of work your way towards the taillight pocket. And once you get up here, it can get a little challenging in some cases. Looks like ours is actually pulling out pretty easy, but if it starts to fight you, what you can do is push down on these tabs while you're kind of pulling this out here. It might take a little finesse and just kind of try to work it loose. And just take your time at this. Eventually, it'll pop free. So, once you get this out, this piece here will be poking through. You might have to push down on it. And then I suggest doing this on the other side of the vehicle. Once you get to this area, you're gonna have to pull pretty hard, okay Cause this tab is locked into here. And then once you get to this area, it's super tight too. You can take the weather stripping and kind of just pull that off and out of the way. And what you might have to do on the corners, you might see a little piece of a tab like this. And you get screwdriver sit in there and just kind of pry up on it a little bit while you're pulling out. So, it's gonna take a little finesse. If your car has a few miles on it, it might be a little bit easier but take your time with it. You don't wanna break the clips or anything, but you will get it. So, once it's all the way loose though, we can carefully start to pull it back. We're looking for any wiring or anything we may need to disconnect. In our case, we don't have any so we're in good shape. So, we can just set this off to the side, out of the way. So, with the fascia out of the way now, if we look at our frame rail here, see we're gonna have two holes. These are gonna be the attachment points that we're gonna use to eventually secure our hitch. But chances are pretty good you're gonna have some sealer, caulk type material on the bottom of the frame, and we wanna get rid of that. That way, it's flat and the hitch that's up there, correcting everything. So, you could just take a razor edge, or a scraper, whatever you got, and just work all that off until it's smooth. We just need to get all of it off here on the bottom side, right here in this area. So, this is what it'll look like once you have all that stuff scraped off of there. And if you look at this oval shape hole here, this is gonna be an access hole and an attachment point. You may need to enlarge this a little bit and that's because in order to get your bolts in there, the hole might not be big enough. You might not be able to fit the head of the bolt through there. In our case, it actually fits without enlarging it, but I don't know if that's gonna be the case for everyone's vehicle. So, you might have to use a bit like this, a die grinder bit to open this up just a little bit. Or chances are gonna be real good that it'll be so close, you might even be able to get away with just a hand file. Just take off a little bit of material. So, just to make things easier, I am just gonna open it up a little bit and that'll help everything go smoothly. So, I did just put a little bit of paint over that bare metal. Let it dry just to help prevent rust in the future. And now, we can get our hardware in place. So, you're gonna take one of your pull wires. You'll take the coiled end of it, put it through this opening until it drops out of that larger hole. And on this one, you're gonna take the smaller spacer block, slide that over the fish wire, and a carriage bolt. Thread that carriage bolt on and feed this up into the frame. Once it pops in there, you can simply just pull down on it until it drops down. For this hole, you're gonna take larger spacer block, slide that over your fish wire, thread on another carriage bolt, feed the carriage bolt up into the frame, followed by the spacer block, then drop it right back down. So now, with an extra set of hands, we can take our hitch and get it into position. You do want to feed the pull wires in the corresponding holes in the hitch. We'll run those through. Then we can lift it up flat against the frame. We'll hold it in place. Gonna remove a pull wire. Gonna take a conical tooth washer. Make sure the teeth on the washer are gonna face up towards the hitch. We can take a hex nut, get that started. And once we get one started on each side hand tight, the hitch should support itself. Once it is, we can go ahead and get this other hardware started. Once your hardware is in place and hand tight, we'll come back with the 3/4 inch socket and snug everything down. Once the bolts are snug, you wanna make sure to come back with a torque wrench and tighten all the hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions. If you don't have a torque wrench, you can always get one here at etrailer, or a lot of times, go to your local auto parts store and they'll have one there available you can rent. What we can do now is come over to our fascia and we need to trim out a piece of it. That way, it'll fit around our hitch. So, there's a diagram and instructions you can follow. So, I marked it out and then feel behind there, make sure you don't have wiring or anything that's back there. Being somewhat thick plastic, I'm gonna use a Dremel tool like this to get the material removed. So, once this is cut out, if you want, you can always come back with a file or a razor edge and kind of clean up some of this stuff that's left over here on the sides. So, with the fascia trimmed out, we can get it reinstalled. So, we're just gonna try to line everything back up and get it roughly into position, and reinstall it the opposite way that we removed it. So, when you're putting this on, just take your time. Make sure you're going around and make sure all the clips and everything are lining back up with each other. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver on our 2022 Volkswagen Taos..


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