Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today on our 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sport wagon, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class one trailer hitch receiver.Now what I really like about this hitch and what kind of sets it a part from some of the others is the appearance. It's going to be hardly noticeable and give you that nice clean factory look. The hitch is going to have a inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. Which is going to work perfect especially if you already have class one accessories. That's also going to have the half inch size pin hole.

Now keep in mind, does not come included with the pin and clip. But if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer.It's also going to have loop style safety chain openings. Which are going to be big enough to use just about any size hook that you might have. Another thing I really like is the clearance it's going to give us. The end of our receiver tube, it's going to be pretty much flush with the back bumper, and that's going to be beneficial because many of our customers use our hitch for a little bit of everything.

Whether it comes to bike racks, light duty towing, or even cargo carriers.Now as far as the weight capacities go for our hitch, our maximum gross tongue weight rating, that's going to be 200 pounds or the amount of weight pushing down on our hitch. So that's going to work perfect for those one or two bike racks. Now as far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's going to be 2,000 pounds, so the amount of weight that's pulling our hitch. So the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it. Now I do want to point out, it is always a good idea to check with your Volkswagen's owners manual to make sure your car can pull that much weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements.

You're going to use these to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to use. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be about 13 and 1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, that's about two and 1/2 inches. You're going to use that to figure out if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in the upright position without making contact with our bumper.Since the hitch is completely hidden, the installation is going to be a little more involved, but it's really not too bad. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and do it together now.

To begin our install, we're first going to open up our hatch, that way we can remove our taillights. To remove your passenger's side taillight, there's going to be a small panel that we can just grab, pull off, and remove. And behind it, we're going to need to disconnect our wiring. There'll be a red tab that you will release by pulling out. You push the center of the connector down and pull it off. Here's the red tab that you'll have to pull out. Here's the center of the tab that you need to push down to actually pull the connector out.Now once that's disconnected, there'll be a white plastic wing nut type bolt. We'll unscrew that. Once that's out, now we're able to pull our taillight out. To get the taillight out, you'll grab it and kind of work it side to side, pulling it towards the back of the vehicle. Then we can just set it off to the side.Now over on the driver's side, we're going to repeat that same process we used on the passenger's side. However, the only thing that's different is our access panel. To get to our wiring and our plastic wing nut, we're going to be using this panel. So we'll turn our knobs. Pull it off and it'll be the same setup over here.Now if we come over to our wheel well, we're going to have four T20 Torx bit screws just like this along the edge. There'll be three and then we're going to have one that's going to be going up. That's actually holding the corner of our rear fascia to our quarter panel. We're going to need to remove all those. Once those are out of the way, we can kind of just push our wheel well liner back. Then we'll repeat that same thing over on the other side.Now underneath the car on the bottom side of our fascia right behind our rear tire, on each side we're going to have a single T25 Torx bit screw that we're going to need to take out. Then along the bottom edge of our appearance panel, we're going to have to take out four T15 Torx bit screws.Now we need to remove the four locks if you will that are screws are threaded into. To get these out, you can just take a small flathead kind of work it underneath and pop it out like that. Now we can remove our rear fascia. Now it's a good idea to do this with two people and start here at the corner of the wheel well. What you're going to do is kind of work it back and there'll be some tabs that are holding it in place. And just take your time with this. Just really kind of work that back. And when you get up here by the taillight, there's going to be some tabs that can kind of hang up our fascia. And if that's the case for you, what you can use is a trim panel tool or even a flathead screwdriver and just kind of push down on them and pull out and that'll help release that fascia.Now to get the fascia off, just kind of want to both kind of work towards the center and pull it back. Now we can remove our bumper beam. Now over here on the passenger's side, it's going to be held in place by four 13 millimeter bolts. And the driver's side's going to be the same set up. However, there's only going to be three of these bolts.Now it is a good idea on each side to leave at least one bolt in just hand tight. That way it's a little easier to manage getting our bumper off. We can take our bumper off. And then just set it off to the side for now. So before we put our hitch in place, I just want to give you an idea of how this is going to work. So say the ground is the back of our car. Our hitch is going to go over where our bumper beam went. And when we're holding it there, we'll take our bumper beam and sandwich it in place over the hitch. And when we're holding this assembly like this, we're going to take one of the bolts that came included and a conical tooth washer. Now you want to make sure the teeth on the washer are going to be facing the hitch. And this is what's going to hold it in place.Now one thing I do want to point out and what you want to check before you put everything on, is if you look on the back side of our bumper beam. If there's a tab that protrudes out a little bit, we're going to want to bend that flush, that way it doesn't interfere with our hitch. Ours actually is bending out a little, so I'll just take a hammer. And bend that so it's flush.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll grab our hitch and our bumper beam and line it up with the back of our car and get our bolts started. With all of our hardware in place and hand tight, we're going to go ahead and snug them down. Now I'm going to use a torque wrench to torque all of our hardware down to the specification found in the instructions.Before we put our fascia back in place, we are going to have to trim out a little section that way it'll fit over our hitch. Now there is a diagram with the measurements in your instructions and that's what I followed, made a mark so I could cut it out. Now to cut it, I'm going to use a Dremel tool. However, since this is plastic I'm sure you could use a sharp knife or even a pair of snips.Then with it cut out, we're going to go ahead and just clean these edges up a little bit. And kind of test fit it to make sure there's no interference. And if there is interference, you'll just com back and trim as necessary. Now we can take our fascia and put it back into place. On each side, we're going to work our way back to the wheel well. Make sure all of our tabs, they clip into place. Come back over to our wheel wells and resecure them using the same hardware that we took out.Now on the underside don't forget to take your blocks and push them back into place and reinstall all the hardware. And finally, we can reinstall our taillights the same way that we removed them. And that'll do it for our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite class one trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sport wagon.


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