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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old February 14th, 2020, 08:37   #1
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I've looked through countless threads it feels like and I'm still fairly unsure about the topic.

I'm looking to get a hitch to pull a small trailer with a motorcycle across the country. It looks like Curt is what would be easiest to get and install, however, they only have a product for the Sportwagen gas car, whereas I have a manual Golf (TDI obviously).

Are there any others that are quick / easy to obtain?

Do rear springs (or any other components) need to be stiffened/upgraded/required to be added?

Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!
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Old February 14th, 2020, 09:48   #2
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https://torkliftcentral.com/

Look at the ecohitch
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Good discussion on heavy duty springs/struts in this thread:
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread...tiguan+springs
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Old February 15th, 2020, 11:25   #4
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https://torkliftcentral.com/

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Well worth the extra $. actually it can/will eliminate the spring helper cost. Eco hitch not only gives class III 2" receiver (can always size down) but sits higher, virtually eliminating need to add expense and harsh ride.

http://pics.tdiclub.com/showgallery.php?cat=7100
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Thanks for responses! Looking at the ecohitch, it only shows Jetta or Tiguan...I could be wrong, but aren’t those both wider than a non-sportwagen golf?
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Old February 17th, 2020, 16:38   #6
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Rear towing springs are fantastic when towing, but my ride quality is $#it when I'm not towing. Thankfully, changing rear springs really only requires 2 hydraulic jacks and maybe 20 minutes of my time tops.

If you want to tow legally, you're going to need trailer lighting. AFAIK, the only solution is a trailer module that plugs into the CAN bus, and mine was over $300 shipped from PF Jones in the UK. You might be able to get something cheaper; I don't know for certain. This was programmed via VCDS, and allows me to get a brake output signal for my Tekonsha brake controller.

As for hitches, I think Drawtite and Curt have options, but I wouldn't ever use one of those. I use a Bosal hitch, but sadly, IDparts stopped carrying them, so you'd need to import it from overseas.

I probably have close to 100K miles towing with mk4 and mk6 TDIs, so I speak from experience, and I've towed anywhere from my first trailer (5x10 single axle) up to a 83" x 20 Big Tex tandem axle (yes, it works, even on DSG, but it's not ideal).My regular trailer is a 5x14 tandem and a 5x10 single aluminum livestock trailer.
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and I've towed anywhere from my first trailer (5x10 single axle) up to a 83" x 20 Big Tex tandem axle (yes, it works, even on DSG, but it's not ideal).My regular trailer is a 5x14 tandem and a 5x10 single aluminum livestock trailer.
EEEHAW that's some real towing. Kinda reminds me of a pumped Pinto I tow dollied a 79' Trans Am and a 78 VW pop top bus
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For wiring, my trailer has hydraulic surge brakes, so I don't need a controller. I used https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and the install was pretty easy. It draws power from the battery directly and CANBUS is happy with the lights.
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I personally found the Tiguan+Towing springs improved the ride, but offer two caveats. 1) The springs were paired with Bilstein Touring shocks/struts and 2) the OEM suspension had 200k miles (320k km) and were toast.


Not doubting pkhoury, just a different experience or data point. Our roads could be much worse up here too, lots of frost heaves from long winters.
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