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Old 07-07-2013, 11:54 AM   #15
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That part number appears to be the drawbar itself. Here is a link to that part and it's matching receiver. Both look to be 1 1/4", you need to contact VW for an exact specification.

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As mentioned many times, the stamp or label on the hitch may have no bearing on the capacity of the TV, only on the hitch itself.

Always go by the information in the manual first and then be sure the hitch also meets the requirements of what you want to tow.
Absolutely!

Like any chain, the strength limit is the weakest link. In hitches, that "strength" has at three dimensions: total trailer weight, tongue weight, and ability to use WD. In this case, we know the Tiguan's limits, and the hitch's limits have yet to be determined.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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Now, how do I know if this hitch is a class 1 or class 2? It is factory installed, it's Westfalia type 321 760, part number 5N0 092 730.
Okay, that's a start, but Bob has done a great job of tracking down that part:
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That part number appears to be the drawbar itself. Here is a link to that part and it's matching receiver. Both look to be 1 1/4", you need to contact VW for an exact specification.

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"Drawbar" and "ball mount" mean the same thing. Now, Bill, can you find similar numbers on the part fixed to the Tiguan? It may not be readily readable, hidden behind the bumper cover.

Westfalia is a significant supplier of towing equipment in Europe, but not here. They supply at least some hitches to Volkswagen (such as the one I've seen on Touaregs on the dealership lot). Anyone who buys a ball mount (readily available from many suppliers in any store selling towing equipment) from the VW dealer probably also bought the hitch receiver from the dealer as well... but that's only a guess.

Original equipment (OEM) receivers are usually designed to handle at least the rated capacity of the tow vehicle itself. I would be surprised if the VW OEM receiver capacity were as low as the Class 1 limit of 2000 pounds. The receiver in Bob's list has a 1.25" (1 1/4") opening. By the way, this is by far the least expensive OEM hitch I've heard of, presumably because there is so little to it, since VW has provided most of the structure with the Tiguan and the hitch only has to add the receiver box on a small bracket.

There is no specific tongue weight limit for any hitch class according to the standards (VESC V-5 and SAE J684). It is just common practice for the tongue weight limit to be set at 10% of the trailer weight.

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The part list says it is a 2" part. Maybe it's already a class 2?
The item as listed in Bob's link says that it includes a ball, which is likely 2" diameter. A 2" ball can be used with any class of hitch.

The characteristic dimension of a hitch is the size of the square opening that the ball mount slides into. The common sizes are 1.25" (typical for Class 1 and Class 2), 2" (sometimes used in Class 2, but typical for Class 3 and Class 4), and 2.5" (a relatively recent trend for some Class 4 and some rated beyond Class 4). You can just measure the width or height of the opening (not the outside of the tube, the inside of the opening) with a ruler or tape measure. This won't tell you whether it is Class 1 or Class 2, but will help describe what can be used with it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:04 AM   #18
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Sorry, I meant to say it has a 2" ball listed on the part list in the box. But I agree with you Brian, a Class 1 hitch is 2000# and the Tig is rated at 2200 (on the sheet I have). I don't think VW would provide something on the unit that isn't capable of towing 2200#. I'll find out more tomorrow. Thanks, Bill
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Thanks everyone for all the info. Found out from VW today, that it is a class 2 hitch. Being a newbie, I didn't want to assume anything. Thanks for the tip on the Magnetic kit. I'm getting one.
Don't think for a moment you guys are done with me yet! I've got almost a million questions left. We'll be talking soon!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:32 AM   #21
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I love my EZ Hitch-- the alignment device, I mean. There's really no downside, except for the modest cost. The sturdy steel V-section plates not only align the trailer laterally for hitching, they protect the bumper from a damaging impact should you back just an inch too far-- as you will. If you have the rear camera, alignment should be an easy task, but knowing just how far NOT to back up isn't.
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Ok. Our VW Tiguan comes with a class 1 hitch. It has weight limit of 220. Now, before I get a 13' Scamp or Casita, educate me about the EZ hitch. I want to know the good, bad and the ugly. Thanks.
Throw it out. Get something bigger. Hitch, ball mount, and ball shank size need to match each other. Get at least a class II. Overkill is the name of the game when towing. You do not want to be in an accident while towing..

See YouTube for info on Easy Hitch. I don't think it is worth getting.
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I'm going to assume that when you say EZ Hitch you're talking about a Weight Distribution Hitch. Weight Distribution hitches are not recommended for 13' or smaller trailers. Most likely you'd overload the trailer axle.
One thing I like about these is they lock that tongue down in the ball. It is a comforting feeling.
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You could put one on a smaller trailer but it might mean beefing up the hitch mount.

It can be done without overloading a trailer axle. A larger axle for example, or a lower setting on the torque bars.

They make them for 4000 lbs trailers and 450 lb tongue weight. A lighter setting could work real well.
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WD Hitches, a minus as well.....

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One thing I like about these is they lock that tongue down in the ball. It is a comforting feeling.
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You could put one on a smaller trailer but it might mean beefing up the hitch mount.

It can be done without overloading a trailer axle. A larger axle for example, or a lower setting on the torque bars.

They make them for 4000 lbs trailers and 450 lb tongue weight. A lighter setting could work real well.
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Locking down the ball with a WD hitch can also have a negative effect. Most are known to do this so well that, should the trailer get turned over in an accident, it can take the TV with it.

a AWG suggests that 98% of hitch separations are due to pilot error.

But, if it's an older trailer, I would want to start out with a new coupler
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This was posted in response to the original statement about a class 1 hitch:
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Throw it out. Get something bigger. Hitch, ball mount, and ball shank size need to match each other. Get at least a class II.
... but this has already been addressed, 3 days and only 3 posts ago:
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Found out from VW today, that it is a class 2 hitch.
There's no problem to be fixed here, and nothing to be concerned about.
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Oh, this thing.
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Some folks have them, use them, and like them.

I don't have one and don't want one. The jack on my Scamp has a foot on it and it's not designed to be dragged across the asphalt, etc. it may bend the jack and that would be a PITA. IF the jack had a wheel on it and I could get the wheel parallel to the rear bumper... maybe...

But, I look at getting in and out of my truck to hookup good exercise! YMMV
Good points, I would also be concerned about impacting the coupler every time you hook-up.
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"Throw it out. Get something bigger. Hitch, ball mount, and ball shank size need to match each other. Get at least a class II. Overkill is the name of the game when towing. "

I respectfully disagree with this philosophy. You could say that about the car and the trailer, as well as the hitch. First, you think the Tiguan's not big enough; you need its big brother, the Toureg. Then you notice that your egg trailer is only half the vehicle's tow capacity. Time to get a bigger trailer, and (if you're made of money) you wind up pulling a 24' Airstream behind it.

Our trailers were originally designed to be pulled by the family car. It's about right-sizing and sufficiency, not "overkill."
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And rather than speculating about weight distributing hitches, CW, just do this simple test. Go to your Tiguan and open the tailgate. Sit down on the tailgate, or have someone of about 150 lbs do it. Watch the results. Did the rear of the car sag more than one inch? I didn't think so.
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