Sounds like you might need to think long and hard as to what is most important to you, keeping your Jetta and towing a very small trailer or tent trailer or perhaps upgrading your TV and towing a "more comfortable" trailer. We, too, wanted to keep our sedan (a Subaru Legacy) and luckily it tows our new 13' Scamp
beautifully. Our Scamp
model is pared down (No bath, no wood cabinets, no air conditioner, no refrigerator
[we opted for the ice box], no awning
. The options we purchased are a rear overhead cabinet, a heater, a ceiling fan, a second propane
tank [in retrospect, probably not needed] and a drawer over the ice box.) We drive with the water and grey water tanks empty. In the trailer we keep bedding, camp chairs, dishware/cookware/utensils, clothing, food in the ice box and minimal other supplies. We keep the bulk of the food, firewood, shoes in the trunk and back seat of the car. We had brakes
installed by Scamp
on the trailer and the hitch on the car was installed by U-Haul
My husband and I are retired. I, the wife approaching age 61 at the time, am the one who suggested upgrading from backpacking/car camping to trailer camping. My husband, then 65, had had a hip replacement operation and had to face the fact that he had to adapt to a new physical reality. We still love hiking everyday whether camping or not and occasionally go on overnight backpacking trips. We are fortunate to live in Northern California where we CAN hike locally. We both LOVE trailer camping! It means we can quickly pack our food and clothing and be on our way and focus on hiking, NOT setting up and taking down camp! Most of our trips have been 3 weeks or more in the first year of ownership. It's so great to just drive to our destination, unhitch (or not) and be ready to camp in no time. When we are ready to leave we just hitch up and go! An item that really helped in the hitching process is a hitch wheel. By installing one we can easily move the trailer an inch or two so it lines up with the car. (We remove the wheel when towing because there is not enough clearance with it on.) This is much better than doing an "Austin Powers turn" (In the movie "International Man of Mystery" Austin Powers does multiple "Y" turns to maneuver in a tight spot. It is very funny but not funny if you are the driver of a TV.)
A few caveats I should tell you about towing with a small car because I wish someone had cautioned us (In retrospect, though it would not have changed our decision.): 1. When brakes
are installed in the trailer there is a box under the steering column of the TV which gets in the way of your knees when driving. This is annoying at first but you get used to it. I am the one with short legs at 5'4" so it is most annoying to me. 2. With a sedan the hitch is very low to the ground with or without the ball. As a result the rear often drags when negotiating relatively steep inclines, descents and speed bumps. This results in loud "clunks" or scrapes when crossing these obstacles with or without the trailer resulting in odd looks from others and winces from ourselves. We have learned to pay particular attention to upcoming obstacles. We have been known to choose gas stations for their angle (or lack of) incline! We do our weekly shopping at a grocery store that has a steep incline. We like the store so we try to enter/exit the parking lot traveling slowly and obliquely over the hump. 3. If I were to choose a TV now I might chose the Subaru Outback which rides a little higher than the Legacy sedan. Subarus have the added benefit of all-wheel drive which makes them very stable in wet or snowy conditions. You can also select the manual shift which is better for towing. (Can you tell, I am a great fan of the Subaru!) 4. In the end, for me a sedan is much more comfortable than a truck.
All in all we LOVE our new lifestyle. We purchased the Scamp new reasoning that we will use it for the next 20+ years and will have two or more TVs in our future. My husband is now recovering from his second hip replacement operation. Although recovery will take several months we are already thinking of our next Scamping trip in May.
If you were to ask me about your decision I think you need to look at your budget, decide on your preferred camping style, think about how long you will keep your Jetta and trailer. You can always opt for a small tent camper or teardrop now and upgrade BOTH your TV and trailer in the future.
Good luck with your research and decision!