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 Post subject: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:07 am 
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Does anyone have any suggestions for carrying bicycles with the e-golf? I have used a hitch mounted rack with my 2 Jetta TDI's for years and had better fuel economy than with my roof racks. With aerodynamics being so critical to the e-golf range, is there any hitch mount option for the e-golf?


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:55 pm 
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Solaregolf wrote:
Does anyone have any suggestions for carrying bicycles with the e-golf? I have used a hitch mounted rack with my 2 Jetta TDI's for years and had better fuel economy than with my roof racks. With aerodynamics being so critical to the e-golf range, is there any hitch mount option for the e-golf?


I haven't found a specific hitch for the e-Golf. However, the e-Golf is build on a modular chassis that the other Golfs share, so one for a 2015 Golf should work. I looked at an install video for a Curt hitch, and the underside where the bolts attach appear to be the same as on the e-Golf.


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:08 pm 
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Thanks for the advice. I've looked at the Curt hitch on etrailer.com but they specifically say that it does not fit the E-Golf on the website. I'd hate to order it and have it not fit. Do you have a link to the install video?


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
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Solaregolf wrote:
Thanks for the advice. I've looked at the Curt hitch on etrailer.com but they specifically say that it does not fit the E-Golf on the website. I'd hate to order it and have it not fit. Do you have a link to the install video?


I contacted Curt and they said they couldn't make a recommendation since they didn't have an e-Golf to test it with, so e-trailer just doesn't want to make any false promises since they haven't tested it themselves either. If you take a look at the install video here http://goo.gl/FUZhBF, you can see that the underneath of the Golf looks pretty much the same as the e-Golf. The large oval hole and the suspension bolt hole are in the same places. I might take the plunge and just go ahead and try it if I can't find a local dealer carrying the Curt. Shipping it back would be a little pricey though though certainly cheaper than buying a robust trunk rack.


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:45 pm 
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U-Haul carries Curt hitches; you might want to see if they can fit one to the e-Golf.


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:06 am 
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I mounted the Curt hitch without any problems. It took all of about 15 minutes to do. You probably won't find a manufacturer that spec's a hitch for the e Golf because it is not rated to tow by VW. I believe the model # is C11355.


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:48 am 
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I am looking into this option for bike transport myself, can anyone confirm that the curt hitch mounted ok on the e-golf? Maybe some photos?


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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:11 pm 
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pmclean wrote:
I mounted the Curt hitch without any problems. It took all of about 15 minutes to do. You probably won't find a manufacturer that spec's a hitch for the e Golf because it is not rated to tow by VW. I believe the model # is C11355.


Can you confirm the model number you installed? Very interested in ordering one soon. Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:49 pm 
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I also mounted the Curt Code C11355.
Fits perfectly and installs in less than 30 minutes.
You can find it here: http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Curt/C11355.html

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 Post subject: Re: Bike rack options?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:23 am 
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Somebody asked for pictures...

Here my eGolf with a 1up USA Single bike tray folded up:
https://www.dropbox.com/sc/tfvo6qxjpke9 ... wzMGVQ_tVa
Three trays mounted and ready to load bikes:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/oo8yfuvhl0rbb ... 1.jpg?dl=0
Three trays folded up:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xl1ufzqc80ej0 ... 2.jpg?dl=0

These trays are quite light but very sturdy and the won't sway.
I usually keep a single tray on and add additional trays if I transport more bikes.

I used to have the roof mount version on my Sportwagen but prefer the rear mount on the eGolf
If somebody is interested in the racks: https://www.1upusa.com/allproducts.html

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