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Re: 2018 eGolf - Trailer hitch for bike rack (or roof rack)

Posted: Sun May 02, 2021 11:49 pm
by egolfdude
I bought a hidden trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2017 eGolf. I got it installed, and it didn't fit. Part of the back of the receiver protruded too much as the bumper could not be put back on properly: the eGolf has a pretty seamless plastic flashing that runs under the main bumper... and that is what was having an issue fitting overtop of the hidden receiver. I sent it back to eTrailer and worked with their Engineer who then ended up confirming that it didn't fit, even though at the time on eTrailer it said it did.

Here is the quote from eTrailer to me:

"We have checked into the VIN and it does check out, while the hitch will work with your frame it will require additional fascia trimming to allow use of the hitch as intended. As there is no other fitment available if you wish to keep and do the additional trimming you are welcome to do so. As it was an error on our behalf, I can also offer you a Pre-paid UPS label for a full credit upon return of the application if you wish to have it returned. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused."

You can now see on eTrailer.com that the 2017 eGolf no longer lists any hidden hitch as working. So now... what can I do? Has anyone successfully installed a hidden hitch in their eGolf? I can't find anything out there, and now I'm thinking I'll need to try to do a custom hitch. I only need it for a bike rack.

https://pasteboard.co/K08UJWH.jpg

https://pasteboard.co/K08V8zC.jpg

Re: 2018 eGolf - Trailer hitch for bike rack (or roof rack)

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 7:09 pm
by mpulsiv
egolfdude wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 11:49 pm
I bought a hidden trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2017 eGolf. I got it installed, and it didn't fit. Part of the back of the receiver protruded too much as the bumper could not be put back on properly: the eGolf has a pretty seamless plastic flashing that runs under the main bumper... and that is what was having an issue fitting overtop of the hidden receiver. I sent it back to eTrailer and worked with their Engineer who then ended up confirming that it didn't fit, even though at the time on eTrailer it said it did.

Here is the quote from eTrailer to me:

"We have checked into the VIN and it does check out, while the hitch will work with your frame it will require additional fascia trimming to allow use of the hitch as intended. As there is no other fitment available if you wish to keep and do the additional trimming you are welcome to do so. As it was an error on our behalf, I can also offer you a Pre-paid UPS label for a full credit upon return of the application if you wish to have it returned. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused."

You can now see on eTrailer.com that the 2017 eGolf no longer lists any hidden hitch as working. So now... what can I do? Has anyone successfully installed a hidden hitch in their eGolf? I can't find anything out there, and now I'm thinking I'll need to try to do a custom hitch. I only need it for a bike rack.

https://pasteboard.co/K08UJWH.jpg

https://pasteboard.co/K08V8zC.jpg
I've installed CURT 11412. It's a perfect fit.
$147 www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Curt/C11412.html
$129 www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0133WU3K8

Re: 2018 eGolf - Trailer hitch for bike rack (or roof rack)

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 7:40 pm
by where2
Clearly there TorqueLift makes more than one EcoHitch for the VW Mk7 Golf platform. I used the 306-X7375, and purchased the 1-1/4" receiver part to swap out with the 2" receiver (shown below) so I can use any of my hitch goodies with this car.

Here's the guts behind the one I fitted to my 2019:
Image

And here it is with the Yakima hitch rack attached, once I put the bumper back on, and installed the 1-1/4" receiver...
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Re: 2018 eGolf - Trailer hitch for bike rack (or roof rack)

Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 7:18 am
by egolfdude
mpulsiv wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 7:09 pm
egolfdude wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 11:49 pm
I bought a hidden trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2017 eGolf. I got it installed, and it didn't fit. Part of the back of the receiver protruded too much as the bumper could not be put back on properly: the eGolf has a pretty seamless plastic flashing that runs under the main bumper... and that is what was having an issue fitting overtop of the hidden receiver. I sent it back to eTrailer and worked with their Engineer who then ended up confirming that it didn't fit, even though at the time on eTrailer it said it did.

Here is the quote from eTrailer to me:

"We have checked into the VIN and it does check out, while the hitch will work with your frame it will require additional fascia trimming to allow use of the hitch as intended. As there is no other fitment available if you wish to keep and do the additional trimming you are welcome to do so. As it was an error on our behalf, I can also offer you a Pre-paid UPS label for a full credit upon return of the application if you wish to have it returned. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused."

You can now see on eTrailer.com that the 2017 eGolf no longer lists any hidden hitch as working. So now... what can I do? Has anyone successfully installed a hidden hitch in their eGolf? I can't find anything out there, and now I'm thinking I'll need to try to do a custom hitch. I only need it for a bike rack.

https://pasteboard.co/K08UJWH.jpg

https://pasteboard.co/K08V8zC.jpg
I've installed CURT 11412. It's a perfect fit.
$147 www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Curt/C11412.html
$129 www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0133WU3K8
You're not getting it. I am only interested in a hidden hitch. What you refer to is not a hidden hitch, it's a dropper one that is exposed. No thanks to that. But thanks for the note.

Re: 2018 eGolf - Trailer hitch for bike rack (or roof rack)

Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 7:32 am
by egolfdude
where2 wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 7:40 pm
Clearly there TorqueLift makes more than one EcoHitch for the VW Mk7 Golf platform. I used the 306-X7375, and purchased the 1-1/4" receiver part to swap out with the 2" receiver (shown below) so I can use any of my hitch goodies with this car.

Here's the guts behind the one I fitted to my 2019:
Image

And here it is with the Yakima hitch rack attached, once I put the bumper back on, and installed the 1-1/4" receiver...
Image
This is interesting. The one I ordered was the 306-X7310. Mine is the 1-1/4"? I can see in the pictures that yours is totally straight across, whereas mine dropped down some. What the hell. And I don't think there's any difference between the 2017 and 2018 eGolfs in the back bumper... So the part that drops down on mine is the issue. It drops down so the grey flashing of the eGolf bumper has to fit overtop of it, and that was the problem. With yours, because it's straight across, it doesn't drop down and cause the grey flashing to have to fit overtop of it. Just the white bumper section. I think then that I now can see and understand why my model, the 306-X7310 did not work and why yours works.

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/ ... X7310.html