First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings
If the vehicle is supplied with a factory-fitted towing bracket it will already have the necessary technical modifications and meet the statutory requirements for towing a trailer.
Only use a towing bracket which is approved for the gross weight of the trailer you want to tow. The towing bracket must be suitable for your vehicle and trailer and be securely bolted to the vehicle's chassis. Only a towing bracket with a removable ball coupling should be used. Always check and follow the data provided by the towing bracket manufacturer. Never install a weight-distributing or load-balancing towing bracket to the vehicle.
Towing brackets fitted to the rear bumper
Never fit a towing bracket to the rear bumper or to its fastenings. A towing bracket must not prevent the rear bumper from functioning correctly. Do not carry out any alterations to the exhaust or brake systems. Check regularly to see if the towing bracket is fitted securely.
Engine cooling system
There is an increased load on the engine and the cooling system when towing a trailer. The cooling system must contain sufficient coolant and be able to cope with the extra load added by the trailer.
If the trailer is equipped with its own brake system, observe legal requirements, if any. The trailer's brake system must never be connected to the vehicle brake system.
Emergency breakaway cable
Always use safety chains between your vehicle and the trailer .
Trailer rear lights
The rear lights on the trailer must meet legal requirements .
Never connect the trailer lights directly to the electrical system of your vehicle. If you are uncertain whether the trailer has been connected correctly, please contact a qualified workshop. Volkswagen recommends using a Volkswagen dealership for this purpose.
If you are unable to see the traffic behind the trailer with the vehicle's standard exterior mirrors, have additional mirrors fitted in accordance with any country-specific regulations. Before setting off, adjust the mirrors so that you have a sufficient view of the rear.
Maximum power consumption of the trailer
Never exceed the specified values:
|Electrical consumers||Maximum output|
|Side lights and tail lights||100 watts|
|Turn signal per side||54 watts|
|Brake lights, total||84 watts|
|All reversing lights||42 watts|
WARNINGIf the towing bracket is unsuitable or badly fitted, the trailer could become detached from the vehicle and cause serious injury.
Towing a trailer places additional demands on the vehicle. Volkswagen recommends additional services between the normal inspection intervals if the vehicle is used frequently for towing a trailer.
In certain countries, an additional fire extinguisher must be carried if the gross weight of the trailer exceeds 2,500 kg.
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