Sorry, here's the three about the front brakes: Front Brake SizeThanks guys. I saw that thread, but it wasn't really about the pro and pro s models, so I didn't ask there. I don't think that the brakes were mentioned anywhere in that thread. But if it is true about the brakes, then the hitch probably would not be available from the dealer. Since I need it for actual towing, I wouldn't get an aftermarket hitch. It would be good to get confirmation, but for now I assume that I either need to find an abandoned first edition or wait for AWD.
The rated capacities of 2,200 lbs. (FE) and 2,700 lbs. (AWD models) is with a braked trailer. I think the un-braked capacity for both is something like 1,500 lbs.I would still tow with the smaller brakes, but I would be more aware of them and take things easy and stay below 2000lbs. I think even for the ones with the tow hitch and bigger brakes they still recommend trailer brakes for a heavier load.
I did gat an answer back from my local VW dealer (that has/had the Pro Moonstone Gray) and here is his response:people have started to get the pro s models, we can ask one of them to investigate if the Pro S has the provisions to bolt in the hitch
If it’s like many other cars, VW’s included, on the back side of the bumper there’s probably an outline of the area that gets cut out for installing a hitch.I did gat an answer back from my local VW dealer (that has/had the Pro Moonstone Gray) and here is his response:
“The rear bumper cover on the ID-4 is completely different from the one’s with a trailer hitch. There is no cutout at all.”
I used this for a '98 Beetle, '12 JSW, and '15 GSW. The only time I didn't use that was for our '13 Touareg because it already had wiring in place.Just FYI, VW's use CAN- and LIN-BUS control for virtually everything. Tying into things like the vehicle lights to power trailer lights is often not a simple thing to do. You probably need an adapter of some sort, unless maybe you use a relay to pull power directly from a 12v source.
The New Beetle wouldn't have been an issue. I'm surprised you didn't run into any bulb errors with your JSW or GSW, since the trailer lights would've put additional load on the circuits and made the bulb monitoring freak out. But maybe because those cars used incandescent bulbs it wasn't an issue. The ID.4 has LED lights, though, so not sure if you'll run into an issue.