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do the ID.4 FE/AWD versions destined for the USA have a 13-pin Euro style trailer connection?
why wouldn't the US versions have a standard 7-pin/4-pin connector to use with both trailers
that have brakes and those that don't (like U-haul trailers)? not seeing any 13-pin to US 7-pin
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No one knows yet if it will even come with the wiring harness preinstalled, from what I’ve read thus far. What is almost assuredly true is it will not have a European connector. I’ve never heard of a manufacturer doing that for any mass produced imported car.
 

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My EU-spec trailer hitch has an 13-pin euro style trailer connection. These plugs are market depended, so whats normal over there you should expect that. whats currently fitted on other VW's?
 

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My EU-spec trailer hitch has an 13-pin euro style trailer connection. These plugs are market depended, so whats normal over there you should expect that. whats currently fitted on other VW's?
yes i would think the USA ID.4 would have a 7-pin connector...but in the manual posted here at the forum is says 13-pin so this must be the manual for the EU version. did look up the VW Atlas trailer parts and it uses a 7-pin connector.
can someone find the USA manual and post it?
 

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yes i would think the USA ID.4 would have a 7-pin connector...but in the manual posted here at the forum is says 13-pin so this must be the manual for the EU version. did look up the VW Atlas trailer parts and it uses a 7-pin connector.
can someone find the USA manual and post it?
I am pretty sure the manual that was posted was for the UK, and to the best of my knowledge the US manual has not been released. I would bet that there will not be a physical connector installed, but the wiring harness will be there to wire to a connector. I am kind of thinking it will be a 4 pin as there has been no talk of an electrical trailer brake controller or the connections for one up front. But hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised
 
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do the ID.4 FE/AWD versions destined for the USA have a 13-pin Euro style trailer connection?
why wouldn't the US versions have a standard 7-pin/4-pin connector to use with both trailers
that have brakes and those that don't (like U-haul trailers)? not seeing any 13-pin to US 7-pin
adapters available.
why would they release a 13-pin Euro socket on a US model of the car? Has VW done that on any other US model?... NO!
all car manufacurers will produce the car the the legal requirements for that country.
Similarly in NA the requirements for turn signal and break lights are different to Europe, but you dont see european spec lighting on NA cars. The sell what is the legal specifications for the country.

Spcifically, Yes the ID.4 has wiring loom and tow bar (hitch)... mine is ordered with this. So it will be there for the US marketet and it will comply to US regulations.
ONLY thing to be realy aware of is the tow limit.

Latest on UK site says the following. This is typical of this size car and so wont tow a large heavy trailer (or in UK larger caravans)

Trailer load limit – Braked 12% incline – KG 1.000 kg
Trailer load limit – Unbraked KG 750 kg
 

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Trailer load limit – Braked 12% incline – KG 1.000 kg
Trailer load limit – Unbraked KG 750 kg
to add on this, there is a Vertical Load Limit of 75kg on the hitch. same as ID.3
 
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to add on this, there is a Vertical Load Limit of 75kg on the hitch. same as ID.3
I don’t know much about hitches, but would that mean that bike racks are out of the question? Or the racks that one can buy for camping that are more like a little platform for coolers and other boxes?
 

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I don’t know much about hitches, but would that mean that bike racks are out of the question? Or the racks that one can buy for camping that are more like a little platform for coolers and other boxes?
Be careful here, in Europe they get the electric activated ball hitch, the US gets the Type II class 1 1-1/4" receiver. Not sure if the vertical load limit is the same.
 
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Be careful here, in Europe they get the electric activated ball hitch, the US gets the Type II class 1 1-1/4" receiver. Not sure if the vertical load limit is the same.
Good point. I am wondering about specs for the US, as we all do.
 

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Bike carriers are plentiful for 1 1/4" hitches. I think it is reasonable to expect that the US hitch can accommodate most in terms of vertical load. The ID.4 is a compact SUV after all, and that's the type of thing people use them for.
 
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I think in the US, with most receiver hitches, the max vertical load is usually about 10-15% of the full towing capacity of the vehicle. My truck can tow 5500lbs without a load distributing hitch and the tongue weight is 550lbs. And when I use a load distributing hitch the towing goes to 9900lbs and the tongue weight goes up 990lbs. The load either way goes through the same bolts and framework, I think the ratings are just to make sure there is enough weight on the front wheels for controllability. Even with a 2200lbs trailer load that would roughly give you 220 lbs tongue weight, which should be more than plenty.
 

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I don’t know much about hitches, but would that mean that bike racks are out of the question? Or the racks that one can buy for camping that are more like a little platform for coolers and other boxes?
its not, the ID.3 has also a vertical limit of 75kg. Or your cycles must be very heavy. E-bikes are like 25kg and bike rracks around 15-20kg [2/3 bikes]





Same principle on the id4
 

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Here is a picture of the trailer hitch mount from Motor Trends review of the ID.4 1st edition. Looks like 1-1/4" receiver to me.

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Bike carriers are plentiful for 1 1/4" hitches. I think it is reasonable to expect that the US hitch can accommodate most in terms of vertical load. The ID.4 is a compact SUV after all, and that's the type of thing people use them for.
I wish Ford would get that message for the Mach-E!
 

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It may be user error but when I use a hitch bike rack on my eGolf SEL I need to turn off most of my safety features (blind spot, parking sensors and rear traffic alert) since the rack is close to all the sensor on the bumper.
 

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It may be user error but when I use a hitch bike rack on my eGolf SEL I need to turn off most of my safety features (blind spot, parking sensors and rear traffic alert) since the rack is close to all the sensor on the bumper.
Let's hope software updates can fix that on the ID.4. Something like the Tare function on a kitchen scale to tell the car to disregard the current set of inputs, it'll be there for a while, and only changes are significant.
 

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Wishful thinking here, maybe it will be like my X5, when you plug in the trailer, the car recognizes it and shuts off the rear nanny functions.
 
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I am glad US spec is a receiver. However I wish it was a 2" vs 1.25" one. Said in other threads but those that need a 2" be careful with adapters as they will significantly reduce your tow rating. I will use the 1.25" receiver and use a mount that allows me to use the same sized ball that I need.

I am still interested to know if the ID4 will have an electrical connection for US 4-pin or 7-pin. Also if it will control trailer brakes or if I have to wire in my own controller.
 
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