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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Hitching up and connecting a trailer

Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual / Before driving / Transporting / Trailer towing / Hitching up and connecting a trailer

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

Safety chains

Always make sure that the safety chains are properly attached to the towing vehicle. Leave enough slack in the chains so that you can go around corners without stretching the chains. The safety chains must not drag on the ground, however.

Trailer electrical socket

The vehicle may be optionally equipped with a setup for connecting a trailer socket. The electrical connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer is a conventional 7-pin trailer socket.

Trailer taillights

Make sure that the trailer lights work properly and meet legal requirements. Do not exceed the maximum power consumption for the trailer ⇒ Maximum power consumption for the trailer .

Warning

Improper connections to the vehicle electrical system can cause malfunctions that affect the entire vehicle electrical system, which can lead to accidents and serious personal injury.
  • Have any work on the electrical system done by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
  • Never connect the electrical system for the trailer directly to the electrical connections for the rear lights or to any other unsuitable power sources. Use only a suitable connector to provide power to the trailer.

Note

Never attach a trailer to the vehicle or leave it attached to the vehicle when the trailer is supported by a trailer jack or blocks. Various things (such as a change in trailer or vehicle load or a flat tire) can lower or raise the vehicle. This subjects the trailer hitch and the trailer to strong forces that can damage the vehicle or the trailer.

Any problems with the vehicle's electrical system when attached to a trailer should be checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

If the engine is switched off and accessories in the trailer are on and use electricity from the vehicle, the vehicle battery will be drained as long as the electrical systems of the vehicle and the trailer are connected.
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