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Trailer Hitch Ground Clearance for 2016 VW Golf GTI


I want to install a hitch to carry a Thule 2-bike hitch rack, but I don't want my hitch to scrape on hills. Between the EcoHitch 306-X7310 and Draw-Tite 24925, which trailer hitch will give me the most ground clearance?


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Both the EcoHitch # 306-X7310 and the Draw-Tite # 24925 are great options for a trailer hitch for your 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The EcoHitch features 13 inches of ground clearance measured from the bottom of the receiver to the ground. I don't have an exact measurement for the Draw-Tite hitch, but the Draw-Tite seems to sit a bit lower from the frame.

Even if the Draw-Tite hitch did provide more clearance, I wouldn't recommend it because it has a weld tab towards the rear that prohibits the use of some products with a 1-1/4 inch shank. Also, unless you plan on using this hitch with 1-1/4 hitch accessories exclusively, I recommend going with the EcoHitch # 306-X7309 instead as a 2 inch receiver is more versatile and will have about the same clearance as the 1-1/4 inch version.

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