Trailer Hitch on 2005 XC70

Discussion in 'Volvo C70' started by BobT, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. BobT

    BobT Guest

    Hi
    I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    for this type car.
    Thanks,
     
    BobT, Nov 19, 2004
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  2. BobT

    Bengt Guest

    "BobT" <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote in message
    news:...
    | Hi
    | I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    | hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    | for this type car.
    | Thanks,
    |

    Don't know for sure--my '04 XC70 starts every morning without a hitch.
     
    Bengt, Nov 19, 2004
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  3. BobT

    Robert Guest

    "BobT" <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi
    > I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    > hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    > for this type car.
    > Thanks,
    >


    I don't really know what you're asking advice for.

    I suppose you're asking if a dealer hitch is better than an aftermarket
    hitch?

    I have an aftermarket hitch on my 760GLE, it is a Class 2 (North American)
    hitch rated at 3500 lbs. The car can tow up to 3300 lbs. I have towed 3000
    lbs (pulling my race car and a tandem axle trailer, along with tools, spare
    rims/tires, race fuel, etc..)

    It pulled without problems with an aftermarket hitch. The OEM Volvo hitch
    is a different design, and that is why I stayed away from it.

    Getting back to cars made in this century, I'd say get a hitch that suits
    your maximum towing capacity. The trouble with some aftermarket hitches is
    that the "fit" isn't perfect. Mine sure wasn't, but it went on and still
    does the trick, it was also $200 less expensive! :)
     
    Robert, Nov 20, 2004
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  4. BobT <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote:

    > I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    > hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    > for this type car.


    I have a '01 V70 XC. My dealer warned me not to get the Volvo trailer
    hitch since it cost $800 and was not compatible with US receiver
    accessories. Also, Volvo didn't have a wiring kit even though the car
    has a plug with all of the right connections in the spare tire
    compartment.

    I went to U-Haul and got a Class II hitch (300# tongue load and 3,500#
    gross weight) with a 1.25" receiver. It is great. It is U-Haul model
    36297 and costs $115. It only took U-Haul 30 minutes to install so it
    was a good fit. It is black and the receiver is under the bumper and
    forward so it isn't very noticeable.

    The U-Haul receiver is $19.95 and curves up so that it is positioned
    behind the bumper.

    For wiring, I got a wiring kit from a trailer shop near by for $20. The
    kit has the black box that converts the brakes plus 2 signals to 2
    signals so that it will be compatible with the standard 4 pin plugs. I
    wired it into the plug next to the spare tire. Then I ran it through a
    passage to the lower right tail light access door. It is completely out
    of site. When I need it, I just open the door and run it out under the
    tailgate door through the rubber gasket. The advantage of the kit is
    that it has black shrouds that cover the wires and a cap that snaps over
    the end that plugs into the trailer when it isn't being used.

    I am very pleased with how it worked out. The best part is that it
    doesn't cause the bulb-out light to come on.
    --
    Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
    Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '02 Volvos.
    The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '02 through European Delivery.
    http://home.earthlink.net/~rhodyman/volvo.html
     
    Stephen Henning, Nov 21, 2004
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  5. BobT

    Robert Guest

    "Stephen Henning" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > BobT <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote:
    >
    > > I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    > > hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    > > for this type car.

    >
    > I have a '01 V70 XC. My dealer warned me not to get the Volvo trailer
    > hitch since it cost $800 and was not compatible with US receiver
    > accessories. Also, Volvo didn't have a wiring kit even though the car
    > has a plug with all of the right connections in the spare tire
    > compartment.
    >
    > I went to U-Haul and got a Class II hitch (300# tongue load and 3,500#
    > gross weight) with a 1.25" receiver. It is great. It is U-Haul model
    > 36297 and costs $115. It only took U-Haul 30 minutes to install so it
    > was a good fit. It is black and the receiver is under the bumper and
    > forward so it isn't very noticeable.
    >
    > The U-Haul receiver is $19.95 and curves up so that it is positioned
    > behind the bumper.
    >
    > For wiring, I got a wiring kit from a trailer shop near by for $20. The
    > kit has the black box that converts the brakes plus 2 signals to 2
    > signals so that it will be compatible with the standard 4 pin plugs. I
    > wired it into the plug next to the spare tire. Then I ran it through a
    > passage to the lower right tail light access door. It is completely out
    > of site. When I need it, I just open the door and run it out under the
    > tailgate door through the rubber gasket. The advantage of the kit is
    > that it has black shrouds that cover the wires and a cap that snaps over
    > the end that plugs into the trailer when it isn't being used.
    >
    > I am very pleased with how it worked out. The best part is that it
    > doesn't cause the bulb-out light to come on.
    > --
    > Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
    > Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '02 Volvos.
    > The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '02 through European Delivery.
    > http://home.earthlink.net/~rhodyman/volvo.html



    Your trailer light kit should completely bypass the current sensing devices.
    My kit has a wire that runs directly to the battery or local power source.
    The tail lights only send signal to the box, which then sends voltage to the
    trailer lamps. The regular device was $20, the one I needed was around $65.
    If I had chosen the first kit, it would have blown my current sensing "bulb
    out" warning lamp, eventually at least.
     
    Robert, Nov 21, 2004
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  6. BobT

    BobT Guest

    Thanks Steve ... this is exactly what I needed to hear. I have owned a
    79,89,90,98,2000 and now , as of today .... a 2005 XC70. I have a
    small utility trailer that I use occasionally but have never had a
    hitch on a car. I always had another vehicle which I used. Your
    information is appreciated

    On Sun, 21 Nov 2004 08:54:57 -0500, "Robert" <>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Stephen Henning" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> BobT <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote:
    >>
    >> > I am picking up a new XC70 .... eventually I'll need to put a trailer
    >> > hitch on it for my utility trailer. Anyone know which one is better
    >> > for this type car.

    >>
    >> I have a '01 V70 XC. My dealer warned me not to get the Volvo trailer
    >> hitch since it cost $800 and was not compatible with US receiver
    >> accessories. Also, Volvo didn't have a wiring kit even though the car
    >> has a plug with all of the right connections in the spare tire
    >> compartment.
    >>
    >> I went to U-Haul and got a Class II hitch (300# tongue load and 3,500#
    >> gross weight) with a 1.25" receiver. It is great. It is U-Haul model
    >> 36297 and costs $115. It only took U-Haul 30 minutes to install so it
    >> was a good fit. It is black and the receiver is under the bumper and
    >> forward so it isn't very noticeable.
    >>
    >> The U-Haul receiver is $19.95 and curves up so that it is positioned
    >> behind the bumper.
    >>
    >> For wiring, I got a wiring kit from a trailer shop near by for $20. The
    >> kit has the black box that converts the brakes plus 2 signals to 2
    >> signals so that it will be compatible with the standard 4 pin plugs. I
    >> wired it into the plug next to the spare tire. Then I ran it through a
    >> passage to the lower right tail light access door. It is completely out
    >> of site. When I need it, I just open the door and run it out under the
    >> tailgate door through the rubber gasket. The advantage of the kit is
    >> that it has black shrouds that cover the wires and a cap that snaps over
    >> the end that plugs into the trailer when it isn't being used.
    >>
    >> I am very pleased with how it worked out. The best part is that it
    >> doesn't cause the bulb-out light to come on.
    >> --
    >> Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
    >> Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '02 Volvos.
    >> The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '02 through European Delivery.
    >> http://home.earthlink.net/~rhodyman/volvo.html

    >
    >
    >Your trailer light kit should completely bypass the current sensing devices.
    >My kit has a wire that runs directly to the battery or local power source.
    >The tail lights only send signal to the box, which then sends voltage to the
    >trailer lamps. The regular device was $20, the one I needed was around $65.
    >If I had chosen the first kit, it would have blown my current sensing "bulb
    >out" warning lamp, eventually at least.
    >
    >
    >
     
    BobT, Nov 21, 2004
    #6
  7. "Robert" <> wrote:

    > My kit has a wire that runs directly to the battery or local power source.
    > The tail lights only send signal to the box, which then sends voltage to the
    > trailer lamps. The regular device was $20, the one I needed was around $65.
    > If I had chosen the first kit, it would have blown my current sensing "bulb
    > out" warning lamp, eventually at least.


    I hooked directly to the tail light wires and it doesn't blow anything
    out. The bulb out lamp works just fine. I have used trailers quite a
    bit the past 3 years on my '01 XC70. By the way, a fault won't burn out
    the bulb warning light. It operates off a magnetic sensor.

    --
    Pardon my spam deterrent; send email to
    Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA
    http://home.earthlink.net/~rhodyman
     
    Stephen Henning, Nov 21, 2004
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