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BobT
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      19-11-2004
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,

 
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Bengt
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      19-11-2004

"BobT" <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote in message
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| 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.


 
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Robert
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      20-11-2004

"BobT" <ebco@(nospam)prodigy.net> wrote in message
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> 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!



 
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Stephen Henning
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      21-11-2004
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.
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Robert
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      21-11-2004

"Stephen Henning" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 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.




 
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BobT
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      21-11-2004
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" <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>
>"Stephen Henning" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>> 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.
>
>
>


 
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Stephen Henning
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      21-11-2004
"Robert" <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.

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