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Volvo trailer hitch on V70R

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I'm considering having the dealer install Volvo's two-inch receiver-type hitch on my V70R. The service advisor said it would entail removing the bumper cover & cutting an opening to go around the receiver.

Has anyone had this done? If so, were you satisfied with the appearance afterward? I realize it won't be a cosmetic improvement, but am hoping it wouldn't be too hideous.

This car wouldn't tow a trailer often, or for long distances, but it would be useful to have the option of moving my ski boat when I don't have a work truck at the lake. For example, if the boat needs repair or if bad weather is forecast & I don't want to leave the boat on the mooring.

Thanks,

- Mark

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I'm considering having the dealer install Volvo's two-inch receiver-type hitch on my V70R.  The service advisor said it would entail removing the bumper cover & cutting an opening to go around the receiver.

Has anyone had this done?  If so, were you satisfied with the appearance afterward?  I realize it won't be a cosmetic improvement,  but am hoping it wouldn't be too hideous.

This car wouldn't tow a trailer often, or for long distances, but it would be useful to have the option of moving my ski boat when I don't have a work truck at the lake.  For example, if the boat needs repair or if bad weather is forecast & I don't want to leave the boat on the mooring.

Thanks,

  - Mark

If you use the Hidden Hitch you will not have to cut the bumper. See this post for info: http://www.v70r.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=624&hl=towing

Doug H

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I have the original Volvo hitch mounted but didn't mount the cover because I do not like the looks.

For this reason the cutout on the bumper is kept very small but if you want to make it that way tell the mechanic who does the install because installation instructions suggest to cut a rather large part of the rear bumper.

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If you use the Hidden Hitch you will not have to cut the bumper.  See this post for info: http://www.v70r.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=624&hl=towing

Doug H

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Etrailer.com was (& I assume should still be) a good source for the hidden hitch unit. http://www.etrailer.com/products.asp?model...e=Volvo&t1=&h=e

Class II Receiver Hitch Part Number: 90804

List: $178.14

Today: $131.03

1-1/4" Hitch Opening

Difficulty Level: 3

Fits Volvo V70 Wagon All, Including AWD and XC

3,500 Towing Detailed Info...

Actual Photo Hardwire your vehicle.

Drawbar included

No drilling required for hitch installation, Round Tube Receiver

Jack Hundertmark

2004 V70R

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Thanks . . . I was assuming I should get a 2-inch receiver hitch, but maybe the 1.25-inch units are ok for occasional duty. I believe the Volvo unit is 2-inch, but the others I've seen at a couple of websites are 1.25 inches.

Boat + trailer + fuel + miscellaneous gear will total roughly 3100 pounds, approaching the vehicle's max towing limit of 3300 pounds. Hence I don't want to tow it often with the car.

- Mark

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Ok . . . I ordered the wiring harness from a Volvo dealer, & a Hidden Hitch from e-trailer.com

The hitch arrived today, which reminded me that I hadn't heard from the Volvo parts guy. Called him, he said the wiring harness arrived, but he had forgotten to call me back on some other parts that were required . . .

Supposedly my '05 requires some sort of electronic module for the trailer wiring harness, complete with a VADIS update, that entails several hours of a technician's time to install. And they need three weeks notice to schedule a service appointment!

Neither the parts guy nor the service advisor could explain what the purpose was for this module.

Does anyone know if the '05 V70R is indeed different from the '04 in this respect? I was expecting a simple plug-and-play of the four-pin wiring harness to the car's wiring, via some connectors in the trunk (that was supposedly the case with the '04, according to the service advisor).

Thanks in advance,

- Mark

p.s. - here's a pic of the hitch installed:

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attachment on left (exhaust hanger) side:

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attachment on right side:

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Ok . . . I ordered the wiring harness from a Volvo dealer, & a Hidden Hitch from e-trailer.com

The hitch arrived today, which reminded me that I hadn't heard from the Volvo parts guy.  Called him, he said the wiring harness arrived, but he had forgotten to call me back on some other parts that were required . . . ;)

Supposedly my '05 requires some sort of electronic module for the trailer wiring harness, complete with a VADIS update, that entails several hours of a technician's time to install.  And they need three weeks notice to schedule a service appointment!

Neither the parts guy nor the service advisor could explain what the purpose was for this module.

Does anyone know if the '05 V70R is indeed different from the '04 in this respect?  I was expecting a simple plug-and-play of the four-pin wiring harness to the car's wiring, via some connectors in the trunk (that was supposedly the case with the '04, according to the service advisor).

Thanks in advance,

  - Mark

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The network system is completely different on the 05's.

You will have to buy the 05 harness and a "module".

From all my research, the harness will work without the software. The software apparently does two things: (only when the harness is plugged into a trailer)

Torque reduction in 1st gear (possibly to try and save tranny; may only apply to auto trannies)

Turns off parktronic (which would go crazy with a trailer attached)

The harness is not that hard to install, although more involved than prior cars, which were just "plug and play".

You don't have to do the full install, just leave the excess stuff by the spare tire tire, and run it out the tail gate when you need it.

Hope this helps.

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Hey Mark & R friends -

I could use some feedback on hitches for the R. I'm thinking about putting a hitch on my '04. I'm leaning toward the Volvo OEM, but only because I have no intention of doing it myself and I want things to go as smoothly as possible at the dealer.

thanks much

bill in NJ

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Mike, thanks for the feedback. Every bit helps. Not so worried about costs. The R has made it 95K miles for us so far. My wife is a bit concerned about the load a trailer would put on our fancy suspension and transmission, however.....

bill

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Mike, thanks for the feedback. Every bit helps. Not so worried about costs. The R has made it 95K miles for us so far. My wife is a bit concerned about the load a trailer would put on our fancy suspension and transmission, however.....

bill

What are you planning to tow? I have been toying with the idea of pulling my utility trailer with a couple dirtbikes (1000 lbs) but that is about aas far as I would go. I can't see heavy towing agreeing with the fragile collar gear etc.

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What are you planning to tow? I have been toying with the idea of pulling my utility trailer with a couple dirtbikes (1000 lbs) but that is about aas far as I would go. I can't see heavy towing agreeing with the fragile collar gear etc.

C-head - we found an alternative....my wife's brother is gonna tow out a trailer with his pickup truck from WI to NJ in exchange for gas/travel expense. My wife is sufficiently nervous about the risk of damage that we decided to play it safe.

The R has 95 K on it, new front struts, new timing belt, new water pump, and we want to get another 40K out of it before it goes to the R graveyard. Towing could screw up that plan, in a NY minute.

bill

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C-head - we found an alternative....my wife's brother is gonna tow out a trailer with his pickup truck from WI to NJ in exchange for gas/travel expense. My wife is sufficiently nervous about the risk of damage that we decided to play it safe.

The R has 95 K on it, new front struts, new timing belt, new water pump, and we want to get another 40K out of it before it goes to the R graveyard. Towing could screw up that plan, in a NY minute.

bill

Good to hear. I got rid of my truck which did most of my dirty work. I picked up a 2006 LR3 HSE to shoulder the big loads. The potential "issues" of the LR3 make the potential Volvo VR ones seem trivial. I now regard the VR as the long termer in the fleet. :D

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