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I'm in the market for a new v70 2.4t. I would like to put a trailer hitch on it for pulling smaller things (log splitter, yard trash, etc.). Does anyone have experience with having a hitch mounted and/or towing performance?
 

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Yo. Darell here. First I had to make sure I could actually post again. They're doing some work on the servers, and it just may be that my posting problems have been remedied.<P>But that isn't anything you wanted to hear...<BR>I've installed a hitch on my 2001 V70, and if you're willing to sweat a bit, you can save the $350 labor charge and put the thing on yourself. It is a beautiful looking hitch with the cover installed, and will easily tow any of the items you list. Take a look at my Volvo site for some pictures of my installation. The only problem I had was that the hitch wasn't straight up and down. Volvo is having the thing re-welded for me as we speak.<P>Feel free to email me, and I can tell you the cheapest place I found to buy the hitch (regardless of who you have install it). If you want to use the fancy Volvo wiring harness, you have to spend another $100 on the software to activate it. You can just tap into the brake light wires though without a problem.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.members.nbci.com/darelldd/v70" TARGET=_blank>http://www.members.nbci.com/darelldd/v70</A> <p>[This message has been edited by darell (edited 02-03-2001).]
 

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Darrell<BR>Thanks for the info. Did the installation require welding? My toolbox contains only woodworking tools (...that Gorilla glue is pretty strong, so maybe...). Does splicing into the brake line (or having any of this work done outside the dealership) jeapordize the warranty?<BR>Thanks again.<BR>Stef
 

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Hi Stef -<P>No welding required, though I did have to make myself a custom wrench for the bumper-on installation (that involved heating a standard wrench to make it soft enough to bend one end almost 90 degrees).<P>Installing Volvo parts as per the instructions certainly should not violate the warranty...but what do I know? I didn't splice the wires, but all that's required are those little plastic clips that snap over the two wires...no biggie there.<P>Sorry my replies are being so flaky. My latest excuse is a total reformat and reinstall of my OS on this end.<P><BR>- Darell<P>
 

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Well, Volvo was SUPPOSED to reweld my hitch. I was just told that they can't do that, as it would effect it's strength. Now that want to shim the thing. But that won't work...I tried. It would have to be shimmed so low on one side that it would be lower than the bumper (the part that is supposed to be hidden by the bumper, that is.) I don't know what they're going to do now, but the car goes into the dealer again tomorrow.<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Since I finally got a host working, here's the hitch on my car.<BR> <IMG SRC="http://www16.brinkster.com/darelldd/hitch.jpg"> <BR>- Darell<p>[This message has been edited by darell (edited 03-02-2001).]
 

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Darell -<P>Just a comment ref the trailer hitch wiring, FWIW:<P>The Volvo wiring is not intended to carry any more load than it already is. If you had a very small trailer, i.e. low amperage lights, etc. you might chance tapping directly to the Volvo wiring, however, there is a fairly simple way around the whole situation, and that is an electronic relay.<P>They are readily avilable at a reasonable cost. They use the Volvo wiring only as a signal, so they add no more load to the Volvo circuits. You have to run one hot lead to the relay to provide the source of power for the trailer lights.<P>But golly, gee, wouldn't you like to have your trailer signals flashing on the instrument panel, like the big book shows??<P>I have not yet figured out Volvo's philosophy ref having to go to the dealer to add software for every little this and that. I can see it if they come up with something entirely new that must be added, but everyday things should be able to be owner handled.<P>Is this all part of a plan to bring you back to the dealer to squeeze a little more moola out of you in case they missed some the last time, or is it just a large scale PITA..? <BR>
 
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