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I want to put a trailer hitch on my V50 so that I can attach rear mount bike rack for 4-5 bikes. I see Volvo has a hitch receiver and I have always been impressed with Volvo accessories. It is a bit expensive and looks like more of a PITA to install.<p>I also see that Curt and Hidden Hitch make hitch receivers for the V50. These mount to the frame rails (what little there is) vs the Volvo hitch that mounts to the metal bumper support. They are also less expensive and look easier to install.<p>Anyone have any advice / recommendations?<p>Thanks<br>Stan
 

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Re: V50 Trailer Hitch (AutoGeek)

There was a substantial thread about hitches for the V50s a few years back. I had posted a few pictures of the look after the installation. <p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61981" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61981</A><p>This is the product. As you can see, it does attach to the bottom of the frame rails as you prefer.<p><A HREF="http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/pdf/N77129.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/pdf/N77129.pdf</A><p>I would go with a Class II instead of a Class I next time, 4 bikes is a heavy load...
 

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Re: V50 Trailer Hitch (Dede)

Thanks. I saw that link earlier and the pics weren't working. Also I didn't know if there were more recent experiences / equipment.
 

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Re: V50 Trailer Hitch (AutoGeek)

I chose to go with the Curt hitch after viewing a couple of designs. Although a few dollars more, the Curt design includes an additional gusset (towards the front) where the 1 1/4 receiver attaches to the cross beam. Plus they include a goose neck riser that is meant to be used with a ball hitch. I welded a 2" receiver to this to give me additional load options with the understanding that my load rating is still low. I have actually managed to bend a solid 1 1/4 bar attachment on a haul that showed no signs of stressing the hitch. The Curt installation is identical to the Reese in the link above. Hope this helps.
 

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I had a custom hitch with a 2" receiver installed locally by a specialist. As I recall - it cost me about $250(?) installed. Not meant to haul a trailer (no light plug)...just for my 4 bike 'swing away' rack.<p>The rack itself weighs about 50lbs. I only have 2 bikes (20lbs each) - but have hauled 4 on the rack with no problems.<p>My only complaint is the 'vertical brace bar' they installed underneath the cargo area. It sometimes drags on speed bumps...especially when we're loaded down with dogs, bikes, luggage and the roof top carrier.<p>I asked the shop if they could rotate this bar 90* to correct this problem - but was told that the receiver needed 'vertical beam' placement for stability and strength vs. horizontal. I've lived with it for 4+ years now, no complaints. Will post more pics when Mrs. Tomkat comes back from joyriding with the dogs.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/rr241/tomkat73/V50PlateFrameHitch.jpg" BORDER="0">
 
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