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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 BMW X5

Today in our 2013 BMW X5 we'll be installing the ZCI Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness for a 4-pole flat trailer connector. Part #119250KIT. When it comes time to hook up to our trailer, all you have to do, pull out our panel here, grab our trailer wiring, we'll hang it down here out of the way of our hatch. You can close your panel back up here. We'll close our hatch. Just like that we can hook up our trailer and have all functioning lights on it so we can safely tow. Here's what our kit consists of. We have our actual module here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 BMW X5 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 BMW X5, we'll be installing the "Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver," part number 75600. All right, here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it's completely hidden behind our bumper cover. The only part you see hanging down is the actual 2-inch receiver itself and the safety chain loops right here on the bottom of the receiver. These safety chain loops are really easy to use, since they're a round tubular design. You can even hook in the smallest diameter safety chains in there without a problem. This Class III hitch is rated for a max gross trailer weight rating of 6,000 pounds and a max tongue weight rating of 600 pounds.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 BMW X5 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2016 BMW X5, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the hidden-hitch custom fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2-inch by 2-inch opening. It's part number is 87455. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on the vehicle. It's going to give us a really nice, clean look. Our cross tube's completely hidden. We're just basically going to have our receiver tube that's hanging down, also our safety chain connection points you can see under here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 BMW X5 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 BMW X5, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Class 3 Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. This offers a 2-inch by 2-inch opening. It's part number is 75600. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on the vehicle. It's going to give us a really nice, clean look. Our cross tube is completely hidden.



Best 2016 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today, on this 2016 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for applications of low clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. The first set of chains we're going to look at is part number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case hardened steel rollers for traction.



Best 2015 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on this 2015 BMW X5 we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that used a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be class S chains. These are designed for application below clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. The first set of chains that we are going to look at is part number P-W-2-0-2-9-C. This is a glacier cable snow tire chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case-hardened steel rollers for traction.



Best 2014 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on a 2014 BMW XI we are going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle. That uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We are using our BMW here to demonstrate 4 chains. All our chains today are going to be class S chains. These are designed for applications with low clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. The first set of chains that we are going to look at is part number PW2029Cm these is a glacier cable snow tire chains, perfect for occasional use. These chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case hardened steel rollers for traction.



Best 2013 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on a 2013 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225/55 R18.Speaker 2: We're using our BMW here to demonstrate 4 chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for applications below clearance between the tires, and the components on the vehicle. The first set of chains we're going to look at is Part Number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring, and coated with case hardened steel rollers for traction.



Best 2012 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on this 2012 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for applications below clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. Our first set of chains we're going to look at is part number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use.



Best 2011 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

On this 2011 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225/55R18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate 4 chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for application of low clearance between the tires and he components on the vehicle. The first set of chains we're going to look at is Part Number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case-hardened steel rollers for traction.



Best 2010 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today in this 2010 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate 4 chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains, these are designed for applications below clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. Our first set of chains we're going to look at is part number PW2029C, this is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, perfect for occasional use. These chains feature rugged steel wiring, and covered with case-hardened steel rollers for traction. These are pretty easy to install, with a cable design that goes all the way around, here's our rollers on top, they'll move around as needed to get as much grip as they can on the ice and snow. On this particular wheel here, it stays away from the rim at a pretty good distance. They do have a little bit of play in them, which is okay, the manufacturer does recommend a tensioner to help take up that play.



Best 2009 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today, on this 2009 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle. It uses a tire size of 225/55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be class S chains. These are designed for applications below clearance for tires, and the components on the vehicle. Our first set of chains we're going to look at is part number PW2029C.



Best 2007 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on this 2007 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for application for low clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. Our first set of chains we're going to look at is Part Number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case-hardened steel rollers for traction. These are pretty easy to install.



Best 2008 BMW X5 Tire Chain Options

Today on our 2008 BMW X5, we're going to show you the best snow chains that are available for this vehicle that uses a tire size of 225 by 55 by 18. We're using our BMW here to demonstrate four chains. All our chains today are going to be Class S chains. These are designed for applications below clearance between the tires and the components on the vehicle. The first set of chains we're going to look at is part number PW2029C. This is a Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Perfect for occasional use, these chains feature rugged steel wiring and covered with case hardened steel rollers for traction.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 BMW X5 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2012 BMW X5 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hidden Hitch custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. Its part number is 87455. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on the vehicle. We've got our receiver tube opening that sticks down there. That's really all we can see. The rest of our crosstube and everything has been hidden up behind the rear fascia.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 BMW X5 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2012 BMW X5 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. This is part number 75600. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on the vehicle. We've got our receiver tube opening that sticks down there. That's really all we can see. The rest of our crosstube and everything has been hidden up behind the rear fascia.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 BMW X5

Today on our 2012 BMW X5, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tow Ready Upgraded Heavy-Duty Modulite Circuit-Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness with Install Kit. The part number is 119190KIT. Here's what the alternative mounting solution looks like. We've got it mounted outside of the car here. What are the uses for trailer wiring What are going to do, of course This is going to provide us the signals we need for whether it's a trailer, cargo carrier, or whatever else that we want to attach here on the back so we can have that lighting at the back. If you did it per the instructions and your wiring is mounted inside, .. This is a sample here, but what we would do, we'd pull it out of the storage area, bring down the amount that we need, and then just allow our door to come down.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 BMW X5

Today on our 2012 BMW X5, we've got the Maxx Tow 21 by 48 Aluminum Cargo Carrier out. We're doing a test fit to see how it fits the back of the vehicle here. Now you can see this is a mainly all aluminum carrier, which is going to make it extremely light. If weight's an issue for you or getting things loaded and unloaded would be a problem, this would be a really good choice. Now it still maintains a 500 pound weight capacity. It's got a full steel shank that's going to run all the way into our receiver tube. It then has the supports that come out side to side to give us our stability.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 BMW X5

Today on our 2012 BMW X5 we've got the Let's Go Aero GearCage. This is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2" hitches and it offers a 300 pound weight capacity. As you can see, we've got a nice solid floor all the way around the GearCage. That's going to help with those more delicate items or the smaller items that we don't want falling down through inaudible 00:00:24 the floor. This is part number HCR222.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 BMW X5

Today on our 2012 BMW X5, we've got the Detail K2 twenty by sixty folding cargo carrier. Now this is designed for use with two inch hitches and it offers a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is K2-HCC602. Now the Detail K2's going to have a nice, open mesh floor, what they call kind of an expanded steel. It's nice and smooth so we don't have to worry about any sharp edges or anything. This is going to allow, though, for a lot of that moisture, dirt and debris from some of the dirtier items you might have stacked up here to fall right down and out and not build up on the carrier. See we've got a raised edge that goes all the way around, gives us a lot of great attachment points so when we have our load on there we'll be able to get it secure, but it's also going to offer front-to-back and side-to-side stability.





BMW X5 Questions

  • You are correct, I checked the instructions and the revision currently provided with the hitch, part # 75600, were done in 2008. I spoke with my technical contact at Draw-Tite and he said that his engineering department now has some directions photos that show additional steps that may be required for 2011 and newer BMW X5 vehicles. I will list them out for you and I have added photos that my contact sent for you to see. 1) Remove the first 3 rivets from the rear fender flare,...
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  • I can certainly help you out. The TW is the tongue weight. This is the weight of the trailer at the coupler that attaches to the ball mount on the trailer hitch. It should be 10 to 15 percent of the GTW or gross trailer weight. The gross trailer weight is the total weight of the trailer. Weight distribution is a system that installs on the trailer frame and the trailer couples to a special shank on the trailer hitch. The spring bars that come with a weight distribution system...
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  • Kuat makes some of the nicest bike racks around the new Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22G is basically an updated version of the Sherpa # S101 which was highly reviewed by our customers. The new Sherpa is lighter (by 8 lbs for a total weight of 32 lbs), has updated wheel cradles and updated wheel hooks as well. This rack would work well for you on your 2015 BMW X5 as long as you have hitch like the part # 75600 installed on it. The hitches for your vehicle sit quite a bit lower...
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  • The difficulty of the installation will depend on your experience. If you've never installed a trailer hitch or vehicle wiring, or you do not have much mechanical experience, the installation of any of the hitch and wiring options for your 2016 BMW X5 can be difficult as both installations are involved. For a trailer hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 75600. This trailer hitch features a 2 inch hitch receiver with a tongue weight capacity...
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  • Selection of a weight distribution and sway control system should be made based on the fully-loaded trailer tongue weight. It is important that the trailer be loaded and equipped just as it will be when towed, with full water and propane tanks, and all usual equipment and supplies, etc. Manufacturer specs can provide dry weight and unloaded tongue weight, but a properly-tuned weight distribution system depends on knowing the actual as-towed trailer tongue weight. Tongue weight...
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  • We have several trunk mount bike racks that will work on the 2012 BMW X5. I have included a link to them for you to view. The Thule Archway, # TH9010XT, would be my top choice for your vehicle. It comes with an integrated cable lock and a passive theft deterrent strap. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, I recommend the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT for greater ground clearance...
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  • Yes, the wiring diagram for wiring the 119190KIT wiring harness is in the instructions (see link). You will need to attach the wires from the converter on the harness by function only using the included circuit tester. Your 2006 BMW X5 has a 3 wire Multiplexed wiring system that requires a different wiring configuration. Your vehicle has a combined stop and tail light circuit and an additional tail light wire. You will attach the red stop light wire to the combined circuit...
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  • For trailer wiring on a vehicle that requires a universal type harness the ZCI part # 119250KIT would be the best kit available since there would be no hardwiring required. The sensors are pretty big, but you should have no problem getting them around the wires of your 2010 BMW X5. I attached an install video that shows a hardware kit being used to install on a similar X5 as yours that shows you how to find the wires and which to use. In the video around the 1:07 mark you...
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  • There are three trailer hitches available for your 2011 BMW X5. The only installation differences that you will run into will be with the Curt hitch. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are sister companies and their hitches are identical. We have not had the chance to install the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # 13077, on a 2011 BMW X5 yet, but based on the design of the hitch, I would assume the Curt hitch would require the least amount of trimming. The Curt hitch only has a 2-1/2...
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  • I contacted my technical associates at Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Curt to find out why the M Model version of the X5 is listed as a no-fit for a hitch. This particular install is fairly involved - the bumper must be temporarily removed, tow hooks must be permanently removed and there is significant ("noticeable") trimming of the rear fascia required. For these reasons some hitch makers made the determination that the vehicle simply requires too much modification to install a...
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  • We have a quite a few Thule tire chains for you to choose from for the 315/35-R20 tires on your 2015 BMW X5. I recommend the Thule XG12 Pro Tire Chains, # TH2004705265. These chains come with an attractive price tag and come with such features as the self-centering and self-tensioning system, quick release, and rim protection. These chains are made of a manganese nickel alloy steel which is strong, durable and corrosion resistant and come with a 5 year warranty. I have attached...
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  • I pulled samples of each of the three locks you inquired about so that I could take measurements for you like the ones provided on our product page for lock # AT89010. Lock # AT89011 measures 3-13/16-inches long overall x 1-9/16-inches wide. The center opening measures 13/16-inch x 1-inch. Lock # AT89012 measures 4-11/16-inches long overall x 1-9/16-inches wide. The center opening measures 2-1/4-inches x 3/4-inch. Lock # AT89013 measures 4-11/16-inches long overall x...
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  • We do have trailer hitches that are designed to work with your 2015 BMW X5. The Draw-Tite, part # 75600 is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The Curt hitch, part # 13077 has a different design but has the same towing capacities as the # 75600. A note from Curt states that All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps like part # 18050. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from...
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  • To answer your last question first...I would strongly recommend going with a hitch mounted bike rack option over a trunk mounted option. Hitch racks offer a more secure connection that does not touch any painted surfaces. This is especially important on a brand new BWM like your 2016 BMW X5. For carrying a bike rack the best hitch for your vehicle is going to be the Draw Tite part # 75600. The Curt requires the use of a stabilizer strap when you carry a bike rack and the Hidden...
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  • The installation of Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75600 does require temporary removal of the rear bumper. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you so you can see all of the steps involved in the installation on a 2008 BMW X5. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring use # 119190KIT. I have included a link to the instructions...
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  • I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2006 BMW X5, item # 87405, which has a 6,000 pound towing weight capacity and a 600 pound tongue weight capacity. The highest capacity hitch is always the way to go when possible, for safety and versatility for future needs. At first look the Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2006 BMW X5, item # C13162, seems to be an easier installation but if you review the instructions for each, I believe, you will see that the Hidden Hitch...
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  • The Thule Archway bike rack part # TH9010XT has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 BMW X5 and would work well with the factory spoiler. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • What it sounds like is going is that you are towing a trailer with your 2015 BMW X5 that has LED taillights and an error message is popping up on your dash. This is a common problem among BMW's. So much so there is a special adapter made to fix it. What you will need is the 7-Way to 5-Way and 4-Way Trailer Adapter # TR20141. This adapter will adapt the 7-way on your vehicle to a 4-way and has diodes installed in it so that your vehicle won't think there is a problem with the...
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  • The Thule Criterium Bike Rack, # TH598, fits on crossbars no wider than 2-3/4 inches and no taller than 1-1/2 inches. The Rola Crossbars included with # 59829, are 3-1/8 inches wide, so the Thule rack will not fit. The Atlantis Cargo Boxes used the QuickGrip mounting hardware which will fit the Rola crossbars.
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  • Roof rack manufacturers like Rhino-Rack design racks that will fit more than one vehicle and naturally there are variances in how much weight any given vehicle can handle. In the case of the 2014 BMW X5 the maximum safe weight load for the rack consisting of parts # RRVA137S-2 and # RRSX024 is 165-lbs, unless your owner's manual or dealership advise otherwise. In another application on a different vehicle this rack may be rated for more weight, but in any case the lowest-rated...
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