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Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XE-90, we'll be doing a test for the Kuat NV Platform Style Tilting 4-bike rack. That's part number N105-107. I've already got it loaded up on our XE-90, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's secures our bike. It secures our bike in two spots. We have this nice, big wheel-hook going over our front wheel, putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle. Then we have this rear-wheel strap going between our spokes and holding our rear wheel in place. All-in-all, there is no frame contact, so that's one of the really nice features.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we'll be doing a test fit of the Maxxtow cargo carrier, that's part number MT70422. I've already got it loaded up just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like and how it's going to work with your XC90. You could see it's a sizable carrier. It's made out of aluminum it's going to be really easy to load up in your receiver tube. It has an open plank floor so it's going to be really easy to clean, dirt and debris is going to fall right through it. Its dimensions are 48 by 21 inches. It has a 500 pound weight capacity.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we'll be doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson cargo carrier, that's part number CC-100. I've already got it loaded up on the XC90 just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like and how it's going to work with our XC90. Its dimensions are 23 by 60. It has a 500 pound weight capacity. As you could see it's a sizable carrier. We've got plenty of room to tie down our cargo with the holes on the side walls here.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we'll be doing a test fit of the Curt folding cargo carrier. That's part number C18151. I've already got it loaded up on the Volvo XC90 just to give you a good idea of what it looks like. As you could see it's a sizable carrier. We've got plenty of sides to tie down our cargo. It has a nice mesh floor which means it's really easy to clean and dirt and debris is just going to fall right through. Its dimensions are 20 by 60.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we're going doing a test fit of the Curt twenty-by-sixty cargo carrier. That part number is C18150. This has a weight capacity of five hundred pounds and it's designed to work with two-inch hitches. So first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Starting off with our ground clearance, we're going to have about thirteen-and-three-quarter inches. Overall to our vehicle, we're going to have about twenty-five-and-three-quarter inches. And our closest point's going to be about four-and-three-quarter inches away there.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20x48 Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18110. It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and works with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements starting off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 14-1/4". Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about 25" and our closest point is going to be right at about 5-3/4 inches. Now with our Volvo we have a dual driver's side exhaust only. It does come just under our carrier, although it is just about straight out at it.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2008 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2008 Volvo XC90, we'll be doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 tilting 2 bike rack. That's part number 59400. I've already got it loaded up on the Volvo just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like and how it holds our bike. It secures our bike in 3 spots, we have 2 straps for our top tube and then one strap for our sit post tube. This one is going to be our anti sway strap. It's going to help prevent a lot of sway in the bike when we're on the road as well as prevent bike to bike contact and bike to vehicle contact. Let's go ahead and take our bike off.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Volvo XC90

Today, on our 2005 Volvo XC90, we're going to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part number 90885. Because this vehicle is not equipped with the manufactures 7-pole wiring, we're going to need the etrailer ETBC7 Brake Controller Install Kit. Let's check out brake controller. Here we can see we have the two lights indicating we have power. On the driver's side of the brake controller is the thumb wheel adjustment for adding or reducing power going to the trailer braking. On the passenger side is the push button for changing the boost modes for the aggressiveness of the power going to our trailer braking. Next I'll connect my trailer, then on on the LED display will show a C, showing trailer connection. Then as we press on the vehicles brake pedal, the numbers will go up as necessary. Since we're not moving we don't need any power going to our trailer braking. If in an emergency situation we need to slow down our trailer without using the vehicle brake pedal, we can use the manual sweep at the bottom to send power to the trailer braking only. Once we unhook our trailer electrical from the vehicle, you'll see the LED flash a NC, which stands for no connection. To begin our install, we'll open up the hatch and lower the tailgate, then you're going to pull the cargo liner out of the way, set it aside, open up the rear cargo compartment, unlatch it so that we can remove it. Here we see the 4-pole harness is stored.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2005 Volvo XE90 we'll be installing the Tow Ready t-one vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number 118411. To begin our install we're first going to open up the rear hatch and tailgate. We're then going to remove the rear cargo cover, open up the rear panel, and remove it. Now to remove it we'll undo the strap on each side, which is just a simple metal button. Once we unhook those two we'll take the center cord, pulling up on it, and we can remove the whole rear section. Now with that out of the way we need to remove the two corner panels. Simply pull up on them and we'll set them aside for reinstallation later.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Volvo XC90 - Hidden Hitch

Today, on our 2005 Volvo XC90, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch class 3, two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 87810. Here's what our hitch looks like, once it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is hidden behind the rear bumper or fascia. The only thing really exposed is the hitch receiver tube, and the chain holdouts. As you can see, the hitch receiver tube has already been pre-drilled for a 5/8ths pin and anti-rattle bolt locking pin. This is our class 3, two inch receiver tube hitch, that has a 500 pound tongue weight capacity, with a 5000 pound towing capacity. Next, I'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Volvo XC90 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2005 Volvo XC90 we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75152. Here's what our hitch looks like once it's installed. As you can see, the crosstube is hidden behind the rear bumper or fascia. The only thing really exposed is the hitch receiver tube and the chain hold-downs. As you can see, the hitch receiver tube has already been pre-drilled for a 5/8 pin and anti-rattle bolt locking pin. This is our class three 2" receiver tube hitch that has a 500 pound tongue weight capacity with a 5,000 pound towing capacity.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Volvo XC90 - Hidden Hitch

All right, today on this 2013 Volvo xc90, we're going to install part number 87810 from Hidden Hitch. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the Volvo. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 15 inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 6 inches. Now, I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we need to have the spare tire lowered and out of the way. Next we need to remove the existing tow bracket on the passenger side.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Volvo XC90 - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2013 Volvo XC90, we're going to install part number 75152 from Draw Tite. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the Volvo. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 15 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 6 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we need to have the spare tire lowered and out of our way.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Volvo XC90

All right today 2013 Volvo XC90 we're going to install part number 118411 from Tow Ready. Okay, the first thing that we need to do is go ahead and open up the back hatch, and we need to remove the rear floor panel to get access down to the spare tire area. Well also youre going to remove two small panels next to it, one on each side, and also the two side panels. That gives us access to the two tail lights. All right, once we've gotten access to our wiring, we can go ahead and start installing our T wiring parts. First off we're going to take the T connector with yellow wire, starting on the drivers side, well go ahead and route it underneath the side panel, and then we'll go ahead and run it up to our connection point.



Thule Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2013 Volvo XC90, we'll be test fitting the Thule Crossroad roof rack system using part numbers THLB58 and TH450. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front bar onto the front of our roof. Now, the raised side rails do extend towards the front of the vehicle past the sunroof, but we're going to place the front bar behind the sunroof. With the bar in position, we can pop off the end caps and bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the bar. We'll then hook it into the connection point and use the included tensioning tool to tighten down the bolts to secure the straps. We'll then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. With the front bar installed, we'll go ahead and place our rear bar onto the rear of our raised side rails. Now depending on where you place your rear bar will depend on what accessories you are installing.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2013 Volvo XC90, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL roof top cargo box with 22 cubic feet of space, metallic silver in color, part number TH636S. With the Thule Crossroads roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. We'll then turn the knobs to tighten down theclamps up against the bar. You'll know when theclamps have been fully tightened down when theknob starts to click. We can then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. Now, this double-sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load andunload your cargo from either side of thevehicle. Onceeverything is all tightened down and secured, you can see that we can easily access therear hatch of our Volvo with thebox secured. That will complete today's test fit for the Thule Sonic XXL, part number TH636S, on our 2013 Volvo XC90.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2013 Volvo XC90, we'll be test-fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box, with 11 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH613. We have a Thule Crossroads Roof Rack System assembled on our vehicle, so we'll begin our test-fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. You'll need to position the box on the passenger's side of your roof because it only opens from one side. With the box in position we can unlock it and open the lid, exposing the four slots on the bottom of the box. We can take the clamps, slide them down through the slots over top of each bar, and then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps. Once everything is all tightened down and secure, you can see that we can easily access the rear hatch with the box secured. That will complete today's test-fit for the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box, part number TH613, on our 2013 Volvo XC90.



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volvo XC90

Today, on our 2013 Volvo XC90, well be test fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box with 13 cubic feet of space, AeroSkin Black on color, part number TH6244. With the Thule Crossroads Roofrack System on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up on to the vehicles load bars. At their position in the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the 2 closest knobs. Well then turn the knobs and tighten down the clamps up against the bars. Moving to the other side of the vehicle, well repeat the same process. Now, this double-sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load and unload cargo from either side of the vehicle. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, you can see that we can easily access the rear hatch with the box secured.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2004 Volvo XC90

Today on our 2004 Volvo XC90, well be installing the Tow Ready 4-pole Wiring Kit, part number 119190KIT. To start our install, well first go ahead and open up the rear cargo door and tailgate. Then well open up the rear storage compartment and remove the rear storage compartment tray. Next, well remove the two corner pieces, one on the floor board. The other will be the quarter panel access door. Now starting on the drivers side, well need to go ahead and test the manufacturers wire so we can locate the brake, running, and turn signal circuits.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Volvo XC90 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2004 Volvo XC90, well install Hidden Hitch, part number 87810. This is what our hitch will look like once its in position. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for the new hitch such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 6 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14-3/4 inches. Now, lets go ahead with the installation.





Volvo XC90 Questions

  • Your trailer lights should only have one wire if the light serves only one function (tail light, marker light, stop/turn). The white wire shown in the photo that you attached is a ground wire and will not be connected to the tail light or stop/turn circuits. The bulb attached to your light housing looks like an 1157 bulb, which is a dual filament bulb that has two contacts for two different circuits. You should have two wires on the back of the light housing, one for the stop/turn...
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  • We have just what you are looking for. I recommend the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack for your 2016 XC90. This premium system straps to the raised side rails on your Volvo to give you an ultra-quiet roof rack. To order this roof rack you will need part # TH7503-TH7503. I have attached a link to an installation video for this roof rack you can check out. It is on a different vehicle but does show how a typical installation is done. To secure the roof rack to the side rails...
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  • I can't recommend you attempt to push a 3,700 lb trailer up a hill with the Fulton Jack part # F1413020134. You would want the part # STC-V211 for this as it has a handle that you can turn to power the wheel and has an emergency brake in case you needed to stop the trailer abruptly. The # F1413020134 will allow you to move a trailer around a little bit since it has wheel casters, but since it doesn't have a brake built into it and you plan to push the trailer uphill I can't...
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  • Thule indicates that you can use the Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier, # TH911XT, on your 2009 Volvo XC90 to carry 3 bikes, and you will also need a bike adapter bar, # TH982XT, for each bike that does not have a top cross bar that will keep the bike level, or close to level, when carrying them on the rack. We have a video review of the bike adapter bar in use for you to review. I would recommend using a trailer hitch and hitch mounted bike rack on this vehicle though. The reason...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87810, has a mounting plate on it that will allow you to attach a mounting bracket for a vehicle end connector. With the hitch installed on your 2010 Volvo XC90 the mounting plate is located to the drivers side of the 2 inch receiver opening. I am including a video of the hitch being installed on a 2010 Volvo XC90. The Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector, part # HM48470, has a mounting bracket that...
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  • The most amount of bikes you can carry with a trunk mounted bike rack on your 2005 Volvo XC90 is 3, as this is as much as your vehicle can handle safely. You would have to carry the other bike on the roof of your vehicle if you choose to use a trunk mounted bike rack. The item you selected, Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier, part # TH911XT, is compatible with your vehicle and would be a good option as it features anti-sway cradles. Another 3 bike trunk mounted bike rack I would recommend...
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  • For an extension for the 4-way of the Wiring Kit # 118411 that you referenced you could get a Hopkins 4-Way Extension # HM47115. This would give you an additional 48 inches, which if that was too much you could use a zip-tie or something similar to secure the excess wire. I would recommend making the connection for the 4-way extension inside the interior of your vehicle to keep moisture and corrosion out of the connector. You could then use a Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat #...
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  • The brake controllers available now either are only on when they are activated, or a have a timed shut-off or idle state after a certain time period. Some of the older brake controllers never shut-off, but they did not drain battery power as the only component that would be on is a low amperage LED indicating that the controller has power or whether or not it was connected to a trailer. As long as you have a healthy battery, you should not have a problem. Since your car is...
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  • Checking the grounds was a good place to start. I think that it still may be a ground issue. There are several things you can check to determine if it is a ground problem. I would start with the trailer side connector and check for any dirt or corrosion and clean it out. Dirt and corrosion could cause a bad connection or a short which would lead to undesired results. Next, I would check the ground coming out of the back of the trailer connector. It should be connected to a...
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  • The Thule Passage, part # TH911XT will fit your Volvo XC90 as long as it is a 2003-2011. The XT is the latest version and received re-designed anti-sway bike cradles that keep the bikes from knocking into each other. With the FitDial adjustment system, both of these racks are easy to use and Thule has been building quality bike racks for years so they should be plenty strong.
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  • To install the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 brake controller on your 2010 Volvo XC90 and trailer you have established an excellent plan. You are correct in choosing the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller for your vehicle that is equipped with multiplex wiring. You will also need a functioning 4-pole trailer connector. You can install either the Curt T-Connector # 56045 or the Tow-Ready # 118411 to establish a 4-pole wiring connector. To install either of these...
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  • Your Volvo XC90 will require the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector, item # 118411. This wiring harness will protect your vehicles sensitive wiring and computers from electrical shorts and mis-wired trailers. There is no wiring harness for trailer towing that communicates with the vehicle engine or transmission. The trailer wiring cannot communicate trailer weight or any other information to the vehicle. Your vehicle powertrain control module (PCM computer)...
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  • According to the manufacturer, Hidden Hitch, trailer hitch # 87810 will fit all models of the 2011 Volvo XC90. They have indicated that there is no drilling or trimming needed to install the hitch but the exhaust will be temporarily lowered. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you and a link to a video showing a typical installation. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls,...
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  • To install Curt trailer hitch # C13233 on your 2016 Volvo XC90 there is an underbody heat shield that will need to be trimmed, see the linked instructions, but the fascia/bumper does not have to be trimmed. I have included a picture of what the hitch looks like once installed. You can see that the bumper and other pieces remain intact. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch...
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  • From my research it looks like the first generation of the Volvo XC90 runs from 2002 - present (2014) with a minor facelift in 2007. The installation process is same as either the 2004 or 2007 for your 2006 Volvo. The installation of this hitch does not require additional drilling, or fascia trimming. It is recommended to temporarily lower the exhaust for installing this hitch. I would think that one helper would suffice. I have included a link to the installation instructions,...
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  • From my research on your XC90 I found it has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. You can verify that by checking the decal that should be on the passenger side front door post or on the inside of the engine compartment on the driver side under the hood for the weight capacity for your vehicle. Since the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR weighs about 40 lbs, you would be fine because the weight capacity for each bike in the carrier is 35 lbs, or a total of 140 lbs....
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  • The hitch I would recommend for your 2008 Volvo XC90 is the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75152. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. I am including a link to an install video of this hitch on a 2010 Volvo XC90. For a 5-bike hitch bike rack on your XC90 I would recommend the Yakima RidgeBack 5-Bike Rack, part Y02459, or the Thule Vertex 5-Bike Rack, part # TH9030XT. These are our two most popular 5-bike racks. The Yakima is a little less expensive...
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  • I went out to the warehouse and measured a Replacement U-Bolt, # TH02943. The center to center distance between each end of the u-bolt is 4 inches. It is 2 inches deep in the center. The cross bars on your Volvo XC90 would have to be smaller than those dimensions in order for these u-bolts to fit. The Car-Go cargo box is not made anymore so I cannot test this u-bolt with the knobs it used. But I can tell you that this u-bolt uses an M6 (6mm) knob like # 753-0783.
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  • I would check the fuses near the battery of your 2013 Volvo XC90, hopefully replacing one of them will fix the problem as it sounds like a blown fuse is to blame. Aside from that the best advice I could give you would be to remove the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118411 from your vehicle and then take it to your dealer. I attached an FAQ on 4-way installs for you to check out also.
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  • It sounds like a cargo carrier with an angled shank would be the best choice in your situation. An angled shank would raise the cargo carrier anywhere from 2 to 3 inches above the receiver opening, and would place the carrier further above your exhaust outlets. The Rola Cargo Carrier, part # 59502 is a great looking carrier that measures 22x55. The angled shank would place the basket almost 13 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole in the receiver and would raise the carrier...
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