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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.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Volvo XC90 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2004 Volvo XC90, we'll install a Draw Tite hitch, part number 75152. This is what our hitch will look like once it's in position. Next we'll go and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for the new hitch, such a drag bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is practically 6 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14-3/4 inches Now, let's go ahead with the installation. Note, weve already gone ahead, lowered and removed the spare tire.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2007 Volvo XC90 with 53 Inch Bars

Today we have a 2007 Volvo XC90, were going to be test fitting a Thule roof rack system. Well be using the 53 inch Aeroblade road bars part #: THARB53 and well also be using the Thule Rapid Crossroad feet, part #: TH450R. We already have our roof rack assembled according to the instructions and now were ready to mount it up on top of our vehicle. Since this system is designed to attach to factory rate side rails, there are no specific measurements that we need to use to set our bars. Well take our first bar and set it up on top of our factory rate side rails. We need to make sure that the bar is overhanging evenly from left to right and we also need to make sure that the arrow indicator on the side of our foot is pointing towards the center of our side rails.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2007 Volvo XC90

Today, we have 2007 Volvo XC90, and were going to be testing fitting the Thule Domestique Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number TH513. We already have our bike carrier assembled and now were ready to fit it at top on top of our vehicle. To mount the carrier to our roof rack, well fit the head of the rack and the clamp around our front load bar. Well use an Allen wrench to tighten down the three bolts. Then, at the rear, well fit our clamp around the rear bar and again use that Allen key to tighten down the bolts on the rear clamp. Then, we can reinstall our skewer.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2007 Volvo XC90

Today, we have with us a 2007 Volvo XC90, and were going to be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier, part number TH810. To fit our carrier up on top of our roof rack, well simply take the first half of the carrier and lay it on top of our front load bar. Well feed the speed link straps around the load bar, secure it back to itself and tighten it down using the gray hand knob. We want to make that we tighten both the passenger and drivers side straps down evenly. With the front carrier installed, well move to the back half of the carrier. We want to make sure that its lined up evenly with the front carrier, feed the straps around again and tighten it down the same way.



Thule Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2007 Volvo XC90

Today, on our 2007 Volvo XC90, were going to be test-fitting a Thule Roof Rack System. Well be using a 58-inch square load bars, part number THLB58, as well as their crossroad feet, part number TH450. We already have our roof rack assembled according to the instructions, and now were ready to put it on top of our vehicle. To mount the system, were going to take the front load bar and set it up on top of our side rails. Since this is a system designed to attach to factory-raised side rails, there are no specific measurements when it comes to placing the crossbar. We do, however, need to make sure that the bar overhangs evenly from left to right.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2007 Volvo XC90

Today, we have a 2007 Volvo XC90, and were going to be test-fitting a Thule Roof Rack System. Well be using the 47-inch Thule AeroBlades, part number THARB47, as well as the Rapid Crossroad Feet, part number TH450R. We already have our roof rack assembled system according to the instructions, and now, were ready to mount it up on top of our vehicle. Since this system is designed to attach to factory-raised side rails, there are need to specific measurements that we need to use to set our bars. Well take our first bar and set it up on top of our factory-raised side rails. We need to make sure that the bar is overhanging evenly from left to right, and we also need to make sure that the arrow indicator on the side of our foot is pointing towards the center of our side rails.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2007 Volvo XC90

Today, on our 2007 Volvo XC90, were going to be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Bike Rack, part number RKY1014. To fit the bike rack on our roof rack, well place it up on top of our load bars. Well set the head of the bike rack on top of our front bar and feed the straps around the bar. Well fit the straps back into the head and use an Allen wrench to tighten them up. Once weve done that, we can go ahead and reinstall the cover. At the back of the carrier, well fit the clamp around the rear bar and use the wing nuts to tighten the clamp onto our bolts.





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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13559, on the 2004 Volvo XC90 will not interfere with the spare tire. The spare tire is removed before the hitch is installed to allow easier access to the mounting locations on the vehicles frame. After the hitch is installed then the spare tire can be put back in place. The installation video of the hitch on the 2010 Volvo XC90 did not show them removing the spare tire or reinstalling it after installation. There is a tie down bracket underneath...
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  • The Thule Apex, # TH9025, will fit in a Curt trailer hitch Class I or higher. If used on a Class I trailer hitch, you are limited to carrying 2 bikes. The Curt hitch for the 2008 Volvo XC90 is # 13559. This is a Class III trailer hitch so you would not have to worry about bike limitations. On similar hitches we have installed on the XC90, the distance from the hitch pin hole to clear the bumper is about 6 inches. You will need to measure to make sure the rack will clear the...
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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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  • The main difference between the Thule Passage # TH911XT and the Gateway # TH9007XT is how each functions. The Passage arms (that hold the bikes) can only move with the upper leg. This limits the vehicles that it fits and its ability to hold bikes level . The Gateway arms move independently of the upper and lower legs and each other. This allows for more vehicle fits and greater flexibility for mounting bikes level. The Passage requires removing a nut and bolt on each arm...
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  • To carry bikes with your 2013 Volvo XC90 without using a trailer hitch, you can use a trunk mount bike rack like the Thule Passage 3 Bike Rack, # TH911XT, that you referenced. This, along with many other trunk mount bike racks have been tested and confirmed to fit on your vehicle. I have attached a link to all of the trunk mount bike racks that will fit on your vehicle. If you plan on carrying any womens, childrens or alternative frame bikes, then I recommend picking up the...
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  • The cradles on this rack will only hold bikes with frames up to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. I checked with my Thule contact and the Thule Parkway part # TH956 will accommodate 2-1/2 inch tube bike frames. I have added a link to this rack below. This rack has a 4 bike capacity and tilt away from the vehicle to allow trunk/hatch access on most vehicles without removing the rack from the vehicle.
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  • You are correct, no modifications to the rear fascia would be needed with this hitch. To see what the hitch looks like when installed, we have some photos that you can see by clicking on the links on the product description page.
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