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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
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2002 - 2002 Volvo Cross Country
2001 - 2009 Volvo S60
2003 - 2007 Volvo XC70
2001 - 2007 Volvo V70 All Models
Video of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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Today on our 2008 Volvo S60 we're going to be taking a look at and showing how to install the Draw-Tite custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver. This is going to offer the 1-1/4" opening. Its part number is 36297. Now here's what the hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's pretty straight across, very symmetrical so it's not going to look odd here in the rear of the vehicle. It's a square bar design.
You can see this is going to offer us a 3,500 pound maximum trailer weight rating and a 300 pound tongue weight rating, but you will certainly want to look into the S60's owner manual and see what they rate the vehicle for. You want to go off of whichever of those numbers are going to be the lowest. Our hitch is going to have the 1-1/4" opening that you can see here with the extra collar that goes around. That collar comes in handy for some of the immobilizers and things like that to really sturdy up your equipment. Going to have a standard 1-1/4"-style pinhole here. It's also going to come with the pin and clip so you can slide that through and secure your bike rack, cargo carrier, or whatever else that you'd have in mind.
Now with this being a class two you'll need to 1-1/4"-style accessories. You'll have a full 4-bike capacity as long as you stay within the limits of your hitch and your bike rack. All around a good hitch to have and really come in hand when you need to haul small loads or get some bikes around town, anything like that. Now a couple of important measurements that you'll want to keep in mind. From the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening to the ground we're going to have about 10-1/2" of space. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper we're looking at about 3. Now to begin our installation we're first going to start here on the passenger side on the very back of the frame rail.
There's a little tow bracket right here. This is going to be removed by taking out the bolt that you can see here, and also the one that's tucked right in that little pocket. These are also going to be the mounting holes that we'll use for our hitch. Now we're going to hang onto the hardware and transaction this bracket to the customer in case they want to reinstall it later. Now here on the driver side we're kind of in the same location. It's right here above the exhaust tip.
There's going to be an exhaust hanger there. That's connected using two bolts, one here in the front and one here in the rear. Just like before, we're going to pull these on down and hang onto the hardware. That allows that to come down, as you can see, just enough to where we can get our hitch over top. Now we can raise our hitch into position. We want the ledge or the bracket on our hitch to sit above the exhaust hanger and below the frame. We'll just work that up into place and do the same thing here on the other side. Bring it up to line up our holes and then we can thread our hardware back in. Get three or four good turns on it so it gives you plenty of support. We don't want this thing to come down at us. Here on the driver side we're going to line up our exhaust bracket with the hole that's in our hitch. We'll get that up and start those threads. Now with those started, let's grab our other bolts and we'll start the other two. We're going to have one on each side to do. Now with all four of our fasteners in place we'll come through with our socket and let's just tighten them down to where they make contact with our frame. Now there's no set sequence or anything to tighten your bolts down. Just tighten them down in any fashion you want, but you do want to refer to your instruction manual, and be sure you get them set to the proper talking about specification. With all four fasteners secure, we're ready to hook up and hit the road. That's going to complete today's look at the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver. This is the a class two, part number 36297, on our 2008 Volvo S60. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (47 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: John M.04/03/2012
We installed the Hidden Hitch on a 2005 Volvo V70 wagon. Overall, the installation went very well. I was pleased with the hitch design, etrailer.com ordering and shipping, and the installation. Most importantly, everything lined up correctly. As mentioned in other comments I read, you really need a second person to help hold the hitch while attaching to the car. In addition to the expected tools, such as the socket wrench, we used a 6” extension and a torque wrench. The extension made the installation much easier, but the torque wrench was not something I thought of in advance. When you remove the bolts on the driver’s side, the exhaust can be shifted to left which allows room to maneuver the hitch into place. This hitch is designed to fit onto the exhaust bracket, not between it and the frame, avoiding a challenge. On the right, the tow bracket must be removed and cannot be placed back over the hitch bolts with modifying the bracket. Due to the angle of the bracket, the bolt holes no longer align. I suppose this could be overcome by filing out the bolt holes to improve the alignment. To avoid overstressing the brackets holding the exhaust system, I used a scissors jack to ever so lightly lift and hold the exhaust (probably unnecessary, but on my mechanic’s advice, I was being careful). This also allowed me to raise and lower the exhaust easily as needed, without trying to support it while managing the hitch, particularly when I was ready to bolt it altogether. Other than that, it is a matter of following the instructions. It took me close to an hour and a half, but I worked carefully since I had not done this before. If I were to do it over again, I am sure I could do it in under an hour. Ordering and shipping was perfect. Once etrailer.com receives the order, they confirm by email and send updates, so it is easy to track. I recommend thinking how you will use the hitch, which seems obvious. I am using it primarily for hauling bikes, with second the possibility of pulling a small trailer. So I ordered the 2” adapter and hitch lock. I ordered the cover for the opening, which was unnecessary, since it comes with the cover. 36003
The install was very straight forward and would have taken 30 minutes had the exhaust bracket not prevented the proper alignment for the bolt. It was a struggle to get the 2 left bolts started. The hitch needed to slide right about 2mm and all would have been easy. Once torqued down it all assumed the proper alignment. Also, I did not receive the pin and clip- it must have fallen out a hole in the box. A call to Kat had it sent out. Very good service and product. 225038
by: Gregory S.08/08/2014
First, I received the order within three days of ordering. Kudos! This hitch fit perfectly on my 2005 Volvo V70. It came with a one page schematic of how to attach it, which was all that was needed. Using a 15mm socket and a 2' pipe extension, which was necessary, the existing bolts easily came out. After removing the existing bolts from each side, I started the install on the passenger side and propped the driver side of the hitch up on 3 stacked short pieces of 2X4. After securing, but not tightening the bolts, I switched to the driver side. I need to push the muffler mount out to get to the hitch up into position. I used a 5' 2X4 as leverage to raise the hitch into place, while pushing the muffler mount to the outside to get around the rubber mount. Worked beautifully for me and completed in less than 30 minutes. This is a really solid hitch and I really appreciate that it came with a drawbar. I almost just purchased a hitch from U-haul with installation, but I am so glad that I chose to do it myself. I highly recommend this hitch. 145386
by: Mark T06/20/2011
This hidden hitch installed quite easily, once I had figured out what parts of the Volvo V70 went where after I took it apart. I haven't used it yet, but I am very satisfied with the mounting and the completeness of the kit. I almost brought a kit that was $20 cheaper, and then realized that the extras that were included with this kit more than made up for the difference (tow bar insert, and rubber receiver cover) Not only that, but etrailer exceeded expectations in friendliness (even though I didn't speak to anyone, just the emails they sent me. Came quickly and everything was there. 17395
by: Shane K.12/08/2014
I bought this for my 2003 Volvo S60, and I must say that the fit was absolutely perfect. The install was very easy and took all of 15 minutes. I recommend this for anyone wanting to add a hitch to your Volvo. 163616
I bought this hitch for my Black '07 xc70 after reading favorable reviews online and it quickly arrived 2 days later. I backed the back end of my wagon onto ramps ( I highly suggest this) and used a torque wrench with a 6" extender. The extender and longer handle of the torque wrench were essential in making this a quick and easy install. Without extension, loosening and tightening the bolts would have been a pain. All in all, this is a great product. It looks better than most aftermarket hitches and is very unobtrusive on the wagon. Install and cleanup took about an hour. If I had a helper to hold the other end of the hitch while installing this would have been much faster. Thanks etrailer for a great product and lightening-quick delivery! (no pics from me - my wagon looks just like the one in the video and the hitch looks just as advertised). 171220
by: Jimmy L.01/23/2014
Excellent and easily installed. Hitch installed and wiring completed in just an hour. Everything works great. 114539
by: Jon B06/06/2011
The product fit well and seemed to be well made; the paint was thick and looks durable. Installation was easy. I selected it over the Draw-Tite because it looked like it would be less visible given that the ends taper back while the Draw-Tite is a straight tube along the entire length. That may be true, if so, I am glad I selected this one because it is still quite obvious. I think I would have been unhappy looking at that square tube on the back of my curvy Volvo, but for a more squarish bumper the Draw-Tite may be fine. I am using it to carry a 4-bike hitch rack and it looks like this will be just right. All in all, a good purchase. 16185
Great price and good fit I have 2007 Volvo XC and I needed a 2 inch receiver for a bike rack that I already had, but the two inch hitches were expensive, hard to find, and difficult to install. So I ordered the 1 1/4 and bought a Hitch Adapter 1-1/4" to 2". Installation was fairly easy. No drilling and cutting of the bumper. I used small ramps to raise the back end of the car and that really helped getting the hitch bracket around the exhaust. I only needed to loosen the exhaust bracket on the left side. Have someone hold the hitch as you work the hitch bracket around the exhaust bracket. In all it took 40 minutes. 1490
by: Clint O.08/28/2011
Mechanically, this was a breeze to install, using car ramps. There are no nuts to deal with since they are built into the frame of the Volvo. Just remove the bolts holding the hidden license plate holder on the right side and the exhaust pipe on the left (an impact wrench is recommended for ease but a 1/2" drive socket set with a short pipe on the handle for extra torque also works. As everyone has commented, the hitch pin clip will not fit and you need either a locking type or one with a hole in the end and a large key ring or cotter pin. With the right tools and preparation, 30m. It took me an hour. 22945
by: GERALD V WILLIAMS01/14/2011
YOUR DELIVERY SERVICE I HAVE JUST RECEIVED MY TRAILER HITCH... GREAT PRODUCT, BUT EVEN MORE IS YOUR UNBELIEVEABLE SERVICE.. IF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WOULD USE YOU AS EXAMPLE, WE'D BE BACK ON TOP INSTEAD OF ALL THE CHINA JUNK AND DRUG RELATED POOR SERVICES YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH... I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED MY EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR COMPANY AND WILL PASS ON TO EVERYONE I KNOW ABOUT ETRAILER.COM. I CAN'T WAIT TO START USING MY NEW TRAILER HITCH. THANKS AGAIN, GERALD V WILLIAMS 5490
Good Hitch This hitch comes with included Draw Bar. The finish was very good and no problems with the bolt holes alignment to the frame. The hitch cover(2) is included as well. Installation was not too difficult if you can have someone helping to support the hitch while you are placing in the bolts. I would recommend attaching the driver side bolts first as there is very little room to move that side to align the bolt holes. All in all, a relatively easy installation. 1061
by: John M05/04/2015
Rugged well made products .Install was a breeze. We are very pleased. 189846
by: Timothy G02/11/2011
This is my second Hidden Hitch--I must admit I was a little apprehensive about the installation because of the way the exhaust system is mounted, however, I did it by myself with the help of a cardboard box and a bucket. Metric socket is a must to loosen the factory bolts. By the way, I'm 72 and managed it without help, although it would be a whole lot easier with a helper!! The fit was superb, as was the last one I bought for my other vehicle. 7057
by: Ted A04/27/2010
Insallation was easy Received e-mail confirmation that item was shipped. On day that was to arrive I lowered exhaust and had everything ready for install.(15 min.) Wife said I should not count my chickens before they are hatched. Then the UPS driver arrived, I said they just did. Took all of another 15 min. Looks great almost have to look for it without the drawbar installed. Quick shipping! Thanks for the great service. 2972
by: Scott W.06/20/2011
The customer services and order follow through were exemplary. I am a frequent "Internet Buyer" and found this to be the highest level of customer service of any of my purchases. The product was as described and the numerous product demo and installation videos that you provide on your site gave me great confidence that I was selecting the product I needed. Thanks again for exceeding my high expectations. 17362
Cheap, fast, correct Wow! I ordered a hitch for my '07 Volvo XC70 - at a fraction of the cost my local dealer quoted - on Tuesday night and by Thursday evening it had arrived in GA from MO and was installed before lights out. Free, fast shipping, everything advertised was included, and it fit properly. Very simple installation as described. Pretty amazing. Nice job etrailer. 5119
by: David T06/13/2012
It could not be easier to install. 4 bolts out, 6 bolts in....you will spend more time getting/cleaning up your tools than it did to install the hitch. 43942
Nice hitch, goes on in minutes. There is a problem that the pin clip does not fit on to the pull pin, no way no how, forget it, won't go on because the pin clip is too long and the hitch interferes. Don't know if my parts bag was wrong or what. But since I plan on putting a locking pull pin anyway, it doesn't matter. 10478
Receives hitch today. Have it installed. Can'5 wait to use it. Watched installation video before install. Worked great 318573
by: Scott M02/06/2017
Works great and easy to install. Prices were fantastic. Looking at more stuff to order now :) 339252
Installed easily, Looks Sharp Durable construction, Made in USA, Very easy installation. Iwas concerned at first as some forums talked about needing to cut part of the bumper and the high cost. Not the case here, this hitch was a great price, installed easily, and looks great on the vehicle. 1118
by: Rick Y.09/15/2012
Once ordered, I received the hitch quickly. I was able to install it with ease following the instructions included. I found etrailer to be very customer service oriented with good follow-up. I would certainly do business with them again and recommend the company to others. 54795
by: Gil F.09/17/2012
Excellent product and excellent service from etrailer.com. I have ordered from these guys several times and they always surprise me on how fast and efficient they are. If you need anything trailer related, you must order from this place. You will not be disappointed. 54879
by: Tim T.08/25/2012
Product fits perfectly with the most unobtrusive aesthetic available and simple installation. Service lived up to all the great reviews, I would not hesitate to recommend them or do business with them again; when everyone else is this good we won't have stores anymore. 53056
by: Patrick A10/14/2013
Hitch required some modification for a 2007 Volvo S60 T5 - holes for the bolts were too widely set to bolt directly on. Also, bolts were 15mm, not 17mm as stated in the instructions. My Volvo had a tow point on the passenger side that was not on the diagram. 103771
by: Tim V06/21/2012
My mechanic put it on since it involved some undercarriage work, don't like to mess with the Volvo...too tempermental. He only charged me $20. Good deal since the whole thing was a third of the cost contrasted with the dealer for a far superior product. 45066
absolutely easiest The hardest part of this procedure was loosening up the bolts. All down hill from there. I slid hitch under exhaust bracket 1st because it helped hold it in place. Perfect allignment. Loved doing this one. 3314
by: David B04/11/2012
Perfect fit on my 2001 Volvo V70 XC wagon. Fast to install, no extra steps. Just inscrew and rescrew bolts with help from Mrs B to hold it in place. I appreciate the fast and personalized service from etrailer.com!! 36844
Fair price, shipping time upgraded complimentary, e-mailed to receive up-date on delivery, very courteous people, would buy from them in a minute if I needed something. Highly recommended. 7397
by: Greg R07/26/2012
Fit exactly as described on '01 Volvo V70XC. Very easy install. Install instructions were exactly right. Etrailer is a great website to buy from. Good prices. Fast and free shipping. 49485
I bought this hitch for my 2007 Volvo. eTrailers had the best price and delivery was fast. It arrived intact and in great condition. Great service and great products at eTrailer. 12833
Customer satisfaction From the answering of the phone call to the delivery of the proper product - smooth sailing. I'm a satisfied customer. 3734
by: Lona K03/13/2012
The hitch looks just as pictured. A little dinged up, but nothing more than will happen the first five minutes on the road. I am satisfied. 33804
by: Cotes Auto Body Inc.12/19/2014
The produce was the same as the hitch on the vehicle...excellent service and extremely helpful people...love this place!!! 166260
by: Chris Q.12/14/2008
excellent hitch, perfect fit This was the second hitch I purchased from etrailer. Quality product and excellent service. 1473
by: Tom B.05/07/2007
Actually fits without mod. Fit without modification and did not have to trim plastic shroud-just bent it up a little. 161
Super Easy I couldn't believe how easy this was to install all by myself. fits perfect. Took a casual 1/2 hour. 1360
Fit perfectly. Just make sure the existing bolt holes are nice and clean so that installation goes smoothly. 19760
by: Charles Paddack09/14/2011
Hitch was exactly as expected and fit perfectly. Installation was quick and as easy as stated. 23960
nice construction, installed in approx. 20 minutes with hand tools. NO cutting needed! 14760
by: Mario 2609/22/2011
Very happy , it fits perfect on my Volvo Xc70. Will do business in the future. 24359
by: Jake B03/16/2013
Easy to install. Arrived quickly. Great customer service. 71139
Great product. Easy installation.Very solid. Quick delivery. 45198
by: Toma Keller06/28/2011
Very satisfied with the hitch. Installed it on Saturday. 18092
Great Hitch , easy installation . Fast delivery ! 34921
Excellent product Excellent service 58740
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