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Mounting The Hopkins Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Trailer Connector # HM48470 On A 2010 Volvo XC90

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You do a great job of showing Hidden Hitch installation for a Volvo XC90 but say nothing about the car-side wiring end. On my old tow vehicle, I have an ugly bracket that holds the 7-way wiring socket. What do you have that would have better road clearance and would look better? Thanks!

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The Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75152, 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 will bolt to the mounting bracket on the Hidden Hitch. See the pictures attached that will show the Hopkins connector attached to the hitch.

You can install this connector on the 2010 Volvo XC90, but it will need to be hardwired in according to the wiring diagram in the installation details linked below, and it is best suited for vehicles that already have 7-Way wiring ran, as it is just a socket. If you just need a socket, this will work just fine.

If you need the wiring installed in addition to the the socket, I recommend installing Tow Ready Wiring, # 119190KIT, instructions and a video linked below, and then install a 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7, as the ETBC7 comes with all the necessary wiring and circuit breakers required. But, unlike the # HM48470, the ETBC7 Kit does not have a 5-Way receptacle, just a 4 and 7-Way.

I have included a video showing the installation of an ETBC7 kit, and an FAQ that explains the installation below.

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