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Re: Trailer Hitch

Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:29 am

I didn't want to do it either so I get where you are coming from. Don't fret about it too much because look https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/oem-parts ... r-42590245

$150 gets you all shiney new again.

Kudos on your 8 to 10 plan, I'll see how long I can keep myself from that VW electric bus. I love the bolt but I have 27K miles in 18 months so that'll be some high mileage.

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Re: Trailer Hitch

Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:12 pm

Thanks for the link. That's not a big deal if I ever wanted to reverse it. Truth is, having a small 5" x 3.5" hole in the back bumper probably wouldn't bother me once it's there. It's just that initial cut.

Funny you mention the VW bus. My wife and I are eyeing that to replace her '15 CMax Energi. The basic idea is that we have two cars in the family, and alternate who gets a new car. So we keep the cars for 8-10 years and buy a new one every 4 or 5. So far it hasn't worked out that way (see also my signature :oops: ), but having two car payments has been a strain on our budget.

EV Fleet:
2011 Torqeedo Travel 1003 electric outboard on a 22' sailboat
2012 Leaf SV (traded for Bolt)
2015 C-Max Energi (302A package)
2017 Bolt Premier

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Re: Trailer Hitch

Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:03 pm

Can you link to the wiring kit you used? Edit: found it - https://www.amazon.com/Curt-59236-Multi-Function-Taillight-Converter/dp/B010QCH7VG

Did you take pictures of the location you spliced into? Do all the lights work - taillight, turn signals, and brake lights? Do you have to open the hatch in order to get the lights to work?

The pictures don't show that you have a trailer license plate - I have that same trailer, and the plate drags very easily. I tried flipping the light (so you still light the plate) but the plate would have to stick out to the side; as it does't fit into the low rail.

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Re: Trailer Hitch

Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:16 pm

All the lights work, yes.
No, in fact if you open the hatch the lights stop working because that's a different wire (ironically with the exact same wire color pattern). I have a PDF of the instructions for the wiring. But this message board doesn't allow me to attach anything. Not sure exactly how to get it to you. I could email it if you want to share your email address.
The license plate is zip tied to the vertical ramp/gate not the plate spot cause yeah, its a stupid design. A cop isn't going to hassle me about that trailer tag not being lit. Not where I live anyway.

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Re: Trailer Hitch

Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:58 pm

Hey NeilBlanchard, thanks for posting the pics. I just ordered the EcoHitch and will be undertaking the installation with a more experienced friend when it arrives. I also hope to cut a hole, as you did, instead of cutting all the way through the fascia. Aside from breaking the plastic clip on the bumper and the difficulty of removing the trim over the wheels, anything else you can think of to look out for? The closest I've come to doing anything like this is installing and wiring a dashcam, but that didn't involve any destructive steps, so I'm looking for any and all advise. Thanks again.

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