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Mounting 7-way Trailer Connector to 2016 Volvo XC90

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I have a 2016 Volvo xc90. When I was researching this draw-tite hitch, I saw a couple of pictures with a 7-pin connector installed along with this hitch. What mounts are used to install the 7-pin connector? Also, does the bumper need to be cut, since the bumper is cut when installing the draw-tite hitch? Please see the attached picture:

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You won't need to cut the bumper fascia to install a 7-way. We used a # 18136 no-drill bracket that attaches to the hitch crossbar using a pipe clamp. Since the Draw-Tite # 76194 hitch crossbar is concealed behind the bumper, the # 18136 bracket can be installed to the underside of the hitch crossbar with the L-bracket for the 7-way extending upward at a 90° angle. If the 7-way you'll be using didn't include an L-bracket, you can use # PK12711U.

If you're needing a brake controller, I'd recommend the wireless Curt Echo, part # C51180. The controller plugs into the 7-way and could communicate wirelessly with your smartphone which is used as the display and control unit for the controller. You'll also need the # ETBC7L install kit which includes the 7-way and the L-bracket. You'll also need a functional 4-pin trailer connector to access the vehicle's lighting function. I'd recommend using part # 118683.

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