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I am looking to put a trailer hitch on a 2002 Volvo "Cross Country" (XC70) wagon.

First of all, I am wondering if anyone here has experiences with this car and hitches. More in general though, I am wondering what to look for in a hitch - I've never had one.

Right off the bat, I would like to mount a bike carrier on it, but down the line I can see trailing a small sailboat, maybe a trailer with plywood sheets, that sort of thing - nothing too big or heavy. On the other hand, I don't mind paying a little extra for something beefier, even if I am not going to 'need' it.

Other things I am wondering about are whether I need to have break lights wiring or not, what is a "standard" receiver size... things like that.

I looked into this a little, and it seems I can get something from "Draw-Tite" for $90, right up to a dealer-installed hitch with bells and whistles for $700..... I need to figure out where to draw the line on the bells and whistles!

Thanks for any help.
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