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#1 OFFLINE   ade

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:53 PM

Howdy all,

I have a Holden Cruze CDX 2.0 Diesel and was looking to get towing capabilities installed.

My preference would be to get a towing setup with 50mm (2 inch for our imperial friends) hitch receiver but I know my chances are going to be slim. This is because I do not want to get under the car and bolt/unbolt the towing attachment everytime I want to use it.

There is an organisation in Australia that make hitch receiver towing devices and one for the Cruze (Hayman Reece for the Aussies) but it is a 40mm receiver instead of the standard 50mm. One of the things that I have is a bike rack with a 50mm receiver and would like to use it with the towing accessory.

Any advice on any organisations that do a 50mm hitch receiver for the Cruze? If not supply and install, what about supply only?

Does the Cruze have a harness or wiring loom or plug that is used to assist in the wiring of the towbar? If in the car, where is it? If harness, part numbers? I am needing to consider a trailer with electric brakes and also with a drivers electric brake controller so if there is a harness or wiring loom available I would like to know and preferably use it.
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#2 OFFLINE   The Stig

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:26 AM

I got my tow ball etc fitted by the dealer. Perhaps talk to your dealer.

#3 OFFLINE   ric79d

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 04:06 PM

There is no wiring harness. It gets wired in to the fuse box.
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#4 OFFLINE   ade

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 08:42 PM

Thanks Stig, dealer I got it from only deals with the tongue style towbars, not hitch style hence the question here.

Thanks ric79d for your response. Looks like getting my hands dirty in the fuse box will be the case.
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#5 OFFLINE   Ferroviaphile

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:23 PM

Thanks Stig, dealer I got it from only deals with the tongue style towbars, not hitch style hence the question here.

Thanks ric79d for your response. Looks like getting my hands dirty in the fuse box will be the case.


Can I respectfully suggest caution before you start sticking wires into the fusebox. The Cruze, in common with most modern cars, I believe, uses a CANbus electrical system (have a look at www.brant.com.au for a simple explanation) where functions are, in effect, computer controlled.
I'm in the UK, and enquired about having a GM towbar fitted; I was told that the CANbus has to be "told" that towbar electrics have been fitted for everything to work correctly when a trailer is connected, and that the rear parking sensors may have to be disabled. There is a firm in the UK which has a towbar wiring harness for the Cruze (www.towbars-uk.co.uk/product/7373/chevrolet-cruze-4-dr-saloon-dedicated-electrics-kit), but it costs 105.85 sterling.
I would suggest either having another try with your dealer, particularly to check about the electrical system, or searching under "Holden Cruze towbar" which brings up some choices, such as Parkside Towbars. Hope that helps.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:52 AM

Thanks for this post,It is really helpful to me you give me an idea about this.








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