Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, SRX Trailer Hitch in Cadillac SRX Forums; I have already relayed my hitch details (class III hidden hitch on the sport package). I purchased an aluminum hitch ...
I have already relayed my hitch details (class III hidden hitch on the sport package). I purchased an aluminum hitch mounted carrier (it weighed about 25% less than a steel one, plus it will never rust).
It was only $65 after Thanksgiving. I figured it will be great to throw bags of mulch on or strap some plants. I also purchased the cargo net to hold stuff down ($7) from harbor freight and got a waterproof cargo bag ($50) from Amazon. I used it at Christmas to take the in-laws with us on a trip, we put the luggage on the carrier and filled the SRX with 6 people.
I also purchased a foldable trailer from harbor freight:
it took about 5 hours to assemble and folds up great and I put it between the two and third car sections of the garage. They had a 25% off coupon, so I got it for $225. I had to buy a 1/2" piece of plywood, about $7 worth of nuts and bolts to hold the plywood down, and I covered mine in truck bed liner. Add in registration and it was less than $400. I've only had it since Thanksgiving and haven't used it yet, but I look forward to going to the nursery this spring and loading it up with all the junk that used to dirty up the back of my SRX.
I woke up this morning to another blizzard in NE Ohio. Tired of it. I said, "I'm going to FL today". The bldg I work in was closed because of the weather, making it a 3 day weekend. I could hook up the jetski, drive to FL, ride a day, and come back with less hatred for the world. However, I hadn't gotten around to having the factory hitch installed on my 2005 SRX yet. I hoped one of the local dealers would have one in stock and could install it immediately but nobody has one. I don't like the look of aftermarket. So I guess I will sit here miserable for awhile longer.
I am curious about the installation of the factory hitches. Is there any drilling or anything required or just bolt it on? I am not sure yet if mine had the towing package (I bought it used) so I don't know if I have the harness ready to go or not. What is the difference with the wires if the vehicle isn't equipped with the towing harness? Do you have to cut the wires?
It's pretty rare that we get snow in the Bay Area. Yeah, some of the hills get dusted with a little powder each winter, but that's about it. I made sure to get an AWD SRX for the muddly parking lots of motocross tracks and for snowy ski resorts. But, yeah... we don't shovel snow around these parts! Sorry guys. Don't be too pissed, my little, 850sq ft house was $270K...
So... total expense for my hitch // $155 Receiver // $48.26 Pigtail // $78 Install = $$281.26... For a savings of $298.74 under what the Stealership wanted. Not bad!
It sticks out a bit more then I though it would :: but after thinking about that, I like it! If anyone bumps me in a parking lot, they are gonna get a nice square hole in the middle of their license plate!
Would you be able to provid more detail on the wiring? I have an '07 SRX4 and have exported it to South Korea. I am having a very difficult time passing inspections due to local regulations requiring "amber" turn signals. To repace both taillights with the export (amber) version, will cost me about $2k. My thought was to temporarily add exterior amber turn signals via this wiring to pass inspection. However, I am not sure if this is possible, or if I need the additional wiring harness (P/N: 12499575).
Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.