I’ve got a 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country, and I’m strongly considering getting a small travel trailer, something similar in concept to a Scamp 13’, although might not be that brand, or possibly not even a fiberglass shell, but something in that vicinity for size and weight.
The official Volvo 2" ball comes with a controller for a 4/7 pin connector, as well as does some anti-sway stuff in talking with the stability control system. Here’s the official description.
The towbar is equipped with Volvo’s Trailer Stability Assist technology (TSA) and interacts with your Volvo’s DSTC system1. If the trailer starts to sway back and forth at speeds in excess of 30 mph (50 km/h), TSA can brake one or more wheels to regain stability and maintain control.
However it’s a non-standard receiver, so I can’t use any standard receiver bike racks or what not when not using the trailer. It just brings up a standard 2" ball hitch. It is effectively a “hideaway” hitch, since there’s no visible sign of it unless the ball is in.
On the other hand, I can get a standard 2" socket hitch put on from a high quality local place for about 1/2 the price, but it won’t have the stability control interaction for anti-sway. It’ll also probably take off an inch or two from the centerline clearance, although that’s not so big a concern for me. Will also have some sort of visibility from the rear, although again, a nice to have but not a real need for me.
So which would you more experienced towers recommend? One which integrates with the car systems and can help fight sway if it happens, or a standard 2" receiver socket?