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Here, for those interested, a short guide on how to install a hitch and wiring.

After a little research I decided to buy it on ebay. Otherwise, I would pay much more.
11-12 Chevrolet Cruze-Curt Hitch & Wiring No Ballmount | eBay

The installation is very easy and all the stuff fit perfectly.

Sorry for the quality of pics
We always say a picture is worth 1000 words :
 

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Now for the electrical wiring.

To remove the back plate, you must slide up after removing the clip.

The same goes for the hook luggage is on the side

Once the connections made​​, do not forget to screw the ground "white wire"
erwise the circuit is not working

Finally, I secured the wiring with two tie-wrap on the back
 

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It's a bit more hidden than I was expecting. Overall, looks good bud. Now only if the cruze had a 1500 pound towing capacity... I'd be all over it. I have a quad I use mainly for ice fishing season and a 5'x8' trailer that's just under 1500 pounds together. So it looks like I'm SOL. What do you plan to use it for?
 

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I will use it with my trailer (5 * 9) to transport the lawnmower and wed eater to my other property.
I'll also use it to transport construction materials.
I always renovation projects.
Anything that does not exceed the 1000 pound trailer included

and never more than 5km each way.
 

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I will use it with my trailer (5 * 9) to transport the lawnmower and wed eater to my other property.
I'll also use it to transport construction materials.
I always renovation projects.
Anything that does not exceed the 1000 pound trailer included

and never more than 5km each way.
You did a great job on the write up, I'm sure a few will use it in the future. Nice car too, really digging the new blue. :eek:ccasion14:
 

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I'm interested in understanding just what the wiring was that you received with this Ebay link.

I ask, because the hitch is available for $20 less (w/ free shipping) than that link. If all you get is a connector with wire leads on it, I can pick that up locally for $7. It looks like you got a "T" connector you pluged inline with the tail lights though.

I haven't looked under the car yet, but I'd rather route the wiring from underneath, so that the wiring isn't coming through the trunk. I would think it would eventually get damaged that way, and my last car it wasn't hard to wire tap in the four wires that the trailer lights need.
 

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All the wiring is plug 'n play. You have no wires to cut because it's the T-connectors that plugs between the light and the wire.

you are lucky, here in quebec the universal trailer wiring is $ 30 + (realy cheap one)
 

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All the wiring is plug 'n play. You have no wires to cut because it's the T-connectors that plugs between the light and the wire.

you are lucky, here in quebec the universal trailer wiring is $ 30 + (realy cheap one)
It's plug and play, but then you have the wires running out through the closed trunk lid, right? From your pictures it appears that you are making the connection inside the trunk.

I'd rather make the connection inside the wheel well where the wires run up into the trunk, but I haven't looked there yet to see what the situation is. I'd prefer not to have the wiring flopping around on the painted bumper... much nicer install from the bottom, and routing along the hitch in my opinion.

Thanks for the how-to.. it is much appreciated.
 

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I realize this is an older thread, but Eco owners, please do not tow anything with an Eco, its the only cruze with no tow rating.
 

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After speaking with CURT Technical support I ordered hitch 11282 which is a unit to fit the Cruze and Verano. They have made two changes to this model vs. the model mentioned here.

They resized the hardware to 7/16" vs 1/2" so it all goes through the holes without enlargement
They also concealed the cross bar higher so you don't see it when looking at the rear of the car.

While the instructions say to lower the exhaust, I don't believe you have to do that with the Cruze. The Verano appears to have an additional muffler which would make exhaust lowering critical.

The hitch arrived yesterday. I'm working with the rear of the car on the ground, and I could dry fit it, and it looks like it fits without dropping exhaust.. (To be confirmed as soon as I get it installed.)

Does anyone who has installed Hitches have a trick for lifting over the exhaust pipe and installing the bolts? Getting another person is going to be a difficult issue for me. What tricks are people using?
 

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I just completed this last night. Took me about 20 minutes to install and run the electrical cables. No drilling, splicing, or lowering the exhaust involved. Super simple. I purchased a Curt receiver on eBay for $165 with a wiring harness. I plan to use it for a small trailer (1000 lb capacity but mostly for hauling large hardware store items a few miles). The hitch is up and out of the way and definitely not an eyesore. I was even able to complete this while the car was in the driveway on level ground. Easiest and fastest hitch I have ever installed.

Update: I took my trailer out for a test drive with the new hitch... It tows beautifully. It's not a truck by any means, but it will haul lumber and plywood 3-4 miles every once and a while. The trailer is slightly narrower than the Cruze and the height of the trailer is slightly shorter than the height of the trunk. Great size for the Cruze in my opinion.
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I just installed the CURT hitch onto my 2012 Cruze LS and I am going to use mostly as an EMERGENCY recovery point. From what I understand a Class III or IV hitch (trucks) is required for recovery situations but do you guys think I will have a problem being pulled STRAIGHT back from the hitch? I got stuck 5 or 6 times last winter mostly on icy hills and light snow. I'm not dumb enough to have someone YANK me out from a muddy ditch at an angle or something like that. Just a light pull straight back, I can't imagine that it would be any worse than the flimsy factory tow loops installed on one side of a frame rail on most imports. Hoping to never have to use it since I'm getting snow tires installed this year.
 

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I was wondering what brand trailer you got is? that seems like the perfect size for a cruze.
Quite honestly... I believe it was a trailer from Harbor Freight. My grandfather bought it and assembled it and rarely used it. I now have it and have put pressure treated sidewalls on it. It can just barely fit a piece of drywall, plywood, etc. because it has a 4x8 foot bed.

Here is the newer version of the trailer from Harbor Freight

Also, if anyone does buy this trailer, pull the center hubs off (silver cap, just pull) and remove all of the grease. Replace this with some fresh stuff. Apparently this is the main complaint about some of these trailers. Nothing else that I have seen. When we checked the wheel bearing grease on mine, it looked like someone dropped a glob of grease on the ground and put it in anyways.

Honestly, any 4' wide trailer would work wonderfully for the Cruze. Mine just happens to be 4' x 8' which is great for hauling most anything I need right now. Looks like another member here has the same trailer I have too... just no side walls. - Link
 

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tu panse tu que sa va fiter sur une cruze rs? le bumper est plus large
 

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tu panse tu que sa va fiter sur une cruze rs? le bumper est plus large
It looks like the bumper on the RS is lower and would have to be modified to make a receiver fit. Anyone with an RS know how much lower it is? I have less than an inch of clearance, so based on what I've seen, I don't think it will fit without some sort of modification.
 
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