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Trailer Hitches--Anything new going on?

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I have a leased 2015. I'd like to put a receiver hitch on it so I can transport bicycles. I've seen the various stealth models out there, but I can't see paying upwards of $300 for a receiver hitch for a leased car. I also don't want to cut into the bumper, for the same reason. Finally, I only plan to use it during late Spring and early Fall, so removable would be good. I'll be carrying two mountain bikes.

What have people's experiences been with the Curt 112211?

It uses a 1 1/4 socket, so I don't think it will add much to the bottom end. It's not very attractive, but I don't think it will scrape.

I'm also toying with the idea of making it more like the Stealth hitch, which would involve splitting the plates that hold the receiver and using bolts, spacers, and two heavy duty plates with four holes drilled in them to hold it on while I'm using it. Any thoughts on that?
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My wife and I are currently on a little getaway trip hauling our kayaks and paddleboards down to Newport, Oregon. There are no convenient charging options where we are staying, so it looks like this trip is going to be almost all on gas. The trailer and boards are pretty light, but even so are mileage is down to around 34 mpg. I am guess it is mostly aero drag. I am using hold mode most of the time, trying to hold about 35 miles of ev range. I switch back to normal mode whenever going down a long grade so as to pick up as many extra ev miles as possible. It's kind of a game and gives me something to do while on a long 5 hour trip. I really did research chaging opportunities along our route, but there really wasn't anything convenient or reliable. Glad I am in a Volt and not a Bolt. On the other hand, if we had a Tesla there would have been a number of locations to stay charged....clearly Tesla "owns" the long distance ev travel market. GM has alot of catch-up to do in this regard.
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