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So sorry to hear! Glad you were close to home (and civilization, for that matter), at least. Also glad you've got what you need to fix it at home already…
 

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As much of a pain breakdowns are, you got lucky:
1) close to home
2) definitive answer to the problem
3) you have the part
 

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Discussion Starter · #608 · (Edited)
Thanks guys. Got the throttle body in today and all is well, and as suspected there's water in the TB. Worst case I guess I could have cleaned and dried it out, but after 14h on the road I was spent. If I was in the backcountry I guess that would be my only choice. Hasn't been an issue until this last trip, went through 8L of WMI fluid. Going to look into post throttle spray.



... modified life

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Anyways, enough about the fixing, on to the breaking

2018 East Coast Road Trip

Only a short one this year, 10days and 2800mi. Went out to visit family and stay in a few park along the way.

Trailer loaded up, tank topped, kids fed we took off Saturday morning at 5am for Parc provincial Les Jardins de la République in New Brunswick. A 10h30m travel day that ended up being 14+ .




A nice park right off the highway perfect for a quick stop over.

Packed up the next morning and it was off The Bay Of Fundy National Park, Chignecto Campground. The XC had a fun time on some the the hill climbs, but I wasn't the only Volvo on the road.



Chignecto Campground is a very nice well serviced campground with great access to a lot of areas. We didn't have much time to explore on our way through, but we did check out Hopewell Rocks on our way to our next site at Five Island Provincial Park.



Our destination, Caledonia close to Kejimkujik National Park to visit family. Spent a few days camped out on their property while we day tripped.



A quick stop over in Halifax, then begins our return trip home. Ended up staying at an inn in Amherst for a night to make time so we could make it to New River Beach Provincial Park. Pretty much spent the whole day with the kids collecting beach combing. The low tide beach was amazing.



The last leg of our trip took us up Nackawic, NB on our way to Lac-Témiscouata National Park, Grand-Lac-Touladi Campground in Quebec. Nackawic's 'claim to fame' ladies and gentlemen is 'The World's Largest Axe'



...and Big Axe Brewing. Picked up a few along with some local brews that I'm enjoy as I write this



Lac-Témiscouata National Park is our first time staying in any park in Quebec, and I must say the campground, facilities, park roads and sites are very well set up. Lots for the kids to do and Grand-Lac-Touladi is great for them to swim and wade in. 10/10 would go there again.



So from here we headed home, again another 10h30m travel day turned into quite the adventure when at hour 14 the XC broke down in Toronto. All in all it was a nice trip, a bit short, but still great to be out there.



Trip totaled:
2821mi +tow
15mpg
711L 188G fuel

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Our destination, Caledonia close to Kejimkujik National Park to visit family. Spent a few days camped out on their property while we day tripped.
Looks like a great trip! It's a beautiful area. My wife and I stayed in Caledonia when we visited Kejimkujik on our honeymoon 26 years ago. I have a picture of the Mersey River on a wall in our house. We'll get back that way someday!
 

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Looks like a great trip! My wife and I stayed in Caledonia when we visited Kejimkujik on our honeymoon 26 years ago. I have a picture of the Mersey River on a wall in our house. We'll get back that way someday!
Amazing. We stayed around the beach and a few short hikes, would have loved to pick up a canoe and go for a paddle. Seems like Keji is deserving of a trip all It's own!

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This is my favorite build.

You think after all the suspension mods, XC90 brakes/hubs you'd trust this thing with a Class III hitch?
 

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I would.... It's a little tank with a turbo..... The xc90 has a higher load on 2.5t with class III if I read the specs right.




@Antherzoll

How is the handling of your trailer? I'm thinking of getting a off road teardrop. Rated @ 1500lbs

Been looking for a 2" receiver or a fabricated one into frame ?

How does it drive fully loaded? With trailer? I don't have one too test yet... But only been lightly loaded for camping.


I imagine your tune makes a much better experience.

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I should have listened.... The hood lining rubbed the pipe .... Rubbed of the pretty label.... Had more pressing parts the change first...

Cest la vie...


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Don't trim the pipe. If you're still running the 14 t it has a longer Outlet then the 16 t. If you cut the pipe to fit the 14 T you'll be short when you swap in a 16 t.

Yes, remove the hood lining.

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This is my favorite build.

You think after all the suspension mods, XC90 brakes/hubs you'd trust this thing with a Class III hitch?
Missed this.

I'd say it could handle it, definitely has the stopping power but I wouldn't want to tow that much. I'm actually looking into a lighter pop up for 6. The Dutchman was built in 1995, leaks so I have to tarp it in heavy rain, but it's only 1000lbs unloaded, can be setup in ~30mins, and for its design offers sleeping for 6 adults (most we have had is 3 adults and 3 kids) while others that I've see only offer sleeping for 4. MPG tanks hauling it, worst tank of the trip was 11.3mpg, but I can still drive it a 70mph up the hills and still be able to push it harder if I want to pass. My current receiver is 1-1/4", but I have been keeping an eye out for an OE 2" tow bar as the Curt does hang a bit low for my liking and just caught up on trails.

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I would.... It's a little tank with a turbo..... The xc90 has a higher load on 2.5t with class III if I read the specs right.

@Antherzoll

How is the handling of your trailer? I'm thinking of getting a off road teardrop. Rated @ 1500lbs

Been looking for a 2" receiver or a fabricated one into frame ?

How does it drive fully loaded? With trailer? I don't have one too test yet... But only been lightly loaded for camping.

I imagine your tune makes a much better experience.

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See above.

The tune does help a lot if you want to get up to speed quickly or to maintain speed on hills, with my load the boost gauge will stay around 3psi cruising at 70mph on the flats. If there's a strong head wind that puts a lot more load on it, hill climbs I'll drop a gear or two. While the tranny shifts fine, I'll use the GT to keep at lower gear in certain situations. Handling, wife says I drive like it's not even back there . It handles well enough with the load, but you can feel it push and pull the vehicle, and on bad road it's like a tug of war at certain speed. I'll say, after driving with the burden for 10 days straight, going for that drive with it unloaded feels like a completely different vehicle, like OMG where have to been .

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Thanks for answering my question. I have another one.

Since you installed your new springs have you noticed it settle yet? Some say it takes 2 weeks to settle an inch, I think its at least a month or two.
 

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I didn't want to post this on a public forum, but in several of your pictures from your road trip, I could see your rack... :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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I didn't want to post this on a public forum, but in several of your pictures from your road trip, I could see your rack... :eek: :eek: :eek:
Wait what? I didn't know he had one.....

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