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This weekend should be interesting. I'm driving from Minneapolis to Aberdeen, SD on Saturday. Then on Sunday, from Aberdeen to Mankato, MN, with the short (1.5 hour) drive back to Minneapolis that night. I will have two passengers and will be towing a U-Haul 4X8 trailer weighing approximately 1500 lbs. The outside temperatures are forecast to be as high as 103 for the entire region. Here's hoping the A/C keeps up!!
 

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you are doing this in the R or the highlander?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">you are doing this in the R or the highlander?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>R. Highlander stays home with the wife.
 

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Are you a "Keen Eddie" fan? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>liverichly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You can tow things with this car?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha i was unaware of the capability too!
 

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I haven't checked the R-specific spec but most any P2 Volvo can tow around 3,300 lbs last I saw (the XC90 more of course.)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rollie</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I haven't checked the R-specific spec but most any P2 Volvo can tow around 3,300 lbs last I saw (the XC90 more of course.)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Correct: 3300 lbs is the rated max for the V70R
 

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beautiful...so if i decide to get a jetski next year <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> i can tow it safely <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Anyone towing any significant load in triple-digit heat and driving a GT should consider the tranny cooling kit.<p>Anyone towing a significant load with a MT should have their head examined. It sure doesn't seem like these clutches like extended slip-sessions. And at about ~$2k for clutch replacement; a U-Haul rental looks attractive.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by StaggRLee at 8:58 AM 7-28-2006</i>
 

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May not be any of my business, but would it be better to leave the R with the wife and take the highlander?
 

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Uhauls are inexpensive to rent, but the gas they use is crazy! I would go to Enterprise and rent a Suburban and travel in wideopen comfort.
 

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The trip went perfectly. I took a couple of pictures...I'll post 'em eventually. Got 17mpg across the board, cruising at 70mph. No unusual wear on the tires, no bottoming out, no scraping/rubbing. In-dash thermometer read in triple-digits for most of the weekend, but the A/C blew cold and the temp-gauge stayed centered. I did make sure to idle my car for 1-2 minutes at every stop to let the turbo cool down.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">May not be any of my business, but would it be better to leave the R with the wife and take the highlander?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, but the wife doesn't like the R. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> Her Highlander, her dime, her choice.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StaggRLee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anyone towing a significant load with a MT should have their head examined. It sure doesn't seem like these clutches like extended slip-sessions. And at about ~$2k for clutch replacement; a U-Haul rental looks attractive.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>95% highway/rural driving. I had to slow down for small towns, but there were very few starts from dead-stop. I know all too well what a burning clutch smells like; none of that smell at any point on this trip.<p>Let's say I put 15K miles per year on this car. I'm only going to be towing about 8% of those miles, and that towing will (with rare exceptions) be almost exclusively highway miles, and those highways here in the upper Midwest tend to be flat flat flat. So even though I've got MT, I'm not too concerned about early clutch-wear.
 

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Only in the US do people tend not to tow with their cars. Back in Europe people tow anything from campers to little trailers with their cars. Not uncommen to see anything from a Golf to a S-class MB towing.<br>
 
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