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<br>Greetings from a Newbie:<p>I presently own a 2500# travel trailer with 200# tongue weight, both under the maximums for a class 2 hitch, which is supported on an XC-70. I'm looking to buy a good used 2003 or 2004 XC-70, and wonder if anyone out there has any experience pulling a trailer of this weight with an XC-70. My trailer has brakes which will be connected to a controller in the car.<p>My questions are:<p>Is there a large mileage hit when towing such a trailer?<br>Is there sufficient uphill power for steep hills?<br>Is there any overheating of engine or turbo while towing uphill?<br>Does the rear of the car sag markedly when loaded with a trailer?<br>Are there any instability issues - excessive swaying or bouncing?<br>Finally, are you happy with your XC-70 as a tow vehicle?<p>Obviously, these are subjective questions, so what I'm really looking for is a "feel" for how well this car will do as a tow vehicle. The more advice from knowledgable drivers, the better informed I'll be!<p>Thanks for your help, Dave
 

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Re: Towing a travel trailer with a 2003 or 2004 XC-70 (airpilot)

I am planning to tow a travel trailer in the future (with my S60).<p>Based on my research, and my experience towing a utility trailer loaded to about 3,000 lbs, I would expect the following:<p>1. Aerodynamic drag (not weight) is the primary determinant of highway fuel economy. A full height travel trailer will result in 13-16 mpg (US gallons) - no different than with a truck. However, your fuel economy will be much better when not towing!<p>2. Yes. The turbo creates impressive torque (236 lbs ft from 1800 to 4500 rpm). Your car may outpull a half-ton pickup with a small v-8 because it has fairly low gearing, smaller tire diameter, and less curb weight.<p>3. Overheating should not be a problem, but keep an eye on the temperature gauge. Constant turbo boost, however, may result in burned exhaust valves; have a boost gauge installed and avoid prolonged use of the turbo. This may also apply to towing on level ground; you may find that towing at higher highway speeds, e.g. 65-70 mph+, results in constant boost, depending on the aerodynamics of the trailer. A pop-up would not pose this issue.<p>4. If the cargo area has nothing in it, 200 lbs tongue weight should be fine. The 165 lb tongue limit seems to be predicated on having 100 kg or 220 lbs of cargo in the back. However, you could consider going to a custom class 3 hitch with a Reese 350 mini weight-distributing setup. <p>5. The XC has a higher centre of gravity and taller tires with more flexible sidewalls than my S60, but I would still expect good stability. A stable, good handling car most often makes for a stable tow vehicle.<p>The dealer-supplied wiring harness plugs into an existing connector in the car. Expensive, but easy to install and reliable. A brake controller will require a custom set up.
 

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I've been towing a 2400 lb Coleman popup for a couple of years with my 2001 XC70 without any problems, using the 2" factory hitch receiver. The brakes are electric, and the only real issue I had was installing a relay to disable the trailer brakes when in reverse, as the trailer brakes would lock up when moving backwards.<p>I have pulled the camper twice up the Rocky mountains with the camper in tow without heating problems of any kind. Power was very decent under all conditions. I tow the camper and / or a jetski nearly every weekend locally.<p>After using after an market hitch on my last Volvo, (which tried to rip itself out of the car), I installed myself the Volvo 'factory' hitch. It wasn't all that expensive, and came with instructions, but like the previous V40 factory hitch I finally put on, it is very time consuming to install. It took me just about a complete Saturday afternoon to install, and several hours the next day to install the lighting / brake wiring. <p>In the case of the wiring, I got the factory harness, installed that first, then modified it with the correct 7 pin connector. The brake wiring required a wire run all the way to the battery, with a circuit breaker, but was straight forward.<p>Hope that helps... the towning behaviour is very good, mostly the ride just gets a bit harsher. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I get about 17-18 mpg while towing, depending on the slope of the ground. This is in contrast to the 22-29 mpg I get on the same ground with the same car, sans trailer.
 
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