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Considering buying an '06 XC70 for the wife, but also may need to tow a bass boat time to time. <p>Any one out there with an XC70 that can provide insight on the XC70 towing experience would be appreciated. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Towing with an XC70 (DenzoR)

Depends on the total weight of your boat and whether it has brakes. I have towed up to 3,000 lbs (a 2 wheel box trailer) with my 04 XC 70. I had not intended to, but at the last minute my wife needed our XC 90 for a long trip with 5 passengers. The XC 70 will pull up to about 2,500 lbs lke it is not even there, with no problems stopping, turning or accellerating. Above that weight, as the load increases you began to feel the trailer trying to control the car while turning and stopping, but the XC 70 will still have no trouble accelerating with that load, even up hills. The 3,000 lb trailer had no brakes, so I had to be very carefull. I will never again and would never have pulled that heavy a trailer w/o brakes with my XC 70 had I not had a lot of experience pulling trailers, had the time to drive slowly, and was not, as I said above forced to make a last minute switch in tow vehicles. During that trip I also unloaded the car completely except for my self and my son. That said, if your trailer has brakes, you're go to go up to 3,000lbs in my experience.
 

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Re: Towing with an XC70 (2XCs)

Forgot to add that, while my XC 90 has the self-leveling supsension, my XC 90 does not. If I was ordering the car and intended to tow, rather than buying off of the lot, as I did, I would order that option. Without the self leveling suspension, I am very careful with the tongue weight. I load the trailer with the front wheel on a scale, and then make adjustments in the load to ensure that the drop in ride heghts from front to back with the trailer on is no more than an inch.
 

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I bought both of my Volvos from Patrick Volvo in Schaumburg. Ask for Ken Kamka and tell him I sent you. He actually just became sales manager at their Saab group (SOB), but he knows Volvos very well for a salesperson, and will take good care of ya <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> BTW, He has a 06 S60R with a body kit in black if interested.
 

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I bought both my XC 90 and my XC 70 new at Patrick in 04 and have been very happy with both their sales and service. Would love to get an R manual, but that would require parting with my 3rd car, something I am not prepared to do now.
 

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Re: Towing with an XC70 (DenzoR)

Hi,<p>Has anybody installed an electronic brake controller in an XC70 to control a towed trailer's brakes? I'm wondering if there's already provision for such a device in the cars electronics, in the same way that there's a trailer light adapter bracket in the spare wheel compartment.<p>I just bought a pop-up tent trailer with electronic brakes and when I called my local Volvo dealership they referred me to UHaul. Just thought I'd check-in with other members to see if anyone has done this, before I let UHaul have at my nice shiny 2005 XC70.<p>Thanks,<p>NIgel
 

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Re: Towing with an XC70 (NigelBHall)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NigelBHall</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Has anybody installed an electronic brake controller in an XC70 to control a towed trailer's brakes?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Anybody done this?
 

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Re: Towing with an XC70 (airprakken)

I've put electronic brake controllers in many of my vehicles but not my XC70. It shouldn't be a problem. I'd suggest running the hot lead directly to the battery through a circuit breaker. You will have to modify/replace the factory trailer connector.<p>Still, every trailer I've seen with brakes, that the XC70 could tow, had surge brakes and thus would not need a controller.
 

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Make sure you consider tongue weight + towing capacity. <p>Not sure if this applies to towing a boat (I've only ever hauled horse trailers), but you may want to investigate sway bars - especially since the aerodynamics will be "off" will a low profile vehicle like a wagon vs. an SUV or truck.<p>Good luck towing!
 

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Re: (Ebbet4)

While the trailer light harness (if you buy the unit from the dealer) plugs right into an existing connector, there is no provision for an electric brake controller. While Volvos are in fact designed with towing in mind (and are very capable), European trailers all use surge brakes, not electric. <p>I have been told that there are unused circuits in the front fuse panel that are not controlled by the ECM or body computer(s), but power is still turned on an off by the ignition. This is the ideal power source for a brake controller. You will want to track down a Volvo tech who can identify which ones to use.<p>On edit - don't bother with the fuse box. You want power to the brake controller all the time, even with the ignition off. A hot lead to the battery with a circuit breaker, as recommended above, is the way to go.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AlbertF at 12:20 PM 11-3-2006</i>
 

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anybody know if the 98 xc70 is prewired for a trailer? <p>I just installed a hitch for my fishing boat and now i have to wire up the trailer lights to be in compliance with the law. i removed the left rear interior panel to get access to the tail light wiring. there are a couple set of wires there. <p>any help is appreciated. i've tried to have this ??? answered in multiple forums on this site and others. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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