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Sorry if it's been covered before, but I did a search and found nothing. I've always been under the impression that the newer model V70R is NOT capable of towing. However, while looking at the new ones with a sales person, we were discussing how I have a T5 but would love an R except it can't tow. She thought it could so she checked with the techs and general opinion was that it could. But, it did have some issues with the suspension under full loads. We don't tow much more than 2000lbs and only do it maybe a dozen trips a year.<p>Anyone tow with an R? Anyone know 100% for sure if you can (and if it's a good idea)? Any input is appreciated!
 

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Re: Towing with newer model R. (alstensby)

Aside from potentially wanting to add a tranny cooler for long-distance hauling (if you have the automatic), I can't see why towing with the R would be a no-no. More power, bigger brakes, and the same frame as the T5 should be good, no? XC70s can tow fine, so AWD isn't a show stopper.
 

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Re: Towing with newer model R. (alstensby)

I checked the '07 owners manual, and there's nothing under the trailer towing section that differentiates an R from any other V70. Here's what it has to say:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Owners Manual</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Volvo recommends the use of Volvo trailer hitches that are specially designed for the vehicle. <p>- Maximum trailer weight recommended by Volvo is:<br>Trailers without brakes: 1650 lbs (750 kg)<br>Trailers with brakes: 2" (50 mm) ball - 3300 lbs (1500 kg), 1 7/8" (47 mm) ball - 2000 lbs (900 kg). Observe the legal requirements of the state/province in which the vehicles are <p>- All Volvo models are equipped with energy-absorbing shock-mounted bumpers. Trailer hitch installation should not interfere with the proper operation of this bumper system.<p>Trailer towing does not normally present any particular problems, but take into consideration: <p>- Increase tire pressure to recommended full. See section "Wheels and tires." <br>- When your vehicle is new, avoid towing heavy trailers during the first 620 miles (1000 km). <br>- Recommended hitch tongue load is: Trailer weights below 2,650 lbs (1,200 kg) - 110 lbs (50 kg) Trailer weights above 2,650 lbs (1,200 kg) - 165 lbs (75 kg) <br>- Maximum speed when towing a trailer: 50 mph (80 km/h). <br>- Engine and transmission are subject to increased loads. Therefore, engine coolant temperature should be closely watched when driving in hot climates or hilly terrain. Use a lower gear and turn off the air conditioner if the temperature gauge needle enters the red range. <br>- If the automatic transmission begins to overheat, a message will be displayed in the text window. <br>- Avoid overload and other abusive operation. <br>- Hauling a trailer affects handling, durability, and economy. <br>- It is necessary to balance trailer brakes with the towing vehicle brakes to provide a safe stop (check and observe state/ local regulations). <br>- Do not connect the trailer's brake system directly to the vehicle's brake system. <br>- More frequent vehicle maintenance is required. <br>- Remove the ball and drawbar assembly when the hitch is not being used. <br>- Volvo recommends the use of synthetic engine oil when towing a trailer over long distances or in mountainous areas.<p>WARNING! <p>- Bumper-attached trailer hitches must not be used on Volvos, nor should safety chains be attached to the bumper. <br>- Trailer hitches attaching to the vehicle rear axle must not be used. <br>- Never connect a trailer's hydraulic brake system directly to the vehicle brake system, nor a trailer's lighting system directly to the vehicle lighting system. Consult your nearest authorized Volvo retailer for correct installation. <br>- When towing a trailer, the trailer's safety wire must be correctly fastened to the hole or hook provided in the trailer hitch on the vehicle. The safety wire should never be fastened to or wound around the drawbar ball.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Re: Towing with newer model R. (02s60t5)

Now that I think about it, I recall a picture in the R forum of JimLill towing his VW racer with his V70R. No issues reported, and certainly not contra-indicated by the manufacturer.
 
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