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Just got back from a week at Hilton Head. Left on 7/1 with a flat top kayak on the roof and 4 bikes on a Thule rack inserted in the Hidden Hitch receiver.<p>I'd had the tie rod recall performed the day before and was a little concerned about highway stability, but it was smooth as silk.<p>Gas mileage suffered by at least 10% due to the kayak, but we still averaged 19.2 keeping the cruise on 68.<p>The XC90 has great storage space for a mid-size SUV, but for a week vacation for a family of 4 you do have to arrange your gear like the pieces of a puzzle.<p>Did get a warning message during our stay, but it was a minor issue i.e. "Bulb Failure Low Beam". Got a new bulb installed under warranty on Saturday.<p>The XC90 still feels very comfortable, safe, and is a pleasure to drive while traveling. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Vacation XC90 Style (dachshund2)

<p>We had our loaded to the gills when in Sweden. Even we couldn't believe we could pack so much in for the size of the car. Sure drove better with it all out!
 

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This will sounds odd but I always find the XC90 'feels' better loaded. Definitely with respect to the suspension and how it handles bumps in the road.
 

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<p>Oh yea, smoothe as silk loaded.. But a bit too soft, I could get a Caddy if I wanted suspension like that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> We had every space loaded, even between the kids in the back seat we had a cooler. We had to take what we needed for 6 weeks in 3 large bags, and then all of the other stuff we gathered too. We could have really used our F350 crew cab, being a diesel it would have gotten only a few less MPG with that light load(for the F350).
 
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