Thanks all for your input.
The reason I ask, my wife and I are considering an XC90 to replace our Sequoia (see my other thread).
We've got a 2001 Coachment Catalina Lite 249QB travel trailer, sitting at 4325# in the driveway with full propane tanks. I believe tongue weight is right about 500#. Trailer has electric brakes, and I have a Reese Dual-Cam anti-sway hitch with weight distribution.
I read that the 5000# mark is intended for up to 300# of passengers and gear....if you go between 200-600lbs, max towing drops to 4500#. Past 600# in the tow vehicle, the trailer rating drops to 3700#s......I Understand.
My wife, I, the dog, and some gear (plus the weight of the Reese Dual-Cam hitch components) would put us near, but under 600# in the truck.
Loaded with some food, gear, etc, the camper would be near, but under 4500#. We wont be carrying water or sewage either direction
The 24' trailer is within acceptable length for the truck....based on Wheelbase, overhang, etc.
So, we're nearly maxed on all fronts, and I understand that. Near max weight, tongue weight, etc.
No, the XC90 is not the ideal tow vehicle for this trailer, BUT......we're only going to be towing this a few (2,000 miles, maybe?) per year ......not like we're traveling the country 12 months a year. I'd much rather drive an XC90 than the Sequoia.....and I cant afford a seperate tow vehicle.
I imagine the V8 would be most ideal for towing.......how about the new I6? Is towing with the turbos safe, or is it just asking to fry a turbo?
If the XC90 doesnt work, we'll probably buy a V8 Touareg, which is a bit smaller but rated for 7700# towing, so we have more "margin" though I realize many of these ##s are simply made-up in the first place.