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Old 05-22-2017, 10:29 PM   #15
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Hi guys,
so I was ready to pull the trigger on a 2014 Volvo AWD XC90 with the 3.2 V6 engine. When I told my father in law, he told me that he thought it would be unsafe and that I need a F150. He was concerned that I would be endangering the lives of his daughter and grandson. He knows such and such because he used to drive cranes for a living, etc.

I'm pretty sure i trust Philip Tipler from Can Am more than my FIL. Philip's exact words were that "We've outfit XC90 Volvos to tow up to 30 foot Internationals. It's a very capable, stout vehicle. It would toy with a 16 on the hitch."

Anyways, I'm not really sure what to do. I don't want to buy a truck just to please the father in law. But on the flip side, if anything happened and I was driving the SUV, he'd say "I told you so...".

No win situation?

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Old 05-23-2017, 08:43 AM   #16
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Even if the XC90 can be set up safely (I'm not saying it can't), I think you'll find the 3.2L highly under powered.

I towed a Bambi with a Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6 Pentastar (285 hp, 260 ft lb torque) and it was somewhere between acceptable and okay. It would be a stretch to say it was good, and definitely was not great. The Jeep was rated at 4,000 lb tow capacity, so 3,260 lb of Bambi should be okay as far as stability/safety goes, but that doesn't necessarily mean the motor is up to it.

I can't imagine a 3.2L V6 with even less hp and torque (240 hp and 236 ft lb torque) would cut it. I'd seriously consider more powerful tow vehicle.
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:13 AM   #17
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Hi guys,
so I was ready to pull the trigger on a 2014 Volvo AWD XC90 with the 3.2 V6 engine. When I told my father in law, he told me that he thought it would be unsafe and that I need a F150. He was concerned that I would be endangering the lives of his daughter and grandson. He knows such and such because he used to drive cranes for a living, etc.

I'm pretty sure i trust Philip Tipler from Can Am more than my FIL. Philip's exact words were that "We've outfit XC90 Volvos to tow up to 30 foot Internationals. It's a very capable, stout vehicle. It would toy with a 16 on the hitch."

Anyways, I'm not really sure what to do. I don't want to buy a truck just to please the father in law. But on the flip side, if anything happened and I was driving the SUV, he'd say "I told you so...".

No win situation?

roger
I don't know whether an XC90 could be set up to safely tow a Bambi or not (I doubt you need an F150 to tow such a small trailer safely though). What concerns me is that after being in this forum for about 5 years I have yet to see a single member contact Can Am and be told that the vehicle they own is not up for the job and that they need a more capable vehicle. It seems you can tow any trailer with any tow vehicle, which can't possibly be true. I would take their advice with a grain of salt. My 2 cents worth.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:24 AM   #18
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I believe the Volvo XC-90 may be underrated for towing capacity, and my 2008 has been a great tow vehicle and has been very reliable. If you just want one vehicle for everyday use and towing, the Volvo is a good choice. An F-150 is overkill for a 16 footer. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:14 PM   #19
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I don't know whether an XC90 could be set up to safely tow a Bambi or not (I doubt you need an F150 to tow such a small trailer safely though). What concerns me is that after being in this forum for about 5 years I have yet to see a single member contact Can Am and be told that the vehicle they own is not up for the job and that they need a more capable vehicle. It seems you can tow any trailer with any tow vehicle, which can't possibly be true. I would take their advice with a grain of salt. My 2 cents worth.
A Fiat 500 could be set up to tow a 30' trailer...across the parking lot and out the Can Am gate, anyway. How far you'd get beyond that is uncertain. I agree with Rostam, though. You don't need a big pick-up like the F-150 to pull a Bambi. It's just overkill. The F-150 has become a physically large vehicle...not something that is easy and comfortable to drive except perhaps on the interstate (notwithstanding the cries of big truck lovers). Your SUV is more than capable. Consider this...before the time when trucks started to be decked out like luxury sedans and ride like them, hardly anyone used them to tow anything but the largest trailers!
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:13 PM   #20
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I tow my 2017 16' Bambi with a Porsche Macan S and the Blue Ox Sway Pro. The pull is smooth, well controlled, as well as handling well in the wind and at high elevations (7-10k so far).

My tow capacity is 4500 lbs and 441 lb tongue weight.

If you are within your ratings, have the appropriate set up, and tow smart (no flying down the highway over 70 MPH) you should be fine.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:30 PM   #21
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We have a member who tows a 16 with a Ford Edge. Took it to Alaska last year. Can AM fitt it out with smaller dia Tires to increase engine RPMs as I understand it.There does not seem to be any issue with this SUV
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Ford Edge is basically the same vehicle as our Ford Flex, which tows like a champ. We have been super happy with it (though our trailer is a little lighter, about 2800 I think), the new Bambi 16 would still be within it's towing capacity. When we wear this Flex out we're already planning to get another.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:53 PM   #22
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Hi Rostan. We tell people all the time their proposed combinations are not suitable. They likely just don't write about those.

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Just to clarify, my 2008 Volvo XC-90 has the V-8 option which includes a beefed up suspension.
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-- snip -- When I told my father in law, he told me that he thought it would be unsafe and that I need a F150. -- snip --
No win situation? roger
Roger, the win situation is to understand what you need and make an informed choice. The original Bambi was photographed behind a Falcon, Mustang, Camaro, and similar compact cars. The pickup craze is just that. You can safely tow with lots of vehicles and unsafe driving will put the safest vehicle on it's top.

I would not purchase a Volvo. I would not purchase a 150 for a Bambi. But my choice or CanAm's choice is not your's. Research and make an informed decision. I'd look at the Durango.

Good luck. Pat
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:39 AM   #26
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We are planning on towing a 67 Airstream Caravel. It has a GVW of 2265. We will be towing with a a 2010 Acura MDX. Acura says I can pull up to 5000 lbs. with the Acura loaded with supplies and a few more things in the trailer, I “think” we should be ok. Any opinions?
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:12 AM   #27
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Hi all,
I've been lurking for a few months. My wife and I just got a 2015 bambi sport. It's GVWR is 3500. We don't have a vehicle to tow it with yet (borrowed a truck to pick it up). We are planning to replace my wife's small SUV with a bigger SUV that can tow. We have it narrowed down to either a toyota highlander (2016) or a 2014 Volvo XC 90. Both are rated to tow about 5000 lb. Philip from CanAm thinks they both are adequate, but I'm nervous about being so close to the maximum tow rating. I've read all the related threads but wanted to know if anyone here had any negative experiences towing or braking with late model XC90's or Highlanders. I'd love to get a pickup, but it's just not practical for us right now.

Thank you in advance.

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How experienced are you at towing? Driving style has a lot to do with what you can tow with what. Lots of the crash stories start with "I swerved because...". And where are you planning to drive?
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I've been towing my 2010 16' International with a 2008 Volvo XC90, V-8 for several years over Colorado mountain passes as well as the flats. It now has 220,000 miles and is going strong. I've been prudent with flushing the transmission and oil changes, and hope to go to at least 300,000 miles. If you can find a XC90 with the V-8 and relatively low milage, you will find it to be a good tow vehicle and everyday ride.
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