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Old 03-31-2014, 07:38 PM   #15
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If she has the 3.2 six cylinder engine, then yes, same model - or close enough to be virtually identical. The XC90, like most Volvos, is a bit of a tank.

The only alterations I personally would make is additional cooling and a reinforcing the hitch to better deal with the stresses of WD, but that's all. They're solid, sturdy, cars with excellent payload - about as much as many 1/2 ton trucks, but with far superior suspension setup. I would use one to tow my own trailer without worry or hesitation.
Either the stock XC90 can tow 5000# or it cannot. You either believe the UK Volvo or you do not. So, I am not sure why you brought up the hitch reinforcement and additional cooling system. Do all these threads have to turn to advertisement for CanAm?
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The TT is the important part of the rig. The TV should be one that best suits solo duties and can tow the A/S.

Concentrate on the TT. The pieces fall into place afterwards.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:27 PM   #17
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Either the stock XC90 can tow 5000# or it cannot. You either believe the UK Volvo or you do not. So, I am not sure why you brought up the hitch reinforcement and additional cooling system. Do all these threads have to turn to advertisement for CanAm?
It's perfectly normal to add transmission cooling and to reinforce the hitch for any tow vehicle - many truck or truck based SUV owners do the very same thing. It's called "Adding the Tow Package". The Suburban stock hitch, for example, is well known to fail without reinforcement, never mind the high rating.

You can get that done at your local mechanic, wherever you live.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:35 PM   #18
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Lets not get this thread locked - Pharm was looking for advice about towing with a specific car. Let's just present all the facts without getting all emotional about it.

Those are:

The Volvo is rated higher in Europe than in the US. Why, we're not sure.
The available payload is excellent.
Engine power output is ample for all but the heaviest trailers on all but the steepest inclines.
The car is sturdy and well built, with a sophisticated suspension.
Capabilities can further be improved by using a strong hitch and cooling the transmission - installing a tow package.
It has a proven track record as a successful tow vehicle.

The rest is up to Pharm and his friend.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:44 AM   #19
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We have set up a lot of XC 90's they are a good vehicle and very stable, most are towing 25-28's. We have done a couple of the 8 cylinder models with 31's which they handle very nicely. We do strengthen hitch on them but a factory one is likely fine for a 16-19.

of coarse as always it has to be set up correctly.

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Old 04-01-2014, 07:47 AM   #20
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Except Andy - I'll pass that info on to her - I think she is becoming smitten by 19 footers
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:35 AM   #21
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Also - towing is a part of this thread and I'm not worried about thread creep - but also would like responses about 16-19 foot models that are in the neighborhood of 6-12k

Ps - she texted me about a 19 footer that was "newer" (I forget the year) for 19.5k - she started asking about financing lol - uh oh

The unit sold before she could even think about it
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:00 AM   #22
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Sometimes when financing it is easier to purchase a new one or a nearly new one.
The asking price of older ones is generally above loan value, so when purchasing an older one you will at least need some cash to make up the difference between asking price and loan price.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:24 AM   #23
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Is she looking at newer models or vintage? Some of the old Globetrotters and Caravels or terrific little trailers.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:39 AM   #24
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Hello PharmGeek:

Yesterday You asked how much do the older Airstreams weigh. I understand you were referring to Airstreams under 20 feet.

I don't know exactly what one of those might weigh, but the owners manual for my 22 foot '67 Airstream states mine weighs 3420 Lbs with a hitch weight of 398 Lbs.

I hope that gives you a ball park figure about the weight difference between older and newer Airstreams. My 22' Airstream is narrower than the new ones. A new one will not fit down my driveway.

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Here's a link to a pdf that lists trailer weights all the way back to the 1950's.

A 18' Wanderer weight in at 2130#.

http://www.airstream.com/files/libra...c5c1005fbf.pdf
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Those older weights do not include options. In those days almost everything was an option so actual weights tend to be quite a bit higher, Not that weight matters that much towing an Airstream.
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These numbers from our 65 Caravel may help:

Original Weight 2250
Restored, with A/C, etc 2700
Fully loaded with gear, water 3100

Don't have the trailer anymore -- those are my best recollection.
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The XC90, like most Volvos, is a bit of a tank.

I would use one to tow my own trailer without worry or hesitation.
Agree andreasduess.... A vehicle with a rock solid build is a great place to start when looking for a TV.
We too would have no problem towing our 23' with a C.A. set up Volvo.
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