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Old 01-19-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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What can a Volvo tow?

Hi all. I have been planning to get an Airstream for a few years now but now with five small children, it seems like its time. I just sold my t@b (larger one) and was looking to upgrade. I saw the flying cloud with the bunks and that got my attention. My big question is, can my Volvo xc90 tow something that big safely. I know it can physically pull one easily, but the stability part is of concern to me. The car has sway control as well as rear suspension airbags.

So in conclusion, with a proper stabilizing hitch, can I tow a 30 foot airstream, or is a smaller one in order?

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Send an email to Andy Thomson at Can-Am RV in Ontario, Canada. He may have already configured a vehicle like yours for towing Airstream trailers.

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Old 01-19-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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The current Volvo xc90 has a tow rating of 5000 lbs and a current 30 footer weighs about 9000 to 11000 lbs. I will have to leave it to you to determine if you can safely make that combination work. Personally I would not chance it.
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Are you doing this here or in Europe? Big difference in the trailer weights, and the UK towing regs are different.

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Ok, that would pose a problem. I was looking on the airstream USA website but I thought it was the uk one. It seems like ours are a bit narrower.

I was reading the specs and they seemed around 6000 lbs. 10000 would be crazy.
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I moved to the uk pretty recently. All the towing numbers are confusing here.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #7
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Send an email to Andy Thomson at Can-Am RV in Ontario, Canada. He may have already configured a vehicle like yours for towing Airstream trailers.Kevin
Yes.... Check in with Mr. T to see what your vehicle is good for them look for what will work.
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Good advise from Road Ruler. Since you are in the UK, you will have no trouble towing your desired Airstream, however, if you were in Texas, it most likely wouldn't work.
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Scotty once said to Captain Kirk "I can't change the laws of physics". Are Texas and the UK that different?
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Scotty once said to Captain Kirk "I can't change the laws of physics". Are Texas and the UK that different?
Must be something in the water.
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When I went on the factory tour last fall, I saw the floor for a European unit. Not only are those models narrower, their assembled weight is substantially less than the models over here. The floor does not begin to equal what we get here. Nearly any small car can be seen with the strange tow knob sticking out the back. It looks like a question mark on it's side.
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Is Andrew T starting a business in the UK?
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Scotty once said to Captain Kirk "I can't change the laws of physics". Are Texas and the UK that different?
Yeah, that's the first thing I said too. The truth is that trailer manufacturers over here use the the 10-15% tongue weight rule & in Europe it's 5-7%. As far as overall weight of European Airstream's being significantly lower than over here, I doubt it. They do have a rather complex heating system that looks much like a hot water boiler system we use here in our houses. That must weigh more than our furnaces.
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What can a Volvo tow?

Two rooms of furniture from Ikea....or there abouts.
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