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Old 07-27-2015, 03:44 PM   #29
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The unrealistic tongue weigh numbers are, lets just say, highly suspect for one of the toughest, well made vehicles on the planet.
I'm sure that Volvo used that tongue weight number just to stir up conversation on forums.
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It's amazing how light the tongue weight must be on some of these larger trailers that are being towed by Volvo's!

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3300-3500lbs. PLUS every one, and Ellpea can verify as well, who knows Volvos says they are good tow vehicles. When I go to the dealer to have my hitch installed I'll ask them. It seems so strange.
And if the dealer, or any mechanic, tells you to ignore the specifications in the manual, ask them to put it in writing. Especially for your almost new Volvo that has lots of warrantee time/mileage left.


Better Yet, go to the source as Dealers are usually not in a position to over ride mfgs. specifications.:
http://www.volvocars.com/us/footer/contact-us
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:55 PM   #32
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It's amazing how light the tongue weight must be on some of these larger trailers that are being towed by Volvo's!

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It is even more amazing is that the Volvo you are showing apparently isn't in the United States, or even North America for that matter. With that left side entry door, it appears to be in Great Britain where the specifications are different..... and ignoring those specifications are not a topic open for discussion.

Apparently (in Canada maybe) some peeps do the wrong thing, and that doesn't make it one step closer to being right.
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Not only that, the picture needs to be cropped so you don't waste pixels.
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:21 PM   #34
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If you look at that rv. Note where the axle is. Fulcrum is center. Not behind center.
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Without knowing where the center of balance is located, visual location of the axle doesn't mean all that much. The bottom line is, based on North American towing habits, we look for and want about 10% on the hitch, mostly to prevent sway, AKA, the "Tail Wagging the Dog". From my many trips to Europe I can safely state that they tow a lot slower over there than here, where some states now allow up to 80MPH towing.


Many years ago, before I knew about tongue weights and stuff, I very carefully packed a Uhaul trailer so that it almost balanced, so as to reduce tongue weight when towing with a very short w.b. early Bronco. At any speed over about 40, once it started to sway, it was all over. Fortunately, a CHP officer saw the situation, pulled me over and even helped me adjust the load to put a lot more weight on the hitch, problem solved, lesson learned.
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Not only that, the picture needs to be cropped so you don't waste pixels.
IMHO: Of which I am well known to have a few, the entire pic is a waste of pixels as it adds nothing constructive to the discussion. LOL
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Not only that, the picture needs to be cropped so you don't waste pixels.
Also needs to get a picture of the correct Volvo - that is not the XC70 the OP has.

Appears to be the large XC90 which even here in Canada is rated to pull 2250kgs or 4960lbs.
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Apparently the XC-90 is no longer in the U.S. line up, but page 164 of the 2014 XC-90 owners manual gives a very comprehensive listing of different combinations of chassis and passenger load. Basically with all wheel drive and only 2 passengers, that trailer may be within a 5000/500 lb load limit. But they are adamant about NOT exceeding 10% of trailer weight on the tongue...
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But again, European specifications may be different.
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Apparently the XC-90 is no longer in the U.S. line up, .
According to Volvo.com it is: 2016 Volvo XC90 and it still has a 5000lb towing spec.
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They may have skipped a year. I could not find an owners manual for the 2015/2015.5 XC90 on the Volvo site, but that's the only place I looked.


Soooo I went back and looked and the 2016 book was there, albeit with a much simpler chart, but the same 5000/500 weight limits.
Heres: a ling for that book: http://esd.volvocars.com/local/us/20...ers-Manual.pdf


Check Page 539...
Boy, these owners manuals are getting LOOOONG, this one has 570 pages
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It is even more amazing is that the Volvo you are showing apparently isn't in the United States, or even North America for that matter. With that left side entry door, it appears to be in Great Britain where the specifications are different..... and ignoring those specifications are not a topic open for discussion.
Nope!
For what it's worth Volvo is one company that uses the same ratings in North America as they do in Europe.
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Nope!
For what it's worth Volvo is one company that uses the same ratings in North America as they do in Europe.

So even if the OP lived in Europe they are stuck with the 165lb tongue weight limit spec put on it by Volvo - even more interesting is in Europe they would not be able to find a company such as the one you love to promote here that would put any hitch or other gear on her vehicle to permit her to tow anything more than what the vehicle manufactures specs state. Its illegal for them to do so and the police do check.
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