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Old 08-08-2013, 08:00 PM   #15
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The thing I would pay attention to is the hitch attachment, making sure it won't fatigue and come off.
I had a look underneath the back end of the Xb. There is a big open space under there. I don't think much of the typical bolt on hitch/platforms. I believe Can AM could easily build and install a custom. That is the route I would go if we went for this vehicles. Their designs are just so much more substantial.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #16
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Since MC1 didn't mention they were buying a new car in their original post, I wasn't sure what model they were referring to. When the car was introduced in 2003, it was rather underpowered with a 1.5 L engine...
I apologize for the confusion.
No problem - I was also making an assumption, based on the original post's power and weight remarks, that this was the substantially larger second generation.

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Yes, we are looking at new ones with the 2.4//auto..
My assumption turns out to be correct, but I should have confirmed rather than assuming.

Like some other models from various companies, there are substantial differences between generations so no evaluation is valid without appropriate context. The Toyota RAV4 is an example which has come up before in FiberglassRV discussions.
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Yes, that place would be my choice too, if I were doing something similar. I think they know how to fabricate excellent receivers.
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I don't think much of the typical bolt on hitch/platforms. I believe Can AM could easily build and install a custom. That is the route I would go if we went for this vehicles. Their designs are just so much more substantial.
On the other hand, the available hitches for the xB bolt into six points in the structure prepared by Toyota specifically for that purpose. I have no problems with this mounting, but I don't think much of ad hoc welding to the floor structure.

If a hitch bolted to those six points is used within its rated capacity (3500 pounds), I don't see a purpose for more structure. Of course, if you tow 7000 pounds and apply massive WD forces, you'll need more structure...
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Two of our relatives have Scion XBs, both Gen 2's, both manual transmissions, and one with 80,000 miles since 2009. Neither have had any issues. As well neither tows but it was an oppoertunity to crawl underneat and check out the hitch mounting points.

Six point mounting and all with welded-in (?) threaded inserts. It looked relatively substantial.

The distance from the ball to axle appears to be 2/3rds of our Honda CRV. As well the seating volume was greater than our CRV, not by meaurement but certainly by feel.

It's engine compartment seemed less crowded and better considered than our CRV.
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Six point mounting and all with welded-in (?) threaded inserts. It looked relatively substantial.
The installation instructions for commonly available hitches show mounting points which are bolts into "existing weldnuts" - yes, that means they are nuts welded into the vehicle structure at the factory.

The first second-generation xB hitch I checked had only four mounting bolts, but was only a Class 1 hitch; I checked again and I see that a Class 2 hitch using six bolts is available.
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I bought a 2012 Scion Xb. Seems to be a great car.
We've already run one set of tires off it.
I've been wanting to put a hitch on it, but was waiting
until it was out of warranty, which it is. We also bought
a 2010 Tacoma V6 so it has been doing all the towing.
My 2002 Astro AWD has been sitting a lot since we got the Xb.

It's on a Corolla setup if I remember correctly.
And I think the Corolla may have a 1,000# rating. Not sure.

It's rated for 28 mpg on the highway but I've reached up to 35.
Averaging around 32. I don't rabbit start or abruptly brake like most.
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I don't have a hitch on my Xb, but it begged me to take
a picture of it with my Snoozy. The thing is such a wanna be
ham.

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Carl,

You need to clean the lens on your picture taking thingy.

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You need to clean the lens on your picture taking thingy.

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I think it was just the time of day and the lighting.
But I'll clean it anyway. It's been a while since I've wiped it. lol.
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Any finger oil or other crud will cause flare, especially under those conditions.
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A boxy tug with a streamlined trailer... more commonly it's the other way around!
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Guys, lots of great posts. Thnxs

We are still looking at vehicles but the Xb is still a strong contender.

Interesting........ Power to weight wise it has the same grunt as our Nissan Mini van which towed our Airstream for many years. No we have no plans to tow the Airstream with a Scion, just saying.
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