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Old 08-03-2015, 10:23 AM   #57
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Without the use of a modern WDH the limitations are glaring/disappointing for sure. Will the day ever come when the off shore thinking will advance to where we are over here with connection technology???
I read through the posted UK Towing sites reading the user reviews for Volvos. I did not detect the level of towing concern I read on our site. People did mention towing at 60 and 70 mph with trailers a lot larger than a 13 footer.

I'm not sure who's got it right, us or them. They certainly have the diesel part right.

As you know I towed at 200 lbs for the last 8 years.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:40 AM   #58
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Paul, You are so right. Years ago while headed from Munich to Frankfurt I was towing a pop up camper when I saw the cars way up ahead were stopped in both lanes, I was passing someone so I got back in the right lane and I looked in the mirror and here came a BMW at a high rate of speed. Just as I got in the R lane he saw everything ahead stopped and low and behold he rolled that car right next to me. If I had my window down I could have stuck out my arm and touched it as it rolled over.
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:02 PM   #59
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I read through the posted UK Towing sites reading the user reviews for Volvos. I did not detect the level of towing concern I read on our site. People did mention towing at 60 and 70 mph with trailers a lot larger than a 13 footer.

I'm not sure who's got it right, us or them. They certainly have the diesel part right.

As you know I towed at 200 lbs for the last 8 years.
For sure Norm. In many cases they work out good over there for what they have. I believe it has more to do with the nature of their tow vehicle and trailer design than the connection. Those smaller nimble TV have many of the attributes that work so well as TV compared to the large bulky vehicles many use over here.

I know your rig performed well for many years on the ball. We had the same trouble free experience towing out big Coleman pop up all over the country with the Nissan van. Note on the ball with no sway control or trailer brakes.


Norm... RE Diesels.... Agree. The other day we test drove an 09 Mercedes M class Blutec. The drive train was amazingly smooth and with over 400TQ it really took off. The typical butt wiggling SUV ride was there. Thinking we will just keep the ol G35 for now.
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Say what you may about European drivers, but my experience, both on the road as well as when they are driving moi. is that they are much more cautious and have fewer traffic violations, the later perhaps because the fines and consequences are so high. Not to mention that the penalties for DUI are not only higher, but can be almost immediate. In Bulgaria, at least until recently, it could include the death sentence for a 2nd offense.
Here a chart showing fatalities per million kilometers. The United States appears to be much higher than Germany and many other Western European countries.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ted_death_rate
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Say what you may about European drivers, but my experience, both on the road as well as when they are driving moi. is that they are much more cautious and have fewer traffic violations, the later perhaps because the fines and consequences are so high. Not to mention that the penalties for DUI are not only higher, but can be almost immediate. In Bulgaria, at least until recently, it could include the death sentence for a 2nd offense.
Here a chart showing fatalities per million kilometers. The United States appears to be much higher than Germany and many other Western European countries.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ted_death_rate
The death sentence is a lot lighter in Bulgaria than in the U.S.
Nobody really wants to LIVE there anyway!
Must be some awfully good beer though!
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