Thanks for all the replies. I will investigate the links suggested in each of them.
Have a 2000 volvo s70 gtl. It is a is a 5 cyclinder and has 3500 lbs curb weight
. I have owned it since 2002 and do not plan on getting other car soon (I have only owned 4 cars in the last 30 years.) I am posting here to get advice for my current tow vehicle and situation. Yes the future might change, but for now this is what I have.
I am extremely safety cautious so will get anything that is needed to protect my family or car and will not overload or get more than want is suggested. But I need the knowledge and suggestions of this group - that is why I am here.
Owner's manual says ... recommended hitch tongue load is 110 lbs for trailer weights below 2,650 lbs and 165 lbs for trailer weights above 2,650 lbs. for trailer weighs between 2,650 - 3,300 lbs a top speed of 50 mph should never be exceeded. maximum weight
recommended for trailers without brakes
is 1100 lbs. Maximum weight
recommended for trailers with braes is 2" ball 3300 lbs and 1 7/8" ball is 2000 lbs.
My hitch is a draw-tite part number 36262, class II, 1 /14" receiver, rated up to 3,500 lbs GTW.
So when we go camping there are 3 of us, average 150 lbs each person. we carry quite a bit of stuff. Usually have a bag on the top of the car. We live in florida so there are no hills. Don't anticipate going through any hills soon. My girl is 9 years old and cannot imagine taking her on a more than 4 hour trip.
Looking for suggestions and advice for safety and ease of towing regarding weight of trailer that would be acceptable and if a pop up (low profile) or camper (scamp or similar) would be a better tow. Thanks