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> Xc60 & Towing, Towing a caravan
macy517
post Jan 5 2013, 07:48 PM
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I have a 2012 XC60 D5 auto Teknik and had a tow bar fitted by my local Volvo dealer some months ago. We are now considering buying a caravan and have started researching as I have never owned or towed a caravan before. I believe that caravans have something called a tow bar mass weight and that my car will also have a maximum tow bar mass weight allowed. After going through specs online I see that the standard tow bar mass weight for an XC60 D5 auto is listed as 150kg. Caravan dealers tell me that based on a 150kg tow bar mass weight limit, I should not go for any caravan with a tow bar mass weight of more than 120kg. This limits what we can look at.

I suppose I have a couple of questions. Firstly, am I correct with the weight limit for my XC60 and secondly, can you get a heavy duty tow bar fitted to the XC60 to give us a higher weight limit? Thanks for ant help you can give as I am a first time Volvo owner and a never before caravan owner.
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post Jan 6 2013, 01:59 AM
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QUOTE (macy517 @ Jan 5 2013, 07:48 PM)
I have a 2012 XC60 D5 auto Teknik and had a tow bar fitted by my local Volvo dealer some months ago. We are now considering buying a caravan and have started researching as I have never owned or towed a caravan before. I believe that caravans have something called a tow bar mass weight and that my car will also have a maximum tow bar mass weight allowed. After going through specs online I see that the standard tow bar mass weight for an XC60 D5 auto is listed as 150kg. Caravan dealers tell me that based on a 150kg tow bar mass weight limit, I should not go for any caravan with a tow bar mass weight of more than 120kg. This limits what we can look at.

I suppose I have a couple of questions. Firstly, am I correct with the weight limit for my XC60 and secondly, can you get a heavy duty tow bar fitted to the XC60 to give us a higher weight limit? Thanks for ant help you can give as I am a first time Volvo owner and a never before caravan owner.

Hi ,
We own a s60 turbo awd and I can assure you that they have excellent towing ability .
We towed a 19 foot glass boat for many years and not once did it let me down . Just be careful not go beyond the weight of the vehicle.and dont short change on the trailer brakes.
You will need to check on your local regulations.
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post Jan 6 2013, 08:14 AM
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I think that general recommendations (uk) are gross caravan weight below 80% of vehicle weight, the weight quoted is the nose weight of the caravan (careful loading can minimise this) I have towed caravans with my volvos (currently a 16 foot caravan with a V40 (2.0T))
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