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Old Apr 28th, 2018, 21:59   #1
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After spending 1000 for five days at Butlins I decided to buy a caravan this year.

Caravan purchase just made and has a MTPL of 1440 kgs.

I'm on a new licence after 1997 so can go for a max gross of 3500kgs.

Time to change the current wagon which has been a trusty S60 D5 with star ship miles on it as its too heavy.

The V60 is also over the weight I need.

I'm just wondering thoughts on towing with a V40 D4?

Kerb weight isn't that far of the V60 and the caravan is within the 1500kgs.

Anyone had similar experience? I test drove the v40 D4 today and the thing went like stink. I'd imagine doing about 1000 towing miles a year.

Thanks if anyone can help me out!
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Old Apr 28th, 2018, 22:01   #2
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Oh and does anyone know if the V40 has the cababilty of having the trailer stability software setup?
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Old Apr 29th, 2018, 14:59   #3
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I *think* if you get the genuine Volvo trailer module for the towbar electrics and get the dealer to load the correct software you will have TSA.

However you are close to the towing limit of your car (1500 Kg I think) and outside of the 85% "rule of thumb" (by quite some margin...).

You would still be legal though.

Rather than spend a lump of money on a new car - I would just do the test.
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I was in a similar situation, although hadn't bought the caravan.
The ramble below doesn't answer the question about a V40 but might be of some use.

I had a V60 and was finding it difficult to find a caranvan that I liked and could get under the weight limit.

I decided to do the trailer test. Since then I have bought a XC90. I just need to find a caravan now, but the choice will be based on what I want.

I would do the test and buy the car that meets your requirements and is also a good match for your caravan. I had some tuition over 2 half days then the test. The instructors pre book test slots so you might not have to wait as long as you think.

I have done plenty of towing over the years but did find the course beneficial.
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I'll do the test probably in the coming year or so. I'm in the forces and have a sneaky intention of getting them to pay for it. Major concern for me is i'm dyslexic. So whilst throwing together jet engines is no issue, learning to reverse around stupid cones might be an issue. Think i'd rather do that at works expense.

Had to replace the S60 its given a herculian effort but with starship miles on the clock the number of jobs stacking up on the list are going to be the nail in the coffin. Dual mass...cambelt...pads and disks.

Have settled on a s60 d3 R Design 2014. On the log book its down as 2020 kgs which is in and give a 91 percent match, whilst under the 85 percent, I can live with it. Plus I do actually think the cars are pretty nice looking!!!

Thanks for your help!!!
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I was in a similar situation, although hadn't bought the caravan.
The ramble below doesn't answer the question about a V40 but might be of some use.

I had a V60 and was finding it difficult to find a caranvan that I liked and could get under the weight limit.

I decided to do the trailer test. Since then I have bought a XC90. I just need to find a caravan now, but the choice will be based on what I want.

I would do the test and buy the car that meets your requirements and is also a good match for your caravan. I had some tuition over 2 half days then the test. The instructors pre book test slots so you might not have to wait as long as you think.

I have done plenty of towing over the years but did find the course beneficial.
There aren't may vehicles out there that are a better 'van tug than the XC90....
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There aren't may vehicles out there that are a better 'van tug than the XC90....
I accept the xc90 is a good tow barge, I recently test drove one as thinking of a heavier van. 2017 vea D5 fully loaded and souless. Auto I would struggle with as I just don't like it. Adaptive cruise, lane departure, 360 cameras, I felt like a passenger in the driving seat.
As an A to B transport it is comfortable quiet and for its size reasonably fuel efficient, 500 a year ved is a bit of an off putter but that applies to anything a penny over 40k. For a driver who still enjoys driving, it was a souless barge with no character, technology on wheels, but no soul.

I'm sticking with my manual xc70 and will find a van under 1800 kg if I change.

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I accept the xc90 is a good tow barge, I recently test drove one as thinking of a heavier van. 2017 vea D5 fully loaded and souless. Auto I would struggle with as I just don't like it. Adaptive cruise, lane departure, 360 cameras, I felt like a passenger in the driving seat.
As an A to B transport it is comfortable quiet and for its size reasonably fuel efficient, 500 a year ved is a bit of an off putter but that applies to anything a penny over 40k. For a driver who still enjoys driving, it was a souless barge with no character, technology on wheels, but no soul.

I'm sticking with my manual xc70 and will find a van under 1800 kg if I change.

Paul.
To be clear I was referring to the older model of the XC90, given the choices proposed by the OP I wasn't sure he was thinking of newer '90. I've not towed with the new XC90 so can't comment, but I do understand your comments (i.e. it's like a sofa with an engine and an I-Pad)

Which year is you XC70? Some P3 cars are rated 2t (manual) and 2.1t (auto).
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MY10 late 2009. Handbook gives 1800kg for the manual, auto 2000kg.
While it's an xc70 it's 2wd. A v70 on steroids. I baught it as it's easier to get in and out of being higher off the ground than my previous P1 v70. The extra 50 horses also help, not that the P1 struggled in any way.

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