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Towing with Air Suspension

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Old Jan 9th, 2020, 15:55   #1
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Hi Everyone!

A new Volvo owner here, who tows a horse trailer 3 times a week and would like advice on air suspension please.

The manual says 'to facilitate towing a trailer on a car with air suspension select Dynamic'. I would like to know why this is please as it uses more fuel and is not such a comfortable drive. Is towing in Comfort mode detrimental to air suspension?

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Old Jan 10th, 2020, 17:11   #2
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comfort is lower pressure on the suspension, but with the added load/weight of a trailer, it wont potentially have the capacity to cope with things like large bumps (ie: the suspension could go all the way in), causing you to hit the bumpstop, which can cause shock damage to the wheel assembly.

Whilst there isn't any wear & tear reason why not, its more a case of their engineers don't recommend it.

Not entirely sure why dynamic would use more fuel, unless it changes the engine parameters too?
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Old Jan 10th, 2020, 17:15   #3
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also, without knowing what you drive nor what you tow, friendly advise, check your towing weights are actually legal - most double boxes with two horses in push a full 3.5T load, which as far as im aware, not many (if any) volvo's can do.

The DVSA are launching a huge campaign this year spot checking people towing, make sure everything is by the book, license, trailer, weights, tacho (if required). Also note should any employees tow a trailer, it must have an annual service record or the owner is liable to prosecution.
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Thanks for your reply gingerbiscuit69, it was very helpful.

I drive an XC90 which, as you rightly say, certainly won't tow 3.5T and I think it will tow an absolute max of 2.7T.

Luckily I only tow one small horse in the trailer, however after towing with an old Disco where I didn't worry about weight, when I was thinking 'Volvo' I did check that my towing weight would be well within it's capacity and luckily it is.

Thanks again.
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Old Jan 18th, 2020, 11:21   #5
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According to volvo dynamic mode is to allow quicker gear changes in the auto box, stiffen the suspension to stop rolling, faster steering response and deactivate start/stop (there's the extra fuel your on about).
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