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Old 02-23-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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Hi from Michigan. My husband and I just went to an RV show and I got the rv bug. Trying to decide what type/style rv to go with. I found several travel trailers that I like, however am limited in towability as we have a 2003 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD seats 7 with 125,000 miles on it. My husband is on the cheap side and doesn't want to spend alot of money. (If he had his way we would never go anywhere or do anything ).
That said, my dilema is a travel trailer within the towability of the Volvo, or a C Class motorhome. Our home is on 19 acres so storage is not a problem. I have agreed to wait 2 years in order to pay off those pesky credit cards, but this has not stopped me from looking.
Travel would be the two of us plus an occassional couple with 2 children. If necessary, the couple and children could follow along in their own vehicle and stay in the trailer at the destination to cut down on the weight in the main vehicle. If we go alone we would probably bring the cats. Has anyone camped with cats? The heaviest dry weight trailer I am looking at weighs 3804. Would this be doable? I don't want to wreck the Volvo.
About 20 years ago (before the current husband) I borrowed a C Class motorhome and camped for a week and really enjoyed it. My current husband is an ASE certified GM technician so I thought a gas motorhome would be a good choice as he could do some of the mechanical maintenance on it himself to save some money. He knows nothing about diesels.
Any tips or suggestions anyone may have would be greatly appreciated and the advice would be highly valued.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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Hi there! I am unfamiliar with this Volvo of yours. You need to do some homework, starting with the Volvo and the sticker that's usually inside the driver's door jamb. Write down the GVWR and the GCWR. These are the Gross Vehicle weight rating and the Gross Combined Weight Ratings. These numbers should tell you how much weight you can tow with your Volvo. Read up on them so you can figure it out. There's some info here in the Towing section on it. It sounds to me that you are considering a rather large trailer in order to sleep that many people. I might consider a 5th wheel and pickup truck to do it.

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Old 02-23-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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Welcome Birdnut. Personally, we were afraid of the towing, plus we would have had to buy a truck, so we went with a Class C for our first RV. With the overhead cab we could easily sleep 8 or more. Of course 5 of them were under 10 years old. lol It is an easy vehicle to drive. We full time now and have upgraded but we have our dog and cat with us and they love it. The other plus is, everybody can ride in the one vehicle and you can tow your Volvo. Good luck and hope you can get on the road sooner rather than later.
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Howdy Birdnut and welcome to the forum. There's a ton of good info here; you might check out the Travel Trailer Owner's board and the Class C motorhomes board to ask specific questions about each. Obviously the key will be finding a trailer that can be towed by your Volvo, so determining the capabilities of your vehicle is your first step. IMO, a gently used Class C would be a good option.

Your biggest problem is going to be that your husband "doesn't want to spend a lot of money." RVing is a money pit, but worth it! Have fun with your search.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:15 AM   #5
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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Hey and welcome,
If we were to do it over again we would go with the biggest we could afford. After tenting for many years we had to move up due to a car accident the DW had, so she could not sleep on the ground anymore. We started with a pop-up went to a TT and now a MH. Looking back we should have gone straight to the MH. Yes we had a lot of fun over the years, and learned much. But I think it would have been better.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. You will probably be better off with the C versus towing with what you have...
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Hi Birdnut, welcome to the forum. Good luck with your RVing plans. Your Volvo manual should tell you its towing limits.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're happy to have you! Good luck on finding just the right RV for you! Have fun & God bless!

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