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Towing with an S60

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's stylish, distinctive P2 platform cars sold as model years 2001-2007 (North American market year designations).

2001 - 2007 V70
2001 - 2004 V70 XC (Cross Country)
2004 - 2007 XC70 (Cross Country)
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R
2004 - 2007 V70 R

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Re: Towing with an S60

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abscate wrote: 28 Oct 2020, 01:10 In ny it doesn’t matter what tow vehicle you use, above 1500# gross trailer weight you have to have trailer brakes.

I detest the electric ones , surge brakes are so much better
I’ll have to do a trip to princess auto and find out what I can set it up with.
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I have electric brakes on my 16 foot flat bed trailer and electric controller on my Ford truck. I think they work fine. I like that you can use the controller in the cab to test the trailer brake operation. I have towed 5000 lb with this combination.
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volvolugnut wrote: 28 Oct 2020, 08:57 I have electric brakes on my 16 foot flat bed trailer and electric controller on my Ford truck. I think they work fine. I like that you can use the controller in the cab to test the trailer brake operation. I have towed 5000 lb with this combination.
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I was originally planning on going the electric brake route, but a quick google search makes me question this for a boat trailer application. It seems like submerging the electro-magnets when launching or retrieving the boat might give questionable longevity and reliability. I really like that on an electric setup, the trailer's brakes brake first, before the tow vehicle's. Maybe the electric-over-hydraulic setup would be better suited for marine use. I think that I'll have to do plenty more research before choosing the route to go down for this application.
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Post by abscate »

If you ever think it might salt water, it's surge brake. Even in fresh, I use surge brake in everything marine.

Flush brake fluid to keep them happy, annually. I think that's why people go electric, because they detest bleeding brakes.

I crack the bleeders and pump the runaway lever watching the bleeder hose for fresh fluid. 5 minute job.
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