Towing with a Volvo 240 Wagon

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240

#1

Hi. I’m trying to figure out if towing a 1976 MGB convertible, approx 2300 lbs., on a car trailer with a 1990 Volvo is possible and reasonablly safe. I would like to drive from NYC to Ada Michigan which is near Grand Rapids. I will not have anything in the Volvo other than myself and an overnight bag. Does anybody have any advice or experience with this type of tow?


#2

You’re wanting to put the MG on a full trailer? I would say the car all by itself would be pushing it. The car + trailer is going to just be too heavy. Go to Penske and rent a truck and trailer, you’ll be glad you did.


#3

Hey Mr. josh,
I would like to use a full trailer. I’m trying to save myself the shipping cost of trucking it there. I’m thinking that the MG with the trailer is probablly too heavy as well but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience towing with a Volvo.
Ned


#4

I’ve never towed with a Volvo, but I have towed plenty of cars on dollies and full-size open trailers, and I can say with reasonable certainty that you’re not going to have enough: braking, power, and suspension to do the job adequately (ranked in order of importance…) You’re looking at over 3300 lbs.


#5

Thanks Josh. I did check out the penske truck & trailer rental. Comes out to about $900. one way and then a $100. return ticket on Amtrak. To shipped it with a trucker on an open carrier is about $600-700. In an enclosed carrier it’s about $1200. - $1500. I might like the adventure of driving it out there myself and get the chance to speak face to face with the guys doing the work on the MGB. Ned