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OK.. The rated capacity for towing on the 14XT is very low. I'm wondering if anyone out there has real world towing experience with the XT turbo yet?

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Sales guy at my dealership has one with a hitch but I have never seen him tow anything with it. Haha
 

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I have an 8x12 trailer which I've towed a few times. I've carried my 350 lb Maxi-scooter and my son-in-laws Honda Shadow. Barely noticed I was towing. Of course I kept my speed to the trailer manufacturer's recommended maximum (90 km/hr). I've also used it to haul my 45 foot dock out of the water for the winter without problems. I guess it depends on what you want to tow, where and for how long. I haven't tried extended towing yet - only local.
 

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I have an 8x12 trailer which I've towed a few times. I've carried my 350 lb Maxi-scooter and my son-in-laws Honda Shadow. Barely noticed I was towing. Of course I kept my speed to the trailer manufacturer's recommended maximum (90 km/hr). I've also used it to haul my 45 foot dock out of the water for the winter without problems. I guess it depends on what you want to tow, where and for how long. I haven't tried extended towing yet - only local.
Thank you.. I have about 1350lbs of bikes and gear I want to haul to the woods..
 

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OK.. The rated capacity for towing on the 14XT is very low. I'm wondering if anyone out there has real world towing experience with the XT turbo yet?

Peter
I don't think it's the power or brakes. I'm sure you can haul 2500.


Cvt is gonna break faster though.
 

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I don't think it's the power or brakes. I'm sure you can haul 2500.


Cvt is gonna break faster though.
Would it be better to use the manual mode in S or S#? That would take the pressure off the CVT to find the right rev point..
 

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I've towed my 17' sailboat (650 lbs) on its 300 lb trailer without issues...one could potentially tow more; just need either surge or electric brakes on the trailer (it's not the power/torque so much as it is the BRAKE capacity), at least on the NA model with a stick....dunno about you turbo/CVT types
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So I guess what I'm looking for is sense of how the XT behaves with 1500lbs behind it.
 

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I mean the base model has a 2500 lb capacity correct? And that's with smaller brakes and a lot less horsepower.

Probably behave normally, aside from your transmission working overtime. Who knows how long it will last, nobody has tried for any length of time.
 

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I think its just as much to do with the trailer than the car. I have done about 2500km with the XT towing about 300kg (680lbs) at 110km/hr and had absolutely no problems, didn't even know it was there.

Have also towed about 800kg of trailer & cargo (braked tandem axle trailer) around the city and found it pretty uncomfortable. The trailer not only bounced the back end up and down a lot but jerked the car a lot when braking.
 

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I regularly tow a boat and trailer which together weigh 900-1,000 kg (2,000-2,200 lb) and the 2.5 N/A does it without problems so a XT should do it with ease.

In Australia the XT is rated to tow up to 1,800 kg (4,000 lb), however, they come with transmission coolers.
 
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