Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 09:56:37 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-6x photo

Kevin Rhodes wrote: > > > Actually, the hitch on my 2000 Saab 9-5 V6t is a Class II, rated at 3500lbs, > which is also the official towing capacity of the car per the US manual. > I have towed a car trailer with a Triumph Spitfire on it which weighed that > much or even a little more perfectly comfortably. No. A little Triumph Spitfire only weighs something less than 1900 lbs (wet), so unless your trailer is over a ton you are well short of towing a good sized boat. > In fact, I have also towed > the same car and trailer with a friend's 2000 GMC Jimmy, a "rough, tough SUV". > There was simply no comparison, the Saab was infinitely more comfortable > towing than the Jimmy. Hugely better braking, and far more stable. That's your opinion. I would disagree. For one thing, a properly loaded trailer will have a tongue weight of between 10 and 15 percent of the load. That SAAB 9-5 would be doing a wheelie with my boat trailer loaded on it. Then you have to back it down a sometimes slippery boat ramp (sometimes they aren't even paved). With front wheel drive and ~400 lbs on the hitch, I doubt I'd even be able to retrieve the boat and trailer back up the ramp at the end of the day. In many of the places that I launch, before the trailer gets submerged enough to move the boat on and off of it I usually have to back the Explorer up so that the bottom of the rear bumper is submerged. At that point the exhaust is underwater and bubbling away happily. Half the trunk of the SAAB would be underwater. > In Europe, > using the official Saab hitch (which is rather more rugged than my CII > Drawtite), I believe the official towing capacity of a Saab 9-5 wagon is > 5000lbs. As I mentioned in another post, I found the same thing. It's ridiculous if you ask me. But either way, there is no way in hell you would be able to use a FWD SAAB automobile to trailer (launch and hopefully retrieve) even a modest sized power-boat like mine. You guys really do not have a clue. -Fred W

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