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Old 05-12-2015, 01:36 PM   #1
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Towing with Hyundai

I am currently towing a Flagstaff Microlite (3800 lbs dry) with a Ford Ranger 4.0L which is rated to pull 5500 lbs. I do just fine, usually only diesels pass me on the hills. I want to go to a SUV and am looking at Hyundai Sante Fe XL which is rated to tow 5000 lbs. It has more HP than Ranger. I would like to hear from anyone towing with one of these. They recommend against WDH which worries me a bit. Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:15 PM   #2
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I am currently towing a Flagstaff Microlite (3800 lbs dry) with a Ford Ranger 4.0L which is rated to pull 5500 lbs. I do just fine, usually only diesels pass me on the hills. I want to go to a SUV and am looking at Hyundai Sante Fe XL which is rated to tow 5000 lbs. It has more HP than Ranger. I would like to hear from anyone towing with one of these. They recommend against WDH which worries me a bit. Thanks.
Santa Fe is a unibody crossover that I certainly would not use to pull anything bigger than a small pop up or utility trailer. You'll be over on a few capacities trying to tow any high walled travel trailer.

You can't use a WDH because it puts too much stress on the unibody construction.

I'd be looking at a beefier crossover or SUV to tow a 4500-5000 lb. trailer.
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Old 05-13-2015, 03:59 PM   #3
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I have a 2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan). Could not find any official info other than rated for 3500 lbs towing. No CGVWR info, no payload info other than the door sticker, no tongue weight limits. Some said it came stock with a huge transmission cooler, others said a cooler was needed.

During setup to tow our A122 (3100 lb GVWR), we found the following:
- Hyundai/Kia minivans tend to be heavier and heavier built than their competitors
- same vehicles in Europe have higher tow ratings
- stock transmission cooler on the Hyundai was over twice as large as the recommended after market cooler. Because of that we ditched adding the extra cooler.
- we put on an Equalizer 600/6000 because of porpoising during a trial drive without WDH. The Equalizer restored the ride with the A122 to very close to stock - no porpoising and no sway to 75 MPH in 30 MPH cross-winds. Wifey feels comfortable towing the A-frame, where our Explorer/PUP combo without WDH was a white knuckle for passengers that would sway every time above 62 MPH.
- the 5,000 lb European tow rating gives me confidence that the body structure is strong enough for our load and the WDH.

How much of this applies to the Santa Fe, I can't tell you. Sometimes, the WDH non-recommendation stems from adjustable suspension - a WDH will interfere with the outcome of any adjustments. And there are other possibillities, such as the mentioned unibody not being strong enough. I would try to talk to engineering reps from Hyundai rather than putting much stock in what a dealer claims to know.

At the end of the day, the Santa Fe (with a 6 cylinder) is going to be taxed towing close to 5000lbs, at least at Colorado altitudes and grades. I'm towing 2800 lbs (loaded) with the 3.5L V6 in the minivan, and while does all I want it to in the Rockies, I would not want a significantly heavier trailer (or a lot more wind resistance) behind me. To me, normal 6 cylinder tow vehicles thrive with PUPs and A-frames, and struggle when one goes bigger.

just my thoughts and experiences, yours may differ
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:30 PM   #4
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I dont know if Id trust it with a UNI-body and that much trailer, WDH are not recommended due to the uni and adjustable suspension form what I have heard. The max (when properly equipped) towing is 5k lb and the payload capacity is 1500 lb.

I would use it for a pop up or a frame as others have said but not for a regular TT thats 3800 dry (where it could weigh the full 5k once loaded). Just my opinion.....
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I tow a 2012 Palomino Puma fifth wheel with a 1999 Ford F250 7.3 Powerstroke diesel. 3.73 gear. Can leave in overdrive with cruise on while towing the interstates here in South Carolina. Mileage on truck is 160,000. Love it and when I look at new truck prices I love it even more.
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I tow a 2012 Palomino Puma fifth wheel with a 1999 Ford F250 7.3 Powerstroke diesel. 3.73 gear. Can leave in overdrive with cruise on while towing the interstates here in South Carolina. Mileage on truck is 160,000. Love it and when I look at new truck prices I love it even more.
You're comparing your orange to the OP's apple. Nice rig and set-up, but your post isn't helpful to the OP's question...he's not out looking for a Ford 7.3 (which I think is the only Ford diesel worth having, but again, not relevant.) Plus SC is flat as a pancake, everyone can leave everything in OD in SC!

I'd also be hesitant to tow any tall/hard-sided TT with a unibody crossover anything. If you use a WDH as has been suggested and tweak the "frame" (term used loosely,) the TV will never be the same, will be eternally out of alignment, and be worthless on trade-in. JMHO.
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At our favorite Cape Cod campground last summer a couple pulled in with their HTT (2004 Travelstar 21rbss). TV was a 2008 Hyundai Sante Fe (don't even think it was the 3.5). I know that 2010 21rbss (at the time) was 4600lbs. Wouldn't want to be doing it, but they were quite happy with their config.
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I tow a 2012 Palomino Puma fifth wheel with a 1999 Ford F250 7.3 Powerstroke diesel. 3.73 gear. Can leave in overdrive with cruise on while towing the interstates here in South Carolina. Mileage on truck is 160,000. Love it and when I look at new truck prices I love it even more.
I think you meant to post in the "older truck" thread, correct?
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Oops sorry. You are correct.
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Thanks for the info. How do you like your Durango? That's one of my options but it's about $10m more here.
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