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Old 04-05-2013, 07:54 AM   #21
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My setup is in my signature. It's a great combination for me (single traveler). My Xterra is chipped with a Hypertech Tuner.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #22
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IndyRC, thanks for the info. 14 mpg is better than what I get with my F150 pulling a pop-up, about 11 mpg.
Ok now I don't feel so bad about the 20mpg (combination of mountain and flat) I get with my Santa Fe while towing. It would be nice not to have to worry so much about tongue weight though.

But at the same time I went from a Jetta diesel to my Santa Fe and that was bad enough. Jetta I got like 45-55mpg highway and the Santa Fe is around 27-30mpg highway.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:10 AM   #23
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For those of you concerned about the rear end sag, has anyone considered a WDH instead of airbags ?? Airbags do nothing about getting weight back on the front axle.

Here are some lite tongue weight WDHs:
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #24
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Thanks for that link, mtnguy. I've been giving some serious thought to using a WDH and that looks like just the ticket.

Now if I could only get the electronic readout on my Jeep to give me proper MPG instead of that silly 'litres per 100 km'...
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:32 AM   #25
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I should add that I have some heavier LT all terrain tires on my Taco that dropped my MPG by a couple. IIRC, I was getting around 15.5 - 16mpg towing with regular tires.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #26
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IndyRC, thanks for the info. 14 mpg is better than what I get with my F150 pulling a pop-up, about 11 mpg.
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gregory, yes its 4x4, 5.4 triton with a 4:11 posi-track rear end. at best, not towing I get around 15mpg.
OutAndAbout, I have a 2006 F150 Super Cab with the 5.4L Triton, but my truck has the 3:73 gears. Towing a 3500 lb. Trailmanor, I figured the fuel average at 15.3 mpg......sometimes in the 14s, and sometimes in the 16s. Those 4:11s probably give you all sorts of power when needed, but seem to really make the fuel mileage suffer.
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For those of you concerned about the rear end sag, has anyone considered a WDH instead of airbags ?? Airbags do nothing about getting weight back on the front axle.

Here are some lite tongue weight WDHs:
300 lbs Weight Distribution | etrailer.com

I considered it as they do make a WDH hitch for the Santa Fe but I am a little concerned with using a WDH on a Unibody frame. Some people say its ok and others do not recommend it or have had frame issues.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #28
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Thanks for that link, mtnguy. I've been giving some serious thought to using a WDH and that looks like just the ticket.

Now if I could only get the electronic readout on my Jeep to give me proper MPG instead of that silly 'litres per 100 km'...
Lol we Canadians use the metric system, so luv it, here is a cheat page for conversion chart:
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It cost me 3 L/100 km more to pull my A128S. Gas right now is $1.26 per liter.
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I considered it as they do make a WDH hitch for the Santa Fe but I am a little concerned with using a WDH on a Unibody frame. Some people say its ok and others do not recommend it or have had frame issues.
I can understand the concern with that. Reference the owners manual to see if it is OK with the manufacturer.
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I can understand the concern with that. Reference the owners manual to see if it is OK with the manufacturer.
I do not think they mention it in there from memory. At the same time the Generation 1 and 2 Santa Fe's Hyundai did not recommend WDH. Even the Kia Sorento which was at one point was a full frame vehicle they did not recommend it.

From some posts I read, Hyundai said as long as you stay within the recommended tongue weight of 350lbs there should be no issue with the front end being too light. From my experiences so far with my Santa Fe it does feel a bit lighter in the front end when towing, but not to the point of being dangerous.
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