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Old 06-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a boat but I am unsure about the towing capacity for my 2011 Santa FE. The owners manual states 3500 lbs and tongue weight of 350 lbs. I am looking at a boat with weight of 2000 lbs but have no clue what the tongue weight refers to. Can anyone help me out?

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Tongue weight is how much the receiver weight is, i.e. how much force you need to lift it up and put it on the ball. For a boat rig that weighs 2000 lbs and is balanced right, you should have around 200 lbs of tongue weight.
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I used to tow my 2000 lb boat with my Elantra no problem.
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My boat was ~2400 lb and I traveled across Rockies a couple of times with no issues...
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Tongue weight is how much the receiver weight is, i.e. how much force you need to lift it up and put it on the ball. For a boat rig that weighs 2000 lbs and is balanced right, you should have around 200 lbs of tongue weight.
X2, usually tongue weight will be about 10% of trailer weight. You should be able to rig a bathroom scale to verify what tongue weight you have.
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I'd say you aren't going to be pulling many 19 foot boats around with it without straining it, but 17 foot boats are probably a safe bet generally speaking. I'm confident the 3.3L could pull my 17.4 ft Glastron, but I wouldn't dare pull my neighbors 19ft Crestliner Deep V very far with it. If there is a need for trailer brakes, then it's probably too big.
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The same car in Europe has a capacity of over 5000lb. I'd be happy up to the 3500 legal limit, with a braked trailer.
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The same car in Europe has a capacity of over 5000lb. I'd be happy up to the 3500 legal limit, with a braked trailer.
Trailer braking is quite different between North America and Europe - the automatic over-run braking we have in Europe is better in most conditions BUT isn't as good as North American electric braking in more extreme circumstances.
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