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post #181 of 445 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 05:44 PM
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I now have a Trailer for Camping

Finished my first tow. 4872 KM, from near Montreal, QC to near Vancouver, BC.
Early/Loose guess is that I'm paying about 15% extra for towing 7-800 lbs.

SantaFe performed flawlessly. All towing was done at speed limit + 3-5 kmh.
The last bit in BC I did some manual down shifting to keep temps down.

A cautionary 2 cents worth: Coolant temp peaked at 97 degrees for a short time but the Santa Fe's temp gauge stayed where it always lives. Perhaps means that 97 is still within normal but I expected it to go up a notch. Normally it ran 85-87 degrees per bluetooth OBD and DashCmd App.

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Not to hijack or anything - Do you guys with the boats have trailer brakes? The manual says the sf sport has a max capacity of 1653lb without brakes, 2,000/2800/3500 with.

I specifically upgraded to the turbo motor because my boat is 2400lb tournament loaded. I had to rework my entire deal when I found out the limitations on the 2.4.


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Not to hijack or anything - Do you guys with the boats have trailer brakes? The manual says the sf sport has a max capacity of 1653lb without brakes, 2,000/2800/3500 with.

I specifically upgraded to the turbo motor because my boat is 2400lb tournament loaded. I had to rework my entire deal when I found out the limitations on the 2.4.


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I found that out as well and have not towed the boat with it since my boat trailer doesn't have brakes anyhow. I made other arrangements with a friend's truck. I do, however, have a small utility trailer that works out fine.

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Not to hijack or anything - Do you guys with the boats have trailer brakes? The manual says the sf sport has a max capacity of 1653lb without brakes, 2,000/2800/3500 with.

I specifically upgraded to the turbo motor because my boat is 2400lb tournament loaded. I had to rework my entire deal when I found out the limitations on the 2.4.


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I frankly don't quite understand the trailer brake issue with this vehicle. I used to tow our pop-up camper with our Chrysler minivan which has the 3.8L V6 (180hp) and it also has drum style rear brakes. The trailer weighs 2800lbs and does not have brakes. Never had an issue with towing it with the van and I cannot imagine the Santa Fe having an issue either. Sure, the brakes on the trailer will help. I wonder if it is more a lawyer/legal issue with stopping distance than anything else.

I also have a boat that has brakes on the trailer but the boat weighs over 4000lbs (4300 if I remember correctly) and I know for a fact that the Santa Fe could not haul it out of some of the ramps I go to. Heck, it makes my 4x4 GMC truck snort sometimes.
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I frankly don't quite understand the trailer brake issue with this vehicle. I used to tow our pop-up camper with our Chrysler minivan which has the 3.8L V6 (180hp) and it also has drum style rear brakes. The trailer weighs 2800lbs and does not have brakes. Never had an issue with towing it
its not about engine power. its about how fast the stock pads & rotors heat up and begin to fade - when having to slow down with a heavy load. your point about you having drum brakes is also kinda "meh" because the rear brakes do about only 25-30 percent of the work.
THE REAL CONCERN IS THE FRONT BRAKES - and thats why they want to make sure you tow a trailer with brakes (after a certain weight limit).

could it be lawyer "talk"? sure.
could it be them testing the car and finding the brakes begin to fade at a certain point? sure.
could it be them testing the car under certain climate temps (like texas, arizona, etc) and finding that the ambient temps contributed to faster brake fade? sure.

idk about you - but id either be amending my driving or listening to the manual.
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Also keep in mind that different states have different laws regarding towing and use of trailer brakes. I know NY state says anything towed over 1000 pounds requires trailer brakes; It doesn't matter if you tow it with a semi or a Gremlin, just as one example.

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All I can contribute is that i bought THIS from etrailer.com with my Curt Hitch and it was plug and play. I removed the panel on the driver's side of the vehicle behind the wheel and the wiring harness i linked above plugged right in.

NOTE: I had the tow-prep package option on my SF. If you don't have it, it's a different part all together.

Here is the panel removed and the harness plugged in:


It was really simple and honestly the wiring portion of the install took a few minutes, most of which was spent zip-tying the wires up.
The Curt 56151 instructions suggest that the converter box be mounted inside the vehicle; I don't think that is possible. Where did you end up securing the converter box to? It seem like mounting it on the undercarriage where the drivers side fascia panel is located would give it adequate protection from the elements. Suggestions?
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Here's a Pic. Hard to tell but the cover on the drivers side pretty much covers most of it. I put some extra electrical tape around the rest of the box that was more exposed but I wouldn't worry about it anyhow. It's covered good enough. In other words, exactly where you mentioned, although about an inch of the box is a little exposed.


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Here's a Pic. Hard to tell but the cover on the drivers side pretty much covers most of it. I put some extra electrical tape around the rest of the box that was more exposed but I wouldn't worry about it anyhow. It's covered good enough. In other words, exactly where you mentioned, although about an inch of the box is a little exposed.

Wow! You took the fascia out just to show me a pic! Stellar! Much appreciated!
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No no, lol... This was taken when I installed it.

It has electrical tape on the end that's exposed now for added waterproofing measure lol. Thats a piece of black duct ta[e to help hold it up - I wasn't sure the included 3m double-stick would do the job.

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