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Ive heard there is no such thing as a dumb question but this may be one. I have a 2016 SFS AWD turbo 2.0 with a trailer package. Listed towing limits are 3500 pounds and 350 pound tongue load. Later this summer I am renting a camping trailer. Im not towing it but having the RV dealer deliver it to my campsite. Midway through my camping week I have to change sites with the new site being just across the street, a distance of maybe 100 feet. I have a camping buddy with a tow equipped Expedition lined up to move the camper for me. My question deals with what if I need a plan B just in case. The camper weighs 4135 pounds with a tongue weight of 499 pounds and I realize that is empty weight. Towing requires a 2 and 5/16 inch ball. If I put the right size ball on my SFS would I be able to move the camper across the street to the new site without doing any permanent damage?

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Hmmm. I wonder if you'll be able to steer your Santa Fe or if the front wheels will lose traction. And then there is the mater of hitch capacity and its ability to stay attached to the vehicle.....Sounds like a joke, but I have seen it happen when someone goes crazy with the tongue weight. We had an owner who claimed his truck would not steer properly with the trailer attached and yes, the tongue weight was excessive and lifting the front of the vehicle enough to cause loss of traction issues. Keep in mind that there is leverage in play because of WHERE that weight is being deposited.

Moving it 100 feet on level and smooth ground (You did say "campsite") would not overly concern me. Uphill or uneven ground would as that will place and extra load on everything. The tongue weight would concern me though because you are exceeding it by 150 pounds / almost 45% and that's a lot to ask.

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Thank you for your reply. Yes, the tongue weight and the impact on the front steering wheels was one of my concerns. I was hoping that I would possibly get lucky and hear from somebody who actually did something like this and could offer firsthand experience. I do have other options. I could call the RV dealer to reposition the camper but that would cost me $240 due to the distance involved. My camping buddy with the Expedition will be camping next to me so that will likely be my solution. But our camping trip isn’t until late September and our plans could possibly change between now and then. It’s a popular state park and there will be many other tow equipped vehicles around. I’m pretty certain that if I offered a fellow camper $50 or so they would gladly move my rental camper from one site to the other for me.

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I'd go the $50 route.. Cheap insurance.

Kudos to you for understanding the steering concern and thinking about it yourself. You would be amazed what we have seen people try to move with improperly equipped vehicle choices.....

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Listed towing limits are 3500 pounds and 350 pound tongue load...
The design factors in mass and inertia which at highway speeds could easily double or triple the tongue weight when going over bumps. A steep descent will also shift weight forward onto the tongue. If you take it real slow it should be fine. Yes, it will make the front end lighter but that can be compensated for by having someone in the passenger seat. You can also redistribute weight to the rear of the trailer.

Of course the $50 plan B is also good.
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