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03-16-2008, 12:16 AM
Is anyone out there towing an LSV with a hyundai santa fe?? I know its over my "official" tow weight but sometime you just do what you have to to get the boat to water. Just wondering how it handles the load.


03-16-2008, 01:15 AM
More than likely your vehicle will be toast sometime soon. If you get in an accident and they find your tow rig is underrated for the weight your pulling then you'll be toast and it cost about the price of a Moomba in attorney fees. Not work the risk. BTW, I should know a little about this since last month I spent $2,500 to fix a tranny on a 2002 Blazer with 40K miles. It had a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs but the stock parts are crap. The shop had a display of the parts that fail and mine did the same thing. The furthest I towed the boat was 15 miles away but no tranny cooler. I got better engineered parts and a cooler so stay tuned.

03-16-2008, 08:58 AM
It'll be hard on it. I had a '99 Ford Ranger, 4 cyl., 2wd that I towed me #2800 Bayliner / Trailer with. I did that for a year then sold the Ranger. I can't imagine trying to tow me OB with something like that and it #1000 heavier. Heck, I've already put 2 sets of brakes on me '03 Sport Trac and it's only got 87k on it. But it has a limited slip diff, trans cooler, and a heavy duty alternator w/ #5300 tow rating.
Hope this helps

03-16-2008, 11:25 AM
There are a lot reasons not to do this and several have been mentioned.

You can get by or may justify the extra wear and tear on the vehicle, but the saftey factor is too big to justify. A Ford Escort can tow (pull) a rolling load of 10,000lbs, but it could not stop it in a reasonable distance.

You rig weighs 4500lbs or more with gas and gear right? So you really need to look at the GCWR for the tow vehicle and I can't find one online. It should be on the published inside your drivers door or somehwere on the vehicle. This is the Gross Combinded Weight your vehicle is Rated to carry. In theory the weight of your vehicle plus the towing capacity and your cargo should not exceed this number.

So now you have to add the weight of the trailer, the gas, and all your gear for the boat, then you have to add all the people in the Santa Fe and all their gear to see if it exceeds the CGWR. I am betting you are 2,000 to 2,500 lbs over that number, and that is more than 25% in your case.

May not sound like much but when you stand on the brakes all that weight will come bearing down on you and your Santa Fe, 15 seconds later you will know if you made the right decison. People do it everday and live to ski again, ultimately it is just like every other decison in life, Risk vs Reward.

Good Luck

03-16-2008, 12:33 PM
Let's see...

Destroying the shocks, compressing the springs, overheating the brakes, warping the rotors, stressing the lugs, racking the frame, burning the transfer case, buring the transmission or burning the clutchplates, overstressing the half-shafts, snapping a ball-joint, putting constant stress on the engine and drivetrain... nope - looks like a GREAT plan!

Just tell us what city you are in so we can all lookout for you and laugh hysterrically when you are broken down.


Safety is NEVER worth dismissing over "getting the boat to the water" - nor should it be while on the water.

Find a freind w/ a pick-up and enjoy the day.

just mt $0.02,


03-16-2008, 01:04 PM
Find you a used F-150 for a couple grand and use that instead.

ian ashton
03-16-2008, 08:37 PM
Is it a lease? If so, then you should be able to tow anything!

JK of course :lol:

03-16-2008, 10:47 PM
Posts like the ones above make me thank God for that sixth kid that made me go out and get the Suburban. Tows real nice; hauls everybody and will stop it too.

03-16-2008, 11:21 PM
The above posts are good reasons to Not to tow with the Huyndai. You want the vehicle in control of the boat, not the boat pushing the vehicle, that could be ugly and expensive :x

Agree with Butta find a used vehicle to tow with like a Chevy (doesn't Jr. drive chevys) or something rated for towing other than a Huydai. lots of used gas guzzling trucks and suvs out there for hauling a boat.

Also with Kane on the family and saftey, i have a wife three kids, and three labs in the burb, Preserve the safety factor. :)

Enjoy and be safe!!!

03-17-2008, 06:30 PM
Not to mention that your boat may drag your Santa Fe down the ramp when backing down, which even though it should stop when the boat lifts off the trailer and is supported by the water, it is still quite scary. You may not be able to get back up a wet ramp either. Full size boat = full size tow rig. Another rule of thumb which is not always true, but will keep you out of trouble: the tow rig engine should have at least as many cylinders as the boat engine!

03-17-2008, 10:02 PM
Hey Wolfpack, that reminded me of a sunny day in about 1983. A friend of my brother's back in high school had his Dad's 4 cyl. beamer pulling their little 16 ft. o/b runabout and slipped the car down the ramp into the brackish water. The local newspaper got a shot of the beamer paritally submerged and ran it in the Sun. paper. It was hilarious.

Incidentally, I believe that was the same year Coach Jimmy V took the Wolfpack all the way.

03-19-2008, 09:51 PM
there was a thread earlier this winter along these lines. I'm with Butta, put some money into an older pickup and use it just for towing. You and your family will be much safer. Ask Z, that's exactely what he did, got an older Chevy PU and uses it for towing. I bet in the end you find all kinds of uses for a PU, but trying to make a smaller vehicle work is just bad news. You don't want to be a statistic!