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Old 03-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #71
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When I drove a big truck 20 some years ago, the empty truck and trailer weighed #30,000. The truck around #20,000. The max gross weight was #80,000, so the truck was 25% of the fully loaded combination.
Thanks Lance. It's the argument I use when people tell me that my TV is too light for the trailer.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #72
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So, there it is...hit me!
Nah, you tow with whatever you feel is best for you. I'm quick to bang the drum for the smaller TV because that's what I use, but you have to go with what's comfortable, and practical, for you. The Santa Fe will work but you do need some mods; the Suburban is usable from day one.

Again it's your choice, but you might consider some WD at some point, even though the Suburban can cope with the weight. It's always better to have the weight spread over all the axles.

Hope you have a grand time out on the open road.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #73
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I'd didn't take me long on the forums to realize that the argument for towing with a smaller vehicle is one that could never be won.
Just be happy and confident in what you choose so that you can enjoy the experience and have fun.
I think that is what it is all about !!!!!!!!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:30 AM   #74
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I'd didn't take me long on the forums to realize that the argument for towing with a smaller vehicle is one that could never be won.
Just be happy and confident in what you choose so that you can enjoy the experience and have fun.
I think that is what it is all about !!!!!!!!
The argument IS won - it's just that there are a few people out there who remain unconvinced
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Nah, you tow with whatever you feel is best for you. I'm quick to bang the drum for the smaller TV because that's what I use, but you have to go with what's comfortable, and practical, for you. The Santa Fe will work but you do need some mods; the Suburban is usable from day one.
Yup. I tow with a tank, you should see the looks I get on the highway.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:12 PM   #77
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Yup. I tow with a tank, you should see the looks I get on the highway.

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Not going to break any speed limits though, eh?
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Thank you so much everybody, especially Silver Cloud and MrUKToad (what a hoot of a name..) I really do appreciate all the input. It has helped me so much, and I'm excited about our trip. (Jordan Lake State Park) Now...if the weather will just cooperate. My son and his friend will be in a tent on the same campsite. It doesn't look like it will be above 40* at night, at most. Something tells me we may have company...

My sincere thanks for everything! It would be cool if we all met someday at a giant Airstream rally!

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The weekend Toronto Star just had a review of the latest Hyundai Santa Fe. The new tow rating is 5,000lbs.
Wonder if they actually improved something or is it a marketing strategy ploy.
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I enjoy these threads, because I would like to downsize from our gigantic van, and it seems like it should be easy enough to do, since our trailer only weighs 2800#. Sounds like the Santa Fe might be one to keep on my list.
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The weekend Toronto Star just had a review of the latest Hyundai Santa Fe. The new tow rating is 5,000lbs.
Wonder if they actually improved something or is it a marketing strategy ploy.
Just found this thread. We are looking to buy a 2013 Santa Fe XL and also looking to purchase the new Airstream 30ft bunkhouse model. What do you think too much or is doable. Hopefully Andy T chimes in, but he may not have experience with this new vehicle.
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