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Old 06-16-2018, 07:31 AM   #1
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How much Tow vehicle for a Sport 16rb?

We are considering a Sport 16rb and unfortunate will need to upgrade our TV. We currently tow a little teardrop with our Hyundai Santa fe 4 cylinder turbo. We love this TV as it's more then enough to tow the teardrop but still gets decent mileage. However it only tows 2000 lbs. As I've been looking at options for new TV I've gotten caught up in the F-150 and Tundra craze. They seem like really really great vehicles but are crazy expensive. A lot more then I was wanting to spend. I've been looking at the smaller class of pick-ups like the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. On paper these seem like they are more then enough to pull a little sport 16. Just wondering about real world experience? Will I regret not getting more power? Never towed anything larger then our little teardrop.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:32 PM   #2
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Check out your vehicle tow capacity vs your installed hitch tow capacity. I donít know the the year of your vehicle, but I see a 3500 lb tow rating for the turbo 4, well matched to the Sport 16. If you have a hitch receiver limited to 2000 lbs consider a new hitch with a higher rating. There are aftermarket hitches for this vehicle rated up to 6000 lbs, but taking advantage of that likely requires the V6.
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We are considering a Sport 16rb and unfortunate will need to upgrade our TV. We currently tow a little teardrop with our Hyundai Santa fe 4 cylinder turbo. We love this TV as it's more then enough to tow the teardrop but still gets decent mileage. However it only tows 2000 lbs. As I've been looking at options for new TV I've gotten caught up in the F-150 and Tundra craze. They seem like really really great vehicles but are crazy expensive. A lot more then I was wanting to spend. I've been looking at the smaller class of pick-ups like the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. On paper these seem like they are more then enough to pull a little sport 16. Just wondering about real world experience? Will I regret not getting more power? Never towed anything larger then our little teardrop.
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You really did not provide enough detail.

The 2012 version says 2000 max tow. But the bigger engine vehicle will tow 5000, So you need a new vehicle for towing.

But 'new' is not required.

A 2004 Trailblazer is rated up to 6000LB towing and has a class 3 hitch. So you don't need to spend a bunch of money on a new vehicle for towing. Theres lots of options in the 15K range or less.


The Tacoma and Ridgeline will be sufficient as well. But pay attention to the models and tow ratings for each vehicle.

Look at the VIN Plate and towing connections.
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We are considering a Sport 16rb and unfortunate will need to upgrade our TV. We currently tow a little teardrop with our Hyundai Santa fe 4 cylinder turbo. We love this TV as it's more then enough to tow the teardrop but still gets decent mileage. However it only tows 2000 lbs. As I've been looking at options for new TV I've gotten caught up in the F-150 and Tundra craze. They seem like really really great vehicles but are crazy expensive. A lot more then I was wanting to spend. I've been looking at the smaller class of pick-ups like the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. On paper these seem like they are more then enough to pull a little sport 16. Just wondering about real world experience? Will I regret not getting more power? Never towed anything larger then our little teardrop.
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Hello,
We bought a 2017 16' and love it. We have a 2015 Toyota 4runner and tried that but we bought a 2014 F150 with a tow package and it is so goodl We love the F150. it handles great and backing up the trailer seems to go much better. we just traveled 7000 miles across country and it was terrific.
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You really did not provide enough detail.

The 2012 version says 2000 max tow. But the bigger engine vehicle will tow 5000, So you need a new vehicle for towing.
The 2012 model wasn't available with the 4 cylinder turbo, which is what the OP said he had. That puts us into the newer generation Santa Fe.

The turbo 4 is listed with a 3500 lb tow rating, matched to the Sport 16. The 2000 lb tow rating is for the non turbo model. The installed hitch may not be rated higher than 2000 lbs, however.
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Hello,
We bought a 2017 16' and love it. We have a 2015 Toyota 4runner and tried that but we bought a 2014 F150 with a tow package and it is so goodl We love the F150. it handles great and backing up the trailer seems to go much better. we just traveled 7000 miles across country and it was terrific.


The f150 will be just fine.
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The 2012 model wasn't available with the 4 cylinder turbo, which is what the OP said he had. That puts us into the newer generation Santa Fe.

The turbo 4 is listed with a 3500 lb tow rating, matched to the Sport 16. The 2000 lb tow rating is for the non turbo model. The installed hitch may not be rated higher than 2000 lbs, however.


I still wouldnt use that small SUV for that trailer. You are at max tow weight with nothing to spare.
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Well,
Based upon reading these forums for a few years I'd say you need at least an F450 class truck plus about $5K worth of WD and sway control stuff.
As long as you dont overload the trailer that is...
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Well,

Based upon reading these forums for a few years I'd say you need at least an F450 class truck plus about $5K worth of WD and sway control stuff.

As long as you dont overload the trailer that is...


Ha! You noticed that too. You have to spend at least 10% of your trailer cost on your hitch and double the tongue weight, or you are just going to endanger everyone on the road. You would be a mad man to do any less!

The hint is to avoid the entire towing/hitch portion of this forum.
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Nope. Closer to 6% in my use case...
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I still wouldnt use that small SUV for that trailer. You are at max tow weight with nothing to spare.
I currently drive a small SUV (BMW) with a 3500 lb tow rating. I would have no concerns with a 16 with respect to the tow rating. The vehicle tow rating is rather academic. What I would pay attention to is the measured axle loads, and tire loads, as those are hard limits. Also the receiver strength, and hitch setup.
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