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Old 06-27-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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Towing with FWD V6 vs a Jetta TDI

Good day everyone.
I have been spending a rediculous amount of time researching what kind of vehicle to tow my 13' egg. I am now looking at a Hyundai Sante Fe V6 FWD. My plan is to be a full-time RVer, lots of driving including mountains if I come accross them. I have been reading all the opinions of FWD vs AWD vs RWD and it gets a little overwhelming to say the least.

So, before I ramble too long, I am looking for yet MORE opinions on the following two options; the above mentioned Sante Fe or a VW TDI manual. Have people had problems with traction using a FWD? Do the Jetta TDIs have enough clearance? From what I understand each vehicle has pros and cons and there won't be a perfect vehicle for my budget $5,000). I would just really like something reliable and fully capable of towing up hills/mountains and into some of the more rugged BLM lands. I won't be going for a 4x4 as the gas would be out of control for me!

Any and all feedback is ALWAYS appreciated.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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Ugh, I thought I had read the 2003 Sante Fe could pul 2,500lbs..I just found another site that says it's capacity is 1,200lbs. I really thought when I bought my egg I could tow it with a small car and now this V6 doesn't seem to be enough. Hmmmm......
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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sorry, unsure how to delete this thread.

I now know the Sante Fe won't work., Thanks anyways.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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So you have an egg Angela, but nothing to tow it with? Have you made a decision yet on a tow vehicle? We're in a similar boat, but are looking at a larger egg, and thinking maybe the new Escape would do it.

A handy resource for tow capacities is Trailer Life. It's a good idea to double check whatever you find there, but there are few resources with all this information in one place, and all the way back to 1999. Here: Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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Thanks for that Frank.
Yes, I bought a 13' Boler (an upgrade from living in a camperized cargo van) thinking it was lightwieght enough to tow with just about anything and I am slowly learning that's not the case. I am banging my head against the wall today! I know they are towed with antique cars and all kinds of other small vehicles but for full time RVing I guess I need something bigger. What I thought would be a simple thing has turned into a frustrating pursuit....but, I'll keep on keepin on.

I will check out the link and thanks so much for sharing it.
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Angela, don't freak out - this is about the tiniest travel trailer you can buy, short of a teardrop. What engine do you have? Does the trailer have brakes?

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Glad to help Angela. Yeah, you can pretty much tow these babies with anything, long as it's flat! There are some good small SUV's that will tow small campers. How much does your Boler weigh, and what do you have for a vehicle now? And please, NO banging heads against walls! We've all been there...

I don't know where you are in NS, but I have family (not real close anymore) in Halifax, and love Cape Breton, and the Canadian Maritimes in general. A great place for a small egg!

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Yeah, you can pretty much tow these babies with anything, long as it's flat! There are some good small SUV's that will tow small campers. How much does your Boler weigh, and what do you have for a vehicle now?


I don't have a towing vehicle yet, hence the head-wall-banging, and have never towed anything. This will be my first! The total gross trailer weight is 1350lbs. I'm still trying to figure out my axle and hitch weight. Can't seem to find them at all. Nothing on the frame or manufactureres specs.

As I said, I plan to full-time RV and am heading to the states, destinations Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, so I need to be able to tow over mountanous terrain as well as not get stuck in sand. My needs are a bit greater than just towing on flat land that's for sure!
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You can estimate the loaded weight of the Boler from this sampling of FG RVs.

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With a trailer weight like that Angela, I would bet your tongue weight is somewhere between 100lbs and 160lbs. Once you get a tow vehicle, you can bring the trailer to a public scale and check the tongue weight. All else being equal, tongue weight will have an effect on drive-ability. Less tongue weight, more sway, more tongue weight, less sway. Does the Boler have brakes?

We used to live in Wyoming. I loved it there!

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You can estimate the loaded weight of the Boler from this sampling of FG RVs.

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Yeah, I looked at that last night and that's why I'm trying to figure out my axle and hitch weight. There are 3 listings for Boler 1300....
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Yeah, I looked at that last night and that's why I'm trying to figure out my axle and hitch weight. There are 3 listings for Boler 1300....
The axle and hitch weight is going to depend on how much you pack into it and where you place the load. For a couple of bucks, a local weigh station will weigh it for you, then you will know for sure..
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The boler doesn't have breaks but I didn't think that was necessary for it's size. I've been reading about installing them too and the information about it is way over my head. What is the average cost of having brakes installed? Do I really need to? I know this will allow me to use a smaller vehicle but I spent WAY too much on the purchase price (it needs a lot more work done to it than I was told) of the Boler and am pretty financially strapped now....
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........ Do I need to know the axle and hitch weights before buying a vehicle?.....
You need to know the maximums, which is a pretty safe bet to be less than 2000# total and 200# tongue weight. A vehicle rated for these weights should be fine.
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