Hyundai Santa Cruz Owners & Service Manuals

Hyundai Santa Cruz: Trailer Towing / Trailer Towing - Important Information

Here are some important points if you decide to pull a trailer:

  • Consider using a trailer hitch that incorporates sway control through the use of anti-sway bars. Consult your trailer hitch dealer about the different types of sway control trailer hitches for your vehicle and trailer.
  • Do not do any towing with your vehicle during its first 1,200 miles (2,000 km) in order to allow the engine to properly break in. Failure to heed this caution may result in serious engine or transmission damage.
  • When towing a trailer, consult an authorized HYUNDAI dealer for further information on additional requirements such as a towing kit, etc.
  • Always drive your vehicle at a moderate speed (less than 60 mph (100 km/h)) or posted towing speed limit.
  • On a long uphill grade, do not exceed 45 mph (70 km/h) or the posted towing speed limit, whichever is lower.
  • Carefully observe the weight and load limits provided in the following pages.

Trailer weight

What is the maximum safe weight of a trailer? It should never weigh more than the maximum trailer weight with trailer brakes. But even that can be too heavy. It depends on how you plan to use your trailer. For example, speed, altitude, road grades, outside temperature and how often your vehicle is used to pull a trailer are all important. The ideal trailer weight can also depend on any special equipment that you have on your vehicle.

Tongue load

The tongue load is an important weight to measure because it affects the total Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your vehicle. The trailer tongue should weigh a maximum of 10% of the total loaded trailer weight, within the limits of the maximum trailer tongue load permissible.

After you’ve loaded your trailer, weigh the trailer and then the tongue, separately, to see if the weights are proper. If they aren’t, you may be able to correct them simply by moving some items around in the trailer.

WARNING

Take the following precautions:

  • Never load a trailer with more weight in the rear than in the front. The front should be loaded with approximately 60% of the total trailer load; the rear should be loaded with approximately 40% of the total trailer load.
  • Never exceed the maximum weight limits of the trailer or trailer towing equipment. Improper loading can result in damage to your vehicle and/ or personal injury. Check weights and loading at a commercial scale or highway patrol office equipped with scales.

Information

With increasing altitude the engine performance decreases. From 3,280ft (1,000 m) above sea level and for every 3,280ft (1,000 m) thereafter 10% of vehicle/trailer weight (trailer weighter + gross vehicle weight) must be deducted.

Towing a Trailer - Towing Load Limits

The table below indicates the maximum trailer weight for your type of vehicle based on the number of vehicle occupants. Do not exceed the maximum allowable trailer weight as shown. The maximum trailer weight includes the weight of the trailer, any cargo in the trailer, and any other equipment or items attached to the trailer. Towing loads in excess of this can seriously affect vehicle handling and performance and can damage the engine and drivetrain.

Note: Weight limit recommendations are calculated based on the following assumptions:

  • Occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back.
  • Each occupant weighs 150 lbs (68 kg).
  • Each occupant has 15 lbs (7 kg) of cargo in the cargo area.
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