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Really want one but, can I tow it?

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Tars Tarkas View Drop Down
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    Posted: 15 Apr 2019 at 7:28pm
From everything I've read here and my own experience with a V6 FJ Cruiser with a 5000 lb towing capacity, you should be fine.  I've been from Florida to Cape Breton and the Outer Banks to beyond Rocky Mountain NP, not to mention the Smokies many, many times.  My FJ only has an idiot light for transmission fluid temperature so I added a ScanGuage to monitor it.  After watching the temp for a while I added an auxiliary cooler, which in my case was pretty much essential.

With the cargo/people capacity of your vehicle you could overload it without a lot of trouble but you should be fine if you watch it.

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Obviously you'll get yes and no answers so let me give you my opinion as someone who towed a 179 for nearly 3 yrs with a 2016 Santa Fe. Mine did have the tow pkg, and an aftermarket hitch and brake controller and it was a great tv for the 179. We since upgraded to a Chevy Colorado as I felt we were wrecking the interior of the Santa Fe with firewood and other outdoor items so then felt we could have more camper.

I will say that the Santa Fe is a great tv but would urge you to heed the advice here about the overall weights, I think you could reach the GVWR of the Rpod but don't exceed that of the overall gross combined. I would also hope you would add a transmission cooler if you don't already have one. I would also recommend the Andersen sway control hitch, it is the easiest to set up and it is awesome towing my 5052lb UVW camper.

If you cannot change the tv I would suggest you moderate the weight, if that means downsizing the Rpod then consider it, or reduce your gear.

 I loved my Santa Fe, just had the cash and wanted a truck. Make it work, it's worth it.
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