On that subject GoSee notes confusion in terms of using WDH with some European built caravans. These caravans are often mechanically braked and a WDH could negate the braking and anti-sway control which is engineered into some European designs.
The GoSee jayco Discovery we are towing is typical of Australian designs and is engineered around an electric braking system.
The Hyundai Santa Fe R came to GoSee well run in and fitted with Tekonsha Electronic P3 Brake Control. GoSee has not used this product before although we note it has many supporters in Forum thread comments.
GoSee set the unit at 6 after a couple of low speed brake tests on flat road. The LCD display and menu options are easy to follow. The Tekonsha P3 has a manual over-ride and a power boost option B1 B2 and B3.
Tekonsha says the power boost should not be used in icy road conditions. The boost has a value if the driver wants the caravan to brake first. It would also be useful if the caravan weighed more than the tow vehicle. This is not a towing situation which fills GoSee with joy but we know it happens.
In fact GoSee met an unhappy tug and caravanexample at Tathra. We wonder how the sales person who sold the combination to the woman and child who were travelling in it will face themselves in the mirror should the situation get seriously out of hand.
Gosee is proud to work with the majority of RV industry people who take safe towing as a first priority, but we would like to see an end to thefew exceptions.
Absolute beach position Tuross Beach Holiday Park 095
GoSee is travelling north with pet friendly caravan parks in mind. We are adopting a family with a tight budget attitude when we chose a caravan park stop.
Our first overnight stop was Park Lane Tourist Park Traralgon.
Park Lane is an old friend of GoSee and we admit bias.
It has new managers in Helen and Tom Marshall. Helen and Tom have been GoSee supporters for seven years.
GoSee likes quality caravan parks and Park lane is among the best in value, quality service and facilities in Australia. So GoSee is happy to pay $34 a double a night on a powered ensuite campsite when we are in Gippsland.
Orbost Caravan Park on the second night was new to GoSee.
But GoSee noted the pet friendly policy and at $22 a double a night with big powered sites the caravan park is budget touring value.
Once again there has been recent change. Greg and Jenny Stevens (they could not afford the Ph) have taken on the lease and Orbost Caravan Park has shining showers and spotless toilets. There is a purpose-built disabled bathroom with a baby-sized bath opposite.
The caravan park is close to Orbost shopping centre and far enough from the A1 highway noise to keep the peace through the night. There are plenty of big powered sites.
Tuross Beach Holiday Park is another pet friendly stop quietly placed off the A1. Owners Geoff and Pam Wardhave a Holiday Park at which managers Chris and Kerrie Curtis put GoSee on one of its absolute beachside powered campsites. The views are million dollar at $32 a double a night and the sound of waves easing up the beach outside the Jayco Discovery's door is hypnotic.
New Santa Fe powertrain
2.2 CRDi turbo Diesel (3rd generation common rail with piezo electric injectors)
145kW of peak power @ 3,800rpm
421Nm peak torque @ 1,800 to 2,500rpm for 6-speed manual
436Nm peak torque @ 1,800 to 2,500rpm for 6-speed automatic
Fuel consumption+ 6.7 litres/100 km (man), 7.5 litres/100 km (auto)
CO2 emissions+176g/km (man), 197g/km (auto)
Engine: 2.2-litre, four cylinder, turbo diesel
Power: 145kW @ 3800rpm
Torque: 436Nm @ 1800-2500rpm
Induction: Common Rail Turbocharged
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Driven Wheels: All
Brakes: Discs with ABS EBD
CO2 Emissions: 197g/km
Fuel Consumption: 7.5L/100km (ADR)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L
Fuel Type: Diesel
ANCAP Rating: Five-star
Airbags: Front, Side Curtain
Safety: ESC with Traction Control
Spare Wheel: Full-size Alloy
Suspension: Strut (F) / Multi-link (R)
Cargo Capacity: 969/2247L
Tow Capacity: 2000kg (Braked)
Turning Circle: 10.8m
Warranty: Five-year / Unlimited kilometre
Weight: 1988kg (Tare)
Wheels: 18-inch Alloy
Towing Capacity CRDi 2.2 Diesel
Braked / unbraked (Auto) 2000 / 750 kg
Maximum towball weight 150 kg
Roof cross bars load limit 100 kg
Editor's Note: Also See -
GoSee gets directions at Tathra beach Motor Village from Mark Jefferson 046
A big rig rolls into Tathra Beach Holiday Park 076
Aslings Beach Eden 043
Aslings Beach Eden lunch stop in sound of the surf 041
Beach Hut cabin Tathra Beach Holiday park 073
Hyundai Santa Fe R AWD traction puts Jayco on site at Tathra Beach Motor Village 052
Kangaroo morning Tathra Motor Village 055
Looking across Aslings Beach to Eden 045
Pet Friendly Tathra Beach Holiday Park 079
Santa Fe R finds a home among the gum trees Tathra Beach Motor Village 051