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Willing Hyundai shows poise as GoSee takes Slippery When Wet coastal touring route

July 18, 2010
Willing Hyundai shows poise as GoSee takes Slippery When Wet coastal touring route

After four days and 793km of towing the Hyundai Santa Fe R 2.2 auto 'Green R'diesel is doing particularly well with fuel use figures ranging from 10.58 to 12.5 litres per 100 km.

When we tow GoSee makes no attempt to drive for economy.

Full use is made of the comfortable Hyundai's six-speed automatic gearbox both in auto and manual overide to provide safe progress.

Mixed weather with rain, wind and then settled conditions on the NSW coast shows the Santa Fe R AWD as sure-footed and responsive as a tow tug for the 1400kg loaded GoSee Jayco Discovery 16.52 pop-top caravan.

After an easy canter from the GoSee southern office at Bonbeach Victoria to an ensuite site at Park Lane Tourist Park Traralgon the Santa Fe R returned a relaxed touring result of 10.58 litres per 100km at between 86kmh and 110kmh when speed limits allow.

From Lakes Entrance Victoria to our second overnight stop at the budget priced Orbost Caravan Park the Hyundai first showed its superior AWD traction on the rain slicked coastal A1 highway.

After a restful night clear of the highway roar and with our act cleaned up by the Orbost Caravan Parks spotless ablution block we faced the highway ready for a real Victorian winter weather towing test.

Slippery When Wet is an understatement on the A1 switchback as it weaves its way towards Eden and the New South Wales border. The going is similar to GoSee's serpentine road experience when we towed the Jayco Discovery about 2000 km around Tasmania in March.

Right through to Tathra Motor Village and GoSee's third overnight stop the Santa Fe showed its reliable balance. The 2.2 diesel is a willing worker and responds to manual management of engine braking through the well chosen gearing.

Under auto GoSee found that the Hyundai has a slight tendancy to hunt between 5th gear and overdrive on moderate grades. The substantial 436Nm torque hangs on to the death if the transmission is left in automatic.

Working the box between auto and the manual option allows the driver to fit the Santa Fe R to bad weather slippery towing in hilly, winding going. This keeps the willing diesel right in its sweet spot between 1900 and 2500rpm.

Progress is smooth and when the road drops away manually clicking back to 4th and 3rd gears means that most highway towing situations can be slowed and controlled without excessive use of brakes.

Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery stop to shop at Orbost  039
Santa Fe R and GoSee Jayco Discovery stop to shop at Orbost 039

The Jayco Discovery pop-top caravan is a good match for the Hyundai Santa Fe R and follows the Hyundai's lead. But to really give the follow-the-leader abilities of the Hyundai and the Jayco a stretch GoSee chose the scenic old coastal route from Tathra to beautiful fishing crazy Bermagui.

For pleasure touring the beauty of this drive is reason enough to take it. This is the Sapphire Coast and it shines.

As we said earlier GoSee does not drive for enconomy when towing. This route requires full use of the gearbox and a powerplant which delivers genuine grunt.

The climbs are sharp, steep, sudden and sustained. In many cases there is little and often no run-up after 40kmh limit one-lane bridges.

The descents wind away down ridges to sea colours and secluded sands and then up again to the coastal ridges. A wonderful touring drive far from the broad bitumen of the A1 further inland

Ten points to the engineers who put the poise in the Santa Fe R design. It loves to work. 3000rpm in third is a snap. Heaps of torque, loads of traction and everything nicely under control.

GoSee does not see speed, anymore than driving for economy, as a prime factor in towing considerations.

Sapphire Coast shimmers Bermagui in July 085
Sapphire Coast shimmers Bermagui in July 085

Speed signs are not a target. On wet slippery road surfaces, particularly when they are steep and winding speeding to the edge of adhesion can spoil the day permanently.

The A1 from Lakes Entrance to Batemans Bay can throw in heavy mist and strong winds too.

The tall timber towering close on either side of the highway keeps shadowed sections of the highway wet late into a winter day.

Coming down a hill into a slippery curve flicking the Santa Fe R into 5th or 4th adds engine braking and instantly available power to keeping towing safe.

In sunlight the same trees flicker sunlight across the highway through their trunks. It is distracting and care and quality sunglasses ease the eyestrain.

In tight manoeuvres the Santa Fe R has a useful turning circle of 10.8m which GoSee finds makes caravan handling much easier.

The Hyundai's AWD traction control is also handy on wet, grassy campsites and it copes well on sloping ground and across sandy campsites.

The Hyundai has well planned seating and the driver can set up the office to suit. The Santa Fe R GoSee is using has full electric adjustment on the driver's seat.

A useful addition to the Green RHyundai's impressive running gear would be a GPS. The reversing sensor alarm is now a valued addition to hooking the GoSee Jayco Discovery to the Hyundai towbar and ball.

For the first time in years of towing GoSee is not using our Hayman Reese drop shank and Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH). Hyundai's Owner Manual does not recommend WDH.

The Santa Fe R excellent turning circle whips GoSee Jayco Discovery around 044
The Santa Fe R excellent turning circle whips GoSee Jayco Discovery around 044

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.

Tuross Beach Holiday Park provides ocean views for Santa Fe R and jayco Discovery  089
Tuross Beach Holiday Park provides ocean views for Santa Fe R and jayco Discovery 089

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)

Specifications:

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 -

Absolute beach position Tuross Beach Holiday Park 095
Absolute beach position Tuross Beach Holiday Park 095
GoSee gets directions at Tathra beach Motor Village from Mark Jefferson
GoSee gets directions at Tathra beach Motor Village from Mark Jefferson 046
A big rig rolls  into Tathra Beach Holiday Park 076
A big rig rolls into Tathra Beach Holiday Park 076
Aslings Beach Eden 043
Aslings Beach Eden 043
Aslings Beach Eden lunch stop in sound of the surf 041
Aslings Beach Eden lunch stop in sound of the surf 041
Beach Hut cabin Tathra Beach Holiday park 073
Beach Hut cabin Tathra Beach Holiday park 073
Hyundai Santa Fe R AWD traction puts Jayco on site at Tathra Beach Motor Village 052
Hyundai Santa Fe R AWD traction puts Jayco on site at Tathra Beach Motor Village 052
Kangaroo morning Tathra Motor Village 055
Kangaroo morning Tathra Motor Village 055
Looking across Aslings Beach to Eden 045
Looking across Aslings Beach to Eden 045
Pet Friendly Tathra Beach Holiday Park 079
Pet Friendly Tathra Beach Holiday Park 079
Santa Fe R finds a  home among the gum trees Tathra Beach Motor Village 051
Santa Fe R finds a home among the gum trees Tathra Beach Motor Village 051
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