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Green R Santa Fe R tow tug shows serious grunt in Clyde Mountain test climb 

July 20, 2010
Green R Santa Fe R tow tug shows serious grunt in Clyde Mountain test climb

Day 7 of extended practical evaluation and GoSee is impressed with the Green R Santa Fe R and its serious sustained tow tug grunt on one of Australia's real towing test tracks.

Clyde Mountain on the Kings Highway route from Batemans Bay NSW to Canberra ACT is no place for tow tug pretenders and the Santa Fe R shows itself as a bulldog with big torque teeth for its type.

GoSee respects the sharp curves and steep climbs involved. In bad weather it must be treated with caution, particularly if towing down the mountain.

In that experience caravan braking is best set up to come in slightly ahead of the tow tug. The gearbox should be used to bring in the engine braking and used early.

Overheating brakes are dangerous in places like Clyde Mountain.

Gears, torque, brakes and traction are the safety keys and the Santa Fe R does the job. As we said GoSee does not take places like Clyde Mountain lightly and this is a place where GoSee makes sure that everything is going for safety. So we would have fitted our Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Hitch if we could.

Hyundai does not recommend WDH in the Owner's Manual but we packed it anyway and tried to fit it at Tuross Beach only to find the Hyundai towbar prevents this.

GoSee had Clyde Mountain in mind as an ideal reality check for the Santa Fe R and we know that the WDH helps provide safer steering and braking as it spreads the weight evenly between the wheels of the tow tug and caravan.

To some extent reality bit the Santa Fe bulldog on Clyde Mountain with traction slippage from the front wheels under demanding conditions.

As we said earlier the Santa Fe R has serious tow tug torque at 436Nm. GoSee was forced to apply that grunt in two hard hairpin sections on Clyde Mountain.

With the road speed forced down to crawl by the slope and the sharp turns GoSee took the Santa Fe R manually back to 2nd gear and applied power. There was no question of using the more gentle option of 3rd gear in the circumstances.

Wet road surface met squirming rubber as a wad of diesel turbo grunt grabbed at the bitumen the Santa Fe R front tyres spun briefly and gripped. No drama, no loss of control, but we certainly did not have 100 per cent traction from a vehicle which is engineered to provide just that.

GPS shows hairpin bend ahead Clyde Mt on  Kings Hwy 110
GPS shows hairpin bend ahead Clyde Mt on Kings Hwy 110

So GoSee will ask Hyundai engineers if the weight the Hayman Reese WDH would add to the front end would have helped the traction situation.

But overall the Santa Fe R did its designers credit. The rest of the demanding mountain section was handled either in automatic or with manual flicks to 4th and 3rd gear.

GoSee made a point of driving to keep the Santa Fe R 2.2 diesel spinning between 1900 and 3000 rpm. GoSee thinks overdrive has no point in this kind of tow tug climb. So GoSee held 5th gear on the more gentle sections of the mountain.

4th and 3rd were certainly the most useful gears in the conditions as they allowed us to drive to the road conditions with power on demand and useful engine braking helping us keep our braking cool too.

Editor's Note - Some thoughts on Clyde Mountain:

Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, puts it well when it reports that - Clyde Mountain is a five kilometre section of steep, winding Kings Highway. It is responsible for many crashes, 22 per cent of all incidents on the Kings Highway occurring on a 40 km stretch on and near the mountain.

The Kings Highway connects Canberra and Batemans Bay. It starts at the junction with the Monaro Highway on Canberra Avenue in the Australian Capital Territory crossing over the border into New South Wales near Queanbeyan, passing through Queanbeyan itself, briefly crossing back into the ACT and then back into NSW heading south-east to Batemans Bay via Bungendore, Braidwood and Nelligen.

Slow vehicle turnouts have been added on the Clyde Mountain descent, which allows vehicles to pass trucks in low gear, Wikipedia says.

Editor's Note - Hyundai Santa Fe R towbar:

A new towbar and receiver has been fitted by Hyundai to the Green R Hyundai Santa Fe R 2.2 diesel automatic.

Even though the GoSee Hayman Reese drop shank towing tongue we usually use fits into the Hyundai towbar receiver it is not possible to fit a Hayman Reese drop shank and WDH to the new Hyundai Santa Fe R if the Hyundai towbar is used.

Holding 4th gear Clyde Mt on  Kings Hwy 107
Holding 4th gear Clyde Mt on Kings Hwy 107

Look down the barrel of the Hyundai receiver (see pic) and see why. There is a lug protruding which prevents the Hayman Reese towing tongue sliding in far enough to allow the lock-pin to be pushed through.

GoSee chose to stay on a $39 riverside powered site at Easts Riverside Holiday Park. Easts Riverside Holiday Park is located on the Clyde River in Batemans Bay. Luxury units, some with spas, overlook the town centre and Clyde River.

A five minute walk over the fascinating bridge will put campers in the centre of Batemans Bay, a haven for shoppers and diners, with boutiques, gift shops, eateries and clubs catering for all tastes.

Easts Riverside Holiday Park is part of the BIG4 chain and offers travellers a choice of nine levels of accommodation ranging from luxury four star three bedroom unit with all facilities to Waterfront Spa and Elevated units that also overlook the Clyde River.Powered Waterfront and Ensuite sites are available.

Hyundai receiver blocked to HR towing neck by fitting which protrudes at top 016
Hyundai receiver blocked to HR towing neck by fitting which protrudes at top 016

Editor's Note: Winter Weekly Special. Winter short stay special -

Stay seven nights pay for five on all types of accommodation and sites.
Bookings to be made in advance.Phone 1800 132 787. You MUST mention GoSeeAustralia and this offer when booking!

Offer subject to availability. No furtherdiscounts apply. Expiry date of offer 31 Aug 2010.

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 -

Santa Fe R and GoSee at Easts Riverside Holiday park Batemans Bay  085
Santa Fe R and GoSee at Easts Riverside Holiday park Batemans Bay 085
Easts Batemans Bay Riverside Holiday Park cabins overlook the Clyde 094
Easts Batemans Bay Riverside Holiday Park cabins overlook the Clyde 094
Easts Batemans Bay Riverside Holiday Park  camp kitchen 096
Easts Batemans Bay Riverside Holiday Park camp kitchen 096
Easts Batemans Riverside Holiday Park barbecue with a view 095
Easts Batemans Riverside Holiday Park barbecue with a view 095
Hyundai hitch higher than HR hitch and ball 017
Hyundai hitch higher than HR hitch and ball 017
Santa Fe R shows  grunt Clyde Mt on  Kings Hwy 116
Santa Fe R shows grunt Clyde Mt on Kings Hwy 116
Shift to 4th and 3rd gear Clyde Mt on  Kings Hwy 111
Shift to 4th and 3rd gear Clyde Mt on Kings Hwy 111
Previous  model Santa Fe fitted with Hayman Reese towbar 098
Previous model Santa Fe fitted with Hayman Reese towbar 098
Hyundai towing fitting shorter and cut on bias to allow lockpin to slide through 014
Hyundai towing fitting shorter and cut on bias to allow lockpin to slide through 014
Meerkat scalp massage at Mogo Zoo 076
Meerkat scalp massage at Mogo Zoo 076
Hyundai Santa Fe R on campsite at Easts Riverside Holiday park Batemans Bay  083
Hyundai Santa Fe R on campsite at Easts Riverside Holiday park Batemans Bay 083
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