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Flat towing 2019 Hyundai Veloster and Elantra

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New information has emerged regarding the flat towability of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and 2019 Hyundai Veloster, so please take note.

In September 2018, a Hyundai Motor America official confirmed to FMCA that the 2019 Hyundai Accent, 2019 Elantra, and 2019 Veloster models, when equipped with manual transmission, are flat towable behind a motorhome, and all three vehicles were included in the “2019 Towing Lineup” published in the January 2019 issue of Family RVing.

Hyundai owners manuals typically include no information about recreational towing. However, we now know that the 2019 Elantra owners manual says the vehicle is not designed to be towed four wheels down behind a motorhome, which contradicts Hyundai’s earlier statement to FMCA. FMCA is seeking clarification from Hyundai, and when the company responds, I will post it on the Forums.   

Meanwhile, as of today (May 8, 2019), it appears that no company has created a base plate for the 2019 Elantra or the 2019 Veloster, according to checks of the websites of Blue Ox, Demco, and Roadmaster. (Roadmaster has created a base plate for 2019 Accent.)

A Roadmaster official said that sometimes a customer is adamant that a vehicle is flat towable, and so Roadmaster designs a base plate for the customer’s vehicle, even without proper flat-towing documentation from the vehicle manufacturer. (The customer must agree not to hold Roadmaster responsible for transmission problems.) Roadmaster follows up with the customer, and if no problems occur after a reasonable amount of time/towing mileage, Roadmaster markets the baseplate/vehicle as towable. 

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Here's another update regarding flat towing the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. A spokesman for Hyundai Motor America told me by phone that the 2019 Elantra owners manual -- which says the vehicle is not designed to be towed four wheels down behind a motorhome -- is INCORRECT.  He said that information was inadvertently included in the manual due to a "cut and paste" error. Therefore, the information Hyundai initially provided to FMCA should stand: the vehicle CAN be flat towed behind a motorhome. However, take note: As of today, Roadmaster, Blue Ox, and Demco do not make a baseplate for the 2019 Elantra. (Understandable, given what the owners manual says.) Nor do those companies make a baseplate for 2019 Veloster, which is also flat towable, according to Hyundai. Roadmaster does make a baseplate for 2019 Hyundai Accent. 

In 2011, Hyundai issued a technical service bulletin that states that a 2WD Hyundai, when equipped with manual transmission, can be flat towed behind an RV. Since then, Hyundai reps have said the TSB remains in effect. I have repeatedly asked Hyundai to update the bulletin, to provide assurance to buyers and potential buyers. We'll see if that happens.

Hyundai TSB 2011.pdf

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