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I had been really interested in a Palisade and I liked my test drive and the looks. I was very dismayed with my towing hitch and electrics questions. The dealer I test drove with could not answer my questions period, and a second dealer kindly engaged me in a conversation but ultimately advised me that I'd be better off buying the vehicle and getting an aftermarket dealer such as u haul to install one of their hitches and get a specialist shop wire up the 4 and 7 pin trailer electrics connectors. The images I'd seen had these after market units bolted on under the bumper this not giving me the height off the ground for the hitch that I need for some very shallow ramped boat launches that I use.

All of this was so discouraging that it's probably going to be an Ascent even-though I found the cabin to be a little narrow and my feet felt cramped in the area of the pedals but my boat is more important than my truck so I have to go with the more workable tow options.

Unless someone else has better solutions than I have found.
 

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It's certainly a vehicle that has 5000 towing capacity, and an integral trailer sway control, my personal experience is that unfortunately the dealers did not seem to know how to make this work, particularly from a tow electrics standpoint, it's probably going to be too late for me but I'd hope that they get something more durable arranged for the next model year. I t would be great if there would be an option for something integral in the rear bumper like in the Explorer/Durango/Pathfinder etc rather than a bolt on under the bumper.
 

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It's certainly a vehicle that has 5000 towing capacity, and an integral trailer sway control, my personal experience is that unfortunately the dealers did not seem to know how to make this work, particularly from a tow electrics standpoint, it's probably going to be too late for me but I'd hope that they get something more durable arranged for the next model year. I t would be great if there would be an option for something integral in the rear bumper like in the Explorer/Durango/Pathfinder etc rather than a bolt on under the bumper.
I'm sorry, I'm not understanding...are you saying you don't like the position of the OEM tow hitch, you wish it was positioned in a different way? And you can't get the trailer sway control to work? I might be in the market for a Palisade in the future and I'm researching it , a tow package with at least 5K capacity is a must...thanks!
 

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Here is a link to another site that has a bit more info/details and some photos, if you guys need reference. I plan to go aftermarket, as that too was advised to me by the dealer (same/similar thing for 1/3 the cost, they told me; which I'm more than okay with). But I'm not quite understanding folks' complaints/concerns here in this thread. Folks seem to be towing just fine with Palisades, plenty of clearance, etc.

Check this post specifically, it mentions the height/clearance of the OEM. I reckon any aftermarket ones would be reasonably similar.
 

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Palisades hitch is mounted completely below the bumper. Some other suv's have the hitch up into what looks like a cutout on the bumper.
Hope someone makes an after market one where you cutout the indented part of bumper and hitch mounts up higher. Would have been nice if the cutout was there with a cover like others have
 

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The Hyundai OEM hitch is the one with the bar under the bumper and looks very ugly, curt hitch #13427 hides that bar behind the bumper and looks much better than the OEM Hyundai hitch and almost 1/2 the cost.
 

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I recommend the Curt hitch. I just had it installed last week and it came out looking nice. I don't tow anything, but just use it with a Thule bike rack. I had mine installed at the local Rack N Road dealer for $390 (part & labor).
 

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This whole "appears to be an afterthought" hitch might be a deal-breaker for me, I tow a bike (app. 2500 lb.) and a boat (app. 4,000 lb.) and would use the hitch often. This thing is downright ugly...thanks to all for the info/links/pictures.
 

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This whole "appears to be an afterthought" hitch might be a deal-breaker for me, I tow a bike (app. 2500 lb.) and a boat (app. 4,000 lb.) and would use the hitch often. This thing is downright ugly...thanks to all for the info/links/pictures.
My other vehicle is a Tahoe, and I like how the hitch i partially hidden, especially for a vehicle as nice looking as the Palisade.
 

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This whole "appears to be an afterthought" hitch might be a deal-breaker for me, I tow a bike (app. 2500 lb.) and a boat (app. 4,000 lb.) and would use the hitch often. This thing is downright ugly...thanks to all for the info/links/pictures.
Did you get a chance to look at pictures for the Curt hitch? It looks a lot better and has a minimal profile for the tow hitch receiver, here's mine in action:

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Do you know if installing after-market hitch could void any part of Hyundai warranty?
It shouldn't, no. The dealership I purchased from suggested that I go aftermarket, since it's a lot cheaper than OEM.

Aftermarket modifications do not "necessarily" affect warranty (at least, in the US due to "Magnuson Moss Warranty Act") unless of course that aftermarket modification/part in question is what directly caused some kind of malfunction or damage, then the warranty would not cover that particular damage/malfunction. But they can't deny warranty outright for an unrelated issue due to installing an aftermarket hitch.
 

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My other vehicle is a Tahoe, and I like how the hitch i partially hidden, especially for a vehicle as nice looking as the Palisade.
Yes, I have the Acadia Limited and you don't even see the receiver until you remove the cover. Around here people park by "feel" so I leave the hitch and ball in all the time, I bought an extra cover from GMC and cut out a space so the hitch comes through it and the rest is covered, looks very clean.
 

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Did you get a chance to look at pictures for the Curt hitch? It looks a lot better and has a minimal profile for the tow hitch receiver, here's mine in action:

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Thank's for the pictures, does look much better then the OEM Hyundai hitch. I'm still not understanding the entire tow hitch option on the Palisade. When I got my GMC it had the tow package, that included the receiver, the wiring, all the heavy duty components for towing included cooling and trans, even a tow button that would change the settings of the truck when you were towing, shift points, blinker flashing numbers (10 vs.3). All I needed was the hitch and ball. Does the Palisade not include these options (or any of these options) with the tow package option? Thank you...
 
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