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Old 10-20-2015, 01:11 PM   #15
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Thank you. This is what I wanted to know! Even though this is what I expected, I very much appreciate you chiming in as you actually have one!
It is, perhaps, a curious truth, but the laws of physics arenít changed by whether one owns the same tow vehicle. (It's not just a bad idea, itís against the laws (of physics)!)
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:31 PM   #16
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Kelley, I was as puzzled as you by all the chatter out there asserting that the Kia Soul can tow up to 2000 pounds. The topic came up several months ago. At the time I actually downloaded the 2015 owner's manual and read the part about "not recommended for towing." I don't know, but I suspect, it started because someone found out you can buy an aftermarket Class I hitch for it, rated (as are all Class I hitches) for up to 2000 pounds. The hitch was no doubt intended for mounting bicycle racks, not trailers, and the rating on any hitch does not override the manufacturer's tow ratings. But that's likely how it got started.

That raises another suggestion, though. When you find a vehicle you're interested in, it's often possible to download the complete owner's manual online for any make, model, and year. You can read everything it says about towing with that vehicle, so you won't be at the mercy of lying salespeople, misleading hitch ratings, or cantankerous forum posters…
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For instance, my hitch is rated for 14,000 lbs.
The vehicle, however, is rated at 3,500 lbs / 350 lbs. tongue weight.
Note that the hitch label says, "whichever is lower"
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Thank you. This is what I wanted to know! Even though this is what I expected, I very much appreciate you chiming in as you actually have one!


It's like a lot of things I life, you don't have to have done something to know its a bad idea.

If there was anyone on this site that was towing a 13' FGRV with that vehicle there is a good chance that they would not admit that for long.
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[QUOTE=TheWineLover;554701That said, I've been doing some research and several Kia forums actually DO have people successfully towing, with ease, teardrop trailers. [/QUOTE]

Big difference between a teardrop and the majority of Fiberglass trailers is weight.

The Trailer Weights in The Real World Thread is a good read.

As with all things there will always be someone who has done something lots of times without a problem. Just as there are some folks who drink and drive for years and never get caught until one day their luck runs out.
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It is, perhaps, a curious truth, but the laws of physics arenít changed by whether one owns the same tow vehicle.
I guess the singer Billy Bragg is not well known in North America but a couple of lines of lyrics from one of his songs ("She's got a new spell") is relevant:
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The laws of gravity are very, very strict
And you're just bending them for your own benefit
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