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Old 11-16-2015, 04:26 PM   #15
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So I went through my owner's manual.It does say,"Towing not recommended."Then it goes on to say 1400lbs, less cargo weight.Essentially,400lbs of cargo inside the Soul and 1000lbs total trailer weight with cargo.I've been researching today.I have also found a lot of conflicting info from every where,except Euro based cars.It is said that the only difference is some engine options and tuning.The brakes,suspension, and chassis are the same.My weigh ticket was 4489lbs.The dry curb weight,no fluids, is 4139lbs.My Soul Plus has every option available before moving up to a Soul Exclaim.In addition to,I have some Kia add on accessories and options on my Soul.So, I am already at a disadvantage, if everything is based off the 4139lbs curb weight.Toss my lady,our kids,and me in there,I will have just enough left to haul my cooler on the hitch carrier and a full tank of fuel.

So it looks like I am out,because of liability laws.Insurance says we're covered if towing by the owner's manual.I really thought I had a better understanding of my manual.I could have sworn I read in one of the five manuals my Soul came with that it had a tow rating close to 200/2000lbs.I can't afford another TV after the wreck, and buying the new family ride.

I am a bit disheartened now.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:44 PM   #16
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Yep, it's a bummer, but those around you certainly thank you for researching out the real facts and not getting drawn in by others opinions.


Even if you had 1000 lbs of trailer weight available, that wouldn't buy anything in the FGRV world. Earlier FGRV mfg claims of under 1000 lbs were all hot air for a stripped unit, that no one ever ordered, much less bought.


Was this statement a result of a conversation with your ins. co.?
"Insurance says we're covered if towing by the owner's manual"


But please stay with us and learn about FGRV's and you may well find an affordable tow-use-only vehicle to jump back into the fray with.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:20 PM   #17
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Yep, it's a bummer, but those around you certainly thank you for researching out the real facts and not getting drawn in by others opinions.


Even if you had 1000 lbs of trailer weight available, that wouldn't buy anything in the FGRV world. Earlier FGRV mfg claims of under 1000 lbs were all hot air for a stripped unit, that no one ever ordered, much less bought.


Was this statement a result of a conversation with your ins. co.?
"Insurance says we're covered if towing by the owner's manual"


But please stay with us and learn about FGRV's and you may well find an affordable tow-use-only vehicle to jump back into the fray with.

Hey Bob.I'll be lurking around.Yes,he said something to the effect of,"As long as you follow the manufacturer's recommended towing practices,you will be covered."Something like that anyway.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:20 AM   #18
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Red face The same old question

It doesn't take much imagination to figure what would happen in a court of law if someone was hurt or killed in an accident involving a vehicle towing over manual stats.

Proper Tow Vehicles A Must!

There is this

Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine

but, again it says it is just a GUIDE. The owner's manual overrides all.

Good luck.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:12 AM   #19
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I'll stick to pulling my 4'x5' 200lb trash trailer with 50lbs of trash in it.
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