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sdmia49

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Posted: 07/14/20 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 19 Kia Sorento (4 cylinder) has a 2000 pound towing capacity. Bought a used Pop Up that weighs 1200.
If we take our time and travel slow, will we be successful towing about 2.5 hours away in some foothill mountain regions? Thanks for all info and tips!

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Posted: 07/14/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Best of luck with your plan.

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Should be fine! Keep an eye on your temps and downshift manually for engine braking going downhill. The PU should have brakes since you need them over 1000 lbs in NY. Get a good brake controller like the Prodigy. You don't say how many passengers but if you have full seats and gear in the back, steep grades will be a challenge.

Post up when you get back and let us know how the trip went!


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Thank you so much!
It would be 4 people plus gear, but we are pretty much 99% certain taking a second car for passengers and gear, and just using the Sorento for towing empty PU.
Thank you for the brake controller tip - will be researching that today!

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You will be close to your limits. The weight of the pup dosent include anything like propane tank, battery ( needed for the breakes) water , awning, etc. All this stuff adds weight to the pop up. This is addition to any gear added. What pup do you have and what options?


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It is a very old, 1994 I believe, Palomino Colt. The ice chest isn't in it anymore. It doesn't have any added options aside from an awning (no AC, no heater, etc).
We dry camp and won't bother filling the water tank. (We usually tent, we wanted to try the pop up as a small 'upgrade'). I can't see how the awning would add too much weight.
It has standard 4 pin electric harness plug. I didn't realize I also need a battery? I apologize, I am brand new to all this, hence the post here.
So we could do all gear/people in one car, and then the Sorento just to tow.

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I suggest that you load gear into the camper that you plan to leave in it for your camping trips. Then, take it and get it weighed. Look for a nearby CAT scale facility. I think if you go to their web site, there is information on how to weigh an RV. By getting it weighed, you can see what your actual weight is and then you can determine how you need to proceed. But, using a second vehicle for the family and extra gear sounds like a very good idea. It's so much better to play it safe.

Check the tires....if they are over 5 years old, replace them. Camper tires rot out before they wear out the tread (for most folks) and you don't want to experience a blow out while towing it!

Make sure added weight to the popup is evenly distribute or have slightly more weight forward of the axle. Too much weight in the rear can cause trailer sway.

Good luck and I hope you can enjoy many great camping trips!


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sdmia49 wrote:


It has standard 4 pin electric harness plug. I didn't realize I also need a battery? I apologize, I am brand new to all this, hence the post here.


You just hit a issue. 4 wire plug normally means no brakes. Without trailer brakes, you don't have enough tow vehicle.

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JRscooby wrote:

sdmia49 wrote:


It has standard 4 pin electric harness plug. I didn't realize I also need a battery? I apologize, I am brand new to all this, hence the post here.


You just hit a issue. 4 wire plug normally means no brakes. Without trailer brakes, you don't have enough tow vehicle.


He should be fine, if he’s only towing a little over 1200lbs as long as he downshifts on hills. The car is rated for 2k they should have taken pulling and stopping into that equation. OP take it easy and you should be fine.

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just my .02cts, no 4 bang auto was made to be a tow truck. but thats just me. the engines not made for towing,, brakes not made for towing,,tranny not made for towing. ok I,m done.I feel much better

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