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Old 08-23-2015, 09:44 PM
 
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Ok.....So my Fiance and I are packing up, and moving to Clearwater Fl. in a couple of weeks. I attached a class 3 tow hitch, and bought an aluminum cargo carrier from harbor freight. My problem is figuring out tongue weight. I read that my 2005 Kia Sportage (V6) can tow 1500 lbs, then some places say 2000 lbs. (I know tongue weight is 10-15% of towing capability) but how much can i really put on the cargo carrier without causing damage? Also, can I increase the weight by strapping the carrier to the hatch or absorb some of the weight and bounce from the road? Any help would be greatly appreciated (especially from those who have traveled a long distance with a cargo carrier on a Kia Sportage)

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Old 08-24-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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It's not that exceeding the weight would rip off the hitch but in excess of X pounds will change the dynamics of how the car handles. I wouldn't want to exceed 200 pounds in the hitch for that car.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:10 PM
 
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2 of the class 3 hitches for your vehicle are 350lbs tongue weight (etrailer).

What is the weight capacity for the carrier?
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:16 PM
 
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What does the manufacturer (not a dealer) say is the maximum 1. trailer weight, 2.tongue weight? You don't want any adventures along the road.

It is important to load a trailer correctly. A tail heavy trailer will tend to sway even at relatively moderate speeds. I have experienced this at 35 MPH.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:44 PM
 
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You may know this but the passengers and any cargo in the vehicle will go against the 1500lbs or 2000lbs rating. So if you have 200lbs of passengers and 300lbs of cargo you are down 500lbs. It means the hitch can only do 100 if 1500lbs or 150 if 2000lbs.


Trying to remember from my RV days and I think that's right.
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:13 AM
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He's not talking about pulling a trailer, he's talking about those cargo carrier's you attach to your Reese hitch like some people use for there mobility scooters. Some people also use them to put ATV's on them.

I know stuff from Harbor Freight isn't the best quality so I wouldn't put much more on it than what they recommend unless you take it to a welder's shop and have them weld some braces on it to make it stronger.

Or you can tie it to your luggage rack w/ straps like you mentioned to help stabilize it.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:36 PM
 
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I can't speak to your specific question, but I drove from Miami Beach to Las Vegas in a Subaru Wagon with a Uhaul 4x6 packed to the gills. We have a standard 2" ball hitch from Uhaul.

I'd have to believe that your Kia will do the job.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:55 PM
 
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Thanks everyone you guys have been a ton of help. Unlike the *******s in the Chicago forum who told me to post my question in a Kia forum because it has nothing to do with Chicago. (yet another reason I'm leaving this city....rude ass people) GrouperK the carrier is rated for 500 lbs. Engineman I found that the the Kia can tow 1500 lbs. so the tongue weight is 150. either way thanks again guys. I've decided to ship the heavy items, and just load the truck with the smaller lighter items. I figure it would be cheaper to ship than taking a chance of an accident on the road.
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