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My daughter is considering a 2016 Sorento, V6, AWD, LX. She and her family tow a pop-up tent trailer. Kia says towing OK with tow kit. I know that includes the hitch and wiring, but is there anything beyond that, like a transmission cooler?

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I highly doubt you need a tranny cooler for a pop-up camper. You won't even know it's there. Lol

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I highly doubt you need a tranny cooler for a pop-up camper. You won't even know it's there. Lol

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I hear ya - it's only 1600 lbs.

Kia wants a lot of money for the receiver. It looks like both draw tite and reese (may others) make hitches for the vehicle. Anyone have any experience installing an after-market hitch?

I put one on my 2015 Soul and it was a pain getting it to line up, but I got it in...
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I hear ya - it's only 1600 lbs.



Kia wants a lot of money for the receiver. It looks like both draw tite and reese (may others) make hitches for the vehicle. Anyone have any experience installing an after-market hitch?



I put one on my 2015 Soul and it was a pain getting it to line up, but I got it in...
I had one installed and wired by Uhaul. If I recall it was about $480 Cnd.

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I had one installed and wired by Uhaul. If I recall it was about $480 Cnd.

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It's around $500 here in MI. I can get a hitch around $160 on Amazon, and plug and play wiring harness for $50 so assuming they get the car, I'll have my daughter get the parts and I'll install.

I read a little more and it seems not too hard as long as one has ramps and exhaust hanger pliers
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It's around $500 here in MI. I can get a hitch around $160 on Amazon, and plug and play wiring harness for $50 so assuming they get the car, I'll have my daughter get the parts and I'll install.

I read a little more and it seems not too hard as long as one has ramps and exhaust hanger pliers
I did not have the exhaust hanger pliers. Big mistake, fiddling with those three rubber hangers took more time than bolting up the hitch itself.

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I did not have the exhaust hanger pliers. Big mistake, fiddling with those three rubber hangers took more time than bolting up the hitch itself.
talk about a pain. same issue with me when i installed mine on my 2012 a few years ago. When i got my 2016 i paid the dealer to do it. that way, if there's something that doesn't work, i'm not the one who has to fix it. i went to tow a trailer about 6 months later and i had no lights. tried with a different trailer, same thing. I brought it to the dealer and they found the issue and i was back out the door. I didn't have to spend time troubleshooting.

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Self-install is a pretty easy affair since all the threaded holes are already in the frame and all the V6 cars have the factory PNP wiring. I find that most shops won't do as fastidious a job as I will especially when it comes to touching up any nicks to the hitch after it's installed. I also like that my hitch has the bracket for the trailer connector - looks professional and keeps it out of harms way.
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My daughter is considering a 2016 Sorento, V6, AWD, LX. She and her family tow a pop-up tent trailer. Kia says towing OK with tow kit. I know that includes the hitch and wiring, but is there anything beyond that, like a transmission cooler?
I have a Draw-Tite, it was about $150. Installation is simple... in fact here's the PDF on how to do it. They say 40 minutes, I think it took me about 25, but I cheated and used a buddies lift, that said the HARDEST part was removing the spare tire.

I bought it from trailerjacks.com , the hitch came drop-shipped directly from the MFR in one day (well, I found out the MFR warehouse was about 80 miles away =-). So no complaints... I picked the Draw Tite as it sat the closest to the bumper, the Reese sits about 1/4" lower...

https://www.trailerjacks.com/image/catalog/N75908.pdf

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https://www.trailerjacks.com/trailer...h-tow-receiver
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I have a Draw-Tite, it was about $150. Installation is simple... in fact here's the PDF on how to do it. They say 40 minutes, I think it took me about 25, but I cheated and used a buddies lift, that said the HARDEST part was removing the spare tire.

I bought it from trailerjacks.com , the hitch came drop-shipped directly from the MFR in one day (well, I found out the MFR warehouse was about 80 miles away =-). So no complaints... I picked the Draw Tite as it sat the closest to the bumper, the Reese sits about 1/4" lower...

Appreciate the info!
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