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OK, just got a 2009 Borrego, 20,000 miles, V6 with hitch, new tires and windshield (had a chip and they replaced it), great shape, $18,000. Now, can anybody give me the details on what I need to connect to a trailer. Is there a standard 4-prong plug hiding under the bumper? Is there wiring behind a rubber plug in the back underbody panel? What wiring do I need to order and where do I tap? I've heard bits and pieces from various places. Will be pulling utility trailer totaling 2500# max. I've pulled this amount with no problems with a V6 Explorer. Do I need trailer brakes for this? The manual says 1650 lbs max. Any information (and photos!) would be appreciated.

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Mine came with one v8 for brake control look behind the bumper for plug.
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I know that all Borregos came standard with a factory tow hitch. I could be wrong, but I am about 85% sure they all came pre-wired for towing, too. Based on the image (Kia press-release image), it looks like the connection is under the bumper somewhere. Should be 4 and 7 prong connections. If the trailer does not have brakes, 1650 lbs is what Kia says the regular service brakes will handle. I personally think you would be fine with 2,500 lbs, as long as you aren't braking down steep grades or stop and go constantly. You might find yourself replacing pads and rotors more often though......

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towing plug site

As you have now found out, Kia has placed the electrical plug-in site for your trailer well under the bumper, requiring you to get on all fours to plug in your trailer. After several hookups and multiple cuss words, I finally purchased parts to extend the plug-in site outward and fix it to the hitch bar where I can easily plug in. Parts cost about $50 and one hour of my labor--well worth it! Any trailer parts store has the items.
The second photo is taken on my back looking up to the hitch and plug site.
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Great for towing popup camper

I have used my EX V6 for three years to tow our popup. Fully loaded with popup, supplies, and people our additional weight is around 4000# over the weight of the vehicle. So far no problems, the borrego tows like a champ as long as you do safely and within speed limits of towing.

The EX V6 comes with a trailer brake harness already installed near the emergency brake lever under the steering wheel. Mine was tucked under the dash and easily fit after market trailer break controllers. I usually keep mine in the center console when not in use. As long as your trailer has electric breaks you are set to go.

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tow issues with same v6

I have a V6, and tow a hot air balloon, about 2500#. I am on the third transmission with 41K total miles. I find the mileage horrible (<10) and the power minimal. Lock in 4, and it will not tow up much of a grade. Very unhappy with the vehicle.
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