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We upgraded to a 2012 Sorento from a 2011 Sportage to be able to tow, now all I hear from Kia is that we could void our warranty if we don't use Kia parts or Kia advantage parts. The problem is I have called North American Kia and local dealers and they have called Kia and came back and told me they do have Kia or Kia advantage parts supported (break controllers, the dealership we bought it from, tells me it may or may not void my warranty. Can any one point me in the right direction? Just want to do want my owners manual states, 3,500 lbs actually around 3,100) with brake controll if I can find one without voiding my warranty.

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If your worried that much, buy a Kia hitch. You can buy ANY hitch you like, you do NOT have to use Kia parts. As for a b/controller I don't think #3500 will need any type of brake controller at all. Just not enough weight involved to need one.
 

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If in doubt, have your local stealer install the towing bits. For a 3000lb load, there shouldn't be any issue.
 

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If your worried that much, buy a Kia hitch. You can buy ANY hitch you like, you do NOT have to use Kia parts. As for a b/controller I don't think #3500 will need any type of brake controller at all. Just not enough weight involved to need one.
Not true, it varies by state...
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm

If the trailer does have brakes it will depend on if it has electric or hydraulic surge brakes as to whether you need a controller or not.
 

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In Australia, by law any trailer over 750kg MUST have brakes. Be they electric or hydraulic override.

If your trailer has electric brakes, then get the controller.

I googled how much 3,000lb is, and it comes to just over 1,350kg.
I remember towing a trailer totalling about 1,200kg, which had non-operational (buggered) hydraulic override brakes. It was a scary experience.
Would not recommend.
(Sorento weight - around 2,500kg (just over 5,500lbs))
 

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If your worried that much, buy a Kia hitch. You can buy ANY hitch you like, you do NOT have to use Kia parts. As for a b/controller I don't think #3500 will need any type of brake controller at all. Just not enough weight involved to need one.
I think pulling 3,500 pounds without electric brakes is nuts, but to each his own. I wouldn't do it personally, and in some states, it's illegal.
 

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it's actually 3500 pounds minus the weight of the passengers, and whatever cargo if already inside the Sorento

so, it's way less than 3500 pounds, if your Sorento is loaded with 7 people assuming all average male easily 200 each that's already 1400 gone, so you are only left with 2100, assuming you have nothing else heavy on the roof or whatever you can fit in that little trunk space of a 7 seater
 

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it's actually 3500 pounds minus the weight of the passengers, and whatever cargo if already inside the Sorento

so, it's way less than 3500 pounds, if your Sorento is loaded with 7 people assuming all average male easily 200 each that's already 1400 gone, so you are only left with 2100, assuming you have nothing else heavy on the roof or whatever you can fit in that little trunk space of a 7 seater
I think you're confusing the GVWR and trailer capacity. Putting a few people inside the Sorento should not reduce its trailering capacity. As long as the tongue weight of the trailer, occupants and luggage doesn't exceed the GVWR you should be fine. That being said, pushing close to the GVWR is probably best avoided too :)
 
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