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Old 06-16-2019, 05:33 PM   #1
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Towing a Geo Pro 19FD with a 2019 Kia Sorento

Hello, we own a 2018 Geo Pro 19FD and we are currently towing it with an older GMC Sierra. We're looking at a 2019 Kia Sorento V6 AWD as a tow vehicle to replace the half ton. We have a weight distributing hitch.

Based on the weight of the Geo Pro and the towing capacity of the Sorento, we should be ok but I'm curious to know if any of you have experience towing a similar TT with the Sorento. How does it feel in windy conditions, going up hills and general handling on the highway.

Your feedback would be very appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2019, 06:32 PM   #2
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Towing capacity is a marketing term, The gating factor for you will be the load capacity. Take the dry weight of the TT plus the cargo capacity and multiply by 1.13. That will be a good approximation of your hitch weight. Look up the load /cargo capacity on the door jamb of the drivers door. Subtract this number plus 100 lbs for hitch. This is the margin you have for passengers and cargo in the TV. In addition, the shorter wheel base will have more handling issues than you previous TV. Best way to be certain is to weight setup, but that is not possible if you have not purchased the new TV.
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Thanks for the suggestions Flybob.
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The 2019 Sorento has a 5000lbs towing capacity IF it has the factory tow package.
The 19FD GVWR looks to be well under 5000lbs. But with a fantasy "dry" tongue weight of 390lbs and it being a single axle, the actual loaded tongue weight could be at the Kia's max of 500lbs or over.
Have you ever weighed your trailer's actual loaded tongue weight?
Personally I would never replace my truck with a small SUV, for towing. Shorter wheelbase, lower towing capacity, softer suspension, unibody construction and lower torque.
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The 2019 Sorento has a 5000lbs towing capacity IF it has the factory tow package.
The 19FD GVWR looks to be well under 5000lbs. But with a fantasy "dry" tongue weight of 390lbs and it being a single axle, the actual loaded tongue weight could be at the Kia's max of 500lbs or over.
Have you ever weighed your trailer's actual loaded tongue weight?
Personally I would never replace my truck with a small SUV, for towing. Shorter wheelbase, lower towing capacity, softer suspension, unibody construction and lower torque.
Thanks bikendan. You make a good point with the tongue weight. In addition to the normal stuff on the tongue, our bike rack is on the tongue with 2 bikes!
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Tell us more about why you don't like the GMC Sierra, that should be a perfect TV for the GeoPro..
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Tell us more about why you don't like the GMC Sierra, that should be a perfect TV for the GeoPro..
I like the Sierra, it's more of a mechanical reliability issue because of its age! Suspension components, rust (we live in Canada by the ocean) AC system ...
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I like the Sierra, it's more of a mechanical reliability issue because of its age! Suspension components, rust (we live in Canada by the ocean) AC system ...
It might be cheaper to repair the GMC than buying a new Sorento.
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It might be cheaper to repair the GMC than buying a new Sorento.
Yes, you're right and that's what I'm considering!
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The 2019 Sorento has a 5000lbs towing capacity IF it has the factory tow package.
The 19FD GVWR looks to be well under 5000lbs. But with a fantasy "dry" tongue weight of 390lbs and it being a single axle, the actual loaded tongue weight could be at the Kia's max of 500lbs or over.
Have you ever weighed your trailer's actual loaded tongue weight?
Personally I would never replace my truck with a small SUV, for towing. Shorter wheelbase, lower towing capacity, softer suspension, unibody construction and lower torque.
My Geo 19FD, with two tanks (80% full), two batteries (12v) has a TW of #560. I took the bike rack off for that reason.
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