Hi All. Going to go pick up a my new Jayco Greyhawk next week in NY. I would like to drive my 2004 Kia Sorrento up there and then tow it home. When I look in the Kia manual, it only has emergency towing instructions. I have the part time 4X4 with manual tranny. It says I can tow it 55 MPH and every 400 miles to idle the engine. I guess my question to all the seasoned RVers out there is....can I use my Kia as a toad and feel safe? Any info would be great. Thanks
Unfortunately the Remco towing guide only covers 2004 Sorento Auto trans and not manual. Normally if you have a manual trans and front drive you are OK, but you have 4wd, so, ????? Look through old issues of FMCA and Motor home mag on line to see if you can find your vehicle.
You have two choices now. You can use a tow dolly and wireless lites and you will be ready in minutes. The other option is to tow four down. This will require you to install a front plate on the vehicle, install lights, install some type of aux. brake system, and get a tow bar. There are a few site on the web that sell all of this. Blue Ox or RoadMaster ar both good brands. You can do it yourself but allote some time; fours hours for the front bracket and maybe another four for the lights.
Bottom line is that both will cost about the same; $2,000 - $3,000. There are many combinations you can come up with; some good, some not as good. Do some research but if you are in a hurry, consider the tow dolly. Also, check to see if the dealer can install all of the tow equipment when you pick up your rig (at a price).
"You have two choices now. You can use a tow dolly and wireless lites and you will be ready in minutes..."
I don't know of any four wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle that can be dolly towed without removing the rear driveshaft. If a Kia 4X4 CAN be dolly towed, it is a VERY unusual vehicle!
IMO, the Ready Brute towbar with integrated braking system is as good as it gets. The towbar is under $1000, the breakaway kit is about $100, and a baseplate for your Kia would be another couple hundred. Wiring the lights should be less than $100.
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The $2,000 to $3,000 that Burp mentions in his post seems a little high to me.
I purchased a Roadmaster Sterling Towbar and Brackets for my vehicle for $1,195 in February of this year. I paid a local hitch company $150 to install it and do the toad wiring.
Add about $1,000 for the aux. brakes and we are close. I wish I could find someone I could trust to install it, especially for $150. The first toad I had outfitted was done by CampingWorld. They had a deal going where they would install for free anything you purchased from them. I think they lost money, it took them almost 8 hours.