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MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 48 X 21 Max Tow Cargo Carrier, Part #MT70422. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity, but it's made of a very strong and sturdy aluminum material. It also has these points here, which can be used as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Next, we're going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out. To this edge here, we're about 23 1/2 inches. For our ground clearance, we're about here, it's about 10 1/2 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 23 by 60 Stromberg Carlson cargo carrier, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. It also has this nice mesh floor here, which makes it easier to clear. Around the border of the cargo carrier, we have these tie down points that you can use for either your ratchet straps, or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Also, if you're going to be blocking off the actual license plate, there are temporary license plate mounts here at the front that you can buy separately. I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple measurements. The first one is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 20x48 Curt cargo carrier, Part Number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds. It has a nice mesh floor which is going to make it a lot easier to clean, and around the border of the cargo carrier we have these points which can be used as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tighten down your gear. Next, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements, the first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper to this edge here. It's about 22-1/2 inches. For our ground clearance to the end of this bolt here, it's about 13-1/2 inches. The closest point at this edge here is about 4 inches.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're gonna take a look at and show you how to install the tow-ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with the four pole flat trailer connector. Part number is 118526. Now when we're ready to use our wiring, all we have to do is open up our cargo area here. Find it located underneath, and pull it on out. Now you'll see here where it's gonna go over a threshold. It's nice and cushy there, it's gonna give it plenty of room.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount Two-Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. We already have our bikes secured down, we are first going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. To release those we're just going to pull down and lift up, and be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. Now we'll take a few measurements here. We're going to do our overall first. With our arms hanging out we're adding about 21 inches to our vehicle.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we're doing a test fit of the Thule Passage trunk mount 2-bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that, and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame and then one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those, and then we can pull our bike straight off of our rack. With our bike out of the way, I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. Now we'll take a few measurements.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Archway XT trunk mount, two-bike rack. That part number is TH9009XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame, and then one as our anti-sway strap in the back there. To release those, we're going to pull down and lift up.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Gateway XT Trunk Mount 2 bike rack. That part number is TH9006XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. I'm first going to show how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. You have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps altogether. Two on our frame and one is our antibiotic-sway strap in the back there.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we got out the Thule Roadway here and we're testing it. The Roadway is a two bike, folding and tilting rack. It has been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway is a nice, simple, straightforward rack. We are going to use three cradles and straps to hold our bike into position. You can see the one on the back here, that is our anti-sway cradle strap.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've got out the Thule T2 Classic and we're test-fitting it. So the T2 Classic's a two-bike platform style rack. This has been designed for use in two-inch hitches. The part number on it is TH9044. The great thing about this . We've got no points of contact with the frame at all. We're going to have a front wheel hook holding down to our front wheel cradle, and then our rear wheel cradle with strap ...



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we're test fitting the Thule Vertex. This is a fully and tilting four bike rack. It's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9029XT. You can see our incorporated cable lock here, it's really nice. The backside uses a Thule one-key lock-in tumbler. We can get those to match an already existing set or you can just start your set with the one you've got.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've got out the Swagman XC2. We're going to test fit it for you. The XC2 is a platform style 2-bike rack. It's been designed so you can use it with the 1-1/4 inch or 2-inch hitches. Part number on it is S64650. This is one of the simplest and very, very popular bike rack. Basically, it uses a frame hook to provide downward force onto our bike, holding it into our wheel hoops.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're testing the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier. This Cargo Carrier is going to carry up to 500 pounds. Its designed for use with 2 inch hitches. Part number CC-100. This carrier has a platform that's made of a larger expanded steel, so even bigger rocks and stuff should fall right down in through. Dirt and debris we shouldn't have any issues with.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we got out the Maxx Tow 21x48 Aluminum Cargo Carrier. This cargo carrier is designed to carry up to 500 pounds, works for 2 inch hitches. Part number is MT70422. As you can see this aluminum carrier offers a slack style floor, so we've got nice large areas for dirt and debris and stuff like that to fall down and out. Raised edge around the outside is going to be about 2 inches high, this is going to give us good support for gear front to back, side to side. We've also got 4 pre-drilled connection points over at each corner for stretch, so we can get everything nice and secure. Now overall our carrier is going to take up about 5 1/2 inches.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're test fitting the Let's Go Aero GearCage. This is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches and it can carry up to 300 pounds. The part number is HCR222. There is something that is kind of different about this carrier as opposed to the others ones. This one is going to offer a solid floor.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've gotten out the Curt 20 by 60 Folding Cargo Carrier. We're going to test fit it. This cargo carrier has been designed to carry up to 500-lbs and it's also for use with 2" hitches. Part number on it is C18151. Now, this carrier offers a medium-sized expanded steel so we're going to get good support for our gear, but also we're going to have plenty of areas for that dirt and debris to fall down and out. As you can see, our raised edge is about 5-1/2" high. That's going to give us good support for our load, front and back, sided to side.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we've got the Curt 20x60 Cargo Carrier. We're just fitting it to see how it goes on the back of the vehicle here. Now, this carrier is designed for use with 2 inch hitches and it will support up to 500 pounds. Part number is C18150. The thing I like about the Curt is the size of the expanded steel here. We've got plenty of room for dirt and debris to fall down and out, but we're not going to have to worry about those smaller items slipping through either. The raised edge all the way around the outside is going to be about 5.5 inches high, gives us good support for our load, and its also going to offer us some good connection points so we can get everything strapped down once we do have it loaded up.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2014 Kia Sportage, we're going to take a look at the 23 x 47 Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches only. That part number is M2205. We already have it on our vehicle. We're just going to show you a few features of it. The first feature I would like to show you is . this is a . See, it has the mesh bottom so that's going to help keep out the dirt and the debris. It also has the black powder coat that's going to help from rust and corrosion.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2014 Kia Sportage, we are going to take a look at the 24 x 60 Curt Cargo Carrier for 2" hitches only. That part # is C18153. We already have it on our vehicle. I'm just going to show you a few features of it. Like I said, this will hold up to 500 pounds. You see it has a mesh bottom so it is going to keep out your dirt and debris. It also has the black powder-coat that is going to help from corrosion and rusting. First things first, we are going to take a few measurements.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2014 KIA Sportage, we're going to take a look at the Curt Premium 4 Bike Rack Hanging Style. That part number is C18064. Now, we already have a bike on our rack. We have a rack hooked on to our vehicle. I'm just going to show you a few features of it. Like I said before, this is a 4 bike rack.





Kia Sportage Questions

  • The Superwinch S4000 High Performance Utility Winch, # 1440200, that you selected is a great choice for the application that you need a winch for. This winch is designed primarily for race car trailers, open and enclosed and will control the cable feed in and out so you could stop the vehicle at any point when loading and would not have to worry about a runaway vehicle when unloading. For installing the winch in the trailer it is hard to make a recommendation without seeing...
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  • I checked out your Tow Brake HD 3000 unit online and found that it is a very good braking system, but that the system is not recommended for use with your GM integrated brake controller, as you have found. I then spoke with Tow Brake and he said that they have used the inline magnet that you are using, but that he feels that your best option is to go with a brake controller that is compatible with an electric over hydraulic system like you have. The Tekonsha P3, # 90195, would...
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  • Trailer light kit # TL29BK does not include submersible lights, so water would be able to enter the light housings. A better choice for your jet ski trailer would be a submersible light kit # TL5RK, as the lights will be sealed against water. I would recommend, however, that you unplug the trailer connector and let the bulbs cool down a bit before backing into the water, so that the cold water will not crack the bulbs. This is good practice, also, because it lets your wheel...
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  • For your 2001 Kia Sportage, in addition to hitch # 36266, and wiring # 118371, you will need a ball mount and a ball for the coupler on the trailer. You will also need safety chains unless the trailer comes with them. For a 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch opening, like the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 36266, use Class II Drawbar, # 36051. With this ball mount, use Hitch Ball, # 19256. To secure and lock the drawbar in place, use the Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock, # RH2-XL . For safety...
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  • With a smaller trailer like you describe, electric brakes would be my recommendation both from a cost standpoint as well as the ease of installation. For the trailer, you would need two hub/drum assemblies and two brake assemblies. To determine if the hub/drum assemblies we offer are compatible with your trailer spindles, you will need to pull one of your idler hubs off, and look at the inner and outer bearing numbers. The hubs we offer, part # AKHD-545-35-K use # L68149 inner...
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  • For your 2014 Kia Sportage we have just what you would need. The roof racks we offer will cost much less than the Kia rack and will work just as well. Now if you have a totally naked roof you would want the Rhino Rack part numbers # DS126B and # DK259 to complete a custom fit rack that is easy on the wallet. If instead you have flush mounted roof rack rails on the roof of the vehicle you would instead want the Rhino Rack part numbers # RRVA126B-2 and # RRSX023.
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  • It sounds like you are used to using a Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler, like part # BD028288, and that your new coupler is the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ Pin, # BD028244, which is designed to be used as you have indicated. You have to grasp the coupler and pull the collar back to release the jaw. The Bulldog High-Profile Latch Repair Kit, # BD024200, is desingned to be used on the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ High-Profile Latch, item # BD028382, which has an attachment point...
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  • All of the trailer hitches available for your 2013 Kia Sportage will have the same visibility at the rear of the vehicle. You will only see the receiver under the bumper fascia, so visibility will not be an issue. I own a 2013 Kia Sportage and I had the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, part # C13120, installed. I have attached a photo of the Curt hitch installed on my Sportage for you to check out. The hitch has served well and would be an excellent option for your vehicle. The...
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  • From what we have learned, if you have an SX Turbo model 2012 Kia Sportage, there is some exhaust contact. There are a few different things you can try to reduce or eliminate rattle if it happens at all. I have included a link to an FAQ article that covers the various methods. I have also included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you plan on doing some towing, the recommended parts are: Ball mount, # 2923 Pin and Clip, # PC3 1-7/8 inch ball, # 19260 2...
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  • The Karrite Voyager was related to the Thule Sidekick cargo box # TH682. The replacement mounting hardware is # TH04958. You will also get some replacement locks and keys with this kit.
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  • If you look at the video I have linked showing a typical installation of the wiring harness # 118526, at about the 3:50 minute mark our installer begins running the wiring through a hole and out to the bottom of the vehicle. Normally the 4-Way stays inside the cargo area but if you wanted to you could try to run the 4-Way through this same hole. It may require additional sealant to keep out fumes. Then you could use mounting brackets # 18144 and # 18136 to secure the 4-Way...
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  • One of the primary purposes of drawing the power for the taillights directly from the battery is to isolate the wiring system of the vehicle from the trailer wiring. This way, the vehicle wiring will be protected from any short circuits that might occur in the trailer wiring. Installing the wiring harness in the manner you describe would also void your warranty coverage. I can't recommend you install the Tow Ready # 118526 in any other way than what the manufacturer recommends....
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  • We do list a trailer hitch as a fit for the 2012 Kia Sportage SX. You can use the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13120 (Class III) that you have referenced. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with two ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use the Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118526.
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  • No, modern brake controllers such as the Curt TriFlex # C51140 will not have to set up and recalibrated every time the vehicle is turned off. It will keep the settings you use. The connection to the battery is not shut off when the motor is turned off. The controller will still draw power but very, very little so as not to run down the battery.
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  • According to our friends at Tow-Ready, the wiring harness you referenced, part # 118526, is the correct wiring harness for all 2011 Kia Sportage models. To see the installation instructions, click on the provided link.
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  • There are numerous trunk mount bike carriers available for your 2010 Kia Sportage and I have included a link to them to the right. Some of the more popular options are: The Yakima KingJoe Pro 2, # Y02624, and 3, # Y02625 The Thule Passage models for 2 or 3 bikes will also work with your Sportage. The Passage 2 bike is part # TH910XT or 3 bike is part # TH911XT. I would recommend the Yakima KingJoe Pro rack because it is a solid rack that fits many vehicles and has a high...
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  • I have some good news, and some not so good news for you. The good news is that we do have several bike racks that are confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. The not so good news is, that I have spoken with my contacts at Saris, and the Bones 3 Bike Rack # SA801 is not confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. My contact explained that mounting position for the top most straps that the Bones uses to attach to the rear hatch are not properly supported for this carrier. The...
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  • Beginning with the hitch, I'd recommend the Curt Class III, part # C13120. The hitch is has a higher tongue weight capacity than the Hidden Hitch or Draw-Tite, and is competitively priced. You'll also need a ball mount, part # 2923 and a 1-7/8 inch trailer ball, part # 19260 or a 2 inch ball # 63845, depending on what the trailer's coupler calls for. To wire the trailer, you'll need to start with a 4 pole connector part # 118526. You'll also need our Brake Controller Installation...
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  • I do have a hitch solution for you, but I checked Draw-Tite and they do not recommend the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader Trailer Hitch # 75717 as a fit for the 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. For your vehicle you would want a Curt Trailer Hitch # C13120. This hitch is confirmed to fit on the SX Kia Sportage models and should work very well for you. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: Curt...
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  • Thank you for your recent purchase which included Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring Harness # C55529. The best way to troubleshoot this or any other trailer wiring harness is to use a circuit tester such as the # 40376 from Draw-Tite. A tester will allow you to verify that the proper signals are both entering and exiting the converter module. Since your trailer's brake and tail lights are working properly you can first focus on the green and yellow wires on the left-hand (input)...
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