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Concerned about tow capacity
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July 20, 2018
11:41 am
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Hello everyone and glad to be added to the forum.  My hubby and I have been doing some extensive research on the models available to us.  We started off with the 177SE, but then thought about the long run and desired space we would want in a trailer.  We have now narrowed it down to either the 189 or the 195. I am concerned because we have a Kia Sorrento with a tow package and are able to tow up to 5000 pounds.  Both the 189 and the 195 squeak in under 4000 pounds.  We would not be traveling with water in the tanks, but I am still concerned about how close we would come to the 5000 pounds once we packed up the trailer and SUV for a trip.  Any suggestions, comments or advice?  (p.s….please note that upgrading our Sorrento to another vehicle would not be an option).  Thanks in advance!   Liz

July 21, 2018
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First suggestion is to buy the BEST weight distribution hitch you can, period. It would be wise to see if your dealer will let you tow your choice ” around the block”. Your may need to use helper springs and/or air shocks. Upgraded brakes never hurts either and never be in a hurry! Good luck on your search…

July 22, 2018
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We love our 195, but I think you will be pushing the limit.  You will add 1000 lbs of items to the trailer and the hitch will add a couple of hundred pounds.  It is easy to pull on flat level roads, but when climbing inclines and mountains it is much more strain on the tow vehicle.  With that being said, I will defer to your manufacture for tow capacity and your judgement.

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