- I’m going on a cross-country trip this weekend, and I’m planning to outfit my Kia with a hitch to make it ready for towing. What type of Kia hitch should I get?
It always depends on the kind of Kia vehicle you are looking to tow with and the things you will be towing. A trailer receiver hitch can be installed on subcompacts, cars, and light-duty vehicles for towing a trailer, holding a bike rack and a cargo carrier, as well as accommodating hitch-mounted accessory. Heavy-duty hitches like fifth-wheel hitches and gooseneck hitches, on the other hand, are designed for pickup trucks and heavy-duty towing vehicles.
- I live in a state where there is heavy snow during winter, so I’m thinking of getting a Kia hitch that can also accommodate snowplow. What type should I get?
A front mount trailer hitch would be great for that purpose. It won’t just allow you to carry additional equipment or gear at the front of your vehicle, but it will also be helpful when you’re planning to mount a snowplow and use your ride to clear your driveway during winter. However, this hitch is ideal for use on trucks and SUVs, so you can only get more benefit from a front mount hitch if you own a Kia SUV. Other uses for such hitch are when launching boats, carrying spare tires, and mounting bike racks.
- I’m preparing my ride for my family’s much-awaited weekend get-away. I’ve already installed a good Kia hitch and other towing accessories for when I need to tow some baggage. Any other tips on how we can travel safely even if I have something in tow?
If you have a big trailer or a heavy baggage in tow, it is advised that you consider a suspension upgrade to ensure safe driving, better handling, and a more comfortable ride even when you’re passing over a bumpy terrain. You can consider putting in tow-specific leaf springs beefed up with load-control springs and bounce stops for better dampening. Make sure also that your tires are properly inflated and your brakes are all working well.
- I can’t install the hitch correctly because my ride’s vibration damper seems to interfere with the hitch side plate. What can I do with this?
You can try to carefully bend the damper for a bit using your hand until it is not anymore in contact with the hitch. Don’t worry because making a slight bend on the damper won’t affect its efficiency. Just make sure that you won’t bend it too much.
- Besides the type of hitch and my vehicle’s towing capacity, what other factors should I consider when choosing a Kia hitch?
You have to look into the gross trailer weight or the trailer’s total weight when it’s fully loaded. You can get the gross trailer load by putting the fully-loaded trailer on a commercial scale. The trailer tongue weight or the downward pressure exerted by the tongue of a fully loaded trailer on the hitch ball should also be considered. Tongue weight can be measured using a commercial scale or a bathroom scale, but you have to make sure the trailer is level and the wheels are chocked when getting the measurement.
- I will be installing my newly purchased Kia hitch this weekend to prepare my ride for towing. Any pre-installation tips that could help make my DIY project easier?
Before you install the hitch, loosely assemble it first—put together the pin and clip, the drawbar, and then hold the loosely assembled hitch up into where it will be positioned. By doing so, you can easily identify anything that could obstruct you from installing the hitch properly and you can verify the drawbar’s position on your vehicle.
- My friend told me to never modify my hitch. Why is that so? What will the effect be if I make modifications to the hitch?
Drilling holes into the hitch to make it able to accommodate accessories or modifying the hitch assembly using a torch can weaken the metal and create a ragged hole. When this happens, it poses fire hazard. Even welding a hitch into the vehicle’s frame can make the frame weak.