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Old 02-17-2012, 09:20 PM   #15
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I agree with Mark and Kathy. Just be careful that what you hang off the back is within the limits of the hitch. When we bought our '03 Kia Sedona, we weren't thinking about getting another RV, having just dumped a real turkey through a consignment deal.

Now we have our signature rig and are thinking of goin places where a toad would be nice to have, we're discovering that maybe the Kia wasn't such a good idea.

Few people tow them four down, so the gear to convert for that is really expensive (over $3K). The car isn't worth much more than that!

Unfortunately its quoted curb weight is just over 4800 pounds, so by the time we get a dolly that can handle that weight, we end up about 400 pounds above what I believe the hitch rating is. I'm going to get an accurate weight on the Kia before the coming season with two of the seats out and only 1/3 tank of gas. Those seats are heavy (I'd estimete 85 pounds each) and we normally run with one removed to make room for our Labrador.

The only other options are rentals when we need one (but the rental folks would get ticked off with the dog hair!) or DW has to drive the Kia and follow the RV - not so good.

Maybe I could get a higher capacity hitch. It is tied directly to the Ford chassis, not a heavy-duty Reynolds Wrap extension. There are no rating placards on the hitch, so I don't know what its capacity is. I'll be taking photos and talking to FR and Reese soon.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #16
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We use to pull a Chevy 1500 (about 5,200 lbs) behind a 38' Winny for about 20,000 and found only about .5 to 1 mpg difference from not having out attached.

As stated by others, the gas milage factor is insignificant next to buying what you want/can afford.
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I agree with Mark and Kathy. Just be careful that what you hang off the back is within the limits of the hitch. When we bought our '03 Kia Sedona, we weren't thinking about getting another RV, having just dumped a real turkey through a consignment deal.

Now we have our signature rig and are thinking of goin places where a toad would be nice to have, we're discovering that maybe the Kia wasn't such a good idea.

Few people tow them four down, so the gear to convert for that is really expensive (over $3K). The car isn't worth much more than that!

Unfortunately its quoted curb weight is just over 4800 pounds, so by the time we get a dolly that can handle that weight, we end up about 400 pounds above what I believe the hitch rating is. I'm going to get an accurate weight on the Kia before the coming season with two of the seats out and only 1/3 tank of gas. Those seats are heavy (I'd estimete 85 pounds each) and we normally run with one removed to make room for our Labrador.

The only other options are rentals when we need one (but the rental folks would get ticked off with the dog hair!) or DW has to drive the Kia and follow the RV - not so good.

Maybe I could get a higher capacity hitch. It is tied directly to the Ford chassis, not a heavy-duty Reynolds Wrap extension. There are no rating placards on the hitch, so I don't know what its capacity is. I'll be taking photos and talking to FR and Reese soon.
I'm surprised the Sedona weighs so much, our '05 Ody weighs 4,400 and it's somewhat larger than a Sedona.
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Mr. D:

Kia were't too concerned with weight on the 03's. The middle and aft rows of seats were all full adjustment, fore/aft and recline capability seats. Those things must weigh 80 pounds or more and are a real PITA to take out and re-install. We normally run with one middle seat removed to give our Labrador a bit of room to move around.

As I understand, they got more weight conscious with the next model ('04) and it's about 600 pounds lighter.

We're still looking at trading the Kia for something lighter, but DW won't consider what I think is the best option (a Saturn 3-liter station wagon) because Saturns are orphans. The study of dolly towing the Sedona (even though we'd be a about 200 lb above the hitch rating) vs. trading for something lighter continues.
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Our second row seats are about the same then, move fore and aft and recline. VERY heavy and the third row can't be removed (they don't adjust though).
I'd like to have a Saturn VUE or the CR-V. The VUE can have a V-6 and, until they put a V-6 in the CR-V I won't buy one. The 2012 CR-V only gets 1 mpg better than our Ody so it's not worth trading for a new one. I could tow the '08 Civic but we like the extra storage in the Ody.
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