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Kia Soul???

Postby Aurevoir » Wed May 06, 2020 7:58 am

Has anyone been towing with a Kia Soul Plus? I have a 2013 and got the go-ahead from my mechanic and going for a light build (under 1000 lbs) but still super scared. Lemme know if anyone has any experience.
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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby Tomterrific » Wed May 06, 2020 8:35 am

I towed with a Miata, enough said. The Soul will tow fine but you will have to use lots of power for hills and freeway speeds over 60 will have increasing wind drag. The wind drag will surprise you. Your gear plus the camper will weigh enough you will start thinking like a backpacker and try to lighten things up.

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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby djohnsonnv » Wed May 06, 2020 9:38 pm

I have a 2012 Soul + and tow my kayaks eith it. The trailer probably weighs 400 to 600 poumds when I have my camping gear in it. It struggles over the steeper grades but it get me there.

Note. The owner's manual (US) says not recomended for towing but UK Caravaners magazine named the 2012 Soul tow vehicle of the year.Image

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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby Aguyfromohio » Thu May 07, 2020 1:07 pm

djohnsonnv wrote:I
...Note. The owner's manual (US) says not recomended for towing but UK Caravaners magazine named the 2012 Soul tow vehicle of the year...


I noticed something similar for my Hyundai Sonata. In the US towing not recommended. Same car in Australia had 2000 lb tow limit.
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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby djohnsonnv » Thu May 07, 2020 1:14 pm

Aguyfromohio wrote:I noticed something similar for my Hyundai Sonata. In the US towing not recommended. Same car in Australia had 2000 lb tow limit.


It is pretty universal especially for the smaller vehicle market. My 2019 Forester is rated 1500 lbs here and 1500 kg in Australia. Lots of people (on this forum amd others) have opinions about why the standards are so different, who is right, and true safety vs liability.

One thing I have learned from the circular conversations is the whoa is more important than the go. Put brakes on your trailer if you are towing with a small car.


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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby Aurevoir » Sun May 10, 2020 11:24 am

Thanks, I totally agree we got the go-ahead from our insurance so it's a go! Hopefully, the build will keep under 1000 lbs :frightened:
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Re: Kia Soul???

Postby pchast » Sun May 10, 2020 8:37 pm

Its not too difficult to restrict the weight to that.
Use a minimal kitchen, no water or waste tanks.
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Count every ounce you consider adding. It can get
out of hand quickly without that.
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