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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Unread 07-16-2019, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier

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I apparently posted this thread in the wrong forum before, and I know similar stuff has been talked about, but I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a lightweight hitch-mounted cargo carrier for road-tripping? I talked with my Kia center and they said if I wasn't planning to install wiring that a CURT hitch for my 2017 Kia Niro wouldn't affect the warranty (of course, with the "unless something were to happen that could be directly linked to the hitch" clause). The main thing is they want close to $1000 to install the rails and cargo box on the roof, and I feel like the rear carriers would have far less drag and preserve more gas mileage. We're a family of 3 and we road trip often, and it would be perfect if we just had that little bit of extra space. Any tips, opinions, thoughts, or recommendations on hitch-mounted carriers?

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Roof rack with cargo box is the safer and less risky option. The Niro owner's manual specifically says not to tow (i.e., it has no tow weight rating). We have no idea how much weight you can safely carry back there. The Kia crossbars are only $270 from the dealer and a cargo box or tray from Yakima or Thule run around $300 new or less if you can find one used locally. You're looking at under $570 for a roof mounted solution that can handle 220 lbs. I don't know who quoted you $1000 for crossbars and a box but they are nuts.

$270 crossbars new from Kia. My local dealer price matched.
https://www.kiapartworld.com/niro/ni...ies/G5F21AC000

$300 Thule box. I've seen them used locally around $150 and there's some knock-off brands at Walmart for $200.
https://www.amazon.com/Thule-682-Sid...12814298&psc=1
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The Niro owner's manual specifically says not to tow (i.e., it has no tow weight rating). We have no idea how much weight you can safely carry back there.

Then buy a Niro in Canada. In my manual there is a whole section on towing a trailer. Pages 7-91 to 7-99.


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[COLOR=rgb(19.921900%, 19.921900%, 19.921900%)]Maintenance when trailer [/COLOR]
[COLOR=rgb(19.921900%, 19.921900%, 19.921900%)]towing [/COLOR]
Your vehicle will need service more oý‐ ten when you režularly pull a trailer. Important items to pay particular at‐ tention to include enžine oil, transaxle ýluid, axle lubricant and coolinž system ýluid. Brake condition is another impor‐ tant item to ýrequently check. Each item is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you ýind them quickly. Iý you re trailerinž, it is a žood idea to re‐ view these sections beýore you start your trip.

Do not ýoržet to also maintain your trailer and hitch. Follow the mainte‐ nance schedule that accompanied your trailer and check it periodically. Preý‐ erably, conduct the check at the start oý each day s drivinž. Most importantly, all hitch nuts and bolts should be tižht.



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[COLOR=rgb(19.921900%, 19.921900%, 19.921900%)]If you do decide to pull a trailer [/COLOR]
Here are some important points iý you decide to pull a trailer:
• Consider usinž a sway control. You can ask a hitch dealer about sway control.

  • Do not do any towinž with your car durinž its ýirst 2,000 km (1,200 miles) in order to allow the enžine to properly break in. Failure to heed this caution may result in serious enžine or transaxle damaže.
  • When towinž a trailer, Kia recommends that you consult an authorized Kia dealer/service partner on additional require‐ ments such as a towinž kit, etc.
  • Always drive your vehicle at a moderate speed (less than 100 km/h (60 mph)).
  • On a lonž uphill žrade, do not exceed 70 km/h (45 mph) or the posted towinž speed limit, whichever is lower.




So I don't know why people here keep saying that the Niro can't tow. Perhaps it is a limintation for the Plug-In people.
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Quick online search and the hitch at etrailer is about $130 and the hitch rack is about $80 at Harbor Freight with straps you are at about $225. You're ready to roll. I don't have this but its what I'd do.
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To answer your question, there are two CURT hitches that will fit your 2017 Niro - and their tongue weights and hitch weights are as follows.

1. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class II - 1.25in - C12171: Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs [https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...t/C12171.html] Hitch Weight = 26 lbs.
2. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class III - 2in - C13329: Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs [https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...7/C13329.html] Hitch Weight = 28 lbs.

Given the Usable Weight of your 2017 Niro is about 1,000 lbs, I wouldn't put any more than about 100 lbs on a hitch-mounted cargo carrier, subject to what other weight I was carrying.

You can do the math yourself: GVWR - Curb Weight = Usable Weight [https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/model...pecifications]

Usable Weight = Weight of occupants + Hitch + Carrier + Baggage

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Its a 5 passenger vehicle...how could the weight limit be less than 1000 pounds. The average American tips the scales over 200 pounds!
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Then you would technically be over the limit. The numbers don't lie. You should have known this before you bought the vehicle. Take it up with Kia.

Hopefully some of your 5 passengers are kids or people that don't weigh as much as "the average American."

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I really like the hitch mounted carriers but try to keep the weight down because the moment arm is so far aft and remember lights and license plate.

Both weight and windage are against the car top carriers.
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Agree. Saw a Mini with the nicest bicycle rack - two inserts into rear bumper (from the factory). The bikes were very close to the rear hatch and no fore/aft movement.

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Roof rack with cargo box is the safer and less risky option. The Niro owner's manual specifically says not to tow (i.e., it has no tow weight rating). We have no idea how much weight you can safely carry back there. The Kia crossbars are only $270 from the dealer and a cargo box or tray from Yakima or Thule run around $300 new or less if you can find one used locally. You're looking at under $570 for a roof mounted solution that can handle 220 lbs. I don't know who quoted you $1000 for crossbars and a box but they are nuts.

$270 crossbars new from Kia. My local dealer price matched.
https://www.kiapartworld.com/niro/ni...ies/G5F21AC000

$300 Thule box. I've seen them used locally around $150 and there's some knock-off brands at Walmart for $200.
https://www.amazon.com/Thule-682-Sid...12814298&psc=1

Thanks for the information, I may definitely need to check around with other dealers. I got the quote directly from my Kia dealer where we bought the Kia and he quoted me at $390 for the racks and $530 for the box.
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