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Full transcript: https://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-curt-trailer-hitch-2020-kia-sorento-c13195.aspx
Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Kia Sorento, we’re going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver.Since Sorentos are really versatile SUVs, you’re going to want a hitch that is good for a little bit of everything. And that’s exactly what this is. And in my opinion, too, it’s not going to look half bad, even though it is for the most part, completely visible. I will say one thing I did notice is that the hitch is going to give us some pretty good clearance. And what I mean by that is the end of the receiver tube opening, it’s going to sit just behind our bumper.
That way, if you plan on using any folding accessories, we shouldn’t have any issues as far as folding them in the upright position and not having to worry about them contacting our bumper.The hitch does have a gloss black powder coat finish, so it should stay looking good for a long time. This is a Class 3 hitch, so it’s going to have that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. That’s a really common size and works with a ton of different accessories. It does have a reinforced collar for extra strength. And in my opinion looks pretty good too.
It does have the standard 5/8 pin hole.Now a pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one, you can pick it up here at etrailer. One thing I do really like is the safety chain openings. They’re going to be really large and easy to get to, and they’re going to sit a little bit further back, so we shouldn’t have to worry about any interference at all with our pin and clip. And because of that size, you can use just about any safety chain hook that you might have.What adds to the hitch’s versatility is its weight ratings. They’re going to be pretty high.
As far as the maximum gross tongue weight rating goes, it’s going to be 750 pounds. So that’s going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. So you should be able to use just about any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you would want to. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it’s going to be 5,000 pounds. So that’s going to be the amount of weight pulling on the hitch.
So that’s the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. Now I do always like to recommend, it’s never a bad idea to grab your Kia’s owner’s manual and see what the weight ratings are to make sure that your Sorento can handle that much weight.Now I’d like to give you a few measurements and these are going to help you figure out which accessories to use. If we go from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it’s going to be right about 13 inches. So chances are pretty good if you’re doing some towing, you’re going to need to get a ball mount with a rise. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our bumper, it’s going to be about five and a half inches. So you’re going to use that measurement to figure out if any of those folding accessories will work for sure. That way you don’t have to worry about folding them up and then contacting the bumper.But all in all, a pretty good looking hitch that’s going to get the job done, whether you’re working or playing. Now as far as the installation goes, it’s relatively straightforward and shouldn’t take you a whole lot of time. Speaking of which, let’s go ahead and put it on together now.To begin our install, we’re going to be here at the back of our Kia. I went ahead and opened up our hatch, and we’re going to lower our spare tire to give us some more room to work. So then we can move underneath of our Kia.And over here on the driver’s side, we’re going to have a underbody panel that we’re going to have to remove. So along the bottom edge of this panel, we’re going to have two plastic push pin fasteners. So to pull those out, I’m going to use a trim tool, but a flat head screwdriver will work just fine too. So you just pry underneath the head of it, and you’re able to pop that fastener completely out. And do the same thing for this one. And then if we look up, we’re going to have two plastic nuts. So you can grab a 14 millimeter and loosen them up. And these will stay connected to the panel. They’re not going to come off by themselves. And if they don’t want to come off of a stud, if they keep just spinning, what you might have to do is just apply a little downward pressure at the same time to get them to releas