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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Old 11-22-2012
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Default 2012 Kia Soul Tow'd Research

Has anyone had any experience with towing a Kia Soul? Just picked up the wife a new car and she picked up a manual so I could flat tow. Takes a good woman to purchase her favorite car with a manual so I can abuse it.

2012 Kia Soul+ using a 6sp manual tranny research shows;

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 2012 Soul by Kia
Code: BX2715
Retail:$430.00
Price:$379.99

Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)

Specs:
•Distance between brackets: 15-1/2"
◦Fits Blue Ox Aventa, Aladdin, Alpha and Allure tow bars
•3-Year warranty
BX2715 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs
Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms for 2012 Kia Soul
Code: 522112-1
Retail: $468.44
Today: $399.00

So anyone with experience towing this model car OR with the tow bars & base plates they recommend?
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Micheal have you checked out the info here

http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/
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I looked in the FMCA towing guide for 2012 and it does not reference the Kia Soul as a recommended tow vehicle. Most all manual vehicles can be towed but I would do more research. Some manual vehicles have towing speed and distance limitations; you would not want to fry the transmission in your wife’s new car by towing over speed or for too long. Good luck…
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Yea.. I bought the car knowing it could be towed as I saw the info on the 2011's. But they did change from a 4sp manual to a 6sp manual for 2012. I also found the 2011 plates do fit the 2012's. I checked the 2012 owner's manual and they talk all around the issue? Then when I searched for 2012 AFTER I purchased the car I find this;

2012 Kia Soul 6-speed manual +

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  • Remco has no information for this vehicle at this time. Please check back later or contact your Remco dealer.
  • 2011 Kia Soul Manual +

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    • Towable as is without speed or distance restrictions. See Owner's Manual for confirmation and procedures.
    • When towing for an extended period of time, start the vehicle as often as possible and allow it to run for five minutes to prevent battery drain.
    • Follow prescribed towing procedures outlined in your Owner's Manual.
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My 2009 Liberty manual says to disconnect the battery..WHY? Your Kia says to start it often to prevent battery drain...WHY?

What is the difference between being parked and being towed? OK, if you have a brake buddy or other power using accessory I can see it, but without any added electrical loads I can see no reason why towing would drain the battery..I have had no issues with the Liberty and I do not disconnect the battery.
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My 2009 Liberty manual says to disconnect the battery..WHY? Your Kia says to start it often to prevent battery drain...WHY?

What is the difference between being parked and being towed? OK, if you have a brake buddy or other power using accessory I can see it, but without any added electrical loads I can see no reason why towing would drain the battery..I have had no issues with the Liberty and I do not disconnect the battery.
Gardner perhaps you have to turn the key on to relase the steering lock and that engergizes some circuits
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Gardner perhaps you have to turn the key on to relase the steering lock and that engergizes some circuits
One of my 'new toad' requirements, the Liberty has NO steering lock. I asked a tech at Jeep and he did some research and said it may have to do with safety..not sure what's unsafe though

Now I do have an air operated braking system and it does energize the brake lights, but with the relays I use it only lights the center one, so perhaps after a couple of days of city driving I might want to run it to charge the battery.

The relays are energized by the coach tail light circuit so no Jeep power is used there. Just to explain, I always turn on the coach headlights when driving, so I set up the relays I installed in the Jeep to switch the brake lights to the coach brake/turn input when the coach tail lights are on.
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Ok.. I've really researched this to death and currently have an email out to Kia for a final answer but have found this blanket service bulletin to cover questions on other Kia model tow questions;

General 018 TSB - KT2007091901 SEPTEMBER 2007 Vehicle - Recreational Towing Requirements

Number: KT2007091901

*NOTICE: Confirm that the "recreational" tow vehicle has sufficient capacity to tow a Kia vehicle.

Any Kia 2WD vehicle equipped with a manual transaxle may be towed with all four wheels on he ground behind another vehicle such as a Recreational Vehicle (RV), as long as the following conditions are met:

1. Transaxle oil is at the recommended level.
2. Transaxle is in correct working order.
3. Parking brake is released.
4. Gearshift is in NEUTRAL.
5. Steering wheel is UNLOCKED with the key in the ignition and in the "ACC" position. NOTICE: When key is moved to the "ACC" position, make sure all accessories are turned off to prevent battery drain.
6. Front tires are of the same size.
7. Front tire pressures are equal and inflated to the recommended pressure.
8. Vehicle is towed from the front with all four wheels on the ground.
WARNING: When towing has been completed, be sure to turn key off, remove key from ignition and set parking brake. Do Not leave key in ignition with vehicle unattended.
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