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Old 06-21-2016, 02:54 AM   #1
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Is this price for hitch/brake controller too high?

I've just purchased a 2016 Kia Sorento and now have to set it up for towing. The estimate I got today for a hitch receiver (Class III) and brake controller was $847 + GST (CDN). Is this in the ball park for what others have paid? The last time I had this done was in 2000 and it was about $400 including the WDH. Unfortunately, she didn't really give me any detail about what type or brand of brake controller. I've been looking at the hitches online and see prices of around $230 (parts only). Obviously, there's a significant install charge, but I'm wondering if I should shop around some more. Anyone recommend a hitch shop in Edmonton or surrounding area? Thanks for any input!
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I've no local knowledge Brenda, but the Hitch House in Edmonton has some pretty excellent reviews:

http://www.hitchhouseedmonton.com/home-1.html


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Brenda, have you contacted the shop Reace uses in Chilliwack. A few folks have gotten their hitches there, and I believe have been quite happy.
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Brenda, have you contacted the shop Reace uses in Chilliwack. A few folks have gotten their hitches there, and I believe have been quite happy.
Brenda, Good advice from Jim. ETI uses Trademasters, just 2 blocks away . We didn't need the receiver, but ETI sold us the controller and Trademasters installed it, a Tekonsha Primus IQ. In and out in 45 minutes, $106 cad.. Sarah made the appt. and got the quote for us and we had it installed 2 hours prior to our orientation. Worked out great. You have more work and will need more time:

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Thanks for the advice. The Hitch House is actually where I got the quote from!

The problem with getting it done in Chilliwack is that I don't get my Escape until next April, but I need a hitch to pull my Aliner for the rest of this summer. I don't need the brake controller for the Aliner, but the lady at the Hitch House told me it would be cheaper to do it all at once. ??

Is the $106 for the brake controller installed?

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Thanks for the advice. The Hitch House is actually where I got the quote from!

The problem with getting it done in Chilliwack is that I don't get my Escape until next April, but I need a hitch to pull my Aliner for the rest of this summer. I don't need the brake controller for the Aliner, but the lady at the Hitch House told me it would be cheaper to do it all at once.

Is the $106 for the brake controller installed?

Thanks again!
Brenda
Yes. We checked in with ETI the day before orientation and they gave us the controller at that time (it was on our build sheet). We brought the controller to Trademasters the next morning, and they installed for $106 cad.
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:18 PM   #7
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I've just purchased a 2016 Kia Sorento and now have to set it up for towing. The estimate I got today for a hitch receiver (Class III) and brake controller was $847 + GST (CDN). Is this in the ball park for what others have paid? The last time I had this done was in 2000 and it was about $400 including the WDH. Unfortunately, she didn't really give me any detail about what type or brand of brake controller. I've been looking at the hitches online and see prices of around $230 (parts only). Obviously, there's a significant install charge, but I'm wondering if I should shop around some more.
Unfortunately, it could reasonably be that high, depending on how much work needs to be done in wiring.
The hitch receiver is CA$180 plus CA$50 for installation at U-Haul; I'm not suggesting U-Haul but their price is usually competitive. I agree that the installation is a very large part of the cost, but if nothing is done by Kia, it could take hours. I was quoted over CS$300 to do my Sienna a decade ago (but I didn't pay that because I did it myself instead).

The eTrailer wiring page for the 2016 Kia Sorrento suggests that there is a factory tow package which provides at least some wiring. I would pin down just what needs to be done for this specific vehicle before accepting any estimate of cost.

I can't recommend a specific shop, but I'll just add my usual U-Haul caution: some locations are good, but others are completely incompetent. Some are owned by U-Haul, and are more likely to be reasonable hitch shops; others are dealers or franchises and could be anything.

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The problem with getting it done in Chilliwack is that I don't get my Escape until next April, but I need a hitch to pull my Aliner for the rest of this summer. I don't need the brake controller for the Aliner, but the lady at the Hitch House told me it would be cheaper to do it all at once. ??
I would want to do it ahead of time just to make sure it is all done and sorted out rather than having one more substantial and critical item to be done right at trailer pickup time. With some vehicles installation is trivial so this wouldn't be a concern, but it doesn't sound like that's the case here.

For most trucks and some SUVs installation of the brake controller, wiring, and the connector on the back of the tug is a couple of minutes of plugging in... so it doesn't matter when you do it. If the wiring to connect the controller (on the dash) to the battery and the brake light switch and the connector at the back all needs to be custom-built, then you wouldn't want to do the wiring for the Aliner's lights, then go back and do wiring again for the controller.

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Is the $106 for the brake controller installed?
CA$106 doesn't even buy a decent brake controller at most places here; I think Steve is saying that was just the installation cost (with the cost of the controller itself bundled with the price of the trailer as an accessory).
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CA$106 doesn't even buy a decent brake controller at most places here;

Nor here! The "integrated" brake controller for my F150 (basically a Tekonsha and considered one of the best brake controllers available) was $325 USD plus another $75 USD to program the truck to accept it.


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Nor here! The "integrated" brake controller for my F150 (basically a Tekonsha and considered one of the best brake controllers available) was $325 USD plus another $75 USD to program the truck to accept it.
eTrailer sells proper proportional controllers for around US$100 (US$144 for the most expensive, the Prodigy P3), but that P3 here is probably well over CA$200 at any RV parts store. Of course the same thing as a Ford part will be much more.
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Brian, I'm completely at my wit's end trying to figure out what the "Kia Towing Package" is and which vehicles it would be on. The owner's manual says the 3.3 L engine will tow 2000 lbs or 5000 lbs and 500 lb tongue weight with the tow package". I looked at all of the models and none had a hitch. No idea about the transmission cooler. I know there is a wiring harness listed as an accessory on the Kia website. I can't remember where I saw it, but I think it comes with a 4 pin plug. Of course, the dealership was no help - just told me that it absolutely had a 5000 lb tow capacity. I've checked Kia forums, rv forums, and no one has an answer. I don't know where else to look!

Maybe the $900 isn't a bad price and they seem to have a good reputation. I should call a couple more places for estimates and see if they're at least close.

Thanks again for the help.
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