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Why Does Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13073 For 2013 Kia Sorento Require Support Straps

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I want to purchase your Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2013 Kia Sorento because it seems to be hidden and looks better than the other ones. But it says it needs a strap for a cargo carrier, and the other makers like hidden and drawtite says nothing. Is the curt not built as strong?or of the same quality? The tongue weight is the same.

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Although the trailer hitch itself will support non-trailer loads like bike racks and cargo carriers, this type of weight does put added strain on the hitch. In order to alleviate the leveraging affect that a non-trailer load places on the hitch, Curt likes to error on the side of caution and require the use of stabilizing/support strap, like part # 18050, to maintain their warranty.

With this being said, I can not say that the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13073, is of a lesser quality or not as strong, just one manufacturer being a bit more cautious.

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