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what is towing preparation package

what is towing preparation package

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Thetow prep package provides your vehicle with a larger radiator, alternator and a transmission oil cooler. These items “prep” the vehicle to haul heavy weights behind it, relieving the added stress on the engine. Is the Toyota Highlander good for towing?

What does the tow Prep package do?

The tow prep package adds higher power fans to help cool the engine/radiator better. Cooler radiator = better engine performance/durability especially during towing.

What do you need to know about towing packages?

Here’s what I found out. In most cases, a factory-installed towing package will include a hitch platform, engine and transmission cooling, trailer towing wiring harness, and a strong frame for mounting the hitch. Manufacturers can also add rear-end gearing, upgraded alternator and battery, and towing circuitry for the trailer lights.

What is included in a tow trailer package?

What is included in that trailer package will be heavily dependent on the manufacturer, as well as the base vehicle that you have purchased e.g. some vehicle’s base models are built for towing a bit better than others. Take Ford vehicles, for instance, some of their trucks can be upgraded to have a bigger engine and stronger axles.

Do I need the tow Prep package on my Highlander?

Yes if you saw the radiator, you have the tow prep package, that space would be empty without it. Most Highlanders come with the package, so its rare to find one without it. Is the 2012 HL with factory tow package installed have a wire plug connection under the dash to plug in a trailer brake controller?

What puck system is available for 2021 Ram 1500?

The closest thing to a puck system available aftermarket for your 2021 Ram 1500 is the B&W Gooseneck # BWGNRK1319-5W which you can pair with the Companion # BWRVK3400-5W . Aside from this you’ll need to look into any OEM puck system at this point in time although I’m sure some more aftermarket options will be available in the near future. 75890

What is the closest to OEM prep kit?

The closest thing we have to the OEM prep kit is the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320 which can then be paired with the Companion # BWRVK3500 . This means that you can remove the 5th wheel hitch when you aren’t towing and you’ll have a clear bed for hauling similar to what you’d have with an OEM prep kit. 77727

What is the adapter for a 3 hole Nissan pickup?

The only kind of adapter we have for a 3-hole OEM package is for the Nissan pickups. Aside from that it sounds like you will either need to remove your current system and install something else, or you can use an adapter like the part # CAB-C5GX1216 or # DM8550045-5W . This allows you to utilize a gooseneck hitch ball to tow your 5th wheel trailer. 78999

What is gooseneck ball?

A gooseneck ball that fits the Ram underbed mounting system is available. See part number RP30140, pictured above, for a gooseneck ball that comes with 2 safety chain hookups, a plug for the gooseneck ball hole, and a carry bag.

How tall is a Demco 5th wheel?

The Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6099 will add 1-3/8" to height of hitch. So if you put the Curt A16 # C16120 on that adapter it will give you a total height adjustable from 14-3/8" to 18-3/8". The Reese Adapter # RP30154 will add 2 inches so you’d be looking at 16" to 20" total height. The direct puck hitch # C16520-16021 you mentioned is accurate at 14"- 18" directly. 54560

What is under bed mount?

The underbed mounts give you full access to your truck bed when you’re not towing. When you want to tow, you install a hitch that fits into the pucks in the bed, or you can get an adapter that fits into the pucks and has slots to fit any standard fifth-wheel hitch.

What is a Reese Goosebox?

The Reese Goosebox is a really neat alternative to a standard pin box. Really the only thing that you want to make sure of is that you have enough turning clearance. A lot of people really like using the gooseneck setup simply because it can be easier to hook up plus you don’t have to deal with moving around and storing a hefty 5th wheel hitch. 77159

What is a Trailer Package or Tow?

The purpose of a trailer package is to upgrade your vehicle, this will almost always be purchased when you buy the vehicle ‘new’.

Why is it better to buy a new vehicle with a trailer package installed?

This is because a lot of components will need to be upgraded. To be honest, it is better to buy a new vehicle that has a trailer package installed (or a used one that you know has a trailer package installed) rather than upgrade a vehicle that you already own.

What does the paper mean on a trailer package?

When a vehicle is purchased with a trailer package, various pieces of paper will be included with the trailer package that basically signifies what has been installed in that vehicle.

What is a tow package?

If you are buying a brand-new vehicle, you may sometimes be offered a ‘bonus’ feature known as a trailer package. It may also be referred to as a tow package. It is highly dependent on the manufacturer of the product.

Can you upgrade your towing hitch?

You can, but they are not going to be quite the same thing. An aftermarket trailer package is unlikely to increase the maximum weight that your vehicle is able to pull. It may be able to upgrade your towing hitch and electronics to help you pull heavier weights. However, the actual vehicle will not be changed.

What does "not to leave heavy items at home" mean?

It means that you may not have to leave some of those heavier items at home when heading out on vacation!

Is it cheaper to buy a trailer package?

A trailer package will be a lot cheaper if you buy it when you buy a vehicle new. This is because you are just swapping out components before the vehicle has been made. If you buy after you have built the vehicle, then you will need to buy completely new components. For example, in the case of Ford with engine upgrades, …

What is fan coupling?

I believe the fan coupling is essentially the electric fan motors. The tow prep package adds higher power fans to help cool the engine/radiator better. Cooler radiator = better engine performance/durability especially during towing. For example if your climing a steep grade with a heavy trailer, the transmission is going to downshift to 3rd probably (at highway speeds) and the engine is going to be up in the 3500-4000+ rpm range for the duration of that climb. That is generating lots of heat, the fans will help prevent overheating and keep the engine running safely longer.

Why is a cooler radiator better?

Cooler radiator = better engine performance/durability especially during towing. For example if your climing a steep grade with a heavy trailer, the transmission is going to downshift to 3rd probably (at highway speeds) and the engine is going to be up in the 3500-4000+ rpm range for the duration of that climb.

What is a tow prep package?

The tow prep package basically doubles the wattage of the cooling fans. IIRC, there are aftermarket fans meant specifically for tow prep package HL’s.

Does the I4 come with a tow package?

it seems those of us with the I4 do not usually come with a tow package, and looking at the ’13 options tonight the tow option was not even available for the four banger anymore. I wasnt worried about towing when we got our 09 hl, but now we have been looking at small travel trailers and without the tow package theres not much to choose from. Trying to figure out if I can add the tow equipment myself

Do Highlanders come with tow prep?

Yes if you saw the radiator, you have the tow prep package, that space would be empty without it. Most Highlanders come with the package, so its rare to find one without it.

Does 2011 HL have tow prep?

So True! When I was shopping for my 2011 HL that I bought last monday – 95% of the dealers where CLUELESS as to if the HL had the Tow Prep package or not.. But thanks to SweeneyP – I found that all 8 HL’s I looked at (2009’s to 2011’s) had the Tow prep package.

Can you use an aftermarket cooler on a tow package?

Because the tow package equipped vehicles have a different lower engine block that has oil cooler inlets/outlets, it will be difficult to find a location to tap into the oil system to add an aftermarket cooler. Most aftermarket kits won’t be compatible with our engines as we use a canister filter system.

Is it Cheaper to Do it Yourself?

Whist factory installed towing packages have come down in price over the last decade or so, they are still more expensive than doing the work yourself as best as you can with an aftermarket towing hitch.

What is included in a towing package?

In most cases, a factory-installed towing package will include a hitch platform, engine and transmission cooling, trailer towing wiring harness, and a strong frame for mounting the hitch. Manufacturers can also add rear-end gearing, upgraded alternator and battery, and towing circuitry for the trailer lights.

Why are aftermarket hitches better than factory hitches?

It’s because in the past, aftermarket hitches tended to be better and could handle heavier towing loads than the factory-installed ones.

How much can a truck hitch tow?

As an example, your truck spec will say your vehicle has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds, but the hitch can only tow 2,000 pounds, then that 2,000-pound figure is your limit. Similarly, a truck that can tow 4,500 pounds should not exceed that, even if the hitch is designed to do so.

What to do before committing to a factory tow package?

Before you commit, check the factory tow package to decide whether or not you believe it offers true value for money.

How much weight can a hitch take?

Those guys produce hitches that can take up to 18,000 pounds worth of weight which is a massive jump on the ones that are factory-installed.

How much does a pontoon boat weigh?

Things get a little different when we start to consider larger and more bulky items such as boats. I own a 25-foot pontoon boat, and that weighs nearly 4,000 pounds when you add the trailer and all the gear on top.

What is the difference between a Touareg and a Touareg with no hitch?

So again, ALL the vehicles are built the same, the only difference between a Touareg with no hitch and one with a hitch is that the one with a hitch has the aforementioned hitch and electrontic module. There are NO mechanical differences.

What is a 7 pin to 5 pin adapter?

4 Pin = no trailer brakes. 5 pin = surge type trailer brakes (5 pin deactivates the brakes in reverse). 7 pin = electric trailer brakes.

How much does it cost to install an aftermarket hitch?

Getting the OE hitch installed at the dealership, with the electronics module (recommended) will cost up near $1200. If you have a weekend to do it yourself, you can save a lot of money. But the VW tow module , if you install one to integrate the electonics into the vehicle, will HAVE to be coded, which means the dealership.

What is a tow hitch?

There is a tow hitch that you can buy, it includes a module which integrates the vehicles electronics to the trailer. The hitch you get from the factory is thicker and stronger than what you will see on 1 ton pickup trucks, its extremely well built. The electronics, not much to see, a box and some wires.

Does a 2012 TDI have a fan?

I have a North American 2012 Sport TDI, with the tow package, and I do indeed have the 850w fan. As well, my 2013 Sport TDI without a hitch package, came with a 850w fan also.

Where are NAR Touareg hitches installed?

NAR Touareg hitches are installed at port after they arrive on this continent, they are not fitted at factory…hence no mechanical differences.

Where is the brake controller on a trailer?

The trailer brake controller is supplied by you, and the socket is WAY up behind the driver side dash board, it is a reach (best to have small hands/arms) up near the A-Pillar. It is not impossible to install yourself but takes a bit of time. Plus the controller adapter plug has to be MADE by purchasing the parts (connector and wires) from VW or Audi. There is a really good write upon doing it here somewhere in the forums.