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Dealership trickery with towing package

Discussion in 'Towing' started by cotton ag13, May 30, 2014.

  1. Jun 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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    jbrandt

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    Ha! You're assuming that most (if any) salesmen actually know what they're talking about. You're lucky if they memorize the sales brochures. When I bought my '04 4x4, I went to a Toyota dealer and said "I'm looking for a 2002-2004 TRD 4x4 Tacoma doublecab. I'm not too picky on the color, though. What do you have?"

    He takes me over to a used Z71 they had on the lot. Then tried to tell me it's "like a TRD" because the possitrac rear-end it had was a "locker". May I remind you this was a TOYOTA Dealer.

    I doubt that many salesman could tell the difference between a factory tow package and a Hidden Hitch, unless it's spelled out FOR them on the window sticker
     
  2. Jun 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM
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    BamaToy1997

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    Regardless of the salesman's abilities and knowledge, THEY are not the one who does the paperwork and the vehicle "build sheet" which is what will tell you "Toyota Factory Tow Package" or just "Tow package".
     
  3. Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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    Indy

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    Exactly. "Tow package" is 100% ambiguous, it means nothing. There isn't 1 definition, I could argue that a roll of duct tape is a 'tow package' since I'm not defining what I plan on towing. Or I could call a class 5, brake controller, 10 extra coolers, new gears, beefier axles and a supercharger my 'fluffy bunny package' and you would be a lot better off having a fluffy bunny than a duct tape tow package.

    I've had a factory package that was nothing more than a hitch and plug, and another that to hook a controller all you needed was 1 pigtail and then plug it into the factory port. Broad range in 'factory'.
    You want the equipment list, not words :laugh:

    Now that I say that, I really wonder how many men would pass on the bunny package just because of the name.

    *edit* and you're assuming I don't know the phrase instead of making a joke :laugh:
     
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  4. Jun 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM
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    slcsez2000

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    Exterior: -Current Suspension- Icon extended travel front struts w/ 700lb coils Icon extended travel Remote Resi rear shocks Dakar leaf pack Icon Tubular UCAs with covers Icon neoprene shock covers -OEM Roof Rack -2 fold down cup holders in bed -Bed bottle opener -Plasti Dipped emblems -Access lite rider roll up tonneau cover -AFE Prodry air filter -Pop and lock bed lock -Rear differential breather relocation mod (behind tail light) -Aeroturbine 2525XL Muffler with TRD exhaust tip. Armor: -SOS Concepts bolt on sliders W/ kick out -SOS Concepts aluminum front bumper with full hoops -SOS Concepts Rear HC Bumper -SOS Concepts IFS/Mid skids
    here is what I want to know.

    I also have a 2012 with "tow package"
    how would I know if it is a Factory tow package or dealer installed hitch and plug only?
    I can look at the alternator and don't know if it is more high powered. How do I know if I have a tranny cooler etc? I really have nothing to compare it to. Would it say this if I put my Vin in on the toyota website or something? I would just like to know before I decide to tow something in the future.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    Well First off the Factory tow package comes with a 6 pin not a 4 pin connector. and second if you look around your radiator area you should be able to see a secondary much smaller radiator which is your Trans cooler. "Assuming" you have an automatic. Those would be pretty safe indicators. the only way to know for sure would be to run your vin. I believe there was a link provided earlier in the thread for you to do so.
     
  6. Jun 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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    slcsez2000

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    Exterior: -Current Suspension- Icon extended travel front struts w/ 700lb coils Icon extended travel Remote Resi rear shocks Dakar leaf pack Icon Tubular UCAs with covers Icon neoprene shock covers -OEM Roof Rack -2 fold down cup holders in bed -Bed bottle opener -Plasti Dipped emblems -Access lite rider roll up tonneau cover -AFE Prodry air filter -Pop and lock bed lock -Rear differential breather relocation mod (behind tail light) -Aeroturbine 2525XL Muffler with TRD exhaust tip. Armor: -SOS Concepts bolt on sliders W/ kick out -SOS Concepts aluminum front bumper with full hoops -SOS Concepts Rear HC Bumper -SOS Concepts IFS/Mid skids
    don't see a link….anyone know where to search for this at?
     
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