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No tow package, can I still tow trailer??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Atxtoolz, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Oct 12, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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    Atxtoolz

    Atxtoolz [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello guys I have a 05 double cab prerunner with out tow package, can I just add tow hitch and pull trailer?
     
  2. Oct 12, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    As long as you pull what the truck is rated for you will be fine.
     
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    yep, I tow with mine using a hitch I put on myself without any issues. You'll need a wiring harness for lights also and a brake controller if your trailer has brakes.
     
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    Is there any difference in the truck? I mean.. are the numbers they quote the difference between towing with a bumper ball vs the class III?

    If you install a hitch, you should be good as anything else. Unless its an automatic. Then, well.. be careful if its heavy.
     
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    The factory tow package also includes transmission and engine oil coolers - I'm going to take a guess that is the main reason why they allow a higher tow rating.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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    They also include wiring for trailer brakes which helps with the higher tow rating.
     
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/towing/4031-tacoma-towing-bible.html

    Get some popcorn and read away. Everything you need to know.

    But I quoted the tow package differences below for you.

    This “towing package” consists of a class IV receiver hitch, supplemental engine oil cooler, transmission cooler (again automatic transmission only), Heavy-Duty battery, 130 amp alternator, fully functional 7-way round plug, and a plug and play brake controller pigtail.
     
  9. Jun 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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    Our tacoma came without a tow package and we had a hitch added, as well as transmission and engine oil coolers and helper bags for what we were towing. Had no problems towing our trailer.
     
  10. Jun 4, 2014 at 6:19 AM
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    Did you use factory oil cooler and transmission cooler? How much did it cost?
     
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    the bumper is only rated for 3500 LBS where with factory tow package it’s rated at 6500lbs. the bumper is not as strong as a class 3 hitch.(the metal of the bumper it self is not as strong or thick as whats used for a hitch.)

    also WITH the factory tow package it add’s bugger battery, bigger alternator, larger oil cooler and a trans cooler. also pre wired for a brake controller so all you have to do is buy one and plug it in. there is a plug under the driver side lower dash some where i don’t know exact location.
     
  12. Jun 5, 2014 at 6:41 AM
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    The only thing I'd really be worried about if you don't have the tow package but you do have the class III hitch setup is that you won't have a transmission and oil cooler to help for longer pulls and trailer brakes. If you're going to pull something heavy short distances then it wouldn't really be a huge issue as long as you don't pull up long hills at high speeds or stress it too much.
     
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