Originally Posted by NetworkTV
By the time you add all that stuff in, you're almost at the level the two package comes to, especially if you're a good negotiator.
Plus, you won't be able to tow the shole load the vehicle is capable of when the factory package is included, due to the lack of the heavy duty cooling and electrical components along with other items. Even if you install the factory hitch, you'll still lose part of the towing capacity if it doesn't include the whole factory package.
After pricing out what is included, the tow package is actually a pretty solid bargain.
Exactly. I went looking for a Limited Ecodiesel with Tow Pkg. Was very hard to find that combination. Lots without the Tow. So I considered buying one without Tow, but when I figured out all the things that come with the package I decided it wasn't worth the hassle. So I got a summit that comes standard with Tow and 4 wheel self leveling.
If you have anything but a Summit then the differences are even greater. Summits come with the 4 wheel self leveling suspension already. But others like the Limiteds I looked at didn't have self leveling, and rear self leveling is part of the Tow. Also bigger trans cooler (std on diesel), bigger alternator, pre-flashed from the factory, etc. I've also been told that the dealer flash also changes the stability control to counteract trailer sway when the system detects a trailer plugged in. So adding all the correct bits on a gas GC to do it correctly is a lot more costly than getting the Tow on the vehicle.
And having towed 7,000 lb race car trailers more than 50,000 miles over the past 10 years, not having all the HD cooling, correct electronics for electric brake controllers, and proper suspension is not something I care to do. Towing a 3,000 lb boat or smaller trailer? Probably ok without the extra bits.