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post Feb 13 2010, 10:42 AM
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We have a 2002 Ford Windstar. Great vehicle, 118k. It has a hitch that can tow either our 1988 jayco PUP, or our utility trailer. It does not have the tow package. If we add it, we can tow the PUP. Are we talking about a tranny cooler and some heavy duty rear springs? The Ford dealer was no help as to info.

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post Feb 16 2010, 11:25 AM
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There are many different ideas of what a tow package should include. But if you're only towing a PUP, you don't need the whole kit and kaboodle.

If you have the hitch, you're off to a good start. Make sure it has the proper wiring harness for the lights. www.etrailer.com is a good site to find harnesses specific to your vehicle.

Heavy duty battery and alternator is not needed for just towing a PUP, you're only running the few extra lights on it.

If your PUP has electric brakes, you'll need that setup on your vehicle as well.

The big one is the transmission precooler. I recommend it. If you can install it yourself, they're not that expensive, and can potentially save you HUGE bucks down the road. If you plan on doing any long hauls or through hilly terrain while you tow, definately get one.

Don't bother with the dealer for a tow package on a used vehicle, they'll charge you blind. Check with a local U-haul place that installs hitches. Many will install all the needed wiring and transmission pre-coolers as well for a decent price.

Hope this helps and clears it up for you!

Jeremy, Elicia, Joe, Anthony, Allison, Logan, Sean
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