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Old 07-03-2011, 08:19 PM
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Default How to order Towing Package

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am going to buy a new Dodge. I may order one if I can't find what I want. I was on the Dodge web site and I put together a build for one but I don't see an option for a towing package. I do see a receiver hitch and a trailer brake system....is this the towing package? I would want a transmission cooler too, how do I get that?

I hate to show my ignorance but how does the trailer braking system work?

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some things that you would want

HEAVY duty engine cooling (biggest radiator )
HEAVY duty Transmission Oil Cooler
Both the 4 pin & 7 pin trailer connectors
Class 4 hitch receiver
Electric brake controller, dash mounted

HEMI or Diesel engine
3.92 or 4.11 rear differential, 4.11 if the trailer is over 5,000 pounds or you live in a real hilly area, if it will be a 2012 model, get 3.99 gears
TOW MIRRORS if you are going to be pulling a wider trailer, where your site may be restricted

consider a 2500 series Ram, if you can swing it

maybe someone can think of other things to consider

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Yes, the receiver hitch & trailer brake system is part of the towing system.

You won't see ALL options available for order on the website as it's not an order site. When you do actually sit down to place an order, you'll be given an opportunity to select your options.

One way to see what's available is to have the sales/finance manager print out current order options and option packages. That way you can see specifics on what's available.
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GTYankee,

Thanks for the advice. How do I order those things like the transmission cooler and heavy duty radiator? I didn't see a selection for "towing package" or anything heavy duty on the buildup you can do on the Ram web page.
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Thanks Maddog. I understand now.
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What you will see is a series of option "packages" that are available to order.

The trailer brake system is used with a trailer that has electric brakes. It modulates electrical supply to the trailer brakes based on the amount of braking force you are applying to the truck brakes.
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Most of the modern trailers have electric brakes,
when you push your trucks brake pedal, you know how much pressure needs to be applied in most circumstances
Now when you add the extra weight of the trailer & its contents, you want the trailers brakes to slow down at the same rate as the truck, not more, not less. That is where the electric brake controller comes in. When it is set properly, different settings can be applied, the trailer brakes are applied at the same rate as the trucks brakes.

if the trailer has the old hydraulic braking system, it is a workable system, IF the SURGE brake is working properly. Backing up with the hydraulic system is close to impossible
Trouble with that system is that the surge brake hardly ever works properly & it slams into your truck instead of slowing itself down. you sometimes find yourself on an E TICKET Thrill Ride
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^^^^ hahahahaha ^^^^ got that right, GT!!!

I tell ya, if you have never experienced that, pray that you never will.
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I did it once with a 1 ton flatbed truck & a 6,000 pound single dually axle liquid bulk tank, filled with liquid asphalt
I was luckily far from civilization, out on Interstate 10 near Blythe California, i got cut off, hit the brakes, the trailer was passing me as i was leaving the asphalt highway. Talk about PUCKER POWER

The equipment shop had made me use that little truck, said that it met the towing specs, yeah right!!
After that i wouldn't tow it with anything less than a 2 ton flatbed or a 4 yard dump truck
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