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Old 10-18-2010, 05:26 PM
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Helo folks, I'm looking into purchasing my first dodge RAM. I'm lookin at a few 1500 quad cabs with the big horn edition. Out of 5 different trucks im looking at all of them have the 7 rv plug installed, but not all of them have a reviewer installed under the truck. This can clearly Be seen in dealer pics. Is it possible to have the tow package with the wiring and trans cooler installed but not have the receiver?

If it helps here are the 2 vin num in question. The dealer is unable to provide me with a straight answer over the phone, and if they arent equipped with the tow package, its not worth me making the drive to look at them.

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It would be odd to have the wiring and trans cooler without the receiver hitch. As for it being worth the drive, it definitely would be worth it. You can always have them toss it in as part of the deal for free.
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If you plan on doing some heavy pulling, neither of these trucks is really going to be what you want. The 4.7 is a good engine but it lacks the grunt of a Hemi. You should probably look into a Hemi with 3.92 gears and the HD cooling.
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Thankyou both, my towing needs aren't that great to justify the hemi. My concern at this point is 1 is there additional options in a towing package these trucks dont include, such as a towing mode for the trans, and 2 is the plug under the dash for a brake controller and is all the wiring completed for such unit as well as simple things like the 12v power lead, and revearse lights at the plug.

It's rudimentary i know, but my last Chevy had a factory instlled 7way plug, but only the 4 basic lighting functions were connected. I had to wire in my own battery isolator, relay for revearse lights, and all the wiring for my brake controller. If i can buy a vehicle with this work already completed stock,is rather go that route, than drilling, and splicing into a new(to me) truck.

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Bill,

The answer is the receiver is NOT included in the tow package or the Big Horn package. That is extra. The trucks DO come WITH the 4/7pin jacks and are mounted into the bumper.

I just went through this same question when purchasing my 1500 QC Big Horn

I think I paid like $225 new and installed before I picked up the truck


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Helo folks, I'm looking into purchasing my first dodge RAM. I'm lookin at a few 1500 quad cabs with the big horn edition. Out of 5 different trucks im looking at all of them have the 7 rv plug installed, but not all of them have a reviewer installed under the truck. This can clearly Be seen in dealer pics. Is it possible to have the tow package with the wiring and trans cooler installed but not have the receiver?

If it helps here are the 2 vin num in question. The dealer is unable to provide me with a straight answer over the phone, and if they arent equipped with the tow package, its not worth me making the drive to look at them.

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My truck came with the 7-pin connector and the extra tranny cooler and no receiver ... so the answer is yes, it is certainly possible to have the tow/haul package and not the receiver. I have the 4.7l engine and the ST trim level and the tow/haul was not a selected option but those parts were still present. I suspect as such that these much be included on all gen 4's (worth asking to be sure though).

I purchased the class IV receiver from the dealer for about $125 and installed it myself in about 15 minutes.
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Incidentally, here is a link to a how to a wrote of the install when I did it.

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Thankyou both, my towing needs aren't that great to justify the hemi. My concern at this point is 1 is there additional options in a towing package these trucks dont include, such as a towing mode for the trans, and 2 is the plug under the dash for a brake controller and is all the wiring completed for such unit as well as simple things like the 12v power lead, and revearse lights at the plug.

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Thanks again
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Your towing needs may not justify the Hemi, but, the Hemi gets better mpg and a whole lot more power than the 4.7. I've had the 4.7 and you'll regret not getting the Hemi. Personally, the 4.7 should be the option and the Hemi the standard.
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The dealer is unable to provide me with a straight answer over the phone, and if they arent equipped with the tow package, its not worth me making the drive to look at them.
By the way, why can't the dealer go look under the hood for the tranny cooler and/or at the dash for the tow/haul button. If he's not willing to do that for you he must not want your business all that badly.
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I'm apparently just going to take this thread over ... but anyway.

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If you plan on doing some heavy pulling, neither of these trucks is really going to be what you want. The 4.7 is a good engine but it lacks the grunt of a Hemi. You should probably look into a Hemi with 3.92 gears and the HD cooling.
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Your towing needs may not justify the Hemi, but, the Hemi gets better mpg and a whole lot more power than the 4.7. I've had the 4.7 and you'll regret not getting the Hemi. Personally, the 4.7 should be the option and the Hemi the standard.
I drive and have towed with the 4.7 and had no problems. I'm sure I wasent maxing out the capacity but probably 5000-6000lbs. Of course Florida is not known for it topography. I drive drive back to Florida from Michigan (read as, over the appalachian mountains) with the bed filled with very heavy furniture, also with no problem (except the tarp tattering durring a thunder storm). Obviously it's up to you but depending on your local landscape and what you intend to tow you may be able to get away with the 4.7 and be happy.
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