Keep in mind, you're also paying for the full tow rating / warranty support. Bronco with an aftermarket hitch isn't officially rated at 3,500lb and either your insurance or Ford can throw a fit if something goes wrong.$600 for a tow package isn't worth it. I asked the Ford rep at Super Cel East and he confirmed it's just wires and a bracket.
Don't forget thay some of the coolest Bronco features (IMO) are the pre-wired accessory blocks outside of the cabin. Just run your wires from the accessory to the block, and done.I want lighting too and I know aftermarket probably will be cheaper with more options, but damn I hate wiring shit...especially in new vehicles. Might have to spring for the factory option to avoid it.
Continuing to use Ranger as the example, the tow package is actually quite worth it from the factory.
Yes, it's "just" wires, but Ford put a strange canon plug on the 4/7 pin harness and you had to run it from the cabin back if DIY. It ends up being about $100 ish in parts if you wanted to make your own harness, and it's a longer span than pre-built harnesses (plus the plug difference). I also like the convenience of the 4 and 7 pin sockets they use, high quality, sturdy shield door and interfaces with their ability to disable the BLIS from the cabin when towing.
Then there is the frame-mounted hitch itself, the factory unit is very snug up to the frame and they provide a different bumper lower trim to accommodate the hitch. Universal hitches stick down an inch further (not necessarily a bad thing on Ranger with it's ungainly bed height, but you aren't buying a Bronco to ruin it's departure angles).
Also, since we want to be specific here, the Trailer Tow Package (S4) is only $495 for Ranger, i'm guestimating $450 for Bronco due to reduced parts content and easier wiring.
You aren't getting a tow package on Bronco for less than the factory is offering. If you want the capacity to tow (plus the additional bumper safety of the hitch to absorb departure hits), you'll want that town package.
Update: Here is a close-up of the Ranger tow package. Note the bumper notch to fit, and 4/7 pin plugs. You also get the 12v plug on the right with tow package which is an extra bonus and not mentioned in their literature. It was a "nugget" when Rangers stared being delivered and nobody could figure out why some had the 12v and some didn't. Not sure if Bronco will get that, but assuming so since it's the same harness that incorporates both.
Second edit: Looks like Bronco is a Class II hitch and Ranger is a Class III hitch, I would expect the price to be dropped due to that, and also the receiver will be smaller and less obtrusive.
Does the vehicle come with a tow hitch standard? Is the tow package something above and beyond that?
It’s not standard and runs $600 dollars I believe. Typical plug and play setup though
Can that be done cheaper after-market?
Keep in mind, you're also paying for the full tow rating / warranty support. Bronco with an aftermarket hitch isn't officially rated at 3,500lb and either your insurance or Ford can throw a fit if something goes wrong.
I don't know if they gave it a rating without the tow package -- on the Flex it's 4,500lb with tow, 2,000 without. Even if you install the OEM hitch assembly, it's only rated at 2,000lb by Ford.
Must haves: Winch, lights, solid rear side panels for top, roof rack, slide out table, fold down table on gate... and we'll see what else makes the list!Good Afternoon. Lots of heavy stuff on the forum lately. Thought it might be fun to think about the "200 Factory-Backed Accessories" in anticipation of the B&P launch on Friday.
How many of the 200 can we name? Which is going to be the most expensive? Least expensive? Which is a "must have" for your build?
I'll start. I am really excited about the roof rack options and winch as I hope to do some overlanding.