Towing Package: worth it or no?

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Last question before I place my order (Black Diamond) this week: is the common consensus that the Towing Capability is not worth the $600 asking price as it is merely a hitch and a wiring harness? No transmission cooler/etc. that you may get with other vehicles' tow packages?





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I’m not sure it matters as much what you get with other vehicles (the Bronco probably doesn’t need a trans cooler or larger radiator for the 3.5k rating). To me it’s just expensive for a basic hitch and harness. Hitch should be less than $150 aftermarket and a good plug in harness and factory “replica” mount and 5/7 pin connector about $100-$120. I can install it myself, if you can’t , figure $150 for labor. That’s about 40% off for aftermarket. I will also hopefully add a class III hitch as well for about the same $.
 

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Last question before I place my order (Black Diamond) this week: is the common consensus that the Towing Capability is not worth the $600 asking price as it is merely a hitch and a wiring harness? No transmission cooler/etc. that you may get with other vehicles' tow packages?
It also adds another recovery point to the rear of the vehicle. So for me, that and the wiring make it worth it.
 

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Last question before I place my order (Black Diamond) this week: is the common consensus that the Towing Capability is not worth the $600 asking price as it is merely a hitch and a wiring harness? No transmission cooler/etc. that you may get with other vehicles' tow packages?
I just took mine off my order. Figured there's no point if the hitch is only rated for 3500lbs. I don't know if they will up the rating to a class3 or 5000lbs... But if they do I just wasted 600 to have to change it out again anyways... So I'll just wait a bit and see. Besides I'll get ford to install one at some point depending on what trailer I eventually buy, so that'll look after the whole package and wiring that may have been included originally.
 

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Place to attach a winch to.
 

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I’m not sure it matters as much what you get with other vehicles (the Bronco probably doesn’t need a trans cooler or larger radiator for the 3.5k rating). To me it’s just expensive for a basic hitch and harness. Hitch should be less than $150 aftermarket and a good plug in harness and factory “replica” mount and 5/7 pin connector about $100-$120. I can install it myself, if you can’t , figure $150 for labor. That’s about 40% off for aftermarket. I will also hopefully add a class III hitch as well for about the same $.
The receiver with the factory hitch is already a 2” unit. I don’t know what more you’d get with an aftermarket class III hitch.
 
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Right, I know the advantage of having a hitch receiver (which I plan to get regardless). The question is whether the factory option is worth the $600 or if an equivalent (or better) aftermarket solution will be available for significantly less.
 

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Place to attach a winch to.
I would ask the winch manufacturer, but class II , 3500lb capacity receiver is maybe a bit light for even a 5k lb. winch. Adding a snatch block to pull the big Bronco would definitely stress the capacity.
 

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Right, I know the advantage of having a hitch receiver (which I plan to get regardless). The question is whether the factory option is worth the $600 or if an equivalent (or better) aftermarket solution will be available for significantly less.
I think the trailer brake wiring was covered in one of the other trailering threads, my boat has surge brakes, so not an issue for me (this I don’t commit the answer to memory 🤔).
 

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Was only answering about the additional recovery point... but yeah, I know what ya mean about capacity
 

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