Towing Package: worth it or no?

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Do you need the towing package to attach a bike rack?
Not sure I understand... Yes., There is no way to mount a bike rack without adding a hitch (aka a Bronco does not come with anything Standard)

Do you need the whole package with the wiring and software for the Sync ... No, you could put on an aftermarket later and not wire up the 4 pin.





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The only thing I may need to tow is a couple of bikes. But the plan is to keep my F-150 and I can haul bikes with that. If I ever get rid of the truck, I'll throw a hitch on the Bronco.
 

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Do you need the towing package to attach a bike rack?
thats how i understood it based on the B&P and information i found when i was looking into it assuming you wanted it ready to go when you receive the vehicle with no work to do.
to add the hitch mount bike rack B&P automatically adds the tow package so it makes a bike rack $1,100.
I was thinking of getting an aftermarket bike rack that attaches through the spare tire. I really want a teardrop trailer but i know im never going to pay $15,000+ on one so theres no point in adding the tow package on my bronco.
 
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I'm not doing it myself.

I've looked at the UHaul version and they look like hell - plus you lose clearance.

I'd rather have and use it rarely than not have it and discover I needed it once.

$9 a month for 60 months just wasn't a big deal for me - and one less thing on the list to make an appointment / research on.
Also , Hypothetical. If the Bronco retains its value of say 50% after five years, Bronco sold the hitch retained $300. You did not lose a $600 hitch selling your Bronco.
 

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Also , Hypothetical. If the Bronco retains its value of say 50% after five years, Bronco sold the hitch retained $300. You did not lose a $600 hitch selling your Bronco.
Even if it cost only $300 to get it put on aftermarket wise, once you add in research and wait time, and this assumes it is right the first time, I'm likely breaking even or close to it. I'd rather work an extra day and get it covered once and for all.
 

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Even if it cost only $300 to get it put on aftermarket wise, once you add in research and wait time, and this assumes it is right the first time, I'm likely breaking even or close to it. I'd rather work an extra day and get it covered once and for all.
So..... you make $75/hr. after taxes.........
($600/8hrs.=$75)

If I made that kinda cheddar, I'd have no problem just getting the tow package AND a truck to tow anything heavier that the dismal 3500lbs. tow rating that the Bronco has.

Don't get me wrong, I'm truly happy for you, but there are those of us who bring home closer to half of what you have implied that you make.
 

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So..... you make $75/hr. after taxes.........
($600/8hrs.=$75)

If I made that kinda cheddar, I'd have no problem just getting the tow package AND a truck to tow anything heavier that the dismal 3500lbs. tow rating that the Bronco has.

Don't get me wrong, I'm truly happy for you, but there are those of us who bring home closer to half of what you have implied that you make.
Aftermarket guess is $300. Ford is $600. So the difference is about $300 that I am "overpaying".

That is like $35 an hour.
 
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Even if it cost only $300 to get it put on aftermarket wise, once you add in research and wait time, and this assumes it is right the first time, I'm likely breaking even or close to it. I'd rather work an extra day and get it covered once and for all.
Since when is "wait time" equated in billable hours? (Or even research time, in my world.)

Some of you have a bizarre way of computing potential DIY savings.
 

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Since when is "wait time" equated in billable hours? (Or even research time, in my world.)

Some of you have a bizarre way of computing potential DIY savings.
My time has value.

Dunno why that is a strange concept to you.
 

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Getting a base, no tow package for me. If I just needed a bike rack, good to go with it. For me, just as well. The package offered by Ford is a POS, anybody who has done any towing knows it.
 

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The real question is are the LED tail lights (on some models) run on 12 volt triggers or Can-bus. If they are can-bus then you will need a control box to convert to 12v triggers for trailer lights. If they are simple 12 volt triggers than the wiring will be easy.
 

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Fun fact: This is what a aftermarket hitch looks like after 10 years in Wisconsin. If one pays attention, rust starts forming on aftermarket hitches before they leave the box!

For those of you that are getting a base like I was with my XLS, you have no choice. Easy to install. If you add an aftermarket wiring to the lights, the box that converts from separate turn signals and brakes to a common signal, do not always last that long (ask me how I know). The Ford install wiring was not connected nor was the fuse box wired. (Ask me how I know). In any case, we do not know how the wiring is in the Bronco. Installing the hitch is a piece of cake. Just be careful, the road salt here likes cake!

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