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Old 02-22-2014, 09:12 PM
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What do i need for towing.

I need to tow a flatbed trailer and need some guidance in what i need to do to my truck for some light towing.I have never towed anything before. Right now the rear harness(trailer plugin???) is a mess thanks to the previous owner. And there is no brake controller in the cab. Point me in the right direction boys.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:29 PM
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Depends on how heavy and what area your in.

For me a min would be a good controler, and some egt/trans gauges.

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:16 AM
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if your truck is bone stock and youre not hauling real heavy you can get away with just having youre trailer wiring/controller up to par.

if you plan on hauling a lot, and hauling heavy, id invest in gauges and a tranny cooler upgrade, a good tow tune will wake the truck up
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:03 AM
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Having towed a 6000# sailboat for a few years now I can offer this:
Don't let anything overheat! My 10,000# rated Suburban 454 W/ 4:11 rear blew it's exhaust manifold bolts lugging up a steep hill. Now I have a 96 7.3 stock van.
IMHO egt and tranny temp are crucial as well as a good controller. You want a Class 111 equalizer hitch with a 2&1/8 ball. Reese makes a very good anti sway bar that I would also recommend. Stay away from surge brakes on your trailer, unless you don't mind replacing brake cylinders when you forget to put in the back-up pin. If you're going down a steep incline, don't let your engine over rev. keep it slow.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:38 PM
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How light are we talking, a good controller, fix your harness, egt/Trans/boost gauges, larger Trans cooler, make sure you have a good hitch also if it's large good tow mirrors for the nemo's

A little common sense goes a long way, make large turns
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:18 PM
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Thanks guys. I have a triple pillar gauge setup ( truck is an auto). Tranny temp,pyro,boost. I do have an auxillary transmission cooler to put in. I am not sure if the gvw? is high enough. Its a 20,000 gvvw. What brand of brake controller should i go for? I want one that is going to last. My f5 from dp-tuner has a 60 hp tow file on it.

I will take a close look at the hitch. The load is a volkswagen golf. I have no doubt the truck will pull that easily. I have the 2 post mirrors, not the nemos. Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:27 PM
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You will be fine, keep an eye on egt and Trans, I like draw tite controllers
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:20 AM
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I cut off my DrawTite for a Tekonsha Primus IQ. Good for 3 axles, proportional braking forward and reverse, 3 +boost levels, self leveling, brake diagnostics, and anti-roll back. Hit up a wrecking yard to cut off a plug from a newer SD. They'll have a 7-pin and a 4-pin connector in one unit. If the flatbed isn't yours get a picture of the trailer connector so that you have the right one before you show up and assume that the brakes on the trailer are going to be shot. Slow and steady wins the race.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:26 AM
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Not a big fan of the DrawTite either, had the Activator II and found out the hard way that the emergency flashers activate the trailer brakes. Just ordered the Prodigy P3, hopefully it is worth the $$. If you wiring harness is beyond repair you can order the replacement t-harness but they run about $100 or try your luck at the wrecking yard.
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Almost got that one but wanted to see it work before spending the money. Now trucks come with built-in controllers and hardly anyone has aftermarket controllers anymore. Settled on the one one step down. Very happy with my Tekonsha Controller.
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