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post #1 of 7 Old 07-18-2019, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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F250 PSD w/o tow package

Iíve come across a deal on a 96 regular cab, 2wd, XLT that I donít think I can pass up. It will be used as a farm truck for our horse boarding facility and our main tow rig until we find a replacement for our 2015 F350 that was recently totaled. This truck does not have a trailer hitch on it and I am assuming does not have a factory tow package. Will this make a difference on transmission coolers and what not to keep it in safe temperatures while towing?
Will there likely be an easy plug and play trailer wiring already installed in the truck, or will I have to wire everything in from scratch?
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There's not necessarily a "tow package."

How much and how far will you be towing? Is there a budget in mind or do you just want it to handle the towing?

In stock form it's nearly impossible to hurt this thing unless you over heat the motor.

An upgraded trans cooler is always a good idea but i've towed heavy in Houston heat and trans temps stayed below 190 but that is with good tunes etc.

As for the trailer wiring you most likely will have to add a plug.
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Bolt a good receiver hitch under it, install a 7 pin plug, install a good trailer brake controller, install a bigger transmission cooler and tow away. There is a plug under the dash for the controller and there are T adapters available to plug in the trailer plug so you don't need to cut and splice wiring

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Well I picked up a receiver from my local wrecking yard, when I went to mount it I found a 7 prong plug mounted to the frame. Only down side was the mounting hole was not centered to the hole larger hole I needed to drill to mount the hitch. It still worked out though.



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Wiring all good? Rare to see an existing plug like that still working.
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That's a heck of a place for it to be mounted. I usually knock out the drivers side license plate light, enlarge the hole and mount it there. If the bumper doesn't have two plate lights I will drill a hole in a flat area just to the left of the license plate. Out here a plug mounted like that or under the bumper would get pulled or knocked off.
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Wiring all good? Rare to see an existing plug like that still working.


Worked fine my little trailer with an adapter to 4 flat. I still need to install my brake controller.
It looked factory mounted.


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