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Hello everyone. I am new member and have found this sight very helpful in the pursuit of a new Rav4. I have a V6 sport on order and it should be in close to the middle of April. I am very interested in the towing package(I have a 2,000 lb boat). When I went to the dealer in my area (Ohio) they said that they could not locate a car whith the tow package and side curtain air bags. They told me that I did not need the Tow package that the car would pull the boat fine. Was wondering if anyone out there has had any insight on this statement. Thanks
 

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The V6 without the Tow Prep Package has a 2000 pound towing capacity. If your boat is 2000 pounds, it is too close for comfort, I would not do it. It will not tow your boat just fine, dont believe your dealer, all he is trying to do is to close out the deal the easy way. It is alway better to be safe than sorry, especially if you plan to tow all the time. The Tow Prep Package Includes larger radiator, fan coupling, transmission oil cooler and 150A alternator. A very useful package for a $150 if you plan to do alot of towing. With the optional Tow Prep Package, the towing capacity goes up to 3500 pounds. Which should be nice and safe towing a 2000 pound boat.

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Thanks G Man, my thoughts exactly. I had bad feelings about his statement but he was not the first salesman to tell me that (three dealers). Thought that I might be missing something. It seemed to me that $150.00 was pretty cheap to insure the additional weight. Has any one purchased a sport V6 4x4 with tow package and side curtain airbags? It is hard to imagane why they would install a tow package without side air curtains.
 
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G Man, I don't believe a transmission oil cooler comes with the tow package according to all the literature. Only an upgraded radiator, fan coupling, and alternator. I would also get the tow package for towing 2000 lbs. [/quote]
 
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You definitely should get the tow package if you intend to tow ANYTHING! Small boats often lead to bigger boats, ya know? Even without upgrading, it's still better safe than sorry and it will be less stress on the car if you have the tow package. The larger radiator is a big deal, as it will provide increased engine cooling on those summer days heading home from the lake with the AC on full blast. The salesman is full of it and is just trying to close the deal. I'd walk and find a more respectable dealer.
 

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G Man, I don't believe a transmission oil cooler comes with the tow package according to all the literature. Only an upgraded radiator, fan coupling, and alternator. I would also get the tow package for towing 2000 lbs.
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According to Edmunds, the transmission cooler is part of the tow package.
 

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Hmmm Edmunds could be wrong, its would not be the first time they have been wrong, but there were a whole bunch of other articles that states the transmission cooler comes with the tow package, which is the case in most of the tow packages on the market.
 
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After reading the responses to my initial post , I spoke with my salesman and he is going to change my order and try and to locate a car with the tow package and curtains. I am almost certain that they offer this package in the Denver area. I do not want to risk damage to the car. Thanks for all of your input!!!
 

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Definitely the right move, the tow package will offer protection and peace of mind while towing, thats worth $150 in my opinion.
 

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Hi everyone, newbie here!! I've investigated the tow prep seriously, the tow prep pkg also includes prewiring which isn't stated on any brochures or internet sources that I've seen so far, but it is on the vehicle sticker as part of the pkg, I looked at one today at another dealer that actually had a V6 with tow prep pkg in stock, I won't have mine until later this week. I don't remember seeing the trans oil cooler on the sticker, but it's very likely that the cooler that is bulit into the radiator is what Edmunds is referring to, dunno for sure tho, I didn't get to look under the hood to see if it had an external cooler. If it doesn't, I'll be installing one since I'll be towing a 2500lb boat and the number one killer of auto trans is heat.
 
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Good move. Extra cooling is always a good thing in Colorado, be it engine cooling or transmission cooling. Transmission needs it bad due to the long steep grades. Engine needs it bad as dry air doesn't transfer heat (from the radiator to the air) as well as humid air does. Couple that with working the engine hard pulling grades, and you'll be glad to have extra cooling.
 
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Quickdtoo, do you plan on installing the trans. coooler yourself or having it installed? Just wondering how difficult that is to do. Also do you know the cost? It is hard enough trying to explain to my wife the toys I add to my fishing boat now I need to explain why I need special items to tow it !
 

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Hi, does anyone in Canada can tell me that whether this Tow Prep Package is avaliable in Canada, and how much do they charge?
 

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I'll do it myself if it looks feasable, cost for a kit from Summit is $50-$100 depending on the type used. My Trailblazer has a tow capacity of 6200lbs, but still only had an in-radiator cooler, I didn't trust it alone for towing a 22ft travel trailer over the Cascades every year, so I installed an external cooler ahead of the radiator, all it involved on it was bisecting the tranny fluid return line near the radiator and attaching the hoses that are included with the kit and mounting the cooler. Having access to the components on each vehicle is different, so I won't know what's up until I get a look at it. It may already have an external cooler, dunno, the text in the .pdf is too vague to tell.

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Thanks for the link G man. I have gone onto the Toyota web site and under build your own have put in different zip codes to check different packages for different areas of the country. When I found the tow package it did list tranny cooler. I am waiting for my salesman to call and notify me when they locate a car to my specs. I plan on verifying it with him. If it does not come equiped I will be adding one. Quickdtoo I may need to contact you at a future time to see how you handled this.
 

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If I find that it does indeed have an external cooler, hopefully by the end of the week IF mine comes in as promised by the dealer, I'll let ya know.

I just got back from the dealership, I talked to the parts guy, he didn't know and no one else did either.

I also asked about the wiring harness(trailer electrical connector) and if it's included with the hitch or the tow prep, tow prep only states prewiring that I could find, and he didn't know either, anyone know for sure? In the accessory book it lists the receiver and wiring harness as an accessory. His parts book showed 2 listings for the receiver, one with the tow prep and one without, so he thinks that the tow prep includes the external wiring, and the receptacle and final wiring is a dealer installed item, none of the tow prep equipped R4s I looked at on dealer lots had a receptacle installed, he said it's probably in the vehicle's glove box from the factory. Dunno, will have to wait and see, I guess.

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dyip88 said:
Hi, does anyone in Canada can tell me that whether this Tow Prep Package is avaliable in Canada, and how much do they charge?
All V6's sold in Canada have the tow prep package.
 
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