The Difference Between a Tow Technology Package and a Trailer Tow Package
Choosing between a tow technology package and a trailer tow system can be difficult.
(The next article list some differences between types of tow trucks)
There are many factors to consider, including how much weight you plan to tow and your vehicle's manufacturer. This article will explore the differences between the two and give you an idea of what each has to offer. Here are the highlights of each towing package. You can also see how much each will cost, and which features are included.
An integrated trailer brake controller helps you control the brake pressure of your trailer. The unit can be calibrated for a proper fit. Most self-calibrating models have settings that are auto-adjustable, but you may have to adjust your unit's settings to match your vehicle and trailer. To calibrate your trailer brake controller, set its maximum output value, adjust the sensitivity and adjust your personal settings, and then test the brakes at 25 mph. Then, if the trailer brakes fail to stop, try pressing the vehicle brake pedal again to activate the controller.
Tow technology packages add features that improve the safety and security of your vehicle, and the Smart Trailer Tow Connector provides additional protection for your rig. It monitors your trailer's electrical systems and displays relevant information in your instrument cluster. Having this technology is invaluable when you are traveling and can help you avoid unpleasant surprises along the road. The Smart Trailer Tow Connector is compatible with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which helps you avoid accidents by warning you when you need to reverse.
The difference between a trailer tow technology package and a tow package lies in what is included. Tow technology packages can include upgrades to the vehicle, including a blind spot information system and trailer lighting. Some of these upgrades can also be used to enhance safety while driving, such as an automatic high beam system and lane-keeping assist. Some tow packages include features like a Blind Spot Information System, while others may only add features that make driving easier and safer.
The towing package skips the technology upgrades and focuses on upgrading the truck's structure, mainly the rear bumper and axle. These upgrades allow for larger gains in towing capacity. Some packages are available for certain trim levels, but others are not. Payload capacity refers to the weight you can put on your truck, while towing capacity refers to the weight you can pull behind your vehicle.
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If you're in the market for a new Ford Escape, you might be wondering whether a larger fuel tank is included with the tow package. Ford's Escape gas tank is likely to be a modest 16 gallons, but a tow package is a great idea if you plan to tow heavier loads. Having an extra gallon of fuel in your truck's bed is great for fuel economy, but it would be unrealistic to expect a 36-gallon tank. Instead, consider the trailer brake control (TBC) that is located at the center console and comprises a manual slide control lever with a plus-minus gain adjust button.