View Full Version : Trailer Tow Package Installation

02-16-2011, 09:50 AM
Hey Guys, just bought my wife a 2006 Dodge Durango and would like to get a trailer tow package installed. I'm in Calgary, any suggestions where I can get the work done and how much this should cost?


02-16-2011, 09:55 AM
I'll tag along. I'm looking to do the same for my Rav4 V6 in the same city. What class hitch are you looking at? I'm assuming brakes as well.

02-16-2011, 10:21 AM
I think class III with brakes would be OK for anything up to a small travel trailer?

02-16-2011, 12:57 PM
Give Ian a call at Hobo Camper Country, always been good to deal with...

02-16-2011, 01:58 PM
Steelhorse Truck outfitters Okotoks 403-995-1112 His name is Jack and he does good work.

02-16-2011, 02:05 PM
Thanks guys, but what do you think I'd be looking at $-wise to buy and have a class III installed? With brakes and without (jpanagakos is looking for brakes, I'm not, just lights, etc.) Ball-park?

02-16-2011, 02:12 PM
Probaly 2-300 for the hitch, brake control probably 1-200 and 2hours to put in.150 bucks... ballpark and considering it is a toyota might be a little more. Bolting on a hitch and with the plug and play brake controls these days, its pretty easy to do yourself if you have a few tools and a little patience. Dpends what you are pulling to, under 3000 pounds you dont need brakes, might be 3500. I forget exactly.

I read your hole post now. Just lights, you just need a wire harness that are usually plug and play, last one I bought was about 80 bucks I think for a 98 cherokee.

02-16-2011, 02:41 PM
My advise is go bigger. I only needed class 3 on our first trailer but ended up (as most do) going to a bigger trailer and unit to pull it. The guy recommended going bigger for the future. I didn't have to worry about upgrading my hitch.

02-16-2011, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. MY RAV has a 3500 lb towing capacity, 270 horses, and isn't that big, so I don't see towing a true travel trailer. I was thinking more just to be able to tow a rented U-Haul trailer, a utility trailer with a snowmobile on it, etc..... but perhaps I should still get the brake package anyway.

02-16-2011, 02:53 PM
I would agree and get the max hitch your vehicle is good for. If you get a wire harness for lights, check hoppys I think is the outfit that makes them, it would just plug into a harness in the vehicle, hidden in some obscure place. A brake control can always be added easily as they just plug in under the dash, (usually).

02-17-2011, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

02-17-2011, 12:53 PM
I have had good visits with The Hitch Shop (http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?hl=en&pwst=1&biw=1269&bih=820&prmd=ivnscm&resnum=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=calgary+hitch+shop&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=hitch+shop&hnear=Calgary,+AB&cid=17409231741609356658) just off of BlackFoot not far from Shaw GMC.

On 42nd @ MacLeod Trail there is the Auto Truck Depot (http://www.autotruckdepot.ca/) and I have had very good experiences with them too ...