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How to Tell if a Vehicle has a Tow Package or Not

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Hi, I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota with a V-6 engine that was purchased used and I would like to know if you can tell me if there is a way a layman can discern whether or not his vehicle is factory equipped with a tow package or not? Thanks,

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A tow package for a vehicle is usually a frame mounted trailer hitch and trailer wiring on a vehicle like your 2002 Dodge Dakota. If you have those two things you could pretty easily assume you have the tow package.

Or, you can take the VIN of your vehicle to a Dodge dealer and they will be able to tell you.

If you do not have a hitch the # C13280 that you referenced would be a great option.

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Mike D.

I have a 2010 gmc serria with the 4.8 L I cant find info on tow rating for it. like max tow and gross combined weight. I know it has a tow package.

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Reply from Chris R.

The exact towing capacity for your Sierra will depend on a number of factors including its axle ratio, cab size, and drivetrain. Looking at the owner's manual it looks just for this model with the 4.8L engine it can vary between 4,700 and 7,200 pounds. If you aren't sure how your truck is equipped, your best option is to actually contact a local GM dealer with your VIN, and they should be able to tell you exactly what your truck can tow.

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