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Old 06-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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After market vs factory tow package

I'm considering a Nissan NV cargo van as a tow vehicle for my 31' Sovereign.
Does it make a difference if I install a tow package or purchase the tow package with the vehicle? The NV with V8 is supposed to have a towing capicity of 10,000 lbs. I was told a after market package would only be good for 7000lbs? If not a NV, I was considering a Chevy Express cargo van which has a tow-haul mode?

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Old 06-26-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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It is true that with many vehicles, the OEM tow package is rated higher. Most of this has to do with the upgraded accessories that are part of the OEM tow package, such as HD radiator, battery, wiring, trans cooler, gearing, tow-haul switch, springs, brakes, GVW, etc. You need to compare apples and oranges.

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Old 06-26-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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My recommendation is to start with a factory package and then see what, if any mods you NEED. Much cheaper that way....and you have the engineers who know your truck best spec'ing and sourcing bits and pieces.

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Old 06-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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One can do better than the factory. But not for the cost, much less the time and trouble. It can be surprisingly extensive work (not recommended for the inexperienced, especially on a warrantied brand-new vehicle).
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:16 AM   #5
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As always I am grateful for the input of other more experienced Airstream owners.
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