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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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we're definitely picking this apart, but i guess the bottom line is - and the seller of the pontoon+trailer+motor got back to me with "the trailer is about 400 pounds" - so we're looking at around 2172 "dry" weight. if i'm keeping it around this weight based on the criteria above (flat land, 200-300 mile trips once in a while, keeping the speed regulated under 65mph) - should i be ok or should i question the longevity of my transmission?

i've read a bunch of posts in the forum as well - i'd love to upgrade to a V92 but i guess retrofitting isn't quite the same...

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i've read a bunch of posts in the forum as well - i'd love to upgrade to a V92 but i guess retrofitting isn't quite the same...
V92 is only a fuse box upgrade to add trailer-only circuitry for lights and (possibly) electric brakes. A full trailering package also adds electric brake wiring, tow/haul capability to the transmission, and a heavy-duty radiator with additional transmission cooling. Tow/haul regulates transmission shifting - something you can do without it by driving in 'L' and using the shifter's +/- button.

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we're definitely picking this apart, but i guess the bottom line is - and the seller of the pontoon+trailer+motor got back to me with "the trailer is about 400 pounds" - so we're looking at around 2172 "dry" weight. if i'm keeping it around this weight based on the criteria above (flat land, 200-300 mile trips once in a while, keeping the speed regulated under 65mph) - should i be ok or should i question the longevity of my transmission?

i've read a bunch of posts in the forum as well - i'd love to upgrade to a V92 but i guess retrofitting isn't quite the same...

thx again
300 mile trips, 100 degree heat, no towing package with a vehicle right around the max capacity is not something I would consider. I certainly would be concerned about the longevity of the transmission.

Tow it till things fail then get a more appropriate tow vehicle.
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300 mile trips, 100 degree heat, no towing package with a vehicle right around the max capacity is not something I would consider. I certainly would be concerned about the longevity of the transmission.
Add an aftermarket transmission cooler and call it a day on the road. Additional transmission cooling is really the only thing in a trailering package which boosts the vehicle's max towing weight from 2000 lbs. to 5000 lbs.

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this sounds like a good option speleos. i also found out the trailer does *not* have brakes.

does anybody have an idea of what it would cost to add an aftermarket trans cooler?

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does anybody have an idea of what it would cost to add an aftermarket trans cooler?
A kit will cost ~$100, labor to install about 3 hours. I believe the front fascia has to come off to do the job properly (that's 2 hours R&R time by itself). Look through the forum. Somebody installed one years ago and posted about it.

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Add an aftermarket transmission cooler and call it a day on the road. Additional transmission cooling is really the only thing in a trailering package which boosts the vehicle's max towing weight from 2000 lbs. to 5000 lbs.
I thought towing option also included a different radiator. I have it on my '18. Not a very expensive option. $650 as I recall.
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I thought towing option also included a different radiator. I have it on my '18. Not a very expensive option. $650 as I recall.
The trailering package with yours comes with a separate transmission cooler, IIRC. On the older package, a larger transmission cooler was integrated with the radiator.

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Add an aftermarket transmission cooler and call it a day on the road. Additional transmission cooling is really the only thing in a trailering package which boosts the vehicle's max towing weight from 2000 lbs. to 5000 lbs.

I would 2nd this and was going to recommend it anyway, tranny cooling is key!

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Add an aftermarket transmission cooler and call it a day on the road. Additional transmission cooling is really the only thing in a trailering package which boosts the vehicle's max towing weight from 2000 lbs. to 5000 lbs.
I know I am new here but the difference between a class 2 and a class 3 hitch is the difference as well. You definitely want to make sure you have a class 3 hitch. To check this look at the receiver square of the hitch. Class 2 are 1 1/4" and Class 3 is 2".

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