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Old 08-20-14, 08:08 AM   #46
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Default Insane price on hitch from Dealer

I've read this forum with great interest, because I'd like to put a hitch on my 2013 RX350 AWD to haul a small convertible on a rental trailer. One issue is that the rental company says my car needs to be rated for 5,000 lbs. The dealer says it's rated for 3,500 lbs. Is this a problem?
We had a nightmare experience hiring a guy to install a hitch on a '99 RX, pulling a trailer a I-95 at night and the wiring harness failed. No lights, and it shorted something that cost me $600 to fix. I'm hesitant to use anyone but the dealer for this car. HOWEVER, I took it to the dealer yesterday for a quote.
He tells me that there is no towing package on this car, so I need the wiring harness, the hitch AND a transmission cooler. I haven't seen anyone else on this forum mention a transmission cooler. Is this necessary? The total estimate to do this is $2,081!!! Holy Moly.
I'm not very car savvy, so any guidance would be greatly appreciated. My alternatives are shipping the convertible for $700 one-way, or driving both cars 1,100 miles one-way.
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Old 08-20-14, 09:15 AM   #47
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jedowdle, welcome to CL. The RX has a towing package available which includes the trans cooler. That's located inside the driver side wheel well looking through the vents. Price was less than $1K IIRC. I don't know the cost installed after the fact. Have you double checked your window sticker to make sure your RX didn't come with it? It's a pretty common option to have.
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Old 08-22-14, 06:40 AM   #48
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Default Several things ...

IF you had a towing prep package the rated weight would be 3500 lbs, without it it's 2000.

Even at 3500, it would have to be a pretty small convertible and a lightweight trailer to sneak under 3500 pounds, and you're not likely to find a lightweight trailer (aluminum) for rent. If you could get the package below 3500 I'd tow it even without the towing prep package unless you're going in the mountains or Death Valley. But as you said, U-Haul won't rent you a trailer unless you meet their criteria.

I don't think towing prep packages are common - in the mid atlantic region they're special order, the dealers just don't order them on their cars.

The dealer estimate sounds like I would expect from a Lexus dealer. That said, I don't think I'd have an independent shop install a transmission cooler on a car that was under warranty, I don't think Lexus would look kindly on any future transmission claims. The dealers do overcharge mightily for hitch installation, anybody can do that.

Ship it, unless you like driving a lot and don't value your time highly.

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Old 08-25-14, 02:27 PM   #49
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You guys totally confsued me...
I own a 2013 RX350 with no tow package, plugged the harness under the bumper and obviously it's not working.

Now i started searching and found 2 codes people say would work but none of the sites state it for 2013.

One is 118255
http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...dy/118255.html
Which seems to be the simple one.

And 118478
http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...dy/118255.html
Which seems more complicated as it uses it's own 4pin flat cable and not the one already running under the bumper.

Can someone clarify which one would work for a 2013 with no tow package so i can solve this issue once and for all?
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Old 08-30-14, 06:49 PM   #50
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Default Aluminum Hitch Mount and Stainless Ball

Just received my 2015 RX 450h with towing prep package and receiver installed. I didn't want the typical black painted hitch ball mount that was going to rust in three years up here in Cleveland like the one on my Highlander did. Found this on Amazon. Mount is lighter weight aluminum and the 2" ball is stainless.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BDHLGE..._09Maub1Q8K22Y

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Old 09-02-14, 02:09 PM   #51
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You guys totally confsued me...
I own a 2013 RX350 with no tow package, plugged the harness under the bumper and obviously it's not working.

Now i started searching and found 2 codes people say would work but none of the sites state it for 2013.

One is 118255
http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...dy/118255.html
Which seems to be the simple one.

And 118478
http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...dy/118255.html
Which seems more complicated as it uses it's own 4pin flat cable and not the one already running under the bumper.

Can someone clarify which one would work for a 2013 with no tow package so i can solve this issue once and for all?
If you don't have the towing package you need a controller and the pigtail. Its all explained in other threads.
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Old 11-11-14, 11:42 AM   #52
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Default Do I have the factory tow harness?

Ok, so I have a hitch mount installed and I want to tow a small trailer. UHall requires a "4 flat" connector. I believe that to be Curt Wire Harness 56083. This will work if I have a factory tow harness.
So, my question... Do I have a factory tow harness? I have the spec sheet/window sticker. It says my 2010 RX350 has a "Tow Prep Package: Transmission Cooler, Heavy Duty Alternator & Radiator (ball mount not included)". Nothing about a factory tow harness. Is there a way to know if I have the plug without yanking off the fascia? I if do have it...is it located behind the bumper above the fascia? Thanks.

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Old 11-11-14, 12:05 PM   #53
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Yes, you do have it. You can let the fascia down enough on the driver's side to see it or plug it in. Then route it over to come out by the hitch. It has a cap plug on the connector that you have to hold tab up(I think) to take off.
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Yes, you do have it. You can let the fascia down enough on the driver's side to see it or plug it in. Then route it over to come out by the hitch. It has a cap plug on the connector that you have to hold tab up(I think) to take off.
thanks, mac.

I appreciate the help.
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