Hello all, new to the Flex forum, but have posted in the Fusion forum before.
Recently purchased a 2014 Flex base model (not ecoboost, no tow package). Looking to get a trailer and want to set up the vehicle to tow the max capacity (4,500 lb). I've done some research and went through all the threads but it seems like some threads have outdated or incorrect info so I would like to try to get everyone's input on this one thread for other people looking to add the necessary equipment for towing with a Flex.
It is my understanding that I have 2 options, I can get aftermarket (Hidden Hitch, Reece, etc...) for a Class III or I can get the Ford OEM (Class I/III depending if you have the oil cooler). The Ford OEM hitch requires cutting of the bumper, but is a cleaner install than the aftermarket ones. Can someone confirm that the Ford OEM is in reality a Class III (4,500 tow w/ 450 tounge).
Is this the correct part number for the Ford OEM Hitch: 9A8Z-19D520-D
I know the tow package comes with the engine OIL cooler and this is what makes the Ford OEM hitch a "Class III". I know it can't hurt to have it, but does anyone have any experience towing a large trailer (within max weight limits) without the oil cooler? What is everyone's thoughs on adding the oil cooler?
Can someone provide the Ford part number for the OEM oil cooler?
This is where a lot of my confusion comes in. I've read threads saying some Flex are pre-wired for the tow package, but are missing a pigtail or something. What is specifically needed for a Flex WITHOUT the Tow Package in order to add both the 4-pin and 7-pin wiring (lights, power, and electric brakes for trailer)?
Can someone provide info and part numbers for what is needed?
Any other info or experience you guys can provide would be great. Also, if you've found links to installation guides or anything that helped you with any of the above topics would be great. Thanks!