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#11136692 - 09/30/15 09:32 AM Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up
redskeet100 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
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Well, traded the 2004 F250 in for a 2013 Ford F150 Lariat. For some reason the trailer brake setting does not recognize a trailer is hooked up. All lights, blinkers, and backing up trailer work just fine. But when I am backing the trailer, the backup camera alerts since the boat is hooked up. Is this normal? I verified that the fuses are good, and there is a relay installed for trailer brakes. Any other reason it would show no trailer disconnected when trying to set the trailer brake option? I would assume that if a trailer was hooked up, the backup camera alert would disable. Any ideas?

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#11136749 - 09/30/15 10:10 AM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
Samsonsworld Online   content
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Registered: 12/12/08
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Did you install the controller?

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#11137081 - 09/30/15 12:22 PM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
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Trailer brakes have nothing to do with the back alarm.

You have to select to turn it off every time you put the truck in reverse when a trailer is hooked up to it. Kind of sucks...but it's like a habit to me now just to push the down arrow once and hit okay everytime I'm backing with a trailer.
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#11137130 - 09/30/15 12:44 PM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: Samsonsworld]
redskeet100 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
Did you install the controller?


Controller? What controller?

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#11137334 - 09/30/15 02:11 PM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
Samsonsworld Online   content
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I don't think the truck's trailer display settings were designed to work without a brake controller and programming.

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#11137503 - 09/30/15 03:35 PM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: Samsonsworld]
Nathan "Bull" Montgomery Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
I don't think the truck's trailer display settings were designed to work without a brake controller and programming.


Correct. We have added in quite a few here at work to trucks that didnt have them from the factory. Need to be programmed

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#11137623 - 09/30/15 04:40 PM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
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ive always had to turn the back up alarm off on the steering wheel, but that was on my 2012
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#11138597 - 10/01/15 07:17 AM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: Nathan "Bull" Montgomery]
Samsonsworld Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Nathan "Bull" Montgomery
Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
I don't think the truck's trailer display settings were designed to work without a brake controller and programming.


Correct. We have added in quite a few here at work to trucks that didnt have them from the factory. Need to be programmed


I installed mine. About $200 for the controller and around $150 for the dealer to program. Works like a charm but I wouldn't bother unless you have trailer brakes.

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#11140741 - 10/02/15 02:50 AM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
TerryWilliams Offline
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Um, the trailer brake controller and settings are for electric brakes found on travel trailers, cargo, horse, etc. Boat trailers have surge brakes and are not controlled be the truck.
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#11140999 - 10/02/15 08:11 AM Re: Ford F150 not recognizing trailer hooked up [Re: redskeet100]
Samsonsworld Online   content
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Excuse me. "Electric" trailer brakes.

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