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Johnny Hurryup

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I bought this truck a few months ago. It has the trailer hitch 7 pin connector and on the dash, a screen for towing info. But it has no brake controller with some kind of gain control. I'm shopping for a travel trailer. What do I need?

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You can get an after market brake controller, that should be a plug play, with a connection under the dash. A connecting wire harness used to come in the glove box of a new truck, that fits the under dash plug-in. Not sure, but may also be possible to get a Ford IBC installed.

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Check your payload sticker to see what you have to deal with. That will tell what you might want to tow.

We had a 2004 F150 and added a controller with no problem but the truck was not set up for heavier TT's. But it did fine for the smaller TT we had at the time.

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You NEED to tell us your truck’s max trailer weight AND payload. Then tell us how much weight you’ll carry in the truck.


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Johnny Hurryup wrote:

I bought this truck a few months ago. It has the trailer hitch 7 pin connector and on the dash, a screen for towing info. But it has no brake controller with some kind of gain control. I'm shopping for a travel trailer. What do I need?


I recommend the Ford integrated brake controller.
You'll find this forum advise seems to limit a F150 to 6000lbs the F150 forum folks are comfortable up to 8000lbs.

here's a link to get you started

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/adding-trailer-brake-controller-483714/


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And just forget about payload, Mike? That makes me uncomfortable. OP is alone in the truck? Or a family of five? OP carries no gear in the truck? Or generator, three bikes and tools?

Some F150s are tuff, and some are wimpy just like Chevy and RAMs. OP hasn’t told us a thing about his truck and you recommend a possible 8000 pounds? Irresponsible.

Most F150s are not 1903 pounds of payload.

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Usually Ford upgrades the radiator and transmission cooler for their HD Trailer Tow option.

What is your rear axle ratio ?

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Mike134 wrote:

Johnny Hurryup wrote:

I bought this truck a few months ago. It has the trailer hitch 7 pin connector and on the dash, a screen for towing info. But it has no brake controller with some kind of gain control. I'm shopping for a travel trailer. What do I need?


I recommend the Ford integrated brake controller.
You'll find this forum advise seems to limit a F150 to 6000lbs the F150 forum folks are comfortable up to 8000lbs.

here's a link to get you started

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/adding-trailer-brake-controller-483714/


Really? I never owned a ford in my life, but i dont think a break controller will up the tow limits on the trailor 2000 lbs. That just dosen't seem right. Now if the ford allready has it, it could mean that the TV has other upgrades, like better cooling, transmistion, gearing. But to say the controller can give you more power can not be right.

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Sjm9911 wrote:

Mike134 wrote:

Johnny Hurryup wrote:

I bought this truck a few months ago. It has the trailer hitch 7 pin connector and on the dash, a screen for towing info. But it has no brake controller with some kind of gain control. I'm shopping for a travel trailer. What do I need?


I recommend the Ford integrated brake controller.
You'll find this forum advise seems to limit a F150 to 6000lbs the F150 forum folks are comfortable up to 8000lbs.

here's a link to get you started

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/adding-trailer-brake-controller-483714/


Really? I never owned a ford in my life, but i dont think a break controller will up the tow limits on the trailor 2000 lbs. That just dosen't seem right. Now if the ford allready has it, it could mean that the TV has other upgrades, like better cooling, transmistion, gearing. But to say the controller can give you more power can not be right.


Sorry you misunderstood me.

The "weight police" on this forum seem to think the practical limit of a 1/2 ton towing weight is 6000lbs. The "weight police" on the ford forum have it at a more reasonable limit of 8000lbs when looking for advise on trailers

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