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Posted: 02/06/21 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Ford brake controller was jointly developed with Tekonsha.

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The OEM Ford controller has 3 separate settings of force set in the dash settings then fine tuned with gain set at the controller. Beats the heck out of Prodigy or any other aftermarket controller.





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Well, good news. Got the trailer home in one piece. The truck worked flawlessly even with a 25 mph cross tail wind. Now I've just gotta figure out my speed, gear, and RPM's. I'll post another topic, but I was running around 3K rpm on a slight up hill grade, wind at our back and keeping our speed between 65-70. Sometimes it would be in 5th (I have a 6 speed) when there was a little more "up" it would drop into 4th and run around 3,200. This is in the flat lands of west Texas where there are only long slow changes in grade.

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Better than the Prodigy I had in the last one, 3 setting plus electric & electric over hydraulic. Last was great when I changed to disc's from the drums.


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CampinHappy wrote:

Well, good news. Got the trailer home in one piece. The truck worked flawlessly even with a 25 mph cross tail wind. Now I've just gotta figure out my speed, gear, and RPM's. I'll post another topic, but I was running around 3K rpm on a slight up hill grade, wind at our back and keeping our speed between 65-70. Sometimes it would be in 5th (I have a 6 speed) when there was a little more "up" it would drop into 4th and run around 3,200.


Nothing to figure out, Ford programmed the computer to do that for you. Put it in tow/haul mode and drive. 70 is a bit too fast for towing any high profile trailer if you care about safety and fuel usage.





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Yup, tow/haul mode and let the truck figure it out.
Check your trailer tire speed rating. Most are under 75 and many are 65.
I’ve found noticeable mpg differences in each 5mph increments above 55mph from TT vs. wind resistance. Around 65mph is my compromise sweet spot towing the TT for reasonable speed (time getting there) and mpg (10 mpg plus fractions) and not being a too slow road hazard. I say around 65mph because I let gravity do it’s work downhill and not sweat the speed drop too much uphills (but I try to stay above 55).


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