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Posted: 12/29/21 11:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a question regarding "Trailer Connect" on my Ford F350.

I have both a 5th wheel and slide-in camper. The 5th wheel seems to just "connect" if the truck is running. The Slide-in camper only "connects" once I press the brake on the truck.

Anyone know why? I'd like for the slide-in to "connect" without depressing the brake. I have my reason I can get into later but in short I want the batteries in the camper to start charging from a remote truck start. Which I think it does with the 5er.

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Posted: 12/29/21 01:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Computer constantly sends tiny signal down brake wire to sense trailers brake magnets presence. So it knows automatically.

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Since the truck is sensing the resistance in the trailer brakes, you could add a resistor to the trailer brake pin. I've never done it but did a quick search and found this thread which did describe a solution down on 1/20/2015. https://www.f150forum.com/f38/can-i-fool........-i-have-electronic-brakes-286312/index2/


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Wire it like Lance does. Skip the trucks harness wiring system. Run an 8 gauge wire from the battery through a 50amp relay to the power pin of a dedicated camper bed plug. Truck on camper charges.


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I’m waiting for the “reason”….lol.
(Only because there’s no practical benefit to battery charging during a short duration of a remote start)


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I have a 14F350 and my camper doesnt show up at all. I believe it used the brake circut to sence if there is something on it but I am not positive on that. it makes sence though as my camper is the only thing that doesnt show up.

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StirCrazy wrote:

I have a 14F350 and my camper doesnt show up at all. I believe it used the brake circut to sence if there is something on it but I am not positive on that. it makes sence though as my camper is the only thing that doesnt show up.

Steve


But the lights and power still work, correct?
OP must be insinuating that that stuff doesn’t work until brake depressed. Which seems odd, although I don’t know how the newer Fords work.

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My camper and brakeless trailer are not seen by the Ford or Ram. I believe it must have the brake circuit active and have not seen a difference when the brake pedal is applied. My Ford power wire was ignition enabled while my Ram is always present.


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@GregA….
Is now a good time?

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Grit dog wrote:

StirCrazy wrote:

I have a 14F350 and my camper doesnt show up at all. I believe it used the brake circut to sence if there is something on it but I am not positive on that. it makes sence though as my camper is the only thing that doesnt show up.

Steve


But the lights and power still work, correct?
OP must be insinuating that that stuff doesn’t work until brake depressed. Which seems odd, although I don’t know how the newer Fords work.


yup they do. well not power, I have it disabled for the camper and the 5th wheel.

Steve

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