Ford’s Towing and Trailering Tech
Ford has a wealth of technology that can help anyone with towing and trailering. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best features.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist
As the name might suggest, Pro Trailer Backup Assist can make anyone a trailer expert. If you’re new to trailering, it can be intimidating. When you turn the wheel to adjust the trailer, the trailer will move in the opposite direction which can provoke a little head scratching. On top of that, you’ll have to swivel your head back and forth to make sure neither your truck nor your trailer hits anything.
But, all that changes with Pro Trailer Backup Assist. You just turn the knob the direction you want your trailer to go, and guide it on the infotainment screen. When you want the trailer to straighten out, you just let the knob return to center. Easy.
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Dynamic Hitch Assist (included with rear view and 360 cameras)
Dynamic Hitch Assist is pretty simple: it helps you guide your hitch to the trailer’s receiver. Reversing, while using your rear view camera, you will be able to see your hitch as well as its target. Further, your touch screen will display a dynamic line (which moves as you turn your steering wheel) that leads you to the hitch receiver. There’s even a zoom feature, so you can get a closer look at your hitch.
Smart Trailer Tow Connector
The Smart Trailer Tow Connector monitors your trailer’s brake lights, turn lights, and battery. If it detects a problem with any of those systems you will be alerted immediately.
Trailer Sway Control
Trailer Sway Control cannot prevent swaying, but it can reduce it by applying braking to individual wheels. Of course, it’s recommended that you reduce your speed, or pull over to make necessary adjustments to your trailer.
Trailer Brake Controller (TBC)
The Trailer Brake Controller directs braking power to your trailer. You can set the amount of braking power you want applied to the trailer relative to the braking power of your vehicle. This setting can be adjusted in increments of 0.5 from 0 to 10.
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Trailer Tow
By now, most people know about BLIS. BLIS monitors your blind spots in case you have a sore neck. Now BLIS has added rear sensors to the tail lights which, in concert with side view mirrors, can extend the tool’s effective range back to the end of your trailer. Now nothing can surprise you even when you’re trailering.
Equipped with all of these features, even the most novice of drivers can be a towing/trailering expert. And, when you add these features to the F-Series of trucks, the lineup becomes even more dominant. Learn more about our trucks by hitting the button below.