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Old 05-04-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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After 2 years of trying to figure out which AS to buy, we committed on a 2018 Tommy Bahama.

Would like to use Ford's trailer camera & TPMS systems which integrate into the truck, but do not want a wire running on the outside of the AS up to the hitch area (wife will kill me) ....anybody have any experience with installing this so the wire is not visible....will the factory cooperate if it is not in production to install it?

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Old 05-04-2017, 07:10 PM   #2
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I just took delivery last week of a 2017 F350 Super Duty with the rear camera and TPMS. The Ford dealer have never seen one before so I didn't want them touching my trailer for the install. I have booked mine into an AS dealer that has a good service rep (not the dealer I bought mine from) and sent them a lot of info so they can read up prior to the install. My 27FB has the rear camera system already installed so I'll end up with two rear cameras, and plan on having one aimed down the road and one towards the ground for back-up assist (though the wife is great for backing me up).
Agree with you on the wiring...too bad Ford didn't go wireless with this.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:43 PM   #3
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I also have a 2017 F350 with the trailer camera and TPMS system. I haven't installed the TPMS yet, but I have installed the camera on the rear of my AS. I ran the wire underneath along the frame and attached it to the frame. It works really well.
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I also have a 2017 F350 with the trailer camera and TPMS system. I haven't installed the TPMS yet, but I have installed the camera on the rear of my AS. I ran the wire underneath along the frame and attached it to the frame. It works really well.


Where did you mount the camera it self?
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I ran the wire underneath along the frame and attached it to the frame. It works really well.
I am interested in how you got the camera wire from the camera mount position to underneath the frame?
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Where did you mount the camera it self?
I have it temporarily mounted below the license plate so I can easily remove the camera. I prefer to have it above the rear window below the clearance lights, but haven't worked up the courage to install it there yet. I prefer not to drill into the AS shell if possible. I'll post pics when I come up with a way to install it above the window.
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I am interested in how you got the camera wire from the camera mount position to underneath the frame?
I ran it into the bottom of the rear bumper and drilled a hole in the cover. I insulated the holes I drilled with thick rubber gromets to protect the wire. It works so far. Long trip (2000 total miles) coming up in September so that will be the test of the stability of the setup.

I'm not the first person to want this, but I wish there was a way to have the camera on when driving to check what's going on behind the AS. I know there are wireless camera systems that allow this feature.

I also with the Ford trailer tpms reported temperatures as well as tire pressure.
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I ran it into the bottom of the rear bumper and drilled a hole in the cover. I insulated the holes I drilled with thick rubber gromets to protect the wire. It works so far. Long trip (2000 total miles) coming up in September so that will be the test of the stability of the setup.

I'm not the first person to want this, but I wish there was a way to have the camera on when driving to check what's going on behind the AS. I know there are wireless camera systems that allow this feature.

I also with the Ford trailer tpms reported temperatures as well as tire pressure.
This is why I wanted to have two cameras. The Airstream system I have now is wireless and the camera is mounted high up, pointed down the road. The screen is on all the time. The Ford camera will be a backup camera only.

Would it be possible to post a pic on how you mounted the camera and the wiring routing to the bumper? You said you didn't drill a hole in the shell so am interested in how you attached the camera. Thanks
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Did you attach the camera low on the trailer rather than up top? Never mind ...read too fast...I like the idea of leaving the AS camera up hi and mounting the Ford Camera low. Perfect
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I mounted ours inside looking out the rear window, ran the wire loom through the inside and then out at the front floor where other wires were going out toward hitch.
Went pretty easy, I spent more time thinking about it and planning the run than the install took.
I did not want to drill holes in the skin!
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I also have a new 2017 F-150 Lariat with the max trailer tow package and a bunch more technology but my dealer had no clue about an integrated trailer TPMS. Sounds like it much be an accessory that plugs in next to the 7 blade railer plug and includes rear camera and a wire to the A-Frame for a TPMS receiver and the added valve stem sensors.

If that's it, what does it cost for part? Sounds like I should install myself.

Ford should include this on their max tow package or at least show it as an option when selecting accessories.

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The TPMS cannot be used on steel carcass tires

This is an exact quote from the Ford installation instructions. Pretty bummed, since my new F250 superduty has the integrated system that would let me avoid another monitor in the cab. Was one of the key features I wanted in my TV. Checking on the Ford forums, there is a mixed view on whether the system would work fine in most cases, and it's just Ford making sure they CYA. But also some folks speculate that this steel can mess up the signal transmission. I'll keep up to date on this topic, but I'm not spending the money and hassle of install, only to then have to live with non working system. My Michelin LT tires have two steel belts as well as polymer cords......will buy an alternate TPMS probably the simple flow through design. Anyone got strong opinions on various options??

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I also have a new 2017 F-150 Lariat with the max trailer tow package and a bunch more technology but my dealer had no clue about an integrated trailer TPMS. Sounds like it much be an accessory that plugs in next to the 7 blade railer plug and includes rear camera and a wire to the A-Frame for a TPMS receiver and the added valve stem sensors.

If that's it, what does it cost for part? Sounds like I should install myself.

Ford should include this on their max tow package or at least show it as an option when selecting accessories.

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I believe it was a $725 option on our 2017 F-250.
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This is an exact quote from the Ford installation instructions. Pretty bummed, since my new F250 superduty has the integrated system that would let me avoid another monitor in the cab. Was one of the key features I wanted in my TV. Checking on the Ford forums, there is a mixed view on whether the system would work fine in most cases, and it's just Ford making sure they CYA. But also some folks speculate that this steel can mess up the signal transmission. I'll keep up to date on this topic, but I'm not spending the money and hassle of install, only to then have to live with non working system. My Michelin LT tires have two steel belts as well as polymer cords......will buy an alternate TPMS probably the simple flow through design. Anyone got strong opinions on various options??

Alex
Not sure if the tires on our 2017 Airstream Classic are steel belted or not but the TPMS does work for us.
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