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Old 07-08-2016, 01:14 PM   #15
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I just purchased a 'demo' F150 King Ranch, and that feature was on it. I really enjoy backing trailers the old fashioned way as it sometimes is a challenge to get the trailer where I want it. But....

I did take the time to calibrate the system, and on my FC 23 FB, I had to create an aluminum addition to the tongue to apply the included sticker to. Once calibrated, the function was pretty cool to use. I don't think I would pay for that feature, but it IMO, it is not just a gimmick.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:28 PM   #16
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Maybe a useful Gimmick with practice

Just over 200 miles on my 2106 F350 King Ranch, I noticed the feature when adjusting my Equalizer Hitch to align with my trailer with a different tow vehicle.

The rear view camera is clear and the 'feature' has a center alignment of the ball as you back up towards the trailer's hitch on the screen. The center line does help to center the connection.

As I get within two or three feet, I depend on my wife to finish with our usual driver watching hand signals. Small movements of the steering wheel affect the center alignment line on the screen, as you back up. It was accurate and would be a valuable tool for a solo driver.

With more experience the feature may assist me as intended... a solo connecting tow vehicle to trailer. After years of my wife and I as a team effort, it may be quicker to get close and make a perfect NASA maneuver to 'dock'.

I will know more as we travel. A solo driver would have to make sure that the trailer is high enough to clear the ball when backing up.
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:01 PM   #17
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I have it on my 2016 F150 and it does not work with my Hensley Cub.
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:25 PM   #18
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Just over 200 miles on my 2106 F350 King Ranch, I noticed the feature when adjusting my Equalizer Hitch to align with my trailer with a different tow vehicle.

The rear view camera is clear and the 'feature' has a center alignment of the ball as you back up towards the trailer's hitch on the screen. The center line does help to center the connection.

As I get within two or three feet, I depend on my wife to finish with our usual driver watching hand signals. Small movements of the steering wheel affect the center alignment line on the screen, as you back up. It was accurate and would be a valuable tool for a solo driver.

With more experience the feature may assist me as intended... a solo connecting tow vehicle to trailer. After years of my wife and I as a team effort, it may be quicker to get close and make a perfect NASA maneuver to 'dock'.

I will know more as we travel. A solo driver would have to make sure that the trailer is high enough to clear the ball when backing up.
Ray, I have a 2016, not as new as your 2106 (-; but it has the same trailer hookup aid and I use it solo, after a few times of using it I can now have the ball under the receiver the first time. The hardest part is when you get close it can be difficult to have the depth perception to see that the ball is actually under the receiver, not too far back. If you push the "+" sign in the upper left corner of the screen it magnifies the view so you can more accurately get the ball in the right place.

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Old 07-09-2016, 12:07 AM   #19
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i use the backup camera on the Tundra to connect to the trailer now all the time ... i can usually get it on one go and love it! ....never liked having to have someone back me onto the hitch and this eliminates it totally ....it takes some getting use to but once your over the learning curve your set..... this is not a back up the trailer system though.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:33 AM   #20
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F150 back up assist

What an appropriate time for this question. I have a F150 with this option. This weekend I attempted to set up the system for my FC 26u. I read the instructions twice. (that's 2 times more than I usually read instructions) Took the measurements twice. When I entered the last number (the distance between the tailgate and the center of both axles) the computer said I was outside the allowable distance, so it would not accept my entry. I took photos of the sticker placement,so, today its off to the Ford dealer. My next entry will detail Ford's response.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:02 AM   #21
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What an appropriate time for this question. I have a F150 with this option. This weekend I attempted to set up the system for my FC 26u. I read the instructions twice. (that's 2 times more than I usually read instructions) Took the measurements twice. When I entered the last number (the distance between the tailgate and the center of both axles) the computer said I was outside the allowable distance, so it would not accept my entry. I took photos of the sticker placement,so, today its off to the Ford dealer. My next entry will detail Ford's response.
It it looking for your input in feet or inches? And did you input inches instead of feet? Just a guess on my part....
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:44 PM   #22
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Bought our 2016 F-150 a few months ago and it came with Trailer assist. Pretty much a waste of time. The concept is you turn the knob in the direction you want the AS to go. Unfortunately it's not very smooth. I tried it a number of times and found it difficult. The swing of the AS was always more drastic than when I controlled the wheel ( but I've been trailering boats a very long time). But their backup camera trailer system is great. Once you match the AS hitch to the system. You never have to get out of the truck to check. You feel like you're hooking up to the space station. QUOTE=DaytonaDan;1817298]Anybody have experience with Ford's New "Pro Trailer Backup Assist"?

I known it started with the 2016 F150. Now, I think it's also available on their new 2017 SuperDuty Rigs.

Like to know if its true that it "improves driver confidence by letting the driver steer the trailer instinctively as they control the accelerator and brakes, while the truck takes care of the rest."??[/QUOTE]
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:52 PM   #23
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Rear view camera mounted on AS coordinated with F-150?

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Bought our 2016 F-150 a few months ago and it came with Trailer assist. Pretty much a waste of time. The concept is you turn the knob in the direction you want the AS to go. Unfortunately it's not very smooth. I tried it a number of times and found it difficult. The swing of the AS was always more drastic than when I controlled the wheel ( but I've been trailering boats a very long time). But their backup camera trailer system is great. Once you match the AS hitch to the system. You never have to get out of the truck to check. You feel like you're hooking up to the space station. QUOTE=DaytonaDan;1817298]Anybody have experience with Ford's New "Pro Trailer Backup Assist"?

I known it started with the 2016 F150. Now, I think it's also available on their new 2017 SuperDuty Rigs.

Like to know if its true that it "improves driver confidence by letting the driver steer the trailer instinctively as they control the accelerator and brakes, while the truck takes care of the rest."??
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I have a friend who is ordering a 2017 23D FC, and F150; he said the new AS will synch backup camera with his F150 display. Anyone else here of this? Could be coordinated with entire back up system, which would make sense...
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:27 PM   #24
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I may be incorrect on this but on the 2017 Super Duty, from what I understand it does not have the back assist like the F150, but does have a calibration process in order for the blind spot indicators to work, including your trailer and will help with visualizing the angle of your trailer in relation to the truck. It doesn't allow you to "turn the knob" and back but does give you a better visualization when backing. On the Super Duty it is called Trailer Reverse Guidance system. There are some documents already out which explain the setup of the stickers on the trailer and an overview of the feature.

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Would love to see a photo of the aluminum plate for the sticker.
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:07 AM   #26
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Here's the picture

Good morning. It's a little tough to see the plate on the tongue, and I hope this helps. I made a cardboard pattern, then used very thin aluminum purchased at home Depot. A fine tooth sabre saw blade did the rest. I painted it with rustoleum . It does slide under the tongue jack.

We are in the middle of a six week trip now, and I like the way the back up feature works. It does take a bit to get used to, and well worth sticking with it.

Good luck, and thanks for asking.

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We are in the middle of a six week trip now, and I like the way the back up feature works. It does take a bit to get used to, and well worth sticking with it.
Thanks for that informative post; a picture is worth a thousand words.
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It looks cool, however, I think an Airstream trailer height would block the truck's backup camera's view.

Maybe it can be combined with the new Airstream WiFi backup camera/video screen to augment the driver's view.

Has anyone had Experience with this new Ford system?
Actually there's an optional wireless camera that is part of the FORD system to put on the back of your trailer. That's probably the best part of this whole thing; not the backup assist knob.
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