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Old 02-07-2015, 12:27 PM   #1
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Question for F-250/F-350 folks, Re: Brake Settings

Just a quick question.

What setting are you using on your Ford brake controller? I will check/reset mine prior to a trip, but on wet pavement (a given in Oregon!), about 5.5 seems appropriate on our new truck.

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Old 02-07-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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I have a 2013 F-250 Platinum Diesel, pulling a 2015 27FB International Serenity.

I have been using either 5.0 or 5.5 as the setting on my brake controller and it seems to be about right.
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:12 PM   #3
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I use "6" on our 2015 F-250 pulling a 27' FB model. Seems to be fine. Almost all Super Duty owners I discuss this with seem to use a number between 5 & 7.
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:55 PM   #4
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...What setting are you using on your Ford brake controller? ...
What type of trailer brakes do you have? Are they electric, or electric over hydraulic? Pulling a 30' Classic with Dexter E/H brakes with a 2010 F250 and the Ford ITBC, I am using a setting of 8.5.
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #5
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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What type of trailer brakes do you have? Are they electric, or electric over hydraulic? Pulling a 30' Classic with Dexter E/H brakes with a 2010 F250 and the Ford ITBC, I am using a setting of 8.5.
Nick, they are just electric, although I wouldn't mind having E/H disks.
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Regardless of the trailer I pull or its weight, I always set the controller after load out. The Tekonsha P3 controller I use is amazing.
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I drive an '03 E350 4X4 van and tow a 29' Ambassador. I have my brake set in the range of 4-5 but I can change the setting throughout the day. It just depends on the driving conditions, whether the brakes have been sitting for a while or are wet, etc. You will also have to take into consideration the condition of the brakes on your AS - are they new or is there a significant amount of wear on the shoes.
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Trailer brake setting

2013 Platinum 6.7 PSD towing a 2010 FC 27FB. I'm using 6.0 and it seems right.
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Same question on brake setting but with a 2013 F150 Ecoboost 4x4 crew cab towing a 25FC? I would assume its in the same range 5 to 6 on the brake controller but if anyone has the same TV and TT I would expreciate your comments. I'm picking up my our new 25' FC tomorrow. Thanks again
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Just a quick question.

What setting are you using on your Ford brake controller? I will check/reset mine prior to a trip, but on wet pavement (a given in Oregon!), about 5.5 seems appropriate on our new truck.

2014 F350 & 2012 Flying Cloud 25 FB.

Thanks in Advance!
My 2008 Safari 27FB Airstream did not have self adjusting brakes as standard equipment from the factory. I bought the trailer used and had an Airstream dealer adjust the brakes and set the controller. He set the Ford controller on my 2011 F250 at 5.0. After some experience with it I found 5.5 was optimal.

Last year the Airstream factory service center in Jackson Center replaced my brakes with self adjusting brakes. I ran for a couple of thousand miles at 5.5, as recommended by the service department so the brakes could self adjust, and realized I wasn't getting much braking power with the new brakes. After some trials at 20 mph, I found the new brakes don't lock up until the Ford controller is set at 7.5. I'm currently running at 7.0.
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One additional note regarding the Ford controller and the Ford integrated braking system. I've been in one panic stop situation when a car approaching from behind on a two lane road quickly passed me, whipped in front of the truck and then slammed on its brakes to make a hard right turn into a driveway. There was on oncoming car in the lane to the left and the ditch to the right had a steep drop off so there was no place to steer to avoid a collision. I had no choice but to hit the brakes hard at 50 mph. The entire rig stopped quickly and straight as an arrow, stopping short of hitting the offending turning car by 2-3 inches.
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