Please forgive me for I am new and my input is worth about -.02 but I've just bought an '08 F250 to pull a 2000 34' Limited.
1. I bought it to get the tow command/electric brake controller. I've only towed the trailer for 300 miles and it works great so far.
2. I've investigated upgrading my electric brakes to hyd discs and have already received this info from Actibrake:
Thank you for your email. The built-in Ford brake controller has undergone several revisions by Ford. Their original versions in the 2005 model year had numerous issues and we don't recommend using their 2005 brake controllers with our unit. However, the 2006-2007 built-in Ford brake controllers should work fine. The Ford brake controllers can be disabled by your Ford dealer and a standard Hayes or Tekonsha controller can be installed. You can review our owners manual at www.activetech1.com
(please review the newest of the two ActiBrake models on this site) as a pdf which can be downloaded and printed. This manual lists the recommend brake controlles on page 10. Thank you for your interest.
Now I can't find a follow up email where Phil says they haven't evaluated their system with the '08 yet but said it should work fine.
And this from Rick March at Jackson Center at Airstream:
Duane, yes the system should work fine with the Ford controller.
From: Duane L. Pandorf [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: Kodiak brake upgrade
Thanks Rick, and forgot to ask in my first email. No problems running the system off of Ford's F250 integrated tow command/brake controller system?
3. Tailgate Step. To get the truck I wanted it came with the tailgate step. I didn't think I needed it. I've had the truck only two weeks and have found it to be very useful already. Someone earlier mentioned something about it's safety. Well, it may be a problem if you weigh over 400 pounds but for me its worked great getting up into the bed and back down. Don't see anything unsafe about it.