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Old 07-24-2016, 04:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy Ford backup assist sticker placement

Hi all,
I just got my new 2017 FC 25' to go with my 2016 Ford F-150, with the new trailer backup assist feature. Manual tells you to attach a special sticker (provided) horizontally on one Y-hitch arm in a zone 7" to 22" back from the hitch ball. Problem is, there is one of the propane tanks and the cover taking up this zone. Have any Ford F-150 & Airstream owners with backup assist run into this problem AND SOLVED IT?? Love to hear from you.
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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I have a 27fb international and a 2016 f150 with pro trailer back up assist. I did not install the sticker myself, CanAm did when I picked up my new AS. There is a small corner of the sticker that is under the tank cover but it does not seem to be a problem. The available space on a 25ft might not be the same.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:17 AM   #3
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I have the same truck and will have the same AS shortly. I am very curious to hear whether there is a resolution of this issue.
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Just saw a post on the F150 Forum:

They confirmed to me that it can be placed either horizontally or vertically as long as it is within their "green zone" of 7" to 22".

Hope this helps someone...
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I have a 27fb international and a 2016 f150 with pro trailer back up assist. I did not install the sticker myself, CanAm did when I picked up my new AS. There is a small corner of the sticker that is under the tank cover but it does not seem to be a problem. The available space on a 25ft might not be the same.
Hi, I helped a neighbor install his sticker; It went on the curb side and a small corner of it went under the propane tank cover as Papa smurf stated. The street side would be blocked by the brake switch.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:41 PM   #6
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I have the 2016 with backup assist. My trailer is a 23. No problem. Sticker had to go about 1/2: under tank. Works fine there.

Still not sure if it is worth the trouble. I have to back up a steep driveway and then turn.

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Just saw a post on the F150 Forum:

They confirmed to me that it can be placed either horizontally or vertically as long as it is within their "green zone" of 7" to 22".

Hope this helps someone...
This answer is amazing! Problem solved
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:51 AM   #8
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Just saw a post on the F150 Forum:

They confirmed to me that it can be placed either horizontally or vertically as long as it is within their "green zone" of 7" to 22".

Hope this helps someone...
Does this imply people might install the sticker on their propane cover?
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:55 AM   #9
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Also, see this post (#2) which shows the Ford installation booklet: https://www.f150forum.com/f118/pro-t...estion-337277/

It clearly states that the sticker must be horizontal. It also states the entire sticker must be visible to the camera. Of the two conditions, I am guessing that violation of the latter may be of lesser importance. Any other thoughts?
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So, a test.

Attach the sticker to a properly sized piece of aluminum. Place the sticker/aluminum on the propane cover, vertically, with double stick tape. Test it.

If it works, you can either rivet the piece of aluminum to the propane cover, or, remove the aluminum and place another sticker on the propane cover.

If it doesn't work, you are out 1 sticker.
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I have a 2017 F150 towing a 2013 trailer. I put the sticker on the A frame next to the jack. One end of the sticker just touches the propane cover. The sticker also lays partly on top of the jack base so it's not exactly flat. In the end it barely met the minimum 7" requirement. Backup Assist sees the sticker and works remarkably well.
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I have a 2017 F150 towing a 2013 trailer. I put the sticker on the A frame next to the jack. One end of the sticker just touches the propane cover. The sticker also lays partly on top of the jack base so it's not exactly flat. In the end it barely met the minimum 7" requirement. Backup Assist sees the sticker and works remarkably well.
Well, the proof is in the pudding! I have the same truck so now I know it will work. Thanks for sharing.
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