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Old 12-03-2017, 07:52 AM   #1
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Viability of F-150 Integrated Brake Controller

Recently purchased a 2013 Ford F-150 with an OEM integrated trailer brake controller, compatible with trailers having electric-activated drum brakes, but not hydraulic surge-style brakes. My 71 23-foot Safari apparently has Kelsey Hayes brakes which have worked well with the Prodigy brake controller in my old truck. I would like to use the Ford OEM controlle,r if possible. Any thoughts on whether it will work with my trailer? thank you for your assistance.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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No reason it shouldnít.

There may have been improvements since that time by Ford, so you might investigate this on one of the Ford pickup enthusiast sites as to whether an upgrade exists.

On some brands, and then on some models, folks bypassed the ITBC to use an aftermarket controller early in the era

Do some research on yr/model and then ask for info on other.

Also: inquire of Andy Thomson at Can Am RV (posts here; do search) about reinforcing the factory hitch teceiver. If needed, it would enable the WDH to act more effectively. Ford was t too great until current model, IIRC. Ask him what hitch heíd recommend to use.

An upgrade to at least entry level Bilstein shocks a good idea.

Good luck

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:48 AM   #3
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Check with the manufacturer of the brake actuator. Our 2010 Ford OEM brake controller was not compatible with the original actuator but is compatible with the replacement I purchased.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:10 PM   #4
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I had the Ford brake control in my F-150. It worked just fine. Very convenient, easy to set up and maintenance free in my experience.

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