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Old 06-11-2023, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question F150 brake controller gain setting?

2023 F150 is a max tow, 5.0L, SuperCrew with a 5.5 bed.


2023 International 23FBT is stock with AGM batteries and 3 roof solar panels.


Typical 2 person cargo with the bed weight loaded to the front. Typical clothes and food.



What brake controller "GAIN" setting have you found to work the best for you?
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Old 06-11-2023, 12:30 PM   #2
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2023 F150 is a max tow, 5.0L, SuperCrew with a 5.5 bed.


2023 International 23FBT is stock with AGM batteries and 3 roof solar panels.


Typical 2 person cargo with the bed weight loaded to the front. Typical clothes and food.



What brake controller "GAIN" setting have you found to work the best for you?
Medium / +5.0

2021 F150 2.7 supercrew 4x4 utilizing 1291 pounds of the available payload (that's what we carry, us, and the tongue weight of our 2023 23fbt. Tongue weight is 600 pounds). We have 325 pounds of "stuff" in the camper and we also travel with full water. AS tires set at 70 pounds. Tongue weight 19".
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Old 06-12-2023, 10:35 AM   #3
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I have it at Medium / 2.5.
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A dealer once told me to put it at the lowest setting that will stop your rig when you are stopped and let off the brake… rig starts to creep at idle… apply the trailer brakes only. If it stops the rig… setting is sufficient.
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Old 06-12-2023, 11:11 AM   #4
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I've been running 7.5. I wonder if this is too high? I've been happy with braking performance, and I haven't had a case of the trailer tires locking up prematurely when braking.
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I've been running 7.5. I wonder if this is too high? I've been happy with braking performance, and I haven't had a case of the trailer tires locking up prematurely when braking.
When was your last brake inspection or adjustment?
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Old 06-12-2023, 02:52 PM   #7
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2021 F150 Super Crew 6.5' bed Max Tow HDPP, 25' FC FBT


Our brake controller is set at 5.5 and we have a Propride hitch. When you brake, if the gain is set too low the hitch will articulate to one side or the other at a stop from the push of the trailer. You can feel the slight 'tug' on the truck as the hitch straightens out when you start to move ahead again. Set at 5 or greater the hitch stays straight. I'm guessing those with a more conventional hitch would never experience what we feel if the trailer isn't stopping at the same or greater rate than the truck.
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Old 06-12-2023, 03:04 PM   #8
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2021 F150 Super Crew 6.5' bed Max Tow HDPP, 25' FC FBT


Our brake controller is set at 5.5 and we have a Propride hitch. When you brake, if the gain is set too low the hitch will articulate to one side or the other at a stop from the push of the trailer. You can feel the slight 'tug' on the truck as the hitch straightens out when you start to move ahead again. Set at 5 or greater the hitch stays straight. I'm guessing those with a more conventional hitch would never experience what we feel if the trailer isn't stopping at the same or greater rate than the truck.
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This is the way. At moderate to heavy brake, you should feel the trailer begin to stop the truck. We need to remember that when we are stopping, the truck noses down, removing traction from the rear. If your trailer brakes are stopping ever so slightly more than the truck, without locking up, the camper will pull the rear down slightly, thus having all 3 (or 4) axles braking simultaneously.

If the brakes are too light, the trailer will continue to push when the truck is stopping, and the nose of that camper wants to take the path of least resistance, going around the truck...

The best advice is to get to a parking lot where you can do a little testing and have somebody watch to see if your trailer brakes are locking up on moderate to heavy braking at 35-40mph. If they are not, increase until they do, then back off slightly on the gain.
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Old 06-13-2023, 04:12 PM   #9
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When was your last brake inspection or adjustment?
On my truck or my Airstream? I last did the brakes on my truck maybe a year and a half ago. Haven't looked at the Airstream brakes since I bought it, and this is the setting that seemed to work best on my prior trailer.

Maybe this is just a matter of me needing to go to a parking lot and try things out on 5.5.
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Old 06-13-2023, 04:36 PM   #10
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My comment was for airstream only. Your TV is different query.

Do you have manual or self adjusting brakes on your airstream?

Manual needs periodic adj self adj should take care of itself but may benefit from insp, cleaning and lube in just the right places or adj.
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Old 06-13-2023, 07:39 PM   #11
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I don't have same trailer or TV, but a easy and universal method is on a level surface, put tv in drive, take foot off gas and brake, once up to speed, apply full trailer brakes only. Adjust up or down until rig comes to a soft, but complete stop. Also easy to check every time you leave a campground or your house. The number setting someone else uses may not work for you.
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Old 06-17-2023, 08:21 AM   #12
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I don't have same trailer or TV, but a easy and universal method is on a level surface, put tv in drive, take foot off gas and brake, once up to speed, apply full trailer brakes only. Adjust up or down until rig comes to a soft, but complete stop. Also easy to check every time you leave a campground or your house. The number setting someone else uses may not work for you.

I did this yesterday & found that setting from 4 to 6.5 works as described but the time/length of stopping was reduced as I went up from 4. 4 worked but is it enough braking ? It seemed (just seat of the pants conclusion) that 6.5 is a better place to be with the TT braking set higher. My thought is having the TT braking harder will help stop quicker if needed and put less wear & reliance on the TV. I'm towing a 23' FC with a 1/2 ton RAM pickup.
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Old 06-18-2023, 09:30 AM   #13
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Brake controller

If you’re running at 7.5, have your brake wear checked. 2.5-3.0 is good for 7600 lb rig and Duramax 3/4 ton tow. Don’t ask me how I know.
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Old 06-18-2023, 10:13 AM   #14
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Empirical method trailer brake setting

I have always used an empirical method for the brake setting. I find a level gravel little-used road and start slowly rolling with the windows open so I can hear. I manually apply the trailer brake, starting at a very low setting and slowly working upward. When the trailer wheels begin to drag in the gravel I hear it. That is my setting. Not scientific but practical and specific to my rig, condition and adjustment of the brakes, etc. Lower settings are not applying enough force, higher settings will be “grabby”.
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Old 06-18-2023, 10:22 AM   #15
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Medium / +5.0

2021 F150 2.7 supercrew 4x4 utilizing 1291 pounds of the available payload (that's what we carry, us, and the tongue weight of our 2023 23fbt. Tongue weight is 600 pounds). We have 325 pounds of "stuff" in the camper and we also travel with full water. AS tires set at 70 pounds. Tongue weight 19".
I have been running at 5.0 for years. I am at 85-90% of cargo capacity.
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Old 06-18-2023, 02:45 PM   #16
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F150 Break Setting

Most new Fords have two settings 1 - to set the gain and a second (low, medium and high) to configure the shape of the braking curve. I found as well the gain settings need to be changed as the breaks “wear in”. I started out quite high but am currently currently running with a gain setting of 6. I think that is a bit high with my trailer fully loaded. Also, the gain may need to be adjusted as you change load. I am also running with a medium curve setting.

See Ford online tutorials for additional help. They are quite good.
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Old 06-18-2023, 04:24 PM   #17
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2022 F150 5.0L 4x4, Caravel 16RB, ProPride hitch. Brake controller set at 4.5 now, noticeable improvement over 4.0 at the start of my current trip when Felt the truck was doing most of the braking, but now a good balance. I may even try 5.0 for shits and giggles.

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Old 06-18-2023, 04:24 PM   #18
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The number under the number you lock the brakes.
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Old 06-27-2023, 07:20 PM   #19
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I have a 2018 F150 Screw with a 6.5 bed (long wheelbase) and I am usually running right on the numbers capacity wise. I have been using 5.5 for years and years (about 20k miles). Every once in a while I get an itch to increase or decrease it but then later in the day I put it right back.
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Old 06-28-2023, 06:12 AM   #20
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RAM 2500 diesel here with 25’ FBT and ProPride hitch. I use 5.5 but am planning on testing 6.0. I think I do get a bit of the trailer articulating to one side when braking.
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