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Old 07-14-2020, 06:12 AM   #1
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F250 “Trailer Disconnected”

We have a 2017 FC and tie with a Ford F-250 that is also a 2017. When traveling, we occasionally get the message that our trailer is disconnected. My truck is going in for some warranty work (warranty runs out soon) and I’m wondering if there is a know problem with the F250?

I have sprayed contact cleaner on both the male and female connectors but the problem continues. When I plug in the trailer, the connection seems pretty loose. Is this normal?
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Old 07-14-2020, 06:24 AM   #2
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Bill,

A friend that FT's with a IIRC 2014 F-250 just lost their brakes and the cure was replacing the 7 way plug from the V connection Bargman to a Pollak style flat blade connection. His was plug end only not full cable, it was still good. And for good measure they replaced the truck end too, per his text it was a disconnect and reconnect not wire by wire. I've had a flat blade Pollak trailer end plug for several years and it is not sloppy feeling.

Look at the truck end, it's a V shaped terminal, look at the trailer end, also V shaped? Now test the tension of one plug end small screwdriver and feel the tension or lack of.

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Don't have an F250, but have a Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. We had a similar problem and the dealer replaced the 7 pin connector. That seemed to help.

I do periodically blow out both plug and receptacle with Dust Off and spray with contact cleaner (DeOxit).
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:38 AM   #4
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If it happened when going over a big bump, the plug just wiggled lose. Has happened to me once. I just pulled plug out and reinserted all good. I now use a piece of Velcro to prevent the wiggles.
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:43 AM   #5
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The 7 point connectors are a bit loose for long term durability, but the connectors all are designed for a loose fit. Since contact cleaner didn't help it may be corrosion. Use vinegar with a bit of salt. then lots of fresh water and then dielectric grease or CorrosionX.

Mine did what you described several time. I did the above and it has been all good ever since.
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Old 07-14-2020, 09:11 AM   #6
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We have a 2017 FC and tie with a Ford F-250 that is also a 2017. When traveling, we occasionally get the message that our trailer is disconnected. My truck is going in for some warranty work (warranty runs out soon) and I’m wondering if there is a know problem with the F250?

I have sprayed contact cleaner on both the male and female connectors but the problem continues. When I plug in the trailer, the connection seems pretty loose. Is this normal?
Bill. I had this happen with our 2014 25 foot International and 2016 F350. It would not be consistent, but it kept repeating on the instrument prompts. With the heavy tow vehicle the braking did not seem diminished with the trailer. brakes not functioning.

Later to find the right side brakes on the Airstream were DEAD. NOT working.

I replaced all four brake assemblies from Dexter. They worked fine. It was the magnet system, I believe, that failed.

Elevate one wheel in the air using blocks under the other to get the other free wheeling in the air. Have someone spin it and manually set the brakes in your F250. Do one after the other. If they ALL work with the manual braking, then you do have something else going on.

The lack of braking could be the magnets, like my situation... or the wiring separating from the crimp connection near the drum, or broke off as it enters the drum. This has occurred on older posts on the Forum. I am familiar with that, as well. They are thin and exposed. Take a look at a loose wire... first.

Dexter said they would send me a set of FOUR assemblies. They called me. The guy was mentioned on this Forum as the To Go To Dexter Manager.

I have since purchased a 2019 International... and STILL waiting for the Dexter Brakes the guy on the telephone said they were sending.

I purchased four sets of the Internet from a trailer parts supplier. I installed them and they worked. It was simple and easy to do. My brake shoes were not worn out. It had to be the magnet and drum were not operating as they should. I consider myself competent in mechanical and simple electrical problems. The drum and magnet had rough surfaces. I did not know if that was good, bad or normal. No one would say.

Now... I am always recalling this chain of events and before we leave on this next trip, your post caught my attention... and I am going to test each wheel with the manual braking in my F350 just in case. These are the Never Lube and Self Adjusting brakes. Something is to be discovered about these over time. I think they may be... neither.
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Old 07-14-2020, 09:40 AM   #7
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I have same- 2017 F250; and I had the same issues...the connector from the AS would not stay connected to the pins inside the F250...I used Ducktape for a while, but when I went to Jackson last fall, they replaced the connector at the factory...that was the issue. I have talked with a few folks with same issue since that replaced the pigtails on the AS and all was fine.

Not a good feeling when driving down the freeway and your trailer disconnected warning light shows up!
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