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Old 06-23-2015, 07:32 PM   #11
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I usually run 7.5 on my 2012 F250 powerstroke, seems to handle the 7500lb trailer with no pushing while stopping. I mostly towed flat land with a few high bridges. I just adjust the trailer tow depending on conditions. I just checked my driver assist readout of my truck, it only shows what I have my controller set on. I have not towed in the mountains yet, I am looking foward to the power of the diesel, I love the engine brake, its super.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:14 PM   #12
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One problem I noticed on my F250 is that you have to quickly squeeze the manual brake controller when setting it. I was engaging it too slow and the tires on trailer would not lock up.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:55 PM   #13
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2010 ford 350 towing a heritage Glen 356qb. I set my gain by letting the truck roll and using the manual slider to hold the trailer in place. I am running close to 10 now as anything less with not lock the truck and trailer in place and I continue to roll. Not sure if this is the correct way to set it or not but seems a lot easier to stop the trailer


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Old 06-24-2015, 08:29 AM   #14
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I had the same experience as you with my f350. I never could get the wheels to lock so I left the controller set at 10. Each time I pulled the TT I question whether or not the trailer brakes were working at all. Recently while going through the menus while the trailer was connected I found a submenu labeled trailer brake effort. It was set to low. I changed it to medium and when I applied the brake it felt like the trailer was doing all the braking. I backed it off to 7.5 and it "feels" good. Next outing I will find a parking lot to do the recommended procedure.

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I just checked and the trailer does not need to be connected.
Settings
Driver assist
Trailer brake
Trailer brake effort
Choose "low", "med", or "high"

My 350 is a 2015 so it may differ from your 250.
I concur, same settings for my Rockwood and F 250
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:23 AM   #15
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I leave my gain at 6.0. Seems to work
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:33 PM   #16
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Thanks everybody seems my situation is not unique.

Several things I learned:

I have a 2012 F250 PS and the Driver Assist Menu does not lead me to a Trailer Brake Effort with a low, med and high selection. There is also no reference to this in my Ford manual regarding the IBC so apparently my 2012 dinosaur does not have that option.

Also, according to the truck owners manual (who wants to read directions first) it
says: "If towing a heavier trailer, trailer wheel lock-up may not be attainable even with the maximum GAIN setting of 10." The dry weight of my camper is 9854lbs. is that "heavy"? I'm guessing it is.

Additionally when I read the electronic truck menu instructions in the truck for adjusting the gain it does say: "repeat steps 2-5 until gain is just below the point which the trailer tires lock-up or the max value of 10 is reached." I missed that part.

So I guess I'll be running around on 10 for now, I'll give it another try when I take it all out on the next trip. Many thanks all, what a great resource this forum is.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:57 PM   #17
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Hello.
The 2013 F 150 had no controls. My 2015 F250 has the controls.

I set mine up today at 40 kph. Medium effort and gain of 8 stops but does not look up the trailer.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:05 PM   #18
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I had the same experience as you with my f350. I never could get the wheels to lock so I left the controller set at 10. Each time I pulled the TT I question whether or not the trailer brakes were working at all. Recently while going through the menus while the trailer was connected I found a submenu labeled trailer brake effort. It was set to low. I changed it to medium and when I applied the brake it felt like the trailer was doing all the braking. I backed it off to 7.5 and it "feels" good. Next outing I will find a parking lot to do the recommended procedure.

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I just checked and the trailer does not need to be connected.
Settings
Driver assist
Trailer brake
Trailer brake effort
Choose "low", "med", or "high"

My 350 is a 2015 so it may differ from your 250.
Will have to try this out when I head back to TN this week with my 33 ft Wildcat. had it set at 6.5 on the trip down, no issues even coming down Mount Eagle, TN which is a 4-5% slope for about 5 miles with truck runoff ramps the whole way down. Used the tow-haul and turbo assist and held back on it's own, very little brake needed.
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Mine is a 2103 f250 and it doesn't give me the option of low, medium or high either in settings.


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