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Old 12-14-2015, 07:21 PM   #1
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Ford's new backup feature- good or a gimick?

Saw this on TV..backing up a boat. But IMO/IME that's easier than a boxy trailer/TT.

https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...akes-back.html

If you haven't seen it, it's a knob on the dash you use via the backup camera it looks like, and you 'steer' the trailer that way.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:24 PM   #2
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I've wondered the same thing. Have not talked to anyone that has it and has used it.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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Good grief.......
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:37 PM   #4
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Good grief.......
Indeed.........if you need that damn thing you shouldn't be towing a trailer to begin with...........
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:37 PM   #5
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Thanks, but I'll do my own backing and parallel parking...
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:42 PM   #6
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Saw this on TV..backing up a boat. But IMO/IME that's easier than a boxy trailer/TT.

https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...akes-back.html

If you haven't seen it, it's a knob on the dash you use via the backup camera it looks like, and you 'steer' the trailer that way.
I have a camera on my 2014 in the same position (tailgate emblem). Great for getting on the TT to hook up. After that, the TT is all you can see. It is possibly good for those who cannot backup other types of trailers.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:53 PM   #7
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I thought it was interesting - probably ok for newbie but still have to be on your toes(tows) no pun intended
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:04 AM   #8
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The newbie would be better off practicing in an empty parking lot and mastering the art of backing and leave that silly thing off and not "relying" on it...if you want to own a trailer than learn how to drive with it.
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Indeed.........if you need that damn thing you shouldn't be towing a trailer to begin with...........
And your grandfather probably said that about automatic transmissions “if you need that damn thing you probably shouldn’t be driving a truck to begin with...”

My wife’s grandfather once told me “Everyone should know how to shoe a horse”!
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:38 AM   #10
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And your grandfather probably said that about automatic transmissions “if you need that damn thing you probably shouldn’t be driving a truck to begin with...”

My wife’s grandfather once told me “Everyone should know how to shoe a horse”!
Haaaaa. If I could of bought my 2015 GMC with a 4 or 5 speed manual I would have.

Seriously................ this crap is out of control but one thing is certain. With automatic backing, adaptive this, collision avoidance that, lane change this, and all the other electronics you had better not let a truck run out of warranty.

How many overpriced sensors, connectors, motors, modules, and other crap is part of that system. I can only imagine.
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