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Old 06-10-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
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Mine were installed when I got the truck... Better dealer, I guess...
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:12 PM   #12
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Ty for the info..
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:10 PM   #13
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After reading this I checked mine and mine is not installed either. Is this really needed? I have towed without it for a year.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:08 PM   #14
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I don't believe that is necessary for towing. What they do is provide power while connected to the tow vehicle to charge the batteries in the trailer. Also you could charge your battery at remote sites via the tow vehicle in a pinch. I want to charge my battery enroute to our campsites in order to be able to set up late and go to bed without setting up the generator. Also it starts the charging and allows me to start the refrigerator cooling while traveling.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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My BIL just discovered this same thing with his 01. Trip to Walmart and for the fuse and an autoparts store for a generic relay and he was good to go.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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My 2006 F150 said in the manual that if power is required through the connector to install the relay found in the glove box. It also had a connection if a brake controller was required. My 2012 F150 with the max tow package has the controller built in to the dash and included power to the connector.

I had a 2000 Nissan with a 7 pin plug with no provision for power, I ran a wire from the battery with an in line fuse.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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That's the first thing I do when I drive the truck in the garage from the dealership. I've always wondered why they don't just install the fuse. What's the downside?
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #18
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That's the first thing I do when I drive the truck in the garage from the dealership. I've always wondered why they don't just install the fuse. What's the downside?
Being so common, I can only guess that there are reasons why some people haul trailers with brakes (7 pin connectors) which don't have the need for and do not want a hot wire in the system. Probably only Campers and some box trailers with interior lights would need it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #19
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Usually never hooked up from the factory. Ford and Gm for sure.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:01 AM   #20
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Just a little information for all who have a new Ford that they are towing with for the first time. Being a new TT owner, I was unsure why my trailers battery was not charging while being towed. I contacted my dealer who helped me troubleshoot it on the phone and we came down to no power from my F150 to the trailer connects. I was advised to check under the hood for the fuse to the battery charging line. I got out my trucks manual and located the fuse section. I discovered that it had not only a 30 amp fuse to charger the towed trailer battery, but also a relay for the same circuit.

Being now armed with this knowledge and a schematic, I opened the hood and peered into the fuse box. After some searching, I discovered that the fuse had not blown, but was missing. Curious I next located the spot for the relay. It too was missing. Feeling a little upset that a new truck with a complete tow package would be missing these two critical items, I contacted my Ford dealer. The service department advised me that we would have to submit a warranty claim and then bring in my truck to have them installed. ????

I inquired how much it would cost me just to buy the fuse and relay and plug them in myself. This time I was placed on hold while service called parts to get the price. When they returned to the phone, I was advised that I would need to bring in my truck so they could look at it and determine the correct items to quote me a price. ????

Oh by the way they said, one of our service technicians told me that often, Ford will put these two items in a plastic bag in the glove compartment. ?????? New truck with a tow package, but they don't install the fuse and relay to charge the TT battery???

Guess what. Buried under the junk in my glove box,!,!,!,!, The fuse and the relay.

So for all who might buy a Ford to tow your TT. Check the fuse box under the hood for the fuse and relay before you tow. Missing??? They are probably in the glove box.

As an end note. I do love my truck and it does a great job of towing my VIBE 6504 and all of my associated items.

Have a great trip.

Rich in WV.
Fords been doing this for a while. My 2000, 02 and 08 all had the fuse in the glove box with the wiring harness for the trailer brake.
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