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Old 04-06-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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Brake Contol problems

This year purchased a Flagstaff 27rlws. As we were taking her home, my tow vehicle threw a wrench icon code. We have a 2011 F-150 with a 5.0. The dealer said it was because the head unit was bad on the controller. They put the after market controller in when we purchased it. It was a cheap contoller and I would have probably replaced it anyway. I ordered the P2 and I'm going to install it myself. I looks fairly straight forward. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this? The old controller is not plug and play so I know that I'll be doing some wiring. I just don't want to miss anything.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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Does the F-150 have the tow package? I guessing it doesn't based on your having to wire in the controller. But check under your dash for the plug before you start wiring the P2. Most vehicles today have all the wiring for every option available on a vehicle. The P2 is a great brake controller. Make sure it's level when installed (side to side).
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
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I wouldn't be towing that trailer with that truck if it doesn't have the tow package. It seems you're missing the integrated brake controller and tranny cooler at the very least.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:05 PM   #4
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As much as I hate to say I agree, we have the same TT and were pulling it with a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 with a 5.7 Hemi. Although the truck could pull it down the road, it was clear the TT was behind her. Upgraded to a 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew with a 6.7 Cummings. I have to look back to make sure it's there. The 1500 had the tow package and a heavy duty tranny cooler.
Please don't tell me your dealer told you your tow vehicle was adequate for that TT? It happens to be the heavyset of the Super Lites.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:05 PM   #5
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Please forgive my typing. New contacts, old age, gravity and an iPhone.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:46 PM   #6
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There is a plug behind the dash for the brake controller. And there is likely a harness for the P2 that will plug right into it.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:44 PM   #7
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brake control problem solved

Well I bought the new P2 and promptly installed it. Technically it was pretty easy. Fitting my head and body under the dash? Not so much. Before I could even tow with it. I sold the truck. Sold my 2011 F-150 XLT Supercrew with the short bed (34000 miles) Bought a 2011 F-150 Platinum Supercrew with the six foot bed. I moved up to the 3.5 ecoboost for more towing capacity. This one has the tow package and every bell and whistle the wife could want. Plus it only has 17k miles on it. So when your brake control goes bad, do what I did. Buy a new truck. It's only money
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Well I bought the new P2 and promptly installed it. Technically it was pretty easy. Fitting my head and body under the dash? Not so much. Before I could even tow with it. I sold the truck. Sold my 2011 F-150 XLT Supercrew with the short bed (34000 miles) Bought a 2011 F-150 Platinum Supercrew with the six foot bed. I moved up to the 3.5 ecoboost for more towing capacity. This one has the tow package and every bell and whistle the wife could want. Plus it only has 17k miles on it. So when your brake control goes bad, do what I did. Buy a new truck. It's only money
Pretty sure that XLT is actually better for towing than that Platinum. Platinum's have a ridiculously low payload rating because of all the bells and whistles eating up the available payload.

Anyway, you should still be good to go and the integrated brake controller is infinitely better than any aftermarket one.
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Platinum vs XLT

Its not the package that determines the towing capacity. Its the engine The 3.5 out tows the 5.0 I had by 1900 lbs. I did my homework.
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Its not the package that determines the towing capacity. Its the engine The 3.5 out tows the 5.0 I had by 1900 lbs. I did my homework.
Payload capacity isn't the same as towing capacity. Lots of Platinum's and Limited's have very low payload capacities regardless of what engine is under the hood. You'll pretty well always hit your payload capacity before your towing capacity when you tow a trailer with a 1/2 ton.

Like I said though, you'll be fine. I'm just throwing out some additional info.
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