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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can I tow a trailer with trailer brakes without a trailer brake controller?

New to towing and all the fun that comes with it. My 2010 doesn't have the trailer brake controller in it and won't by the time I take my Dad's sled trailer. It is a 13' Enclosed steel trailer with a 5' V Nose. Only going to have 2 sleds and our gear in it so not overly heavy. Can I tow it or will I fuck something up?

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What's the weight of the trailer, sleds and gear combined?




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MTO requires that if the trailer has brakes that they work. And also that any trailer with a combined 3000lbs or more (load and trailer) has brakes that work. Thats not saying the truck couldn't handle it though without the controller. I wouldn't think you'd be more than 2500-3000lbs depending on the sleds.

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MTO requires that if the trailer has brakes that they work. And also that any trailer with a combined 3000lbs or more (load and trailer) has brakes that work. Thats not saying the truck couldn't handle it though without the controller. I wouldn't think you'd be more than 2500-3000lbs depending on the sleds.
MTO problems would suck. Maybe I will hold off until I get the box put in.

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Are you getting the ford one installed?

It will utilize the stability control, advanced Trac, sway control incase the trailer starts to sway or get out of control. The truck will correct it before you even notice the trailer is doing it.

If you have the basic towing package, you will have the harness behind the dash for the controller. Then ford will need to enable it so it to will work with sway control, advanced Trac systems.


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^Yeah I definitely will go with the Ford one. Keeps everything nice and clean on the dash and not a bulky mess at the bottom that I will kick everytime I get in and out. I didn't know that it would help that much though.

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Neither did my old man.
He pulls a 24ft travel trailer all the time in the summer. He was coming back from Peterborough last summer and hit some crazy side winds mixed with a transport truck wind and he felt the truck jolt and slow a half second and then sped back up. He then realized what it was.

The truck fought thru the cross winds then it was the trailers turn. Trailer Started to get hairy and truck's computer took over, braked one tire to counter act the trailer and done.
He was amazed. The extra fit cost for the controller was worth it, now that he looks back, he says it could have been quite a fight and went bad.


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Wow that's incredible.

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Also id like to note
Trailer -6500-7000#
Weight distribution hitch good to 10k#
Also runs sway control bar

Hitch was setup using a scale, not just level surface.

So anything can happen even when you run what your supposed to.


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I added the Ford controller to my 2010 and it was only $165 installed and activated at the dealer, did it while I waited
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