Understanding Trailer Towing Systems

July 19, 2010

The all-new 2011 F-Series Super Duty Pickups and Chassis Cabs are all about capability – capability to get the job done with confidence. It is no small wonder that the majority of Super Duty owners use their trucks for towing, especially when you consider these impressive Super Duty bragging rights:

  • Best-in-class maximum conventional towing – 16,000 lbs. (Pickups and Chassis Cabs)
  • Best-in-class maximum 5th-wheel towing capacity – 24,400 lbs. (Pickups), 26,400 lbs. (Chassis Cabs)
  • Best-in-class maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) – 13,050 lbs. (Pickups)
  • Best-in-class maximum Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) – 33,000 lbs. (Pickups), 35,000 lbs. (Chassis Cabs)

The two key components of Super Duty’s towing capabilities are standard Trailer Sway Control and available factory-installed, fully integrated Trailer Brake Controller (TBC).

TRAILER SWAY CONTROL

Trailer Sway Control and AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) are standard on all Super Duty Pickup and single-rear-wheel (SRW) Super Duty Chassis Cab models. Trailer Sway Control is provided as a function of a module within the AdvanceTrac software that monitors the motions of the truck to detect sway while towing. When motion is detected, the system works to apply selected brakes and/or reduce engine power to help the driver regain control.

Dual-Rear-Wheel Trailer Sway Control

Dual-rear-wheel pickups, while not equipped with AdvanceTrac, provide Trailer Sway Control function in the following way:

  • A yaw motion sensor, very similar to that used in single-rear-wheel models, is incorporated into the braking system of dual-rear-wheel models.
  • This sensor monitors for trailer sway
  • When trailer sway is detected, the system responds by applying brake pressure selectively to the front brakes or reduces engine power to help the driver regain control

TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER

The available Super Duty Trailer Brake Controller (TBC) is factory-installed and fully integrated into the instrument panel and the truck’s onboard computer. The TBC ensures smooth and effective trailer braking by powering the trailer’s electric brakes with an output proportional to the towing vehicle’s electric brakes with an output proportional to the towing vehicle’s brake pressure.

TBC Compatibility

The Ford TBC has verified compatibility with trailers (one to four axles) utilizing electrically actuated drum brakes and certain Electric-Over-Hydraulic (EOH) actuated drum or disc brake systems. A trailer that features a surge brake system can be used with Super Duty; however, trailer surge brakes are not integrated into the TBC.

Ford-Tested EOH TBC Compatibility

Brand              Series              EOH Model Number

Dexter             DX                    E/H 1000 (Drum)

                                                E/H 1600 (Disc)

BrakeRite        EHB                 4822500 (Drum)

                                                4813100 (Disc)

ActiBrake        AB-1                AB-1-8 (Drum)

                                                AB-1-14 (Disc)

                                                AB-1-16 (Heavy Duty)

HydraStar        HBA                 HBA10 (Drum)

                                                HBA12 (Disc)

                                                HBA16 (Heavy Duty)

TowBrake        HD                   HD3000

ELECTRIC-OVER-HYDRAULIC (EOH) TRAILER BRAKE FACTS

 

What Are EOH Brakes?

  • Electric-Over-Hydraulic trailer brakes, more commonly known as EOH, differ from the more common electric trailer brakes
  • EOH brakes are operated by an electrically powered pump that pressurizes a hydraulic fluid reservoir built into the trailer’s brake system
  • The fluid reservoir pressurizes either a wheel cylinder (drum brakes) or a caliper (disc brakes) in much the same way a vehicle master cylinder applies pressure to the braking system
  • EOH trailer brakes offer certain benefits over electric trailer brakes, such as:

                Smoother operation

                More responsive/predictable braking

                 Better adaptability in wet environments (such as boat trailers) than conventional electric trailer brakes

  • The factory-installed TBC is already compatible with certain EOH systems in the trailer marketplace

 

CONVENTIONAL TOWING SPECIFICATIONS

(more information on the Super Duty’s 5th Wheel Towing Specifications and the 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package)

The all new 2011 Super Duty trucks are now here at Fuller Ford. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty towing questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


The 2011 Super Duty 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package

July 6, 2010

The all-new 2011 F-Series Super Duty is the most capable pickup in America, especially when it comes to towing. The Super Duty heritage of best-in-class conventional and 5th wheel/gooseneck towing capabilities and best-in-class Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) continues with the introduction of this class-exclusive factory-installed package.

CLASS –EXCLUSIVE 5TH WHEEL/GOOSENECK HITCH PREP PACKAGE

  • Integrated (patent pending) frame-mounted crossmember that offers provisions for either type of hitch accessory kit
  • Five laser-cut holes in pickup bed provide access to the 5th wheel and gooseneck hitch attachment points. Attachment points are finished off with trim bezels and closeout covers
  • 7-pin connector integrated to the pickup bed inner wall (driver’s side)
  • Available on all Super Duty models equipped with an 8-foot pickup box
  • The prep package can be installed from the factory and a hitch installed at a later time with no loss of pickup bed functionality

5TH WHEEL/GOOSENECK TRAILER HITCH ACCESSORIES

  • The new 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package provides under-the-bed hardware that allows the installation of select 5th wheel or gooseneck hitches in the bed
  • Two hitches will be available through Ford Custom Accessories and will be initially exclusive to Ford
  • The 5th Wheel Hitch Kit will have a 25,000 lb. maximum gross trailer weight rating and the 25K Gooseneck Hitch Kit will have a patented “drop-in” 2 5/16inch hitch ball that can be installed and removed from inside the bed
  • No more reaching into the wheelhousing to lock or unlock the ball. Ford plans to offer other accessories such as lube plates and hitch locks

SUPER DUTY READY-TO-TOW FEATURES

  • New for 2011 – class-exclusive 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package
  • New for 2011 – Heavy Duty TorqShift 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission that includes enhanced Tow/Haul mode, Progressive Range Select and Manual Mode
  • Class-exclusive Trailer Sway Control
  • Trailer Brake Controller standard on Pickup and Chassis Cab, XLT and above
  • Standard trailer wiring harness
  • Standard “Built Ford Tough” trailer tow packages closely tied to wheelbase and (SRW and DRW) rear axle configurations (there is a broad range of configurations to fit the customer’s towing needs)
  • Available PowerScope trailer tow mirrors
  • Upfitter switches (4) standard on Super Duty Chassis Cab, available on Super Duty Pickup

5TH WHEEL TOWING SPECIFICATIONS

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The all new 2011 Super Duty trucks are now here at Fuller Ford. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your towing needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


Ford 2010 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guidelines and Specifications

April 12, 2010

At Fuller Ford in Cincinnati we know that you need your Ford vehicle to work hard and play hard. We strive to be the most knowledgeable and informative Ford commercial and heavy-duty vehicle dealer in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indianan. Fuller Ford is your resource for any products, service, or information you need to keep your Ford vehicles operating safely and efficiently.

In order to keep your vehicles working properly and operating within their designed capacity it is important to know exactly what your Ford vehicle was built to handle. In the information below you will find all the Ford Motor Company towing capacities for 2010.

After reviewing the information if you have any questions about the towing capacity of your vehicle please call or visit our website at www.fullerisford.com

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