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Integrated Trailer Brake Control (TBC)
I've been pulling 5th Wheels since 2003 with my trusty old '03 F250 and using an after market brake controller. I've just upgraded the truck to a 2015 F350 CC, DRW 6.7L and after breaking it in 'gently' with 1100 miles before pulling our RV, I was finally able to try out the factory installed brake control.
I know the brake control functions works since when squeezing the levers my trailer stays in place. Additionally, I pulled the trailer a short distance with the 7-pin cable attached and unattached to feel the difference. Yes, I could feel the difference when applying the brakes with/without the cable attached. With the cable attached and using the brake control it was very proportional and smooth when breaking. I've gotta say that I'm really liking the factory brake control so far.
I can view the gain setting from the elctronics display as accessed from the steering wheel, but so far this is the only visual indicator I've been able to see concerning the brake controller. On my old after market brake control I had a single LED light which stayed green when the brakes weren't applied and went from a variety of amber to red depending upon how I adjsuted the braking capability of the controller.
Is there any idiot lights or indicators I'm missing on either the dash console or in the elctronic displays that would allow me to visually see if the brake controller is applied and working? I know enough know to "feel" if the brake controller is working, I'd just like that visual indicator if it exists. This is especially important for the wife since I've finally got her to pull the 5th wheel after all of these years. Her first comment was, "Where's the indicator light showing me the breaks are being applied on the trailer"? Ya'll can image where the conversation went from there...
Thanks in advance!
2015 F-350 CC, DRW 6.7L