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Old 06-23-2014, 04:00 AM
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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...

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Old 06-23-2014, 04:20 AM
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Congrats on the new 15'! It's a huge upgrade from your 03' I bet.

I have had the factory integrated trailer brake controller in both my 06' and my new 13'. I love how its almost like you don't have to think about the trailer being back there. I use to use the aftermarket ones as well and know how it feels to miss the "trailer brakes being applied".

My 13' has the basic info screen in the dash and there is a display option that shows the trailer gain and that the trailer is hooked up. I just push the info button on the left of the steering wheel to select that info. I think it shows the current gain being applied when that screen is selected. If you have the productivity screen I do not know if or where that info will be. If all else fails...check the owners manual. (I'd go look at mine but it's in the body shop for hail damage)

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Old 06-23-2014, 06:57 AM
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Thank you, it's almost like night and day between the '03 and the '15.

As you identified, I can view the currently selected trailer gain setting from the steering wheel buttons and can see the output value on the display console. Other than that, there's no other indicators than being able to "feel" the braking. I guess once we get past the old habit of glancing at the indicator light on the '03 after market brake controller and trust the new TBC, life will be good. I guess you can teach old dogs new tricks after all...

Sorry to hear about the hail damage...I'm holding my breath right now since Central TX has a huge storm cell with projected hail and we're dead center per the weather maps!

Thanks again!

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:13 AM
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Its OK. I waited a few months to get mine fixed. Was hoping to miss anymore damage as hail season came to a close. I work in Denton and got hit back in the big April hail and tornado storm.



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If there is a bad connection or wiring fault the display will beep and say "Trailer disconnected" or something like that. I kept getting that message on a trip one time and I kept getting out to make sure it was still plugged to truck, of course it was . After I got home and was able to crawl under trailer I found an exposed brake wire. Fixed that mess and no more message.

I guess I could have just said that if the trailer is plugged and working, the truck usually will let you know if it doesn't have a connection. Hope that helps.
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