Did you know that your Ford might be equipped with a convenient feature that can help the maneuvering a trailer in reverse easy? It is called Ford Trailer Backup Assist and there are a few steps you will need to do first in order to use it. Let me explain it for you. Before you begin, you will need a few things to help with the setup. Your supplied quick start setup guide with:
- Measurement card
- A tape measure
- A pen or a pencil
- An assistant to help out if needed as well as the checkered sticker that comes with you guide which ill tell you about later.
First, you will need to connect you vehicle to your trailer on a level surface. For best results, it’s recommended to use a draw bar with the appropriate rise or drop to position your trailer level to the ground. Then line up your vehicle and trailer by pulling forward, so they are in line with one another. Second, from inside the vehicle to begin programming, press the center of the Ford Trailer Backup Assist button located to the right of the steering wheel. Using the up and down and left and right arrows of the five-way controls, spell out the name of the trailer using the right arrow to advance to the next letter. Press OK once finished. Next, select the type of brake system for your trailer:
- Electric, which is the default or surge type and press OK. Now, select the brake effort for your trailer.
- Low, which is the recommended setting for most trailers,
- Medium or high if you trailer require more aggressive braking like if you have a large, heavier trailer, for instance.
And since Ford Trailer Backup Assist is not currently compatible with fifth wheel or gooseneck type trailer, conventional will be the default trailer type. You will get a message asking if you want to add Ford Trailer Backup Assist. Select yes to confirm. A prompt will direct you to straighten the trailer, if necessary to continue to the setup. You will then get another message directing you to put the vehicle in park and to place the Ford Trailer Backup Assist target sticker on you trailer tongue.
Now, I’m going to tell you how to place the checkered sticker I just mentioned. The sticker acts as a target with the Ford Trailer Backup Assist feature and rear view camera used to track which direction the trailer is moving. Take the checkered target sticker and measurement card with you to the rear of the vehicle. You want to place the sticker within 7 to 22 inches from the center of the trailer hitch ball. You will need to make sure to place the sticker on a flat horizontal service that is visible by the rear view camera. This is where an assistant would be helpful. Once the sticker is in place, you’ll need to use your tape measure to get and record several measurements.