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Old 04-24-2016, 11:57 PM   #1
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Back up assist

bought a new ford f150 this weekend, got a deal i couldn't refuse. However it has the new back up assist and wow does that thing do great. I didn;t buy the truck for that but it is one of the better toys i have ever had on a truck. I know what everyone is thinking if i can't back a trailer i shouldn't have one. I am a senior and anything that makes things easier I am for it and especially when it really works as Ford says. If anyone out there is fearing buying a trailer because you have problems backing then get one of these it will be the best thing you could have to make camping a breeze. the truck is a 2.7 ecoboost and I only pull a 24ft trailer. the 2.7 is a jackrabbit and gets great mileage. I am sure it will strain some on hills but I also use it as my family truck so I hope it handles the 5000 trailer okay. Everyone assures me it will. i know everyone has a lot to say about this but bring it on I am listening.
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Back up assist?
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:58 AM   #3
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Back up assist when using the truck to tow a trailer. Might be interesting to try.

BUT: It does bring to mind an ad campaign by Chevy a few years back touting the advantages of their steerable rear axle equipped P/Us.
Seen any of those ads lately?
Talked to anybody who has one ?
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You want t see back up assist, this is the real deal. https://www.youtube.com/embed/mxr83V...&enablejsapi=1
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That VW back up assist video is pretty funny!!
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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ford got it right

VW assist is not in the same ball park as Ford's they finally got it right
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:41 PM   #7
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Hi. We're getting a new f150 tomorrow and it also has the trailer backup assist. Can't wait to try it. The tt comes out of storage Monday. Hopefully we won't get any more snow and things can finally warm up. We've got Algonguin booked for late September but nothing else yet. So many great places to see.


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It would be nice to have. I have no trouble backing up in campgrounds at all but for some tighter areas like RV parks where they pack you in like sardines I could use it.
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It would be nice to have. I have no trouble backing up in campgrounds at all but for some tighter areas like RV parks where they pack you in like sardines I could use it.
Is this a camera, not sure I understand what the assist actually does or how it does it. Any help would be great. I watched the VW video but I was non the wiser lol.
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Small dial on the dash and a backup cam. Turn the dial the way you want the trailer to go is the best I can describe it.
After this many years doing it the "regular" way I'm not sure I could change!
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You setup the system with reference stickers for the camera on the trailer frame. Input some measurements in the computer. On the backup cam there are lines showing where the trailer is going to go. Turn the knob to move those lines where you want the trailer. Hit start or whatever and the truck takes over and moves the trailer into position. You don't need to touch the steering wheel. I don't think you have to push the pedal either. Not sure.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:43 PM   #12
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back up assist is great

The new Ford backup assist does exactly what it is advertised to do, I am 70 years old and I don't worry about being a macho man at this stage of my life. If I can find something thats makes life easier then I will try it. I love the backup assist and although its not magic it does make the backing of a trailer more precise. I advised Ford that on travel trailers you can't put the sticker where their video shows you because of the propane tanks. You put the sticker in front of the propane about 8 or 9 inches from the center of the ball and its works great. No where does Ford explain this for a TT they only show the pictures of conventional trailers. I have used the assist several times and if anyone needs some advice or pointers please let me know. You have to trust the new assist and keep your hands off the steering wheel.
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I am getting pretty good with mine please send me any questions. You will love it after a little practice. Just trust it and keep your hands off the steering wheel.
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hi. We're taking the new truck and tt out to a level lot to set it up tomorrow. I might have some questions for you later.
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