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Old 05-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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help with ford F53 brake system

My MH is built on a 1995 Ford F53 chassis. Does anyone know if there is a factory connection on this model like there is on the newer units, where I can plug in a trailer brake controller? I have looked all over and have not been able to find one. In fact, I can't even find the brake light switch. I did find the cruise-control deactivation switch under the floorboards right under the driver's feet -- connected to the master cylinder that is also located there. Any help would sure be welcome.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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The easiest way to determine if you have the necessary wiring is to work from the trailer hitch socket forward. Follow the wiring harness from the socket forward to where it enters the Ford factory harness along the outside of the left (drivers side) frame rail. If Ford provided the wires for the trailer there should be a junction at the end of the original frame rail (where the body builder added the extensions).

The body builder decides whether or not to include a trailer socket at the rear of the coach, and also decides which wires will be run to the socket. When the incomplete chassis goes to the body builder the trailer wires (including a #10 blue wire for electric brakes) are taped off and folded into the plastic covered wiring harness at the end of the original frame rail (not the extensions added by the body builder).

If you open the harness and find the junction and possibly 1 or more wires still folded and taped there's a high likelyhood you have the plug for the controller hidden under the dash. When looking for the plug under the dash it might be easiest to compare the plug to one on an adaptor harness for the brand controller you'de like to install.

I see Tekonsha makes an adaptor harness for the 1995 E and F series trucks so it's likely a factory harness was available for the F53 chassis

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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You might want to ask at an RV motorhome shop. We have a 99 F53 and in the motorhome docs was a ford document on tapping into existing wiring for a trailer connection.
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