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  • Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Not Working on a 2007 Ford F-250 with Factory Integrated Controller
  • You will need to have the TBC turned off by a Ford technician at a Ford dealer. Using the IDS, the Ford Technician should access the Programmable Parameters and then select the Personality/Dynamics. Select the TBC and turn it off. The fault code will now be removed and you can then install an after market controller. Also, make sure you are plugging the # 3065-P harness into the correct location. There are a couple of connectors that look the same.
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  • Steering and Axle Stabilizer and Anti-Sway Bars for Motor Home Built on 2013 Ford E450 V10 Chassis
  • For a motor home built on a 2013 Ford E450 chassis with V10 motor you can use steering stabilizer # RM-RBK11-RSSC. For additional stability and improved ride quality you can use rear anti-sway bar # RM-1139-147, front anti-sway bar # RM-1139-176, and axle stabilizer # TT2450. I have included a link to our help article on heavy duty vehicle stabilization for you.
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  • Floor Mat Recommendation for a Motorhome Built on a 2007 Ford F450 Chassis
  • Yes, the WeatherTech All-Weather Front Floor Mats # WTW51 that you referenced are a fit for your 2007 motorhome since it is built on a Ford F450 chassis.
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Focus
  • First lets start with a roof rack for your 2015 Ford Focus. For that you would want the Rhino Rack roof rack that consists of part numbers # DS126B and # DK307. The Rhino Rack Explorer Kayak Carrier part # RR560-WR09 that you referenced would work great then on your roof to carry a single kayak.
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  • Can Reese Weight Distribution Shank 54998 be Used in Place of Reese Shank 54970
  • Yes, you can use weight distribution shank # RP54998 in place of shank # RP54970. The hole spacing and size to mount the weight distribution head is the same on both shanks.
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  • Reducing Sway and Steering Problems on a 2014 Coachman Class C RV on Ford E450 Chassis
  • Using friction sway control # 17200 will help with the trailer sway so everything else you can add will be on the RV. Since the fatigue you are experiencing is likely because you have to correct the steering the first thing I would install is a steering stabilizer. If your Class C on the Ford E450 chassis has a V8 motor and OEM steering dampener then you can use # RM-RBK11-RSSC. Or for a V8 that does NOT have an OEM dampener use # RM-RBK2-RSSC. Next you can add front and rear anti-sway...
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  • Difference in Turnbuckle Mounting Holes on TorkLift Custom Frame-Mounted Camper Tie-Downs # TLF3006
  • Thank you for your recent purchase of TorkLift Custom Frame-Mounted Camper Tie-Downs # TLF3006. According to my contact at TorkLift the small notches that can appear on some of these turnbuckle mounting holes are simply "artifacts" of the plasma cutting process and are of no consequence in terms of your installation. It is just likely that these plates were cut at different points in the production run. Each of the turnbuckle mounting plates (four in total when using both front and...
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  • Replacement Roof Vent Cover for a 1992 Dutchman Travel Trailer
  • Ventline does not offer a trailer/RV fit list for the vent covers so you will have to go by the measurements and the hinge style. Most all covers measure 14 inches square but there are various hinge styles: 3-point, 4-point, and continuous. I have included a picture showing the differences and a link to all of the vent covers we carry.
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  • 5th Wheel Installation Kit for RBW Xtender X-16 5th Wheel Hitch in 2004 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • As long as your RBW Xtender hitch is designed to fit industry-standard 5th wheel base rails you can use installation kit # RP30035 from Reese that works with 5th wheel hitches from many manufacturers like RBW. This kit requires some drilling for installation and the linked video shows it in an application for a 2002 F-250.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Brake Controller Installation on 2004 Ford F-150 4.6L V8
  • Curt Class III trailer hitch # 13357 is a great choice for your 2004 F-150. This hitch requires no drilling and bolts on using the included hardware. The wiring harness # 118247 that you referenced is intended for trucks that have an OEM 4-pole flat trailer connector installed. It is designed to "T" into that wiring to give you a 7-way socket while keeping the 4-pole in place and active. The side of the harness with the two connectors plugs inline with the existing connectors and the...
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  • Will the Longview Custom Towing Mirrors Part LVT-2000 Fit a 1995 Ford F-350 with Factory Mirrors
  • Thanks for sending us a picture! Yes, the Longview custom towing mirrors # LVT-2000 will fit your 1995 Ford F-350 with factory mirrors. These towing mirrors will slip over your factory mirrors and no tools are necessary. I included a short video review for you too.
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  • Can I Flat Tow a 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta
  • You can flat tow both the 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiestas and the setup will be the same for both vehicles. Flat towing as Fiesta is simplicity itself. As always, you should check with the owner's manual to check for any limitations or recommendations. As for the parts you will need to flat tow a 2014 Ford Fiesta, I recommend the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # RM-524438-4. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental...
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  • Do Tuners/Programmers Leave any Trace Even After Returning Truck to Stock and Removing Tuner
  • It is possible that the presence of any programmer can be detected on any vehicle if the equipment running diagnostics is sophisticated enough. While unlikely that it would be detected on a vehicle returned to stock it is possible. The Edge CTS Evolution # EP85200 is the most popular programmer/monitor for your 2012 Ford F-350 6.7 liter diesel. It provides up to 157 additional horsepower and has a touch screen display. You are protected by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This act...
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  • Mounting Husky Silver Series 5th Wheel Slider Hitch in 2003 Ford F-250 8-Foot Bed
  • The rear base rail for your Husky hitch will be positioned in the bed so that its rear edge is 29-7/8-inches from the edge of the bed (not from the tailgate). This is shown in the instructions which I have emailed to you. To install your Husky Silver Series 5th Wheel Slider Hitch # HT31313-31314 in your 2003 Ford F-250 8-foot bed I recommend you use custom installation kit # HT31407-686 because this will reduce install time. If you already have the base rails and need only the frame...
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  • 5th Wheel Tailgate Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-150
  • The Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # VG-04-4000 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2012 Ford F-150 and would install without having to modify the truck at all. You would just need to remove your old tailgate and then this one would replace it just as easy.
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  • Programmer Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Super Duty with 6.2 Liter Engine
  • Yes, the Superchips Programmer part # SU1842 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Ford Super Duty with a 6.2 liter engine. It will give you up to 26 horsepower and 34 ft lbs of torque.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Ford Mustang GT
  • For your 2007 Ford Mustang GT there are only 1-1/4 inch hitches available like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24747. 2 inch hitches are usually only used on larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks that will have higher towing capacities. I attached an install video for this hitch as well as a couple help articles on hitch sizes.
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  • Will the B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit my Factory Holes on my 2015 Ford F-350 8-Foot Bed
  • Yes, you will simply set up the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch # BWRVK3300 pivot arms which will allow the hitch to be adjusted front to back or up and down for optimal positioning. Then place the Companion into the bed of your 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty, line up the base with your factory receiver sockets, and rotate all 4 handles on the hitch base outward. Lastly, fold the handles in until they are in the locked position and secure with the included pins. I included a short...
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  • Compatibility of Thule Vertex Swing TH9031XT with 2015 Ford Escape
  • When the Thule # TH9031XT Vertex Swing is compared to the # TH9027 Apex Swing, the racks are very similar with the following differences. The Apex Swing provides upgraded cradles with heavier padding that would better protect expensive bikes. The Apex also has an integrated anti-rattle hitch lock and cable lock. The anti-rattle hitch lock and cable lock adds roughly 3 lbs to the weight of the rack. The Vertex Swing is black in color, while the Apex Swing is primarily silver with black accents...
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  • Roof Rack Option for Sportsmobile Van w/ Fiberglass Pop-Up Roof
  • We have exactly what you're looking for. Thule does indeed offer a roof track system that features racks that are 60 inches long (not 6 feet). To assemble the roof rack system, you'll need the following parts: 60 inch roof tracks with mounting hardware, part # THTB60 (quantity of 2) 4 pack Podium roof rack feet, part # TH460 Additional roof rack feet for third crossbar # TH4602 (includes two feet) Fit Kit to connect feet to tracks, part # THKIT3101 (only sold in sets of 4, so you'll...
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  • Is it Normal for Super Springs Suspension Stabilizers to Be Noisy on Bumpy Uneven Roads
  • A certain amount of noise is normal with the Super Springs suspension stabilizers, especially on rough or uneven pavement. According to Super Springs, the bracket that attaches the Super Springs stabilizer to your truck's leaf springs has two possible sets of holes for the roller to install into. If the roller is installed in the upper holes, try using the lower holes which should quiet things down.
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  • Will Swagman 3-Bike Carrier Clear the Spare Tire on the Back of a Travel Trailer
  • On the Swagman 3-bike carrier # S64910-2 it measures 13-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast. If you measure from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the distance needed to clear the spare tire and it is less than 13-1/2 inches then this carrier will clear the spare tire.
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  • Will Swagman 3-Bike Carrier Clear the Spare Tire on the Back of a Travel Trailer
  • On the Swagman 3-bike carrier # S64910-2 it measures 13-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast. If you measure from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the distance needed to clear the spare tire and it is less than 13-1/2 inches then this carrier will clear the spare tire.
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  • Will Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier # CC-275 Work on Trailer w/ Weight Distribution
  • Yes, the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier, # CC-275, will mount on the A-frame of your 2014 Prowler 20 RBS with the Equalizer weight distribution hitch as long as you have 6 - 7 inches of available space. This is sufficient space for the bracket as well as a bit of wiggle room to keep the carrier away from the trailer body.
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  • Will Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier # CC-275 Work on Trailer w/ Weight Distribution
  • Yes, the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier, # CC-275, will mount on the A-frame of your 2014 Prowler 20 RBS with the Equalizer weight distribution hitch as long as you have 6 - 7 inches of available space. This is sufficient space for the bracket as well as a bit of wiggle room to keep the carrier away from the trailer body.
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  • Towing 5th Wheel Trailer with Ford F-350 That Has a 8 x 9-foot Flatbed and Goose Neck Hitch
  • Since you need to tow your new 5th wheel with a goose neck-equipped truck you may be able to avoid the need for installing a 5th wheel hitch like the Reese Low-Profile # RP30054. Your best option may be to install a replacement pin box called a Goose Box, made by Reese, that allows 5th wheel trailers to be pulled by a goose neck hitch. A Goose Box such as one of the three units shown on the linked page bolts on in place of a standard 5th wheel pin box. There may be a bolt-on replacement...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Transit T150
  • If the connector you found looks like the round connector in the picture I attached all you would need to add a 7-way to your vehicle would be the part # HM40975 as this would plug into this connector. Now since you have a 7-way you would just need to wire it up so that your controller would work with it. First let's start with a brake controller. I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works...
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  • Picture of the Mounting Surface of the K Source Custom Towing Mirrors # KS61067-68F
  • I attached a picture of the mounting surface of the K Source Custom Towing Mirrors # KS61067-68F that you referenced. As long as you have one of the vehicles this mirror has been confirmed to fit it would work well for you without having to drill any holes. This mirror will fit the following vehicles: 2000 - 2005 Ford Excursion Manual Mirror 1999 - 2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Manual Mirror 1999 - 2007 Ford F-350, 450, and 550 Cab and Chassis Manual Mirror
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  • Where Would the Center of the King Pin Be Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer with 1997 Ford F-350/350
  • Typically when a fifth wheel trailer is installed in the bed of a truck the center of the jaws of the hitch where the king pin will sit will be either right above the rear axle or slightly forward of it. For your 1997 Ford F-250/350 with a short bed it will end up being right at 1-1/2 inches forward of the rear axle. To determine the distance from the pin to cab of your truck you will need to measure 40-1/4 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed. That is where the center of the...
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  • Tow Bar and Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-150
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you referenced, part # BX2635 is would be compatible with your 2015 Ford F150. The Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar, part # BX4325 would be a good choice for you. Its 7500 lb capacity will accommodate your F150 with no problem, and the safety cables are included. There are several options for wiring your F150 for towing (see link), I would recommend the Hopkins Custom Wiring Harness, part # HM56000. This harness is compatible with supplemental braking systems...
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  • How to Mount a Friction Sway Control Tab on the Left Side of a Trailer
  • I do have an option that will allow you to use a sway control bar on the left side of a ball mount, however, the Reese Sway Control adapter plate # RP26003 is designed to be used on the right side only. To be used on the left side, this plate would have to be turned upside down and the lip on the bottom of the plate would not allow the hitch ball to be completely tightened to the plate and the lip would interfere with the operation of the sway control bar. To use a sway control...
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  • Will a Bike Loaded on Swagman RV Bumper Mount Bike Carrier Make Contact with Back of Camper
  • The first bike sits 6-1/4 inches from the rear most part of the bumper. Then another couple of inches to the center of the first wheel cradle. And you would have to add the width of the bumper and the distance, if any, from the forward edge of the bumper to the body of the trailer. So let's say that the bumper starts 2 inches from the back of the camper, the bumper is 4 inches, and the center of the bike is 9 inches from the bumper. Add it all up and you get 15 inches. If the bike width...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep Package
  • We do offer Reese fifth wheel hitches that will fit the under bed hitch prep package of your 2015 Ford F-350, but the Low Profile hitch part # RP30054 is not one of them. Instead you would want the part # RP30871 as this is a 26.5k capacity fifth wheel hitch confirmed to fit your vehicle. I attached a review video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Which Washer of the Repair Kit # LG-146059 is the Thrust Washer
  • The thicker washer of the repair kit part # LG-146059 that you referenced is the thrust washer and the thinner one is the shim washer. I attached a diagram that shows how all of the pieces go together.
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  • Track and Track Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations for the Inside of a Trailer
  • What I would recommend for you would be the Saris Traps Fork-Block Bike Carrier Base # SATRK14. This is a 47 inch track that you could mount to the floor of your trailer and then use the Saris Fork Mounted Bike Rack part # SATR1BLK to attach to the tracks. To determine how much space you would need between your bikes would be based on the width of the handlebars of your bikes.
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  • Are the 12V Connections Directional on Tow Ready Battery Isolation Solenoid # TR118665
  • Yes, the 12V power input and output terminals on the Tow Ready Battery Isolation Solenoid # TR118665 are directional. If you have a look at the linked photo you'll see that the left side terminal is for 12V battery input power, and the terminal on the right is the output terminal that passes current only when the center terminal receives a signal. This solenoid requires an ignition-key-controlled circuit to open and close it. Often a power antenna circuit is chosen but any key controlled...
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  • Taillights Stop Working when Incandescent Light Connected to Running Light Circuit w/ LEDs
  • We have found that in some cases mixing the two styles, incandescent and LEDs, can result in some of the lights not working and/or malfunctioning. In this case I recommend using a light like the Optronics Heavy Duty LED Trailer License Plate Light, # LPL41CB, since the trailer has LED taillights.
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  • Choosing SuperSprings Spring Kit or Weight Distribution for 2013 Ford F-150 Towing 30-ft Camper
  • Leaf spring kits like the SuperSprings Custom Suspension Stabilizer and Sway-Control Leaf Spring Kit # SSA5MTKT are best suited to supporting cargo loads in the truck bed and are not really intended for correcting rear-end squat from a hitched trailer. The best solution for that issue is a weight distribution (WD) system. WD systems don't just stiffen the rear suspension; they actually shift trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the truck's front axle. This simultaneously reduces rear-end...
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  • Will TorkLift HiddenPower Under-Vehicle Battery Mount with Battery Box Fit 2001 Ford E-350 Van
  • The TorkLift HiddenPower Under-Vehicle Battery Mount with Battery Box, part # TLA7729 will work well on your 2001 Ford E-350 Van. I called my contact at TorkLift and they told me that they started test-fitting this kit with 2005 and newer vans. Since the chassis on the E350 was the same from 1992 until 2007, the # TLA7729 should work just fine for you. I have attached a product review video you can check out.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2015 F-350 Towing Alpine 5th Wheel 3590
  • Since your truck bed is occupied by your 5th wheel hitch and since there are no 5th-wheel-mount kayaks carriers I suggest you consider the cost-effective option of a foam block type carrier that can sit on your truck's cab. This type of kayak carrier offers the advantages of low weight, low cost and easy installation. Plus it requires no permanent alterations to your truck. The linked page shows all options from SportRack and Swagman. The carrier I recommend is the SportRack Adjustable...
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  • Fit of K-Source Custom Towing Mirrors # KS81810 on 2013 Ford F150 XTR Canadian Version
  • There are six mirror styles available on the 2013 Ford F-150 that are compatible with the K-Source Custom Towing Mirrors # KS81810 and two mirror styles that are not. The linked photo illustrates all of these mirrors so you can compare yours to see if there is a match among the six. Since your truck is intended for the Canadian market there could be differences in your supplied mirrors from the U.S. models but as along as the appearance matches one of the six compatible styles shown...
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  • Camper Tie Down Recommendation for a 2009 Ford F-250 with B and W Hitch
  • The Torklift tie-downs you have are designed for vehicles using the factory hitch. If you go with the B and W hitch part # BWHDRH25230 you would need to go with tie-downs that are designed for setups using an aftermarket hitch. What you will need to do is follow the link I attached that will take you to a page that has all of the Torklift camper tie-downs we offer. You will need to select your vehicle setup from the drop down menu and all of the correct tie-downs will be listed. Since...
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  • CIPA Towing Mirror Recommendation for a 2010 Ford F-150 with Chrome Mirrors
  • I attached a picture that shows all of the different mirror styles that the CIPA Mirrors Part # CM11800 that you referenced would fit. As long as your chrome ones match the chrome style seen in a coupler of the pictures this would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Where Does Nutsert of DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 Insert In To
  • I attached a picture that shows the hole that the nutsert of the DeeZee Tailgate Assist Custom Tailgate-Lowering System # DZ43203 that you referenced will need to install into. It sounds like you may have a SuperCrew model that does not have the hole needed. The picture is from the install video for this system that I attached that shows this product being installed on a 2003 Ford F series truck just like yours. If you still can't find the hole feel free to email me back a picture of...
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  • Are Straps Required for Carrying Kayaks with Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier
  • To carry kayaks with the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S510 you will need to strap down the kayaks front and back. We took several pictures of this rack with kayaks loaded on it and not all of them show the kayaks secured and ready for transport. A lot of people use the Hood Loops like part # TH529 for securing the front of the kayak or for back and front part # TH530. Simply close them under the vehicle's hood or trunk.
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Doesn't Detect Trailer after Installing Fifth Wheel 7-way Harness
  • All the brake output circuit of your truck should have to see is a load on the circuit (from the trailer brake magnets), for the controller to say that it is connected. The issue has to be that the brake output circuit is not completed when the # 51-97-410 is installed on your truck. I would check for corrosion on the pins of the factory 7-way when the connector is installed as there has to be something that is preventing the circuit from going from the factory 7-way to the fifth wheel...
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes on a 2003 Ford Mustang Convertible
  • All of the trailer hitches for the 2003 Ford Mustang are Class I hitches meaning that at most you can carry 2 bikes but not 3 which is what # SR2603 holds and it only fits Class II 1-1/14 inch receivers, not Class I. The 2 bike maximum is due to the placement of the bikes and the distance it would be from the hitch receiver. To carry 3 bikes I recommend using the Yakima KingJoe Pro 3, # Y02625. I confirmed with Yakima that it does fit convertible models. I have included a link to a video...
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  • Why Does Pro Series Adjustable-Channel Coupler Cost Less than Other Couplers
  • The Pro Series brand gives you an incredible value when compared to similar product brands. The price for the Pro Series Adjustable-Channel Coupler w/ Low Latch # PSA256S0303 is accurate. You will notice that most of the more expensive products similar to this have much higher capacities. Check out the review video I attached for this coupler as well.
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  • Replacement Trail Air Pin Box for a Fabex PB730H 5th Wheel
  • Yes, the Trailair air ride fifth wheel king pin # UF35-946215 will replace your current Fabex PB730H pin box. The Trailair will improve your handling and the maximum weight capacity is 21,000 pounds.
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  • Will the Swagman XP Towing Rack Folding 3-Bike Rack fit a 2000 Ford Explorer Towing a Pop Up Camper
  • Regarding your setup of your 2000 Ford Explorer XLT towing a pop-up camper, the Swagman XP towing rack 3-bike rack # S64955 you referenced will work as long as you stay within the maximum tongue weight of your Explorer. The bike rack weighs approximately 27 pounds and the maximum capacity per bike is 35 pounds. I did a little research and your Explorer will have a towing capacity between 5740-6820 pounds. Therefore, your tongue weight will be 574-682 pounds. I would still double-check...
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  • Availability of Extra Tekonsha Brake Controller Installation Harness for Second Vehicle
  • If you need just an extra 4-wire pigtail harness for your Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 to enable it to be swapped back and forth between the two vehicles, you can use part # 20127. This type of pigtail harness allows hardwired installation in just about any vehicle. You'll also was either a new mounting bracket # P7685 or a pocket mount # 7686. Some trucks and other vehicles have a quick-connect port under the dash (or behind a kick panel) to allow the P2 to just plug in without...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller On 2009 Ford Van w/ Factory 4-Pole Trailer Connector
  • Given you description, I'm guessing your van was originally equipped with the factory 4-pole trailer connector that provides lighting functions only. You'll begin by choosing a brake controller. You can't go wrong with the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. You'll also need the # 3034-P brake controller wiring adapter. The adapter plugs in to the connector located behind the small change pocket in the dash, but the brake output circuit is NOT ran to the rear of the vehicle, so you'll...
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  • Getting a 5th Wheel Trailer Level Towed by a 2015 Ford F-150
  • All of the adjustments that can be made at the front of the trailer you have already made (hitch and pin box height). Shorter legs are not available for hitches. So what you can do, instead of lowering the front of the trailer, is to raise the back of the trailer so that it rides level. There are a couple of ways you can raise the back of the trailer. First, if the leaf springs are currently mounted below the axles you can move them to the tops of the axles using an over under conversion...
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  • How to Carry a Kayak on the Roof of a 2004 Ford Mustang
  • The best option to carry a kayak on your 2004 Ford Mustang is to use a foam block set up, # SR5525. That way you will not have to install a roof rack. The only issue with this type of system is that the straps have to run through the interior of the vehicle. This can limit head room and sometimes the straps can act like a wick and let water into the vehicle. Otherwise it is an inexpensive option.
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  • Difficulty Getting Reese SC Weight Distribution Spring Bars in the Right Place on 2014 Ford F-150
  • You may need to adjust the angle of the head, the position of the head vertically on the shank or both to be able to get the spring bars in the proper position to lift onto the pads of Reese SC system # RP66157. It sounds like the head needs to angle back (towards your 2014 Ford F-150). Also use the trailer jack to jack up the trailer and rear of the vehicle some and then lift the spring bars onto the brackets. This relieves the tension making it easier to place and remove the spring...
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  • Will Topline 4-Bike Truck Bed Bike Carrier Fit a 2010 Ford F-150
  • The Topline truck bed bike carrier # UG2500-4 is indeed listed as a fit for your 2010 Ford F-150 so no worries about the bracket. We have had numerous Ford truck owners purchase and use this carrier and have left positive reviews. We have numerous other options that will also fit your truck bed and I have included a link to them for you.
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  • Will Exhaust on 2014 Ford Explorer Melt a Cargo Bag in MaxxTow Aluminum Cargo Carrier
  • the rear exist exhaust on your 2014 Ford Explorer should not be a problem when using MaxxTow cargo carrier # MT70108. The end of the exhaust tips are more than 12 inches from the carrier and are also several inches below the bottom of the carrier. If cargo loaded in the carrier was in the direct path of the exhaust and less than 12 inches from it then it would be a problem. The recommended cargo bag is # 59102. I have linked video reviews of both parts for you.
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2002 Ford F-150 Using Ford Wiring Harness with 5 Wires
  • You will need to wire the brake controller to the harness by function. Brake controllers only use 4 wires: White is ground Black is 12 volt power Blue is output to the trailer brakes Red is input from the brake switch Your harness likely has a 5th wire for illumination but it will not be used. The likely wire colors and functions of the Ford harness are red for 12 volt power, light green for input from brake switch, white for ground, dark blue for output to trailer brakes, and...
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  • Truck Bed Ladder Rack Recommendation that will Work with Thule Roof Accessories
  • The crossbars of the Adarac Custom Truck Bed Ladder Rack # A70450 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch. This rack works with universal roof-rack accessories that fit 1-1/4" square load bars - conduit boxes, load stops, cargo boxes and bike racks. Thule and Sportrack both make accessories that would fit these crossbars. Basically anything listed as a fit for square crossbars would work great.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Lights that Running Lights Only Function
  • It sounds like your trailer wiring has only the running lights circuit active and the rest of the circuits are not turning on. First thing you should do at this point is test the 4-way of the wiring harness with a circuit tester part # 3808 for voltage on all of the right pins when the taillight signals are being applied. Just like in the video I attached. If the voltage checks out there but the trailer lights still don't function right then the problem is on the trailer wiring. Make...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Sidewinder Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-150 Short Bed
  • The Companion hitch that attaches to a vehicle with the B and W gooseneck hitch cannot be used with a Sidewinder. I do have a solution for you though. You will need to go with a standard rail design like the part # RP56013-53 which is a custom install kit that will minimize drilling and cut install time in half when compared to a universal kit. A very popular hitch would then be the part # RP30047. This hitch uses a jaw design that will minimize movement between the king pin and the...
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  • Best Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Recommendation for a 2006 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • Since the TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TA21010-03 that you referenced mounts on top of the side bed rails of your truck you could use a tonneau cover like the part # 834532000135 that you referenced as it mounts to the inside of your bed rails. If you like the roll up style of toneau the part # 834532000135 that you referenced would be a great choice. If you are looking for what I think is the best I would instead go with the part # BAKR15304 as this is a retractable cover...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2006 Ford F-250 and 9,900 Pound Trailer
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. For a trailer that maxes out at 9.900 pound gross trailer weight the tongue weight would be 990 to 1,485 pounds. If you determine the total tongue weight to be in that range then I recommend a system rated...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Carrier for a 2008 Ford Taurus X
  • The Thule platform style Raceway trunk mount bike carrier # TH9003PRO is not a fit for your 2008 Ford Taurus X but we have other options that will fit. I recommend the Hollywood Racks Expedition, # HRF6-2. This rack has a long reach and arms/legs that move independently of each other making it compatible with many vehicles. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical...
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  • Does Tonneau Cover on 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor have to Be Removed to Carry Bikes with Shuttle Pad
  • Because you 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor has such a short bed it is possible that the tonneau cover will have to be removed completely to carry bikes using Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier # SR26457. It also depends a lot on the bikes. Shorter bikes probably won't be an issue but larger adult bikes could potentially be too long.
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  • Does Tonneau Cover on 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor have to Be Removed to Carry Bikes with Shuttle Pad
  • Because you 2012 Ford F-150 Raptor has such a short bed it is possible that the tonneau cover will have to be removed completely to carry bikes using Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier # SR26457. It also depends a lot on the bikes. Shorter bikes probably won't be an issue but larger adult bikes could potentially be too long.
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  • Can Blue Ox Sway Pro Sway Control and Built-In Sway Control on 2014 Ford F-250 be Used Together
  • You can use the vehicle's sway control feature with sway control on a weight distribution system without any problems. The 2 systems work differently so they will not interfere with one another. The system on your 2014 Ford F-250 will adjust braking and speed to the wheel individually as needed if sway is detected. The Blue Ox Sway Pro systems work to reduce sway mechanically with spring bar tension at various points in the system and the angle of the bars at the head so there won't...
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  • Tonneau Cover for a 2015 Ford F-350 Dually Long Bed with Toolbox and 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The Extang Encore cover # EX62725 is probably not going to work for you. There are some parts of the cover that are going to stick down into the bed more than an inch. The cover, when folded all the way up will be a good 6 inches if not more. The material is 1 inch thick and the cover already sits about 1/2 inch above the bed sides. then you have to add in the height of the cross members and that all starts to add up. I think the best option to avoid interference is going to be a roll...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2012 Ford Expedition and 29 Foot, 6K Dry Travel Trailer
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The dry weight of 6,000 pounds helps but we really need to know the weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow. You will likely be in the 600 to 1,200 pound tongue weight range. Equal-I-Zer brand...
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  • Installing Rhino-Rack Roof Rack On 2014 Ford Focus 5-Door
  • Some roof racks can be difficult the first time you install them to make sure they are fitted properly to your vehicle, but once they are installed the first time, the next time you need it should be much easier. When installing the roof rack, you will need to make sure you have the correct pads for each side and front and back. Make sure the arrows are pointed in the right direction. Next you need to measure from the center seam of the door jamb to the center arrow of the leg foot...
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  • Is Sidewinder Required to Pull 5th Wheel with 2015 Ford F-150 Shortbed
  • Since your Ford F-150 has a 5-1/2 foot bed you will need a Sidewinder King Pin to make sharp turns. A Sidewinder will move the pivot point back and provide 22 inches of additional clearance, which makes it possible to pull 5th wheels with short-bed trucks. It will also provide more turning clearance than a sliding fifth wheel hitch. I have included a link to our page for Sidewinder pin boxes where you can find a suitable replacement for the standard pin box on your trailer if it is so...
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  • Replacement Range Hood Exterior Vent
  • We have several RV range hood exterior wall vents but they all need a 10-1/2 x 3-3/4 inch opening like # V2111-03. Since these vents are larger than the opening you have you could still use one of them by either expanding the opening or trimming the collar on the vent. Vent # V2111-13, # V2111-55 and # V2018-01 all have a 1-3/4 inch deep collar Vent # V2111-03 has a 5/8 inch deep collar Vent # V2009-01 has a 1/2 inch deep collar
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  • Do replacement Side Mirrors for 2001 Ford Expedition have Turn Signals Built In
  • Replacement side mirror # KS61054F for the 2001 Ford Expedition features electric adjustment, heated glass, and breakaway design, but no turn signals in the mirror housing or behind the glass. None of the replacement side mirrors for your Expedition have the turn signals built in.
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  • Tilting Bike Rack Recommendation That will Tilt With the Bikes Loaded
  • We do have tilting bike racks that will allow you to tilt the bike rack with the bikes attached, however, Thule does not recommend doing this with the Vertex 2-bike rack, # TH9028XT, or any of their tilting bike racks. Instead, I recommend looking at the Softride Hang2 2-Bike Rack # SR27041. This bike rack will allow you to tilt the rack forward with the bikes loaded on the bike rack. I have attached a video review of this bike rack for you to check out. One factor that you should...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5100 Does Not Lock Up Brakes When Pedal is Pressed
  • When you press the manual override lever on your Draw-Tite Activator time-delayed-type brake controller # 5100 it will generate its output based on the chosen power setting. This is the same power level that will be sent to the brakes when you press the pedal. However, when you press the brake the braking action is also affected by the time delay setting you have selected. You can try reducing the delay to the minimum setting to see if this gives the brakes a more pronounced reaction...
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  • Can Flat Towed 2014 Ford Focus be Started Periodically to Charge Battery
  • When flat towing a vehicle like your 2014 Ford Focus you can periodically stop the motorhome to allow you to run the Focus' engine to re-charge its battery. If you are using a supplementary braking system like the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012 this unit will draw its operating power from the toad's battery and running the engine for 15 or 20 minutes will recharge it. I checked an online version of the owner's manual for the 2014 Focus and on pages 201 - 203 the preparation steps for flat...
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  • What is the Mounting Hole Pattern for 7-Way Bracket # 18138
  • The Draw-Tite bracket for 7-way # 18138 will mount at a right angle with pre-drilled mounting holes. The hole diameter, which will fit the majority of 7-way connectors, is 2-1/16 inches. I went to our warehouse to get this part and provide you the measurement of the mounting hole bolt pattern and several other measurements. Take a look at the diagram I made for you.
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  • Sealing Truck Bed Liner After It's Trimmed for Installation of Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • It would be a good idea to prevent water from getting between the liner and the truck bed, but sealing that gap will be difficult to accomplish since a drop in liner usually isn't connected directly to the floor of the truck bed. If you can come up with a way to effectively seal the openings, by all means, do so. If you don't already have one, you might be interested in a 7-way trailer connector for your truck bed. You can install one using part # 54701-003.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harnesses For a 2014 Ford Explorer Without Factory Tow Package
  • On a 2014 Ford Explorer the connector in question should already be plugged into another connector so that when you disconnected them you can plug in # C56172 like in the video I linked showing installation of a similar harness, # 118540. If your Explorer is set up differently then instead of a T-connector harness you will need to use a hardwire harness # 119147KIT. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Weight Capacity of the Lynx Levelers for Trailers
  • I spoke with my contact at Coast and he informed me that the Lynx Levelers like part # 77433 that you referenced have a 20k capacity (per stack), when stacked no more than 5 high. So basically they could be used on a trailer that weighs 40k as long as they weren't stacked more than 5 high. Long story short, these would have more than enough capacity for you.
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  • Weight Capacity of the Lynx Levelers for Trailers
  • I spoke with my contact at Coast and he informed me that the Lynx Levelers like part # 77433 that you referenced have a 20k capacity (per stack), when stacked no more than 5 high. So basically they could be used on a trailer that weighs 40k as long as they weren't stacked more than 5 high. Long story short, these would have more than enough capacity for you.
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  • Class II Ball Mount and Balls for a 2014 Ford Escape
  • It sounds like you are talking about the ball mount. I recommend # 36071 for the Class II trailer hitches for the 2014 Ford Escape. You will also need a properly sized ball to match what the trailer coupler requires. Check the top of the coupler to see what size ball it needs. For a 1-7/8 inch diameter ball use # 19256 rated for up to 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight. For a 2 inch ball use # 19258 rated for 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight. If you also need a trailer wiring harness...
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  • Friction Sway Control For a 2012 Ford Escape Towing a Trailer
  • Yes, the friction sway control part # 83660 that you referenced can be used on your 2012 Ford Escape towing a trailer as long as also get the part # RP26005 and you have a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening on your 2012 Ford Escape like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36501. A better option would be a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening like the part # 75751 and to use the # RP26003 with it instead of going the Class II option as a Class III hitch will have more capacity. The...
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  • Wiring Harness to Plug in P3 Brake Controller on a 2012 Ford F-150
  • For your 2012 Ford F-150 we have exactly what you will need to plug in the P3 brake controller # 90195. You will need wiring harness # 22292. I have included a link to a video showing how this controller installs on a 2012 F-150 for you.
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  • Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2012 Ford Fiesta
  • I have a solution for you, but there are no Class III 2 inch hitches available for your 2012 Ford Fiesta so the cargo carrier you reference would not be able to be carried with your vehicle. What you will need is a hitch like the part # 24855 which has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and then go with a cargo carrier like the Surco Cargo Carrier # 52017 which will fit the hitch. I attached a review video for both products I mentioned as well.
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  • Can a 480 Pound Motorcycle be Carried on a Trailer Hitch Motorcycle Carrier on a Ford Explorer
  • There is nothing that you can add to your Ford Explorer that will increase the tongue weight capacity. It isn't a suspension issue or braking. It is that the hitch and where it attaches to the vehicle is rated for a specific amount. If you exceed the tongue weight capacity what can happen is damage to the hitch and vehicle and potential loss of the carrier and motorcycle. Consider that when you go over bumps the movement of the carrier will increase the stress on the hitch suddenly. The...
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  • Capabilities of the Edge Insight CTS # EP83830 on 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty with 7.3L Powerstroke
  • I spoke with my contact at Edge regarding the capabilities of the Edge Insight CTS, # EP83830, when used on your 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty with 7.3L Powerstroke. The Insight CTS reads the transmission temperature on the truck by pulling the information directly from the PCM (power-train control module) making the readings extremely accurate. This monitor also offers the option of setting alerts. These can be set at any value that the user would like and the device will beep and flash when...
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  • Weight Distribution for Toyota Highlander Sport and 4,400 Pound Travel Trailer
  • Pro Series weight distribution system # PS49901 is rated for up to 550 pounds tongue weight. If the tongue weight of the trailer is under 550 pounds then the Pro Series system will work well for you. When calculating tongue weight for a weight distribution system you take the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and add to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Trailer tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross...
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install TorkLift Front Camper Tie Downs on a 2015 Ford F-250
  • There is no drilling required to install the TorkLift custom fit camper tie downs # TLF2016 on your 2015 Ford F-250. I have included a link to the installation instructions so you can see the steps required for installation.
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  • Availability of Class II Weight Distribution Hitch on 2012 Ford Escape
  • Weight distribution cannot be used with a Class II trailer hitch. Class II trailer hitches are not built for or tested for use with weight distribution so manufacturers do not make any systems that will fit a Class II trailer hitch. What you can do is replace the Class II hitch with a Class III trailer hitch, like # 13650, for your 2012 Ford Escape. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 350 pounds so the 200 pound tongue weight. But be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual...
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  • Does Accele Electronics 4-Sensor Vehicle Backup Sensor System Fit the 2011 Ford F-150
  • I spoke with my contact at Accele and she said the Accele Electronics 4-Sensor Vehicle Backup Sensor System, part # BU500, is a confirmed fit for your 2011 Ford F-150. The sensor is designed to be installed on the rear bumper. However, you may want to go with # BU500L since you have a long bed. This part comes with the extended cable. I have included an install video of this system on a 2012 Ford F-150.
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  • Will Trailer Tires be More Durable if a Higher Weight Rating is Used
  • You could go with a higher weight rating tire for more durability, but keep in mind that this will NOT increase the load bearing capability of your trailer, you'll be limited by the capacity of the lowest rated component of your trailer, be it the springs, spindles, axles or tires. Keep in mind that the number one enemy of tires is heat. Be sure your trailer isn't overloaded, that the tires are kept fully inflated to the pressure rating shown on the tire sidewall and that the tire speed...
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  • Brake Conversion from Hydraulic to Electric Brakes on a 1984 Shoreline Boat Trailer
  • Thanks for your recent purchases and sending us a picture! It's always better to add electric brakes on both axles because it reduces the stress on all components. You will need a 7-way molded connector # H20046 for your trailer to plug into your 2002 Ford F-150's 7-way connector. This connector is 8 feet long. I highly recommend getting a junction box like # 38656 or # PK52248 because it's an easy way to connect the wires from trailer connector to wiring for 6- or 7- connectors....
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  • Factory Brake Controller on 2008 Ford F-550 Does Not Show Power with Brake Pedal Pressed
  • On a lot of proportional brake controllers you will only get power on that output wire when applying the brakes when the vehicle is moving. Since you are likely testing with the truck parked (at least I hope you are!) then that is likely why you are not seeing power with the brake pedal. I know this is the case with aftermarket brake controllers but on a factory controller I cannot be 100 percent certain. If you continue to have issues then a Ford technician would need to look at it...
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  • Rear Timbren Helper Springs for a 2005 Ford F-150 4x4
  • Well, as they say at Timbren, you can never have enough S-E-S! For the rear of your 2005 Ford F-150 you would use one set of # TFR150D. I have linked a video showing installation of this kit for you. Set # TFR1504D will not fit the 2005 Ford F-150. It is designed for 2009 to 2015 Ford F-150 trucks with stock height excluding SVT Raptor models.
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  • Troubleshooting Boat Trailer With Non-Functional Lights on One Side
  • The best way to troubleshooting trailer wiring is to disconnect the truck and trailer and test each one separately. This makes it easier to isolate the problem. The start is to make sure all trailer ground wires are solidly connected to clean bare metal surfaces. Often a bad ground can cause your issue. Your F-150's trailer connector can be tested with a circuit tester like # 40376 while you have a helper activate the functions on the truck. The linked video shows how to use the tester...
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  • Is Height Adjustable on Demco Hijacker UMS Double Pivot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550033
  • The Demco Hijacker UMS Double Pivot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550033 is height-adjustable like the other 5th wheel hitches that fit your 2015 F-350 Super Duty long bed with the factory rail kit. Height ranges from 16- to 19-inches. The other hitches offered for your truck are shown on the linked page and the majority of these do have an adjustable height range that is shown for each one. For example, the Reese Elite # RP30142 has a 14 to 18-inch height range.
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  • How Do You Know if the Stop Light Switch Kit is Needed When Installing SMI Air Force One
  • Here's how you will know if the SMI Air Pressure Stop Light Switch Kit # SM99629 is needed when using the SMI Air Force One supplemental braking system. With you engine turned off on your vehicle go out and press the brake pedal of the vehicle. If the brake lights come on then you don't need this switch. If they only come on when the vehicle is on the part # SM99629 would be needed. I attached an install video link for this product for you to check out.
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  • How to Determine Sidewinder will Fit a Trailer Pin Box When Number Can't be Found
  • If you can't find the pin box model number stamped on it there is a way you can determine what the pin box is by taking a few measurements. If you check out the link I attached you will see exactly where to measure on your pin box to figure out which one you have. The correct pin box will be listed next to the corresponding set of measurements.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 1992 Ford F-350
  • Your best option is going to be to go with the Reese Universal fifth wheel rail kit part # RP30035 that you referenced. It looks like your older rails are the industry standard dimension rails that most fifth wheel rails will fit in, but we can't recommend a bracket kit for an unknown set of base rails. Especially one as old as yours. We cannot recommend them because there have been several fit issues between base rails and frame brackets between manufacturers.
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