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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F-150, we've got out the Swagman XC2. We're doing a test fit and see what kind of room we've got between the rack and the truck itself. This is a 2 bike platform style rack. It's been designed for use with inch and 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches. The part number on it S64650. The cool thing about it, there's only point of frame contact with the rack.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F-150, we've got out the Curt Premium 4 Bike Rack. This is a hanging rack; offers a tilt and a fold feature. Part number on it is C18064. One of the standout things about the Curt Bike Rack is going to be the taper that we've got in our cradle arms. Our two front bike locations, nice and wide, helps with the larger bikes. As you can see back here, we've got a hybrid style bike, children's bike, something like that; they're going to narrow it down and help to accommodate those. We've got reflectors, right there in the end, to help us with visibility. The bike is held in place using three straps: We've got one here on the front cradle; one here on the rear cradle, for our top tube; and then we've also got an anti-sway cradle, here in the back; does a fair job of keeping that bike from moving forward to back. Now we'll pull down and out on those straps; it'll help us to release our bike.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F150, we've got the Yakima Full Tilt out. We're going to do a test fit and see what kind of spacing we have between the rack and the truck. This is a hanging style 4 bike rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the inch and a quarter or with 2 inch hedges. Part number is going to be Y02462. Something I really like about the full tilt is going to be the cradle system here. Really small, really narrow cradles, they use what are called zip strips to hold their bike in place.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F-150, we've got the Thule Roadway out and we're test fitting it, see what kind of spacing we have between the rack and the vehicle. Now, the Roadway is two bike, hanging style rack. This is has been designed so we can use it with the inch and quarter, or with the two inch hitches. Part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway is a really nice, simple, straightforward bike rack. We've got three cradles that are going to hold our bike in place.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on 2006 Ford F-150 we've got the Thule Vertex Swing. We're doing a test fit on it, and seeing can we open the gate and different things like that. The Vertex is a swing away style 4-bike rack. Been designed for use in 2-inch hitches. The part number on it is TH9031XT. There's a new integrated cable lock here on the XT model.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F150, we've got out the Thule Vertex and we're test fitting it just to see what kind of space we've got between the rack and the vehicle. Now the Vertex is a 4 bike hanging style rack that folds and tilts we've got a lot of adjustability with it. Part number on it is TH9029XT. This has been designed for use with 1 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches, so again pretty versatile. One thing I like about it the incorporated cable lock here, we can bring that right back and stick in there, we'd secure it with the, just with the Thule one key tumbler in there so we can even get a lock for the rack if we want to lock it to the car and have the same key. Stores up in the mast when not in use. The bike is then held in place using 3 cradles and straps.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F150, we've got out the Swagman Dispatch. We're going to test fit it and see how it kind of fits against the back of the vehicle here. Dispatch is a fixed platform style 2 bike rack that's approved for RV's. What that means we can go right from the back of our truck to the back of our RV as long as it got the 2 inch receiver and not have any issues. Really neat setup. The part number on this S64684.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F-150, we've got out the Swagman Trailhead, and we're test fitting it to see what kind of room we've got between the rack and the truck. This trailhead's a four bike hanging style rack that folds, it tilts, got a lot of nice features to it. It's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with two-inch hitches. Part number on it is S63380. Holding our bike in place, we've got four straps. That's one more than what you find on some. We've got two here in the front cradle.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F150, we've got Kuat Sherpa and we're going to test fit it and see what kind of space we've got between the rack and the truck. Now the Sherpa's been designed for use with 1 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches. It's a 2 bike platform style rack and it makes not contact with the frame of the bike to hold them. It's a really nice feature. Part number on it is S103. We're going to have our front wheel hook here, and a front cradle, and a rear cradle with strap. That's what keeps our bike in place.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F150 we've got the Strongbird Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier on. We're going to do a test fit of it. This cargo carrier will carry up to 500 pounds and they designed it for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is CC=100. Now I like how big the expanded steel here is on the floor, it gives a lot of large areas for mud, dirt, debris, stuff like that to fall down and out of the carrier. It's also going to have a raised edge all the way around the outside, it's about two and three quarters of an inch high.





Ford F-150 Questions

  • The wiring color codes and wire gauge recommendations for the Pollak Heavy-Duty, 7-Pole, Round Pin, Trailer Wiring Connector, item # PK11700, are listed below. White - Ground Return - 8 gauge Black - Clearance, Side Marker, Identification - 12 gauge Yellow - Left Turn and Hazard Signal - 12 gauge Red - Stop Lamps and Anti-Lock Devices - 10 gauge Green - Right Turn and Hazard Signal - 12 gauge Brown - Tail, Rear Clearance, Marker and License-Plate Lamps - 12 gauge Blue...
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  • A Sidewinder and a Revolution are the same thing. It is called a Revolution when it comes as OEM equipment on a trailer. That is the only difference. To determine if the Revolution offers enough extra clearance for your truck and trailer, there are some measurements to look at. First, measure from the center of the hitch jaws to the back of the truck cab and add 22 inches (length of Revolution extension). Then, measure the width of the trailer overhang and divide by 2 to get...
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  • A trailer tire size 175/80-13 will replace either an A78-13 or B78-13 trailer tire. A 175/80-13 is going to have 3 load ratings: B at 1,100 pounds at 35 psi, C at 1,360 pounds at 50 psi, and D at 1,610 pounds at 65 psi. This size will have a diameter of 24.1 inches. This tire size will fit on a 4-1/2, 5, or 5-1/2 inch wide wheel. If you choose tires rated higher than your axle, you still have to go by the axle weight capacity. If you choose tires rated lower than the axle...
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  • The 2011 Ford F-150 should have come with either a 4-Way flat or 7-Way blade style trailer connector. In both cases, there is a factory port located behind the center console for a brake controller wiring harness # 22292. I have included a link to the installation details for the harness that shows the functions of the pins and explains installation. The wiring on the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller, # 90885, is as follows: White is ground Blue is brake output to the...
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  • Longview mirror offers the # LVT-2300-C Custom Silde-On Mirrors that will be a fit for the 2015 Ford F150. Due to the F150's redesign for the 2015 model year, the mirrors you mentioned wouldn't be a fit.
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  • You have two options for installing the RBW Lil Rocker in your 2007 Ford F-150 pickup. You can use the Universal Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit with Rails, item # RP30035, or the Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Custom Installation Brackets - Ford F-150, item # RP50081-58 that you referenced. I would recommend you use the Custom Brackets # RP50081-58, these will install in about half the time of the universal rails and will minimize the drilling into your 2007 Ford F-150. I...
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  • Snow chains are typically installed on the drive wheels, which in the case of your F-150 would be the rear wheels. On a four wheel drive vehicle, they can be installed on all four wheels if desired. Since it sounds as if you are wanting the chains specifically for this trip, and since they might not see frequent use any time soon thereafter, I would suggest a basic set of chains like the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part # PW2028C. I would recommend a set of adjusters,...
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  • You are on the right track, the Blue Ox Aventa LX Tow Bar, # BX7445, is a good starting point for flat towing your 2012 Ford F-150. This tow bar includes safety cables so you will not need to purchase those separately. Next, you should check your trucks owners manual for towability and pre tow procedures to make sure it can be flat towed. My information shows that if you have a 2 wd manual transmission, Raptor or SVT, the vehicle is not flat towable. If you have a 4 wd automatic...
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  • The biggest differences between the Prodigy P2 brake controller, # 90885, and the P3 brake controller, # 90195, are the display, buttons and look of the controllers. I like the buttons and display on the P3 controller myself because the display uses actual words for setup and troubleshooting rather than the display codes that the P2 uses. This makes it easier for me to know that I am adjusting the correct function or see the trouble shooting codes without referring back to...
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  • There are a couple different ways to raise the ride height of your trailer, but before we choose the best option for you, we will want to take a look at a few things. First, it sounds like you are not towing with your trailer level so you do not hit your ball mount on the driveway. A trailer that is not level can create many problems such as ground clearance and trailer sway. If you have any sway control issues with your trailer, then I would recommend moving your leaf springs...
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  • On your 2005 Ford F-150 with the towing package, there will be a port under the dash that the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51322 plugs into. I have attached a photo that has a red arrow pointing to the location on your truck. The Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller, part # C51110 is a time-delayed brake controller designed for a trailer with electric brakes only. It uses a preset sensitivity setting to activate your trailer brakes when you press the brake pedal in...
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  • The first step in choosing the correct weight distribution (W/D) system is to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. Anything stowed in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle should be included as tongue weight. For best performance, the tongue weight of the trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the system you choose. The Pro Series Weight Distribution System you mention is designed to operate most effectively...
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  • The difference between the plate and fin style, # D13504, and the tube and fin style cooler, # D12904, is that the plate and fin models can cool better than the tube and fin models. You will notice that plate and fin coolers with the same rating as tube and fin coolers are smaller in size. Basically, the plate and fin cooler provides more surface area to extract heat from the transmission oil and also has internal turbulator technology to help the oil to cool faster and prevent...
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  • You are correct in your assessment of how the Dexter brake actuator works. The brake controller in the vehicle will send back a signal to the actuator and it will, in turn, apply the appropriate amount of hydraulic pressure to the trailer brakes. The Dexter actuator has 4 wires to connect. I have included a diagram of how the unit will need to be wired. You will need a breakaway kit, if you do not already have one, for use with this unit. You can use # 34-285.
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  • The Edge Evolution Programmer # EP15051 for the 5.4L Ford Triton is intended for retuning engines that are in their original stock condition with known settings and characteristics. Addition of an aftermarket cold air intake could potentially cause the MAF (mass air flow sensor) to deliver incorrect oxygen level readings and result in a too-lean condition. An aftermarket cat-back exhaust by itself will not interfere with the tuner since the changed exhaust will not significantly...
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  • Some newer cars, vans and small trucks, especially those with large, aftermarket tires, may require the use of Class S chains. Class S tire chains are designed for use on vehicles with restricted wheel well clearance. I have attached a photo that shows the areas where clearance for Class S tire chains is needed. For the A dimension a minimum of 1.46inches (37 mm) between the top of the tire tread and the wheel well is needed. For the B dimension, at least 0.59 inches (15 mm)...
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  • To convert the factory 4-Way flat trailer connector on the back of your 2010 Ford F-150, you will need Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, # 37185. You will plug the factory 4-Way into the back of the adapter and hardwire the remaining 4 wires. The white wire gets grounded to the vehicle frame. The blue wire on the adapter carries the brake controller output voltage, and the black adapter wire carries the 12-volt accessory voltage for any trailer mounted accessories that might...
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  • Pro Series does not recommend that you back up your trailer while using the Pro Series Weight Distribution System with Friction Sway Control, # PS49902. The reason behind this is that there is a very good possibility that the sway control system will bind up while backing up the trailer and this could damage your system. There is a quick and easy fix though. When you need to back up the trailer, you will need to switch the sway control lever to the off position, pull two clips,...
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  • You may be able to use a fifth wheel, depending on the width of the trailer. Since the 5-1/2 foot bed is so short, in turning the fifth wheel trailer can end up making contact with the cab of the truck resulting in damage. The Sidewinder is essentially a hitch extender that will provide enough clearance for some fifth wheel trailers to be towed behind 5-1/2 bed trucks. You will need to take some measurements on the truck and the width of the fifth wheel trailer and calculate...
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  • The item you selected, Edge Evolution CTS Programmer, part # EP85250, will fit the following vehicles: Cadillac Escalade 2001-2006 6.0L, 2001-2007 5.3L, 2007-2011 6.2L Chevrolet Avalanche 1999-2011 5.3L, 1999-2008 6.0L, 2001-2007 8.1L Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1999-2011 4.8L, 1999-2011 5.3L, 1999-2009 6.0L, 2009-2011 6.2L Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD 1999-2004 6.0L Chevrolet Silverado XFE 2011 5.3L Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2005-2010 6.0L Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 1999-2004...
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