2010-14 Ford F150 Ecoboost OEM Trailer Brake Controller Installation
This is an instructional video on how to add a Ford OEM trailer brake controller to a 2010+ F150 that did not come with one from the factory. You can only add a Factory trailer brake to F150’s with a Ford factory installed tow package that features a receiver hitch and 2 trailer connection plugs (7 pin and 4 pin). If you truck doesn’t have the Ford factory installed receiver and only has the 4 pin trailer plug and bumper hitch, this will not work for you. You will have to explore other options to add an aftermarket trailer brake controller to your truck.
I was shopping for a new F150 with the OEM trailer brake controller already installed. I came across a super deal on this 2012 FX4 leftover that had everything I wanted except the OEM trailer brake controller. I considered adding an Tekonsha Prodigy P3 aftermarket controller but I didn’t want to drill holes in my dash board and have some contraption to bang my knee on while trying to drive. I ran across some forums describing this installation and put together a video for everyone to learn from. To get this option factory installed on a F150, it will add $300 to the window sticker. I was able to add the factory trailer brake with new Ford parts and labor for under $170. The most trouble I had was convincing the dealer service department to plug my truck in and activate my controller. Detailed instructions for the dealer tech are included with the part and should not be any problem for them to perform. They basically navigate to the trailer brake menu on their computer and “flip a switch”.
If you have a 2010 F150, your part number is AL3Z-19H332-AA. If you have a 2011-2013 F150, your part number is BL3Z-19H332-AA. Both can be found on Ebay or Amazon.
UPDATE: 8/19/2013 I now have 4200 miles on my truck, 2000 of those miles were pulling a trailer. The Ford F150 brake controller works great. I have pulled my trailer through some tricky hills in southern Ohio back roads and it pulled and braked very well. This is well worth the investment IMO.
UPDATE: 8/25/2013 I found some useful information on this forum for those of you who do not have a factory tow package. It looks like with some creativeness you can add the OEM trailer brake controller! http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/483894-2012-f150-4pin-7-pin-no-tow-package-myths-truths-compendium-information.html
UPDATE: 8/18/2016 My truck now has about 42000 miles. I have upgraded my camper from a 3000lb popup to a 7000lb, 32ft travel trailer. This trailer brake works great with this new tandem axle trailer. I have pulled the Ike Gauntlet (I-70) in Colorado and the US-550 (aka Million Dollar Highway) all with out any problems. With having an integrated brake control, the truck and trailer work together to maintain control. I have also traveled some treacherous mountain roads in Wyoming with this setup and it works great. Works great with car trailers also. I’m very happy with the results.
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