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  • Dogwood changed the title to Clever technology for towing and hauling . . .

This sounds really cool. Only thing that jumps out is could it create a liability situation. If you are close to limits and tow and an accident happens could it be used against you. That said, overall this seems like really cool tech. 

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I agree with the safety factor but it’s One more gizmo to fail.

 

I hope a simple truck is still available because I drive them forever 

 

And knowing Ford they probably wired  it in common with the transmission electronics, Ford does a lot of things well and some real stupid stuff as well

 

 

 

 

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Greg Hartman

As a Ford guy who has had the “interesting” experience of driving a grossly overloaded truck (thank God no one was going through the intersection the other way!), I think this is a Very Good Thing.  But, then, I like all of the electronic gadgetry on my Ford truck. I know some of you Luddites don’t 😁.

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WI Outdoor Nut

I think it is a great idea!  I would love to take this technology on a trailer as well.  Last fall I was hauling stone with my truck on a dual axle dump trailer.  I kept watching how much my back end squatted down, and felt I had an adequate load.  Went to scale it up and was at 19,100#'s for total weight!  While the truck towed it and braking was fine, my next few loads I put a lot less stone in the trailer.  This was all done with an F150.  

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River19

I think this is a great use of tech.  Even better and more important than the 7000 camera angles for backing up a trailer......which are cook for some folks but I am glad I learned how to handle trailers without all that stuff.....

 

This gets right at safety.

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From my perspective as an old phart I'd have to say to Ford and all the other manufacturers, "quit loading up my trucks with electronic gadgets I don't need or want."  I'm going to agree with bobman here that every electronic gadget they put on the vehicle is just one more thing to break and ultimately pay to have repaired.  I know there are tech addicts among truck buyers that love all this stuff but to many others it's answering questions that were never asked.

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On 4/29/2021 at 10:13 AM, bobman said:

I agree with the safety factor but it’s One more gizmo to fail.

 

I hope a simple truck is still available because I drive them forever 

 

And knowing Ford they probably wired  it in common with the transmission electronics, Ford does a lot of things well and some real stupid stuff as well

 

 

 

 

A friend of mine has a 2020 F150 Lariat. He has a few trailers, One of the trailers will set the car alarm off randomly when he parks it and leaves the trailer

hooked up. The other trailer does not do that. The trailer with electric brakes works fine the one without does not. Trailers are wired correctly. Dealership has no idea.

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fourtrax57

I might be a "luddite"!

    The idea is great. Does it actually work down the road at some miles & age on the vehicle?

After a career (Industrial Electrician / electronics tech / programmer etc) fixing "gizmos & whizmos"

I prefer simple solid technology. Most electronic bells & whistles at least in consumer electronics simply are not built to last. Also very spendy to fix.

 

     If my truck is "hind end heavy" it's over loaded. A pet peeve of mine is take the manufacturers tow "rating" for a vehicle and divide by 2

and your talking SAFE real world towability.

     The Subaru outback I had was rated at 2700  lb tow capacity. It didn't have adequate power to tow 1000 lbs well. Suspension was ok for

the dog trailer low slung and around 1000 lbs. Engine power (pffft) was laughable for any towing.

     The "techy - electronic_ gadgetry is great when it works. When it doesn't hopefully there is common sense to fall back on.

      Sincerely,

The local "luddite"!🤪

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5 hours ago, fourtrax57 said:

I might be a "luddite"!

    The idea is great. Does it actually work down the road at some miles & age on the vehicle?

I do not consider myself a Luddite, and when applied correctly much of the electronic stuff that works is great and has made things better. Computer controlled timing, electronic ignition and fuel injection revolutionized gas motors in vehicles. Auto makers are not making stronger better engines, It could be argued that they are make much lighter much weaker engines. The electronic equipment simply stops the poor timing and detonation issues that destroyed older engines in a very short time.

 

On the other hand a super bright 20" monitor for control of the interior appliances is billed as new better technology. It most certainly is not. It may help reduce manufacturing cost, but a number of studies have shown people now have to take their eyes off the road to perform the most basic task like adjusting the temperature. 

A back up camera for a guy who pulls a lot of different trailers is great technology. Multiple alarms every time you put your car in reverse is not great technology.

A friend commented to my wife every time my wife put her car in reverse she expected money to fall out of the head liner because all of the beeping and dinging. It sounds

like a casino!:D

Car companies are not 100% at fault a some of this stuff gets mandated from the gov.

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blanked

The root cause of the problem is ford.   They claim an f150 can  tow 13,000 pounds. So owners get the idea the payload and towing capacity can cover anything they throw at it

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Marc Ret

Chevy 1500- 13,400lbs max towing

Dodge 1500- 12,750lbs max towing

 

The root cause of the problem is solely Ford?

 

Just because a vehicle has the power to pull a given load doesn't mean it should. 

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7 hours ago, blanked said:

The root cause of the problem is ford.   They claim an f150 can  tow 13,000 pounds. So owners get the idea the payload and towing capacity can cover anything they throw at it

13,000 lbs. is about what I tow with my diesel powered F-350.  Go ahead, hitch that weight to a new F-150 and take it down the road at highway speeds, let's see how she handles it.  Better make sure all your insurance policies are up to date first.

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greg jacobs

Two years latter:

18,000? but I'm empty?

🤔

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Snipeaholic

Most of my concern towing heavy loads is not getting them moving but stopping them.

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