Your F-150 even helps you back up!

Everyone, including us, hesitantly looks at the task of backing up a trailer. Of course, experience helps, but it's always challenging to perform the maneuver, especially when the space is tight and narrow. Let's face it, pride sometimes takes a hit when the operation doesn't go as planned. That's when there's always a crowd of witnesses.

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Fortunately, your Ford F-150 (the feature is also available on the Expedition, among others) can come to your aid. The Pro Trailer Backup Assist system will make you look like a professional, even if you still have doubts about your abilities.

Let's start with the basics: backing up a trailer requires precision, a good understanding of space, perfect vision, and control of the steering wheel to keep the trailer from going off in all directions. This is true when backing up in a straight line, but it's even more accurate when backing up in a curve.

With the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can steer the trailer effortlessly with a simple turn of a knob. That is if you have taken the time to program the system properly first.

How the Pro Trailer Backup Assist works

The idea is simple. You provide the system with the dimensions of your trailer. As a quick note, you can register up to 10 different trailers.

Once you've registered this data, you place a sticker on the trailer to identify and position it. The vehicle's rearview camera then follows the precise movements of the trailer and simply steers it by compensating. All you have to do is turn the wheel in the desired direction and manage the actions with the pedals.

Minor detail, you must, of course, take your hands off the wheel during the operation, otherwise, you will take over the controls in a more traditional way. With the help of the thumbwheel, even the tightest turns are easy to make.

Programming the Pro Trailer Backup assist

Before you can get the most out of the system, you need to set the instructions correctly. While this may seem complex at first, it's not. It only takes a few steps to make it all accessible.

  1. Attach the trailer to the truck.
  2. Align the truck and the trailer, facing the same direction, in a straight line and on a flat surface.
  3. Follow the instructions to install the trailer sensor kit provided with the system. The kit includes a docking station, the sensor and its housing, a 10-foot wiring harness, large and small mounting straps and the sensor mounting bracket.
  4. Press the backup button on the trailer to turn it on, then follow the instructions on the touch screen to calibrate the trailer.
  5. Once the trailer is calibrated, it will be saved in the system, and you will only need to select it for future use.

So, no more hesitation. Back up a trailer like a pro with your 2022 Ford F-150.


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