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WarrenS65

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Posted: 05/18/22 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone know if there's a way to use the Ford Trailer Backup Assist with a big camper?


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Say wut??


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My truck has it but I haven’t used it. But your tailgate rear view camera must be intact as it monitors a special checkered tag you place on the trailer tongue and then you do measurements, programming, and calibration.

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Grit dog wrote:

Say wut??


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Posted: 05/18/22 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you towing a trailer along with the camper, or just for the camper.

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Towing a trailer behind the camper.

I was thinking it might work if I attach the aux camera in place of the tailgate camera.

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I'm guessing that the steering input required to make a give turn is based on geometrical calculations of the distance between the tail gate camera location and location of the checkered sticker. Once you "relocate" the camera, all those dimensions change, so it's hard to say how well it would work.

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I think Trail-explorer’s on tract.


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I figured that it would be a bit off, but I'm hoping I can connect both the trailer and camper cameras.

trail-explorer wrote:

I'm guessing that the steering input required to make a give turn is based on geometrical calculations of the distance between the tail gate camera location and location of the checkered sticker. Once you "relocate" the camera, all those dimensions change, so it's hard to say how well it would work.


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As others stated, the way that the back up assist “works” is based on the distance from the rear view camera to a sticker on the trailer. And there is both minimum and maximum distances required, so you would have to find a way to make that work if you somehow re-positioned the camera.

Have you ever tried using the assist in the first place? I set it up on my Expedition MAX on both my wake boat and my fishing boat. And my personal experience is that neither of them work very well.

First, it is very finicky to pick up the sticker at all. I find mine has to be in complete sun for it to work. Not at night, and not if it is in the shade.

Second, it isn’t unusual for it to lose the sticker once you start backing up.

Third, it won’t make a very sharp turn. For example, turning 90* from my street into my driveway isn’t possible with the assist.

Maybe Ford has made significant improvements since my 2019. And maybe I’m just not patient enough to fiddle with it as I am competent in my backing skills. But I personally wouldn’t want to rely on that as a system to back up my own trailers.


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