The factory brake controller is integrated into the abs/traction control, has the output adjustable from 0 to 10 in half number increments. That number shows up in the info as I cycle through the choices. If you leave it on that property there is a little bar graph that gets longer the harder you push on the pedal. You kind of have to state more. There are plenty of past threads about installing the ford unit and having the dealer activate it. Have you got a quote to activate it vs install and activate? I assume you have the seven pin plug.
I have a 2012 and there is a section in the owners manual, probably in yours too pertaining to how to adjust the trailer brake controller output. I can't say what system you have in mind to compare it to but could you really save a whole lot by going aftermarket?
Could you get a quote to add brakes to the other axle of the trailer you prefer?
Last edited by Franny K; 08-15-2012 at 08:54 AM.