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Old 04-16-2018, 08:28 PM
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smokeywren,

I appreciate the detailed explanation; I am glad to know the details. It would be a mistake, I now believe, to not order (at least) 53A, certainly with the higher powered engines. I guess I'll just have to wonder why back up assist is included in the package but a trailer brake controller is not

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Originally Posted by bjw View Post
smokeywren,

I appreciate the detailed explanation; I am glad to know the details. It would be a mistake, I now believe, to not order (at least) 53A, certainly with the higher powered engines. I guess I'll just have to wonder why back up assist is included in the package but a trailer brake controller is not

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because why give it away when you can make an additional package including it and charge more?

Porsche is king of 'packages', check out some of their options and prices sometime hahaha
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...It would be a mistake, I now believe, to not order (at least) 53A,...
I agree, especially with the "at least" part. But if you plan to tow more than a row boat, then why not get the max tow pkg (53C)? It includes everything in 53A, plus the 36-gallon gas tank, electronic-locking rear axle, the integrated trailer brake controller (ITBC), plus a slightly stronger receiver hitch. (The max tow spes say "upgraded rear bumper" with no mention of the receiver hitch, but the stronger receiver is part of the "upgraded" rear bumper.) Max tow requires the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, but you want that anyway for serious towing duty.

I guess I'll just have to wonder why back up assist is included in the package but a trailer brake controller is not.
Many buyers already have a trailer brake controller that they are happy with, and don't want to pay the extra for the ITBC. The ITBC is much superior to any aftermarket trailer brake controller, but lots of buyers don't know that. Or they already have an ITBC on their trade in, and they plan to transfer it to the new F-150.

Along that same line of thought, the trailer tow mirrors are not part of either the regular or max tow pkg. They were included in the max tow pkg for a few years, but Ford took them out of the max tow pkg and made them a stand-alone option a couple of years ago. Any trailer that's taller and wider than the tailgate needs trailer tow mirrors for safe towing. So you have to be wide awake when you buy your new F-150 to be certain it includes trailer tow mirrors.

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Or have a set of aftermarket slip on/clip on mirrors like **** or the other brand I can't think of. They work just as well, but have smaller mirror area than the factory tow mirrors, in case you find a lot truck that has all you want minus the mirrors.
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