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Old 09-23-2015, 03:09 PM   #11
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All is good until the $2000 circuit board goes haywire and needs replacing.

Glad I learned to back up, loading a howitzer onto a mike boat from and LST in the middle of the ocean with everything bouncing a different direction. Sure makes backing up a trailer on ground that is stationary a piece of cake.

We already have far to many computer chips/ circuit boards in a vehicle, don't need or want another one.

If you can't drive and control whatever your driving, perhaps you should not drive it at all. Some people are destined to stay in motels.
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:25 PM   #12
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It looks like fun, and I think it'd be fun to try it in a demo setting. But, with the new Lariats pushing $55k already, adding another pricey gadget just means it'll be further out of the budget. Mine is sure more appealing every day...

Wonder how this gadget would do with a hay wagon, with a turning front axle? ;-)
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:25 PM   #13
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It's going to give people who have no idea what they are doing the excuse to buy a 32 foot trailer and a 21 foot truck and go out and try to back it into campsites and think everything will be smooth as glass. It's a false sense of security. The demonstration is a boat at a launch, which may be the only practical application of the system, but if you struggle with that simple task you shouldn't be towing anything.
Who needs an excuse? LOL!

Honestly, I suck at backing up trailers. I manage it, slowly, and with people gawking.

I can't hold a candle to the "Towing Master" (my dad), or worse, practically every guy in my wife's family who either currently is, or at one time was, a truck driver.

I don't know that I'd buy a truck with an automated system like this. Watching it doesn't convince me that it would really help all that much.
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:33 PM   #14
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If anyone is interested in more info or a test drive Ford will demo this setup at several auto shows and state fairs this fall across the country. It will likely add about $200 to the cost of the existing trailer tow package that costs $695. It can also be ordered as a standalone feature on the base XL trim level. Go to this link http://www.f150drive.com
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It looks like it would work for a boat, as you can see around it with its V nose. But a TT, I don't think you would see anything, other than the front of unit. A flat bed trailer that you cannot see when empty, it would be nice too. I know my flatbed trailer when empty disappears at times.
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