Easy to follow set up steps for Pro Trailer Backup Assist

February 22nd, 2018 by

How to set up Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist
Since its debut on the 2016 Ford F-150, people have been asking about Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The feature is still going strong on the 2018 F-150 models. We will tell you how to set up Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist including how to get started and how to make the necessary measurements.

Setting up your Ford with Pro Trailer Backup Assist
With a system this advanced, there is some setup involved. First, you will need to connect your trailer on level ground. Make sure your vehicle and trailer are in line with one another. Pulling forward a little bit can correct any misalignments.

Now you can begin programming inside your vehicle by pressing the center of your Pro Trailer Backup Assist dial. With the controls on the steering wheel, you can now name your trailer so that the settings will be saved for future use. It will then ask you several questions about your trailer including brake type, brake effort, trailer setup, and finally it will ask you if you want to add Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and here you want to select yes.

Follow the instructions that the screen provides. Once it tells you to place the placement sticker, you’ll have to get back out, and put the sticker facing upward on a flat horizontal surface of your trailer’s tongue between 7” and 22” from the ball hitch as shown in the included picture. Now we can move on to measurements.

What measurements do you need to set up Pro Trailer Backup Assist?
In all, you will need four measurements. First, you will need to measure the horizontal distance between the license plate of your Ford to the center of the hitch ball. Now you will need to measure the horizontal distance from the center of the hitch ball to the center of the placement sticker. You will also have to measure from the center of the sticker to the Pro Trailer Backup Assist Camera located under your tailgate latch.

The final measurement depends on the number of axles your trailer has. For single axle trailers, measure from the tailgate to the center of the trailer axle. For double axle trailers, measure from the tailgate to the center point between both axles.

2018 Ford F-150 with attached trailer and Pro Trailer Backup Assist plate to ball measurement
2018 Ford F-150 with attached trailer and Pro Trailer Backup Assist sticker to camera measurement

2018 Ford F-150 with attached trailer and Pro Trailer Backup Assist trailer axle measurement
Now, you just have to input all the measurements using the same controls as before. The system will then attempt to locate the sticker with a red circle. If it’s correct, then just follow the next few steps on your display and your done. If the sticker is not circled, double check all your measurements and try again.

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