Ford Fixes the 1 Thing We Hate About Towing a Trailer
The new Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is a Godsend. Gone are the days of backing up near a trailer several times just to get the hitch ball under the trailer coupler before heading off to your next destination. You won’t need to tow a trailer all around town for fear you’ll never get it hooked back up if you disconnect it. This new Ford towing feature removes the doubt, trouble, inconvenience, and challenges of marrying a trailer coupler to the hitch ball on your Ford truck. Let’s learn more about this cool new feature.
What is Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist?
This new Ford towing feature can identify a trailer from approximately 20 feet away and use advanced technology to autonomously bring the truck’s hitch ball under the trailer coupler. The system is accurate within one inch, making it easy to hook the trailer to the truck and be on your way.
The Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist feature is now available for all F-150, F-150 Lightning, and the all-new F-Series Super Duty trucks. Basically, if you drive a new Ford full-size or larger truck, you can have this cool new feature on your truck.
How does this Ford towing feature work?
Ford Media tells us this system is pretty easy to operate. A driver pushes and holds a button while monitoring the progress on the large center screen. The truck uses machine learning technology to detect the hitch ball and trailer coupler, bringing them together. Before engaging this feature, drivers must ensure the hitch coupler sits higher than the hitch ball.
This new tech saves time, alleviates the need to make several adjustments to bring the truck and trailer together, and ensures owners can begin towing with their Ford trucks with much less trouble.
“Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is another smart solution to save time for our customers. Instead of struggling to hitch a trailer alone or with a spotter, customers can now get hitched more confidently and on their way to the lake or jobsite.” – John Emmert, Ford Truck general manager
How does the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist work?
The Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature has been around since 2015 and has improved over several years. This feature allows owners towing a trailer with a Ford truck to easily back it into their desired location.
This Ford towing feature uses a single dial on the truck’s dash to offer step-by-step prompts to guide an owner through the process. Many truck owners tow trailers occasionally and need help with the reverse controls, which can get confusing. The dial and guidance offered with the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature remove the guesswork.
These two Ford towing features can make a world of difference when towing your boat to the lake with your new Ford F-150. Instead of several frustrating attempts to back up the truck to the trailer or to get the boat trailer at the right angle to put the boat in the water, the Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist and Pro Trailer Backup Assist handle the job for you.
These two Ford towing features could turn a frustrating day of towing into an easy and smooth experience.