Ford Introduces New Features That Make Towing and Hauling Easier, Safer - RV Enthusiast Magazine

Ford Introduces New Features That Make Towing and Hauling Easier, Safer

by | Apr 30, 2021 | Blog, News, Technology, Trucks/Tow Vehicles

This summer, the 2021 Ford F-150 will bring some new available features that will make it easy for RVers to safely manage loads: Onboard Scales, Smart Hitch and Continuously Controlled Damping.
The Onboard Scales feature measures and displays the approximate weight of the payload on the center touch screen using a graphic representation of the truck, on a mobile phone through the FordPass app, or in graphics within the truck’s smart taillamps. That’s right–the taillamps. As the truck is loaded, four LEDs arranged in a vertical bar within each taillamp will begin illuminating as load is added; when the entire bar is illuminated, maximum load capacity has been reached. If the truck is overloaded, the top lights on the bar will blink. The maximum payload is based on the truck’s configuration, and is programmed into the system. In addition, system can be set on scale mode, which zeroes out the current load and allows for approximate weighing of additional items loaded into the bed.

Smart Hitch, meanwhile, measures the tongue weight of a trailer being connected, to help the user distribute trailer weight correctly. After the trailer is set up in the center touch screen, Smart Hitch calculates the hitch weight and provides guidance on weight distribution or hitch overloading on the screen, on the FordPass app or within the smart taillamps. The truck also will indicate if the hitch weight is too high or low, and can even guide owners through properly tensioning a weight redistributing hitch, according to Ford.

Tow/Haul mode provides “connected, precise, and linear steering despite a heavy trailer or load, helping reduce stress on the driver while towing.”
– Ford

Finally, the available Continuously Controlled Damping system promises enhanced ride and handling characteristics, especially when towing or hauling heavy loads. A computer within the F-150 analyzes multiple signals collected from high-resolution sensors – adjusting vehicle response to each situation by controlling valves within the shocks. In Tow/Haul mode, continuously controlled damping is specifically tuned to provide a smooth and confident driving experience, easing truck and trailer responses to road conditions while providing “connected, precise, and linear steering despite a heavy trailer or load, helping reduce stress on the driver while towing,” according to Ford.

See the above 2 minute video (clips provided by Ford Motor Company) for more details on these exciting new technologies. Onboard Scales, Smart Hitch, and Continuously Controlled Damping can be ordered in early June, with deliveries beginning in late summer. 

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