Pro Trailer Backup Assist - experience using the sensor on a Travel Trailer

MarcelM

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I set up Pro Trailer Backup Assist using the sticker but after a handful of attempts I have never gotten it to work. I tow our 30' travel trailer several times a year for the past 10 years so I'm ok at backing it into spots. I purchased PTBA primarily for the cameras but if it can also help me get into spots easier then I'm all for it. Plus I paid for it! Frustrated I figured I'd try to use the sensor on the travel trailer and use it to help me get the trailer into its storage spot which is tight and also requires coming in at an angle.

Using the sensor works. I didn't have the hitch angle graphic but that could be due to me needing to set up the Trailer Reverse Guidance as well. The rear camera or hitch view will tell me whether or not I need to start straightening out so not a big deal. When I started to use it I would turn the knob in the direction I would if I was using the steering wheel but once I got past that I found PTBA to be helpful. The biggest benefit was being able to just release the knob and it would allow the trailer to continue down a straight path.

What I did was create a second profile of my trailer. The primary is what I use when towing so it stores all the towing stats, it has trailer blind spot monitoring and I don't have a harness going into the truck's bed. When I feel like using the PTBA I'll plug the harness into the sensor and the other end into the bed connector, I have 5th wheel prep, and switch to my secondary trailer profile.

I haven't really seen anyone post about using the sensor with a travel trailer along with their experience so I wanted to share mine.

Edit: I did have to select Fifthwheel/Gooseneck.
 
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A big part of the reason you haven't seen posts about people using the sensor for a travel trailer is that it's not supposed to work. With our Super Duty's it's only supposed to be for 5th wheel or gooseneck for whatever reason.

But that's awesome it worked for you! Thanks for sharing it!
 

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This is a perfectly timed topic. I have been trying to figure out the answer to the question of whether the PTBA yaw sensor can be used on a conventional trailer. I find lots of examples of F150 owners doing it, but not SD. There’s conflicting info in the instructions. For example the TPMS/Camera instructions show how to mount both the yaw and TPMS/Camera on the V frame of a conventional trailer.

I just wanted to consider whether I wanted the sticker or yaw approach with my 32’ conventional TT since I’m going to add the TPMS sensor, so I’ll have a 12 pin cable connected anyways. What I’m reading here is that I won’t even get a setup option for conventional with the yaw on a SD.

Anyways, I went down a rabbit hole today and of course it’s being talked about on here. This place is awesome.
 
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