2018 FX4 and Trailer Towing Packages? Why?

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  1. shane_th_ee

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    If I buy the FX4 package is there really any reason to get the trailer tow package, too? As far as I can tell, if you've selected the FX4 package, the only thing you get with the trailer tow package is the integrated brake controller and the back-up pro assist. I can see the back up pro assist being useful with a boat trailer but we have a travel trailer, not a boat. And the integrated trailer brake controller is nice, but the package is $1100 and I can get a trailer brake controller installed for just a couple hundred. (Cross posted to the gen 4 forum.)
     
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    are there any delete/credit items for crossover items as a comparison?
    many packages are like that I believe.
     
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    The towing package is $1500 without the FX4 package and $1100 with the FX4 package.
     
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    integrated brake controller in my opinion is a must.
    It does more than just control the brakes like a prodigy controller,
    yes you can add it later using a ford oem controller and an ecm update.
    for me since 2006 when they first put them in the trucks, they are worth it.
    your getting more than a controller for 1100
     
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    Having trouble finding transmission cooler info. This is often an important towing package component.
     
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    Why wouldn’t you want the trailer backup assist with a travel trailer? Backing into parking spots or camping spots with that would be amazing imo
     
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    The question is really would you rather have the trailer backup assist or $600. For the record, we went ahead and ordered both the FX4 package and the max trailer tow package...
     
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    What does the integrated trailer brake controller do that an aftermarket controller doesn't?
     
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    Be integrated.

    It's built-in to the dash and doesn't get in the way. You also adjust it in the on-board computers and stuff. I vastly prefer it.
     
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    Yeah tow package for me would be a priority, there might even be a higher axle ratio for the towing package too. It's not going to be 1,100 dollars to go back and add everything later..

    And yeah I would love to have an integrated controller on my 2011, I had to mount it down below the steering wheel and it's not great for quick access.
     

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