Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Ford F-250 Lariat

Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Ford F-250 Lariat
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Trailer Brake Controller Works Wonders

With a 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel making 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque, owners are certain to put that power to use towing, making a trailer brake controller an important addition that can be had right from the factory. An impressive safety tool, it can react to an emergency braking situation or fishtailing in the trailer – as I experienced first hand.

While cruising at 60 mph on the highway pulling a 14,000-lb trailer, I was forced to make a sudden jerk of the wheel to avoid a sleepy driver wandering into my lane. Instantly the trailer began to fishtail side-to-side, but within seconds the brake controller detected the sway, and grabbed the trailer brakes to bring it back in line.