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Audible Alert Wont Turn Off w/4-Pole Trailer Connected to a 2016 Ford F-350 w/Factory Backup Camera

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I have a 2016 F-350 with factory installed backup camera system and a factory installed towing package then includes both a 7 pin and 4 pin connector. When I am connected to my travel trailerbumper pull with the 7 pin connector the audible alarm does not sound when I am in reverse. However, when I have my smaller trailer connected using the 4 pin connector and I put the truck in reverse the audible alarm sounds and I cannot find any way to turn the alarm off. On my 2007 F-150 I could press the OK button on the left side of the steering wheel and the audible alarm would stop but that does not work with my current F-350. I have called Ford helpline and they could not find a solution and referred me to a dealership. The dealerships that I have contacted were not able to find a solution either. The owners manual says that the alarm can be shut off but does not say how. I even tried to make my own adapter plug to connect a 4 pin trailer to the 7 pin plug the adapter I bought did not cure the problem but I have not been able to wire it correctly to end the problem. Any solution would be greatly appreciated.

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It looks like you can turn off the alert on your 2016 Ford F-350 somewhere in the enhanced park aid or park pilot modes. If you were to turn those modes off then presumably the alert would not sound. It looks like you go into the Settings menu, then Vehicle, then camera settings. From there you can go into enhanced park aids.

It is also possible that if your smaller trailer has LED lights there may not be enough power draw for the Ford system to turn off the alert automatically. You can increase the load on the system by using adapter # TR20141. That may be all you need to keep the system alert from sounding. You can test this theory by temporarily wiring in a regular incandescent light to see if the alert stops. If it does then the power draw from the trailer alone wasn't enough to stop the alert.

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I have been through the those settings numerous times and they have no affect on the audible alarm. Also, the trailers I have used are equipped with the older style incandescent lights. Because the audible alarm does not sound when a trailer is connected using the 7 pin connector there should be a way to wire an adapter that would make the truck system think it is connected to a trailer with 7 pin wiring. Do you have any idea how such an adapter should be wired?

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Ok, no problem, I do have an alternative solution. Since there isn't a 7- to 4-Way adapter that would simulate load on the reverse light circuit we will have to trick it. Basically all you will have to do is replace the 4-Way connector on the trailer with a 7-Way such as # PK12706. Then attach a wire to the center terminal such as # DW07550-1 and run the other end to a light such as # LP85CB or any other incandescent light. The light will put a load on the reverse light circuit on the truck's tow package wiring.

It might be possible to use # TR20141 however I cannot verify that the internal load resistors would put any load or enough load on the reverse light circuit to solve this issue.

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