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Can 2017 Ford F-150 With 7-Way Have Trailer Brake Controller Installed  

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Curt Echo Mobile Brake Controller. I have a 2017 Ford F-150 that I went to the dealership to have a brake controller added. They informed me that since there was never a brake control module added from the factory, I could not add a brake controller to the truck, factory or aftermarket. It appears this product would be a good work around for this issue since it doesn’t connect to the trucks wiring. Can you confirm if anyone else has had any issues with this not working with an F150?

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So, I'm going to go ahead and rip the Band-Aid off right here - your dealership is very wrong and your 2017 Ford F-150 can absolutely have a trailer brake controller installed. They are wrong about not being able to add one and wrong about there not being a module/wiring connection. It is up and under the dash on the right side; I have added a photo from an install we did on a '17 F-150 showing the port. That said, I don't recommend using the Curt Echo # C51180.

The reason why is 2015-2017 F-150's turn off power output to the 7-way when in park or during gear shifting, and the Echo relies on the 7-way 12-volt power. So instead I recommend going with one that will plug into that port:

- Curt Assure Trailer Brake Controller with Adjustable Screen # C49UR

- Curt Wiring Adapter # C51436

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Brake Controller Port on 2017 Ford F-150
Brake Controller Port on 2017 Ford F-150
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