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Old 05-30-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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Questions for folks using 2012 focus 4 a toad

Ok just got a Ford Focus for a toad. What set up are any other focus toad folks using . Mainly interested in brake systems such as ready brake. Also anyone has other issues with the Focus? Hope I did not make a mistake!
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:25 AM   #2
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Check this out: http://www.etrailer.com/question-67349.html
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Sorry - I failed to notice you indicated a 2012 model. Here's the correct link: http://www.etrailer.com/question-37829.html
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Sorry - I failed to notice you indicated a 2012 model. Here's the correct link: http://www.etrailer.com/question-37829.html

Hey thanks for the info! How is this working out for you?
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:28 PM   #5
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I just did a search when I saw your inquiry; I don't gave a Focus. ETrailer is a great resource for info, hard to find items, etc. I did, however, just start flat towing and we're currently on our first trip with the new Legacy. With our old RV, I pulled a car hauler with a 2010 Tacoma double cab on several trips. Had a really nice Featherlite car hauler. It was OK, but always had to find extra long pull thru spots. Sold that and got a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited. I went with the Blue Ox base plate and a Blue Ox Adventa 10,000 lb tow bar. More than I needed, but liked the features. For braking, I got the Invisibrake. Some friends gave one they swore by and after this first trip I can understand why. It's permanently installed (mine's under the front seat). It triggers when the MH brake lights come on. Really works great. For lights, I didn't use the kit that came with the Blue Ox accessory kit (bulbs, sockets, diodes, wire, etc). That kit required drilling a new hole into the tail light and installing the new bulb and socket. A little pricey (like $195), but I went with the Blue Ox wiring harness. You just unplug the wiring harness from each taillight and plug the new harness in between. Instead of diodes, there is a small computer module that gets installed somewhere out of the way, then the harness goes to the front of the vehicle. I also got the Blue Ox KarGard II to protect the Jeep while towing. I got much better pricing through Amazon and free shipping with Prime. A mechanic buddy of mine did the whole install in about 6 hours for about 1/3 of what Camping World wanted (and I can trust him!). Good luck - yell if other questions.
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Ok just got a Ford Focus for a toad. What set up are any other focus toad folks using . Mainly interested in brake systems such as ready brake. Also anyone has other issues with the Focus? Hope I did not make a mistake!
I have been towing a 2012 Ford Focus for the past 4 years behind my Reflection 326. The first one burned to the ground in the middle of the Nevada desert in 2012. The second identical 2012 Ford Focus has been no trouble towing since then. I use a Roadmaster All Terrain tow set-up made just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. They installed the brackets on the second Focus because Ford changed their Focus frame configuration between early 2012 and later in the production run. Consequently, Roadmaster changed their installation instructions. No charge.

The brakes in the Reflection are air over hydraulic so I use an air cylinder made by Roadmaster to operate the brakes in the Focus.

If you are a mechanic, the complete tow equipment installation on the Focus should take between 4 to 6 hours.

If you are not mechanically inclined, let a mechanic do the work.

No, you did not make a mistake.

Let me know if you need more information.

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Our experience was somewhat different. Between 4/12 and 7/14 the transmission developed a slip/shudder on 3 occasions in our Red Ford Focus. Each time the shop ( three different locations) connected a computer and made a ok adjustment (bands tighten?) when allowed to go, the slip would worsen and I was told more serious damage could result if left unrepaired. Shortly thereafter Ford/Mazda removed this vehicle from the approved flat tow list in 2014 or 2015, and others with same trans. If you have one, keep it inspected and adjusted under the power train warranty.


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Ford Battery

Kind of late getting into this one. I'm a Ford guy Towed an Edge and Now I tow a C-MAX. Same Problem with both--toad battery dead when arriving at destination. Both are towed with tranny in neutral. If you dig deep enough into the owners manual you'll find a warning to not leave the transmission in neutral when parked because it could drain the battery. You're supposed to start the car every time you stop for gas. That could be five or more hours---too late it will be dead. Solved the problem with the Edge by carrying a portable charger (Harbor Freight , $40). Better solution with the C-MAX Swapped out the the standard female connection to a six pin so I could hit the hot wire on the seven pin on the MH and bring it into the C_MAX and attach it to the battery. MH now keeps the toad battery charged during travel. No more problems.
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Thanks folks for all of your replies.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:03 AM   #10
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Just would like to ask ,I have a 2010 ford focus fwd,w/auto trans , can I tow this with a tow dolly ,behind my motor home?
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