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08-25-2015 05:39 PM
Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
First time I've heard of a BMW "beater" used to conserve an inexpensive Ford model.
Eh, it's a 1996 318ti. Really nothing special. The Focus is actually better in almost every way. Handles better, way more refined, quieter, smoother, bigger, way more efficient, etc.

It had a good run, but the BMW is at 250,000 miles and is falling apart. Major rust issues and tons of things are broken on it. It's definitely the "beater" of the two . As much as I liked that car (owned it for 11.5 year) I still choose the Focus to drive everyday.
08-25-2015 03:29 PM
Originally Posted by E365/5 View Post
... I still tow with my old BMW to keep the wear off the Ford. ...
First time I've heard of a BMW "beater" used to conserve an inexpensive Ford model.
08-25-2015 08:34 AM
Gi_Jo_Nathan Ok cool.
08-25-2015 12:54 AM
Originally Posted by Gi_Jo_Nathan View Post
You install this yet?
No, not yet. I still tow with my old BMW to keep the wear off the Ford. I might install it soon in case the BMW dies over the winter. I don't want to install the hitch in the middle of a Minnesota winter!

I'll definitely post pictures when I install it.
08-24-2015 08:54 PM
Originally Posted by E365/5 View Post
I just got a Westfalia 307459 swan neck trailer hitch. .[/URL]
You install this yet?
Originally Posted by Franco Novo View Post
Well, I just built a little cargo / camper trailer on a Harbor freight frame
Hitch was installed at U'haul. The trailer is light, I can wheel it around the garage easier than pushing a full wheelbarrow.
Yet, I can feel it back there..i've only had it out twice...I had to invent a clamp device to quiet the rattle at the hitch/ receiver.
.I'm a total newb' when it comes to towing anything. It feels OK...but it does bounce and surge a bit here and there.
I have an old 2000 Focus Wagon that I love, it was my Mother's car...only 32,000 miles on it. the typical car used now and then by a little old lady.

I think it's just getting used to towing...I feel a little bit scared about it...since I'm taking the trailer from Pa. to Florida soon...that's a long haul.
More worried about the Harbor Freight trailer holding up. it's rated 1195 lbs total weight.
I have no idea what the trailer would I find that out??

That's neat.
For your trip, I would at least pack an extra set of bearings, if not hub and spare wheel/tire as well.
08-24-2015 01:20 PM
Kalvin00 My Harbor Freight folding trailer. I have a 5 speed, tows just fine.. little slower off the lights but still goes up most hills in top gear at 55-60 mph without a struggle.

Hate how you feel all the bumps from the trailer in a car though. Makes me think the force is going to rip the frame apart.

08-24-2015 09:35 AM
Ken Foster Some are more dedicated to this towing thing than me. They have welding skills!
08-24-2015 09:24 AM
Ken Foster
Hidden Hitch

I installed and am using the Hidden Hitch and light kit from The whole set-up installs well and works just fine.

I have gone over the documentation from Ford. There is no specific wording that voids the warrantee for using a trailer. Be prudent, and you should be fine.

Since 08, I have been using small cars and a small utility trailer from Home Despot for a variety of purposes, but primarily for hauling motorcycles a couple of times a year to track days or rallies.
The first small tow car was a manual transmission, Neon R/T. It was perhaps the best car for the job because of the strong four wheel disk brakes. It was also a fantastic back road car in it's own right. Drop Throttle oversteer was easily invoked and the car four wheel drifted beautifully. Sadly, repairs became more expensive than the value of the car itself.

The next small tow car was a 1.8 liter manual 08 Toyota Matrix. It was also the beginning of my 100 mile per day commuting days. I put over 100K on this used car in less than four years. I am still doing the same commute. It was dead reliable, very practical. You could put a full size kitchen range in the back with the seats down. ........boring, slow, and noisy as the day is long. It was also designed to tow. Bolt holes for hitches were pre-drilled and threaded. The Disk / drum brake set-up and low power required some patience when towing, but it was really quite good.

I recently did a 350 mile round trip with my DCT Focus towing my bike, mostly on the NY State Thruway. The rig worked just fine. I am used to manual transmissions, so the quirks of the DCT pretty much make sense to me. The select shift modification may be something that I will look into down the road.

One hint - Get some of the 3M clear plastic paint protectant material to cover your rear bumper. Otherwise you will scratch it up with the light wiring. I learned this with the Matrix.

Also......Mustangs are too heavy to tow!
08-24-2015 02:29 AM
sailor Yep, and most Truck Stops if one is nearby.

$7-8 for a weigh, and usually free reweigh or a buck for each the same day. Weigh the combo, park the trailer & get a reweigh.

Remember the 10% rule for tongue weight once you get a number, you can check the basic balance then with a home scale for tongue weight (Focus size trailer should have person size tongue weight).

Need that much on the nose for stability, too light and it'll sway - with way too little it can get out of control fast.
08-23-2015 10:37 PM
Slicknick you can take it to a scale. Anywhere they sell dirt, sand and gravel will have one.
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