|08-25-2015 06:39 PM|
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 04:29 PM|
|08-25-2015 09:34 AM|
|08-25-2015 01:54 AM|
I'll definitely post pictures when I install it.
|08-24-2015 09:54 PM|
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 02:20 PM|
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 10:35 AM|
Some are more dedicated to this towing thing than me. They have welding skills!
|08-24-2015 10:24 AM|
I installed and am using the Hidden Hitch and light kit from trailer.com. 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 03:29 AM|
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 11:37 PM|
|Slicknick||you can take it to a scale. Anywhere they sell dirt, sand and gravel will have one.|
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