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Old 07-19-2011, 10:19 AM   #11
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I have a2009 HHR with a One and a quarter inch U-Haul Hitch and I haul my mobility scooter on a metal grated platform (which would definitly weigh a lot more than a bike rack with two bikes attached) and have made a lot of long trips with same. You should have NO trouble at all.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:57 AM   #12
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anyone have a picture of a hitch mounted on a 2012 hatch?
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:05 AM   #13
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Reverse sensors will beep with bike rack and bikes

I know the reverse sensors system will beep (not continuously) when you have a bike rack with a bike on it. According to the manual "a control in the message center allows this to be disabled", but I think that's wrong. I just went through all the menus and can't find a way to disable it. Not that I care to disable it anyway, I just checked before posting.

My friend's Explorer allows you to disable the rear sensors. I think because it has a towing capacity and makes sense if you want to back a boat into the water without the distraction of the warning beeps.

Since the 2012 Focus is not rated for towing it makes some sense that they don't provide a way to disable the rear sensors.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #14
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anyone have a picture of a hitch mounted on a 2012 hatch?
Links to pictures of installed hitch are in the first post.
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I know the reverse sensors system will beep (not continuously) when you have a bike rack with a bike on it. According to the manual "a control in the message center allows this to be disabled", but I think that's wrong. I just went through all the menus and can't find a way to disable it. Not that I care to disable it anyway, I just checked before posting.

My friend's Explorer allows you to disable the rear sensors. I think because it has a towing capacity and makes sense if you want to back a boat into the water without the distraction of the warning beeps.

Since the 2012 Focus is not rated for towing it makes some sense that they don't provide a way to disable the rear sensors.
For the Focus without the auto parking package, when you put the car in reverse a "rear park aid" overlay will appear in the message center, and you can select on or off.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:40 PM   #16
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My hitch is being installed today. Will post photos when possible.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #17
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has anyone found an online source for the Hidden Hitch mentioned in the first post of this thread?
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:19 PM   #18
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Love to hear of experiences with the Hidden Hitch and a bike rack.

My bike doesnt like being smooshed into the back of the hatchback, so I'm ready to make a purchase...
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:37 AM   #19
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I purchased the Draw-tite hitch. It's cheaper and shows that it hides behind the bumper. I haven't received my car yet (15th- HOPEFULLY). Have the hitch in my garage. Once I install it I'll post pics.
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I purchased the Draw-tite hitch. It's cheaper and shows that it hides behind the bumper. I haven't received my car yet (15th- HOPEFULLY). Have the hitch in my garage. Once I install it I'll post pics.
This is the one I'm looking at as well....AND my car is supposed to be in on the 15th too. I like the no drill feature, but I'm curious to know about this "heat shield trimming" that has to be done. I'd love to see pictures when you get it.

I will purchase one of these, I'm just not sure I want to do it this year. The time for using it (since I just haul my mountain bikes) is coming to a close, and I'd like to avoid any sort of rust this year from winter salt.
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