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Old 04-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Pulling a trailer with a Focus....anyone?

Anyone pulling a trailer with their focus at all? If so what kind of set up have you done, what do I need to look for etc. Asking because my daughter's grandparents bought her a jetski and we want to pull it wit the focus (other cars we have we don't want to put a hitch on). The car is a 2001 SE.

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Old 04-26-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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What other cars do you have b/c the focus is no where near what you want to tow with. Besides towing in a focus will surely put extra stress on the transmission/clutch that its not made for at all.

In other words towing will risk damage to your car, and also with no real frame on the focus I don't see a hitch mounting easily.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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You could put a hitch on it, but it will have to be a drawtite or similar. The manual should tell you how much you can tow with the Focus. Then, you just add the weight of the Jet Ski and the trailer and see if it is within the limit. Also, pay attention to the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating). That is the max you can carry including passengers and cargo in the car. Basically, you may not be able to tow the jet ski and carry 4 people + luggage.

Towing will definitely put added strain on the drivetrain, but it can handle it up to the GVWR. If it's a manual trans, just be sure not to ride the clutch when starting in 1st from a stop.

Jet Skis are not very heavy at all. I would expect that the focus can handle it, but probably not much more.
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ive seen foci with hitches, so its possible, and seen a focus towing a small pull behind pop up camper, so the jetski should do alright, alho that focus was struggling pullin the camper lol
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You can do it but, the max weight is 750kg or 1650 Pound.
I wouldn't tow a trailer with the Focus at all.
Even braking with a full load on the rear and front pads only would be hard to pull up.
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I would say.... If you can avoid it, would be perfect. If you really want to tow with the fofo do it but just with extreme care. Don't push the car to hard. My .02
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Thanks for the comments so far guys...but let me provide some insight so I don't seem like I'll be driving around recklessly and without a care for the car.

The hitch will go on this car and not one of my other ones because this is the car I use when we go up to the lake. we throw the dog, my daughter, and all our gear in and head to the lake with it to stay every weekend. The car is a driver with about 160,000 on it right now so the car owes me nothing and has been quite good to me. Basically the jetski will stay up at the lake in our driveway. The house is exactly 1/2 a mile from the boat ramp.

On a side note a buddy of mine had a 2000 and towed a seadoo jet boat with his.....it was a pisser seeing it come off the ramp with the boat on it with the tires spinning like mad
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Actually, the rating for the U.S. focus--at least my 2004--is 1000 lbs. I occasionally pull a small 4x8 trailer--it weighs about 250 lbs. dry. I've never had more than about 500 lbs. on it, but it pulls alright. Getting the weight distribution right is the most crucial part of towing with a small car.

I don't know why folks are so afraid to tow with a car. Load the thing properly and drive like a sane person who knows they have a trailer behind them, and you won't have any problems.

The hitch I have is from Hidden Hitch. There is no wiring adapter for the newer focuses--at least not for my 2004 w/2.3--you have to splice in to the tail light wiring behind the left rear panel (wagon). I found conflicting information on wire colors searching the net, so I just put the multimeter on it as I worked the turn signals, brakes and tail lights to find out what wire did what.

One tip--the trailer I have has a 2,000 lb. rated axle with nice big bearings and a five lug hub. Big, well lubed bearings and as tall a tire as you can fit will make towing life much more pleasant. I'm not a big fan of the Harbor freight fold-ups with the small Chinese bearings and 8" tires.
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^lol that would be a site there
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imagine a Focus pulling a mini mobile house.

that's too cute,your killing me lol
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