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Old 05-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #121
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I have installed a Curt hitch on my 2013 5-door. All I can say is the bike rack moves the hitch up and down relative to the rear skirt by simply putting your foot on it and pushing down.
I think it needs a support from the rear sub bumper/impact bar. A longer angle on the frame attachment ( extending it forward ) might also be a benefit. I'll be working on this in the next few weeks and post info.
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:43 PM   #122
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I use a Curt class I and a Swagman two bike rack. Hitch was easy to install and I am very happy with both hitch and rack.

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Old 05-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #123
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Let us know how it works out for you. Do you haul it long distances? We will pull the Focus behind the Motorhome and put 6 to 8 thousand miles a year on it.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:54 PM   #124
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The hitch / bike rack work well. I recently bought the Focus to tow four down behind my motorhome. Haven' got the towing gear yet but am shopping.

Did you put a switch in line with the negative battery terminal for convenience?
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Not yet, but that would seem to be the easiest. I saw a Roadmaster ad the othe day for a switch to eliminate pulling fuses. I don't know what needs to be powered off in the Focus, but maybe Roadmaster does. I will such because you lose your station presets and such as that. I saw a recommendation to verify your Focus is in neutral by initiating the procedure in your garage on a level floor and making sure it rolled freely. I guess early 2012 need a computer update to go int neutral. Tranny goes up in smoke if it doesn't.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #126
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I plan to use a marine battery on/off switch to isolate.

And yes, the "neutral procedure" is very specific. Easy, but critical the procedure is followed.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:13 PM   #127
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For those that wonder how the Focus does towing a small trailer, I do it all of the time and it does great. I have a 5 speed and I would guess that my trailer with my motorcycle weighs around 750 lbs. The added weight is barely noticeable. The last trip, I got 31 MPG while towing my motorcycle at 65 MPH.

I have the Draw-Tite hitch with a Curt Manufacturing harness.

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Old 06-12-2013, 08:21 PM   #128
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For those that wonder how the Focus does towing a small trailer, I do it all of the time and it does great. I have a 5 speed and I would guess that my trailer with my motorcycle weighs around 750 lbs. The added weight is barely noticeable. The last trip, I got 31 MPG while towing my motorcycle at 65 MPH.

I have the Draw-Tite hitch with a Curt Manufacturing harness.
Thanks a ton! This is exactly what I wanted to know. I appreciate it!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:59 PM   #129
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Good

But......I am more concerned about the 6sp AT. Hoping it will be OK with a similar set up- only occasionally. Is that your Jap 4cyl bike? George in Tallahassee
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:30 AM   #130
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For those that wonder how the Focus does towing a small trailer, I do it all of the time and it does great. I have a 5 speed and I would guess that my trailer with my motorcycle weighs around 750 lbs. The added weight is barely noticeable. The last trip, I got 31 MPG while towing my motorcycle at 65 MPH.

I have the Draw-Tite hitch with a Curt Manufacturing harness.
Mine does great as well. Normally 32mpg
2012 5spd

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