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Old 10-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Different Use for my FOCUS

It seems that everyone want's to get a bigger Turbo, Fatter Wheels and Tires, Lots of Bling here and there.............................
BUT, anyone tow their Focus behind their motor home????
My 2013 5DR Titanium trails behind my 2001 30' Thor Motor Home.
Roadmaster "All Terrain" connection.
The Focus has a place doing things OTHER than "Burn Outs".........
Lets hear from you........................


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Old 10-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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Here is the Rig.........

Home away from home......................
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Wink And the interface..............

Here is the "Hook-Up" and everything is controlled "Up Front", to include the braking.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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Too cool!

Yeah I sometimes feel like a bit of a minority around here. I don't want a rice rocket 4 banger. I just want a comfortable, reliable, nice small sedan with good gas mileage. With maybe a little change here or there to make it more personal.

It is kinda cool to see some of the stuff folks are doing to their cars, though!

Motorhome looks like a blast, too!
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Dinghy you have a very nice setup. Not everyone on the forum wants to modify their vehicles. the focus was designed to be a reliable, compact vehicle with good milage and a nice interior and ride. Love my TI Hatch. The only problem that I have with my totally stock car is leaving it parked. Being retired I have about 16 hours a day to drive but on a fixed budget not enough funds to put too many miles on my Mini Linlcon.
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I love any Focus, modded or not. Some people don't have the money, some people don't have the time, and some people just don't care about mods. That's what makes each car unique.

Have fun with your ride - the only person's opinion that matters about your car is YOURS.
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I have the exact same focus. I just came from a turbo car and as much fun as they are I am more concerned about fuel economy and a nice interior. Focus fits the bill for me. If I wanted something with a turbo I would have spent the extra money and got something with a stock turbo. Modding is fun but sometimes tough when the platform isn't made for it. Not to mention any issues with warranty claims.

I put a receiver hitch on my focus and I use it for my bike rack. I'm sure other's have done that. Not the best application since the hatchdoor can't open when the rack is fully loaded (unless your rack tilts) but it works great and the hitch fits really nice. Only the receiver part shows when looking from the back.

I like your motorhome setup. Do put it in neutral when you tow? Does the Odometer move when you tow?
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Exclamation Operators Manual tells all..............

Don't anyone get the idea I have "Big Bucks"........... I'm a widower that's retired military and drawing SS..................
But what I do have I try to enjoy.
As to the procedure to tow...................
My Titanium has all the bells and whistles and is a push button automatic.
Did you know the 6 speed Auto is actually two standard 3 speeds setup with a dual clutch??
Anyway I wanted something I could tow on "All Four".
Look in your Operators Manual under "Recreational Towing"....... find your transmission type.............
My Procedure is.............Release the Emergency Brake First!!!!!!
Then push start button WITHOUT your foot on brake...............then put your foot on the brake pedal and shift into neutral....... wait until "Transmission Ready" shows on instrument panel.........push the button to turn off the ignition. Maximum Towing Speed is 70MPH and no limits on distance.
It says to disconnect the negative battery terminal and reconnect and start engine when you get where you are going.
Camping World has ordered a special Auto Switch that will eliminate the need for that step.
I don't know if odometer counts or not since I just got everything hooked up and have only made the trip home @20 miles.
I'll know more as time goes by.
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I don't know if odometer counts or not since I just got everything hooked up and have only made the trip home @20 miles.
I'll know more as time goes by.
I wouldnt think the mileage would count when being towed, update us after your first real trip. I am also curious as to what the RV mpg decrease is while towing 3000lbs
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I wouldnt think the mileage would count when being towed, update us after your first real trip. I am also curious as to what the RV mpg decrease is while towing 3000lbs
I would think it wouldn't go up without the key on. At least; I've never seen a car that did! Towing them like this is pretty common.

As far as MPG; I wouldn't be surprised if his didn't go down that much! Some of those bigger diesel chassis get about the same MPG towing or not. ESPECIALLY when you get into the REALLY big Diesel chassis. Road Tractors (aka 18 wheelers) get the same 7-8mpg whether they are towing a big load, or have absolutely nothing behind them and are running without a trailer. Not to mention; some cars idle faster than those engines cruise down the highway at!
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