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Old 05-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Towing with MK3?

I do not know much about the details of hitches/weight limits/Focus towing capabilities, etc. So any help is appreciated.

My boss offered to sell me his pop-up camper for a dirt cheap price. Seeing as how I love to camp & kayak, I would love to buy it.

1. Will the MK3 pull a pop-up camper?
2. I see the only hitch available is a Class 1, will that be enough for a camper of this style?
3. Better off installing light wiring myself or have dealership do it?
4. Any issues with warranty if I put a trailer hitch on the car?

Anything I missed?

Thanks much in advance!


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Old 05-16-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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I thought I remembered seeing something in the owners manual stating that the car shouldn't be used to tow.... if so, it might do Bad Things to your warranty if Ford is able to detect that you used it like that.
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I do not know much about the details of hitches/weight limits/Focus towing capabilities, etc. So any help is appreciated.

My boss offered to sell me his pop-up camper for a dirt cheap price. Seeing as how I love to camp & kayak, I would love to buy it.

1. Will the MK3 pull a pop-up camper?
2. I see the only hitch available is a Class 1, will that be enough for a camper of this style?
3. Better off installing light wiring myself or have dealership do it?
4. Any issues with warranty if I put a trailer hitch on the car?

Anything I missed?

Thanks much in advance!
What model pop-up?

I have one of the smallest pop-ups available (Coleman Taos) and, even with a manual trans, there's no way I would pull it with my Focus. It's about 1400 lbs unloaded, with about 150-200 lbs tongue weight. I wouldn't want to pull anything more than about half that weight.

As the other poster mentioned, as far as Ford's warranty is concerned, the Focus' towing capacity is zero.
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Thanks for everyone's feedback - love this forum!


Not sure what model pop-up...will ask the boss after his next meeting.

Also decided to call Ford Customer Service; they just kept repeating "any aftermarket part could void the warranty". They then told me to call my local dealership for further info.

Called my dealership; after asking me what I wanted to tow, their answer was:
"Yes, you can add a hitch - any aftermarket part could void your warranty. The MAX towing capacity is 1,000lbs. We recommend towing less than that."

So, unless the camper weighs under 1000lbs - it's a no go.
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Called my dealership; after asking me what I wanted to tow, their answer was:
"Yes, you can add a hitch - any aftermarket part could void your warranty. The MAX towing capacity is 1,000lbs. We recommend towing less than that."

So, unless the camper weighs under 1000lbs - it's a no go.
I'm REALLY surprised that was their answer. My manual clearly states:

"WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through an authorized dealer."
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I have a hitch on my focus, but it is for my bike rack. That being said, if my friend can pull a jet ski with his mini, then I would think the focus could do it.
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I have a hitch on my focus, but it is for my bike rack. That being said, if my friend can pull a jet ski with his mini, then I would think the focus could do it.
Jet skis are pretty light. Do you mean a "waverunner"-type watercraft? Even the heavier waverunners are in the 800lbs dry-weight range. That is much less than a small pop-up camper.
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J-Series 806 Jayco Pop-up Camper weighs 995lbs.

Not going to chance pulling it with the Focus. My buddy has an older 4.3 V6 Chevy S10 pickup that I should be able to use instead.

Much thanks for everyones info!
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J-Series 806 Jayco Pop-up Camper weighs 995lbs.

Not going to chance pulling it with the Focus. My buddy has an older 4.3 V6 Chevy S10 pickup that I should be able to use instead.

Much thanks for everyones info!
Thanks for relaying the Ford responses.

Strictly my opinion based on other posts from this site...

You'd be OK if you keep your total trailer weight around 500 pounds. That would be a very small trailer @ 200 pounds and a smaller ATV around 350 pounds.

Make sure you get a modular wiring kit that can be removed before taking the car in for service at the dealer. Any sign that you've been hauling a trailer is grounds for a voided power train warranty. I have a friend that is a Ford mechanic and trailer wiring is one of the signs they'll look for.

Depends on how much your total weight is too. If you're going to have passengers and luggage in the car, be careful. My tire and load sticker says the limit for occupants and cargo is 827 pounds. Consider the tongue weight in that figure and total trailer weight as a burden on the power train. So the more weight in the car while also pulling a trailer is going to reduce the weight you'll be able to haul on the trailer.
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Inspired by this (http://www.curbsideclassic.com/auto-...ng-conspiracy/), I checked out the towing capacities for the Focus on ford.co.uk.

They don't offer the 2.0 TiVCT there, but even with the smaller non-turbo 1.6, Ford U.K. says it's safe to tow 635 kg (about 1,400 lbs).

http://www.config.ford.co.uk/fordcon...yhmodelspc.htm

That's with the manual tranny, not the DCT, and there could be differences in spring rates or cooling system capacity that matter. But despite what the U.S. owner's manual says, I think it's safe to say the Focus is capable of towing more than zero lbs.
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