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Old 03-27-2007, 09:03 AM   #1
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Trailer hitch and pulling a trailer????

Ok so me and my GF are planning on moving to WV from FL in a month or so. We dont have much stuff we want to bring (just bed, 2 tvs, tv stand, dest, and some personals). Ive looked into renting a truck and thats like $1,000 but we could buy all new stuff for that so i thought maybe I could pull a trailer. Im not plaining on having my Focus that much longer so i dont want to drill into my car for a hitch but the ford dealership said they have one that bolts on to existing bolts. Soooo now my question is can my car pull a uhaul trailer (there are gonna be some hills when we get there) and is there anywhere i could rent borrow, buy than sell a hitch. Well if I find one cheap enough I MIGHT buy one... ill make a post in the WTB section.

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Old 03-27-2007, 09:16 AM   #2
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If you go to a U Haul or the like, they should be able to rent a hitch along with the trailer, and I believe you can turn it in at your destination. They also should be able to advise you on that weight your car could pull. When I bot my car used, it had a trailer hitch on it, which mounted through existing holes in the "frame" I never used it but the previous owner did, but I don't know what kind of load.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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I called uhaul and they said no i cant rent a hitch cuz the one they have you have to do drilling for. Would u sell ur hitch?
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well i wouldn't tow a 20 foot bass boat and expect the car to pull it back up the ramp without going for a swim...

but similar conversations have come up on here before, i've seen quite a few people with hitches and talking about hauling trailers with motorcycles and ATVs, probably about the weight your looking at give or take a little. and the car manual lists the hauling loads in there if you've got it still.
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well i wouldn't tow a 20 foot bass boat and expect the car to pull it back up the ramp without going for a swim...
lol LMAO!!!! Its true tho. Yea im just talking a 8'x4' trailer.

I read my owners manual and it says that i can pull 1,000lbs and 100 tunge weight. I know what a hundred pounds feels like but idk about a thousand.... is that much stuff? As i said b4 its a full bed, a desser and papers and some other stuff... idk anybody know what 1,000lbs looks like?
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What the heck!!! Is this really a 850lbs trailer?!?!?!?
http://www.uhaul.com/guide/index.asp...nt=trailer-4x8
So that means i can only put 150lbs of stuff in it?!??!?!? Even the open trailers are really heavy
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thats what it looks like...so unless ur bed weights 10 pounds, dresser weighs 10 pounds, etc...i dont think this plan is going to work very well....focus+uhaul trailer=not so much
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Something else that hasn't been mentioned is that U-Haul requires a tail light wiring harness with a compatible plug that their trailer lights can plug into. If you don't have the right connector, they won't rent you a trailer. Period, end of story.
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The Focus is rated to tow 1000lbs. I had a hitch installed on my 2003 ZX3 and it is barely visible. I use it to tow my trailer and ATV. I have figured the whole set-up to weight about 900lbs or so. I have had no problem at all towing with my car. I have gone as far as 350 miles a day up and down mountain roads and could hardly feel the trailer on there.
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The Focus is rated to tow 1000lbs. I had a hitch installed on my 2003 ZX3 and it is barely visible. I use it to tow my trailer and ATV. I have figured the whole set-up to weight about 900lbs or so. I have had no problem at all towing with my car. I have gone as far as 350 miles a day up and down mountain roads and could hardly feel the trailer on there.
U-Haul will rent a 5'x8' Cargo Trailer with Maximum 1,800lb load, to be pulled by a Focus SVT.
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