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Old 02-16-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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Can i pull an 18 ft boat ? 400 lbs

any body with a hitch out there ?? whats the limit ?


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the car can TOW 1000lbs total, according to the owners manual.

The hitches we can put on (class I) are only rated for a 200 lb tounge weight limit.

is the 400lbs total weight or tounge weight?
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Good point, I am guessing tongue weight to be about 100. Thanks for the info.
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the hitches you can purchase are "bolt on" kits. Personally, i would have it welded to the subframe.
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I have a bolt on hitch, and I used to install hitches professionaly it is a bad idea to weld it because if it isn't done correctly then you can make the frame weaker. And the bolt on kits are non drill and stronger than what the car is capable of towing. I hooked up to a trailer and towed a bunch dirtbikes and dirtbikes no problem. Except with 17 inch wheels I rubbed on bumps sometimes. And that was at the Max weight.
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You mean like this?



Bolt on Hitches are fine. No need to weld. the bolts are rated for way beyond the stress you'd ever get from towing 1,000 lbs!

FYI a Class 1 hitch is rated for 2,000 lbs, (200 on the tongue) it's a 1.25" square receiver, but the Focus is only good for 1,000 lbs so its plenty good!

I did have to drill a single hole in my frame rail.

Look around this forum for color codes on the brake light wiring harness, I spliced in a 4 pin connector for brake lights and blinkers. I also dremeled out a bit of the hexagonal black plastic mesh on the bottom of the bumper (sometimes called a "diffuser")

Keep in mind 1,000 lbs is GROSS trailer weight! So that pic is a 250 lb trailer with a 400 lb Ducati = 650 lbs gross tow. I have pulled that many hours on hwy and through downtown DC, the SVTF handles it great!

Also keep in mind the gross vehicle weight! The SVTF has great brakes so you should be fine as long as you are smart and leave stopping distance. I can barely tell the trailer is back there when stopping with the bike on it. BUT I don't put 650 lbs of trailer on the car and then load 4-5 adults!

I dunno off hand what the GVWR rating is on the focus, but the SVTF curb weight + trailer weight + passengers and cargo in the car should not exceed that.

Feel free to PM if you have any specific questions or need close up pics.
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the hitches you can purchase are "bolt on" kits. Personally, i would have it welded to the subframe.
The rear subframe is way too low and way too far forward. The bolt on hitches bolt directly to the chassis rails on either side of the spar tire well. Hitch is bolted on with 4, 1/2" diameter bolts. You would very likely bend the frame of the Focus before breaking those bolts! No need for welds

And a regular Focus hitch will fit around the exhaust of an SVTF fine, but all the websites list that they don't fit the SVTF. It's because of that black plastic hex mesh on the lower part of the bumper.

I took my mesh off, installed my hitch, then spent some time with a dremel when I put it back on to cut out a tight fitting slot in the mesh so the hitch goes cleanly through it.
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You mean like this? .
I currently work for a towing products manufacturer and this information is right on.
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Thanks. That was actually a friends trailer I borrowed that one time. I have since bought the same model except with the slightly bigger 12" wheels for a slightly higher load rating. It's just a Harbor Freight model, but for $240 plus cost of 1 sheet of 4x8 pressure treated plywood for the deck, you can't beat the price!

The SVTF handles it very well. I hauled 10,000 lbs of raw materials to build my wood fired brick oven in 10-12 trips of ~800 lbs each, from the Lowes, Home Depot, & brickyard!
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