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Old 02-12-2019, 05:05 PM   #1
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Scooter Rack on a 2012 Hatchback?

I’d like to be able to haul my Honda PCX150 around on the back of my Focus Hatchback. It’s just under 300 lbs.

This seems like a common rack style - https://www.discountramps.com/tiltin...CYCLE-CARRIER/

How do I dertermine if the Focus can handle it?


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Id like to be able to haul my Honda PCX150 around on the back of my Focus Hatchback. Its just under 300 lbs.

This seems like a common rack style - https://www.discountramps.com/tiltin...CYCLE-CARRIER/

How do I dertermine if the Focus can handle it?
300lbs for the rack + a bike? Whats that weight 300 or so lbs? So that'd be about 600lbs + the fuel. Think about the tongue weight of a basic lite weight trailer....Yea it can be done w/ more wear on your shocks/springs & of course it wouldn't handle all that great, but really a cuv/suv would be a better vehicle for it.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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^^All of this.

Most important thing to determine is what the tongue weight of your hitch is along with the tongue weight of your car. I'm assuming you can find the cars specs in the owners manual for towing recommendations, but I'm 90% sure that 300 ibs alone will exceed what is recommended for your car. Plus, after a quick search, all hitches I've seen for the MK3 Focus are listed with a 200 Ibs tongue limit so they will also not be strong enough for that kind of weight.

If you do want to hauling your Honda around with your Focus, your best bet is to get a small trailer. Like you implied, 300 Ibs isn't really that much weight so the Focus should be able to handle it fairly easily, you just need to distribute the weight properly since the frame and body of the car isn't built to support that kind of weight hanging off the back.
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hitch....trailer . solved.
I tow a rowing shell. the shell is only 34 pounds....
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thinking about it some more....you could do it. But ...load 8 40# salt pellet bags in the very back of your car and see how it feels
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Thanks all - I'll keep looking for a better solution.
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I am getting bombarded with Rack ads this morning .
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I am getting bombarded with Rack ads this morning .
That was the first thing I noticed too this morning. lol
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