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Old 08-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #29
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Lightbulb Lincoln MKS / Air Force One / Blue Ox battery problem

We are taking our first California to Alabama trip with our new tow package.

Our Lincoln MKS battery is needing a jump around three times per day.

Hopefully there is a different option that Lincoln/ Ford tech. Engineers can advise all of us towing. It was slightly stressful when our Lincoln froze up in the big rig fuel lane as a tow newbie. Lincoln ford help line did not mention dead battery when we asked what the flashing red lock out icon was signaling. We blocked a busy fuel lane for two hours until our Lincoln road service arrived.

It's time to get Lincoln involved in this. It would have been good to know that the battery was a possibility from the help line.
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Dear sir. I found out the hard way as well. We are towing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid ? The Owners manual and towing guide strictly states "Put the key in the accessory position". THIS IS UNTRUE !! I found out from another poster that the key goes in the OFF position with the trans left in neutral and the key in the ignition. Like you,I was totally frustrated with the dead battery after only two hours. I put it to OFF and have not had any problem since towed six to eight hours without worrying about the car at all. We have now pulled it 2,300 miles successfully and drove it 1,000 miles around Glacier, Yellowstone and GrandTeton with NO PROBLEM.


Good luck and enjoy your tow and trip

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #31
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A charge line is needed from mh to hybrid. Just install that and no more dead battery. We have towed this car over 10,000 miles now and no dead batt.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:42 PM   #32
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I was given 4-5 weeks about 1 week ago (16Jul) by a Blu OX Rep so you should be able to order in about 3-4 weeks. I can't wait that long as I'm planning a long trip the end of Aug and decided on the Roadmaster EZ Tow Bar Mounting Bracket part number: 524436-5. I ordered the Roadmaster plate on 18 Jul but they haven't shipped it out yet - hopefully it will ship next week!
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I talked to Paul at Blue Oz yesterday (8/12/2013) about the availability of the 2013 MKZ Hybrid base-plate. He said it's out of engineering and production units would be available mid Sept. Told me he drove the car just last week (or the week before) and was amazed at how confusing it is for newbie just to get it to move. So it seems they got moving on this base-plate design and now hopefully there are no production glitches.

One more happy MKZ Hybrid owner,
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Good news for the folks wanting to know About towing FORD Fusion Hybrid or Lincoln MKX. We have successfully towed the hybrid now for over 2,600 miles. The only problem we had was in he first two days where whatever I did, the car battery would die. This is because the owners manual towing information states that the key must be I the "accessory" position. This is NOT true. The key actually goes to the OFF position and the key remains in the ignition with the transmission in neutral. No problem with the car, since we have driven it separately nearly 1,000 miles unhooked from the RV. I have encountered a lot of people asking about it on the road and many folks are looking for a small comfortable toad with good gas mileage. In our opinion, this is it.
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We have found that the key is just turned all the way back toward the driver while in neutral and away you go.
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Invisibrake brake kit will charge your toad while connected.
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Yes, but the Invisbrake does't fit under the MKZ Hybrid driver's seat. What other options are folks with Hybrids using for supplemental brake systems?
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Yes, but the Invisbrake does't fit under the MKZ Hybrid driver's seat. What other options are folks with Hybrids using for supplemental brake systems?
I'm using the SMI 4-Wire system I bought 12 yrs ago and 100K miles in my Suzuki. I've only made one trip for 200 miles with the MKZ Hybrid so I don't have a lot of experience yet. Right now it is set to apply too much braking so I will have to tweak the vacuum pressure down so the MKZ doesn't brake so hard. They don't sell the 4-wire system with the box in front of the seat anymore.

SMI Stay-N-Play Duo module goes under the hood and nothing goes under the seat. The little activating cylinder goes under the dash. I like the quality of the SMI products and the engineers are knowledgeable (I've met a couple at the iRV2 rally in Branson, Mo). Braking systems is all they make and they been around since 1997. Give them a call and they can email you the installation manual 1-800-893-3763.
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Yes, but the Invisbrake does't fit under the MKZ Hybrid driver's seat. What other options are folks with Hybrids using for supplemental brake systems?
I'm towing the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid which I believe is more or less the same distance from brake to seat as the Ford Fusion Hybrid and using the RVI-2 system. Haven't had any issues with the system.
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Yes, but the Invisbrake does't fit under the MKZ Hybrid driver's seat. What other options are folks with Hybrids using for supplemental brake systems?
My Invisibrake is mounted to the drivers side trunk wall in my Focus , just make sure the cable is long enough.
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Is anyone using the Hopkins Stealth or SMI Stay-N-Play in a Hybrid Focus or MKZ?
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