Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-14-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
Ford C Max Toad

Has anyone heard anything about the possibility of flat towing the new Ford C Max Hybrid or Plug In Hybrid? Apparently it uses the drivetrain from the Escape Hybrid which was towable so it should be approved also. Looks like a winner if it is.
__________________

__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-15-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bearaboo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 288
Check this site:

https://fmcstage.dealerconnection.co...brid/index.htm
__________________

__________________
bearaboo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 763
Good link, bearaboo!

We were also curious as neighbors of ours were telling us how they'd love to tow their Prius if only it could be towed and we then started talking about the new C-Max. We all wondered if it could be towed.

The answer is yes! That is good news. Thank you.

"C-MAX Hybrid may be flat- towed (four- wheel- down towing) behind another vehicle, such as an RV. The maximum speed limit while towing C-MAX Hybrid is 70 mph. Be sure to remind your customers that the vehicle must be placed in Neutral with the parking brake released before flat-towing. Front- wheel dollies or a flatbed trailer may also be used for recreational towing."


.
__________________
amanda_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
Prius Toad

If my memory is correct,Ford either co-developed or purchased the Prius Hybrid technology for the Ford Escape and the Fusion Hybrids.

Ford approved both cars for flat tow, but Toyota doesn't approve it for the Prius. I wonder if the Prius could really be flat towed too, but Toyota is taking the conservative route by not approving it.
__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Benny367's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 334
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmckinley View Post
If my memory is correct,Ford either co-developed or purchased the Prius Hybrid technology for the Ford Escape and the Fusion Hybrids.

Ford approved both cars for flat tow, but Toyota doesn't approve it for the Prius. I wonder if the Prius could really be flat towed too, but Toyota is taking the conservative route by not approving it.
The Ford Hybrid system for front wheel drive vehicles (Fusion, Escape and the C-Max) was developed independently by Ford Motor Company.
http://green.autoblog.com/2009/07/03...a-hybrid-syst/

Ford and Toyota have agreed to develop Rear Wheel Drive Hybrid systems together.

Why the Ford-Toyota hybrid tie-up is a big deal | Green Tech - CNET News
__________________
2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE 35' Ford Chassis
Benny367 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
Looked at C Max today at the dealer. Owner's manual definitely says OK to Flat Tow. Dealer is unsure when Plug in Hybrid version (C Max Energi) will be available.
__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Benny367's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 334
I currently don't have a toad and have finally decided to replace my daily driver ( once the lease expires ) and buy a Hybrid as a daily driver and to use as a toad. I am having a hard time deciding whether to go with the Hybrid Fusion or the Hybrid C-Max. Both are very nice vehicles and both get 47 MPG!

Of the two, I like the styling of the Fusion better but I also like utility that the C-Max offers too.
__________________
2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE 35' Ford Chassis
Benny367 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Benny367's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 334
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmckinley View Post
Looked at C Max today at the dealer. Owner's manual definitely says OK to Flat Tow. Dealer is unsure when Plug in Hybrid version (C Max Energi) will be available.
What is your impression of the C-Max?
__________________
2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE 35' Ford Chassis
Benny367 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
I liked it. Reasonably roomy inside with adequate rear leg room. Base model (SE) is very well equipped and lists for $25,995.
__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 09:18 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
I ordered a C Max this week. It will probably not get here until after Christmas so it will be awhile before I can report on its suitability for Toad Duty. Blue Ox has a baseplate in production and Roadmaster has promised to have one by the end of November. No info on pricing at this time since the usual online guys who generally have the best prices have no information at this point. Probably similar in price to the Focus baseplate since it is the same platform. I'll probably use my ReadyBrake that I currently use with my Geo Tracker.
__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 10:03 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Benny367's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 334
Congrats on the new C-Max! I'll be following your posts closely as I will be ordering a new C-Max next year (after my current lease ends)
__________________
2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE 35' Ford Chassis
Benny367 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
HeapBigEngin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 636
Outstanding feedback on C-Max, folks. Thanks!
__________________
2003 Fleetwood Revolution DP
HeapBigEngin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 10:09 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Ohio
Posts: 647
By the way, I was originally interested in the C Max Energi (plug in hybrid) instead of the C Max Hybrid. The Energi has a 20 mile range on electricity only and can be recharged in 8 hours on a 110v outlet. Seemed like a natural for motorhoming since I could charge it at campgrounds for free (maybe) and at least when traveling, never buy gas for it.

Further investigation, however, revealed that even with the possible $3,750 tax credit, it would cost me about $2,000 more. And there are downsides:

*The gasoline only mileage on the Energi is 43/43 instead of the Hybrid's 47/47

*The Energi weighs 3,859#, 252# more than the already hefty Hybrid's 3,607#

*There's a significant loss of storage space due to the larger battery

Fooling with numbers, I figured it would take me about 20 years to get my money back with the Energi based on today's gas and electricity prices.
__________________
John McKinley
2007 Damon Daybreak 3060, Ford 16,000# Chassis,
Ford C-Max Hybrid Toad , Suzuki V Strom 1000cc
jmckinley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Benny367's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 334
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmckinley View Post
By the way, I was originally interested in the C Max Energi (plug in hybrid) instead of the C Max Hybrid. The Energi has a 20 mile range on electricity only and can be recharged in 8 hours on a 110v outlet. Seemed like a natural for motorhoming since I could charge it at campgrounds for free (maybe) and at least when traveling, never buy gas for it.

Further investigation, however, revealed that even with the possible $3,750 tax credit, it would cost me about $2,000 more. And there are downsides:

*The gasoline only mileage on the Energi is 43/43 instead of the Hybrid's 47/47

*The Energi weighs 3,859#, 252# more than the already hefty Hybrid's 3,607#

*There's a significant loss of storage space due to the larger battery

Fooling with numbers, I figured it would take me about 20 years to get my money back with the Energi based on today's gas and electricity prices.
That is EXACTLY the same conclusion I came to as well!
__________________

__________________
2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE 35' Ford Chassis
Benny367 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ford, toad



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.