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Old 09-12-2007, 06:09 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a new toad -- a 2007 Ford Focus, 5 speed manual tranny. I am going to keep my 2006 Ford Freestyle and tow dolly for those times when I will have more than just my wife and I to carry around at the destination. Would appreciate any tips from the more experienced people out there as far as set up. I am thinking about a Blue Ox baseplate and then using a surge brake setup for the Focus -- it only weighs 2,500 lbs. Any thoughts on the surge brakes for that light of a vehicle ? I know some of the front of the Focus will have to be cut as it has the street appearance package on it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have just purchased a new toad -- a 2007 Ford Focus, 5 speed manual tranny. I am going to keep my 2006 Ford Freestyle and tow dolly for those times when I will have more than just my wife and I to carry around at the destination. Would appreciate any tips from the more experienced people out there as far as set up. I am thinking about a Blue Ox baseplate and then using a surge brake setup for the Focus -- it only weighs 2,500 lbs. Any thoughts on the surge brakes for that light of a vehicle ? I know some of the front of the Focus will have to be cut as it has the street appearance package on it.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:14 AM   #3
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David,
Been towing 2007 for a year, Blue Ox baseplate, a couple of plastic trims removed for the baseplate (underneath) and using a Brake Buddy. Don't know it's back there!

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Hi Dave,
I have Blue Ox base plate, tow bar and USGear supplemental braking sytem. Before deciding on the products to buy, consider reading the "sticky" post at the beginning of this forum titled "The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking" authored by SMI. The bottom line is buy components that will handle considerably more than the static weight of your toad.
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Thanks for the input --

Will read the article before making final decisions but, really appreciate Bob's input since he is towing the same type of Toad. I read some more about the surge brake and have decided that it is probably not the way to go as the toad and the MH (connecting parts) have to be level -- think that could cause problems if you got into a position where you are not level.
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