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Old 07-30-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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Towing 2013 Ford Flex with pushbutton start

I'm looking into setting up my 2013 Ford Flex Limited as a toad. According to the manual with the pushbutton start the only way to have the transmission in neutral is to have it in accessory mode, meaning battery drain. Is anyone else towing this model, and what have you done to ensure the toad battery doesn't drain completely? Any other gotchas? Thanks!
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I'm looking into setting up my 2013 Ford Flex Limited as a toad. According to the manual with the pushbutton start the only way to have the transmission in neutral is to have it in accessory mode, meaning battery drain. Is anyone else towing this model, and what have you done to ensure the toad battery doesn't drain completely? Any other gotchas? Thanks!
I tow a 13 F150 but You could maybe look at adding a charge line to your hookup.
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Scooter21: I am seriously looking at a Flex for a toad - did you resolve the issue with the push button start in ACC mode?
Also, if I may, I would love to hear your thoughts on the Flex both as a toad and everyday vehicle. I was considering a trailer for my Toyota Venza but have come to decide a trailer is not the way to go. DW and I saw a Flex recently and we're very impressed! A little larger than we wanted or need but otherwise seems nearly perfect.
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My C-Max with push button start has to have a charge wire from the coach. Was not very difficult to wire up through the AUX pin on the cable.
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Setting up my '14 Edge with push button start as a toad. Ford tech assist says to keep the Mykey in the motorhome and the car systems will go into sleep mode after a few minutes but will still draw power so a charge wire is recomended. I am doing this now and putting a 20 amp auto reset circuit breaker inline. Two posts on the breaker. One says battery the other says aux. (Dumb question) which battery goes to the battery side. The motorhome side or the toad side or does it matter. Thks.
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Scooter21 and sweetandsour: we just got our 2014 Flex and so far are loving it! Now getting a base plate installed with lighting wired up.
Still haven't chosen a brake system for the car but leaning toward SMI Delta Force (portable) or SMI Stay in Play Duo (permanent).
What brake are you using for your Flex? Any other thoughts on towing a Flex in general and/or lessons learned?
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I'm looking into setting up my 2013 Ford Flex Limited as a toad. According to the manual with the pushbutton start the only way to have the transmission in neutral is to have it in accessory mode, meaning battery drain. Is anyone else towing this model, and what have you done to ensure the toad battery doesn't drain completely? Any other gotchas? Thanks!
2012 Front WD Explorer. I just disconnect the battery after putting the transmission in neutral and key in on position. Takes a few seconds to remove cable from terminal and a few to redo when we arrive at destination.

Is Limited All WD? If so, may not be towable four down. All WD Explorer is not.
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According to the manual the Limited AWD is towable four down. However we are hanging onto our '07 Grand Cherokee rather than switching to the Flex. Part of it is not wanting to cut into the fascia to install the baseplates.

Thanks to all for the information though, things to think about in the future.
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