RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Thor Industries Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-15-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 20
Towing a Ford Focus

Getting ready to set up my Focus for towing with an ACE 29.3 and would be very interested to hear other opinions on what equipment to use,(tow bars,braking systems etc.) Kinda confused, especially about brake systems,any replies appreciated. Thanks,Ed D.
Six Pack 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 10-24-2016, 07:57 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bruce91's Avatar
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Port Orange, Fl
Posts: 759
Quote:
Originally Posted by Six Pack View Post
Getting ready to set up my Focus for towing with an ACE 29.3 and would be very interested to hear other opinions on what equipment to use,(tow bars,braking systems etc.) Kinda confused, especially about brake systems,any replies appreciated. Thanks,Ed D.
Brake system: RVI brake https://rvibrake.com

Tow bar: roadmaster falcon 2 Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

TPMS (tire pressure monitor) TireMinder® TPMS - The #1 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in America - Minder Research Inc.

This is what i've had for several years now and have been happy with it. There are many others who i'm sure will help with your decision.

if i hade it to do over again i would get the newer RVIbrake 3 that incorporates the TPMS.
__________________
Bruce Hotaling, & Cocker,Maggie
2009 Thor Magellan 36R 37' F53 w/5 star tune
Toad 2010 Ford Ranger W/Rampage lift for the Harley
2006 Georgie Boy Pursuit 31'
bruce91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2016, 05:08 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 2
Towing

I had a tow package put on my rig and we got all set for our 3-week vacation. The package works very well, now for the but. In the Ford Escape manual, it says the vehicle can be towed but you have to stop every hour and run through the transmition. Well, we did as instructed and just outside of Las Vegas we blew the transmission we called up Ford (under warranty) thank God. and they had to replace it. they replaced it with a rebuilt and IT blew a week after we got home. Both dealerships said yes the manual does say that but you should have put in a transmission pump. With the third transmission, we are now too scared to tow anymore. Just something to think about.
MSPadgett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2016, 06:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
IlliniCathy's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 303
We tow 2013 focus w a blue ox tow system. Very easy. We did not install a brake system. Please don't flame us over this, but no issues at all.
__________________
Cathy
IlliniCathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2016, 06:48 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Stripe34's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fulltime since ‘16
Posts: 2,625
Blog Entries: 1
We tow with blue ox bar and Patriot brake. No problems.
__________________
CC, Paul, & puppy Leap (ACD)
'17 DSDP4018, Wrangler toad
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Stripe34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2017, 12:43 AM   #6
Member
 
Thor Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 54
We haves towed our Ford Focus for a few years now.

Ford has put a 10 yr warranty on the transmission as they are having issues.(nothing to do with towing) just ensure you do the proper setup for towing (ie ignition on, then brake pedal,shift to neutral keeping foot on brake until you see the "Transmission ready " message cycle. And finally disconnect the battery.) .

I would suggest some sort of rock guard, because the vehicle is so low, ours has taken a real beating, replaced one fog light already.

Cheers
__________________
Thor
N.B. Canada
Palazzo 2015 (36.1)
t.thoro13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2017, 01:15 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
mrt_1111's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 1,111
Quote:
Originally Posted by bruce91 View Post
Brake system: RVI brake https://rvibrake.com

Tow bar: roadmaster falcon 2 Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

TPMS (tire pressure monitor) TireMinder® TPMS - The #1 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in America - Minder Research Inc.

This is what i've had for several years now and have been happy with it. There are many others who i'm sure will help with your decision.

if i hade it to do over again i would get the newer RVIbrake 3 that incorporates the TPMS.
I use the same equipment except for the TPMS. I use the tire-safeguard.

Here the procedure I use to setup for towing

1. Setup tow bar.
2. Get in car,turn ignition key on, put in neutral. Wait for transmission ready on display.
3. Leave driver door open. lock doors using key fob.
4. disconnect battery.
5. Remove key from ignition.
6. Setup braking system.
7. Shut and lock driver door using key. Check all door in ensure they are locked.
__________________
Mark
1999 Bounder 32H Ford V10, 2012 Ford Focus, Pretty DW, 1 cat. Retired USAF
mrt_1111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ford, tow, towing



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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Towing Ford Focus RLD_999 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 8 10-21-2014 03:32 PM
Towing a 2012-2013 Ford Focus dwaugh10 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 5 07-07-2014 03:53 PM
Towing a 2012-2013 Ford Focus automatic tim fm ct Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 27 07-02-2014 12:11 AM
Towing 2014 Ford Focus Titanium sbranen Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 3 05-12-2014 05:36 PM
2012 Ford Focus Towing lights Solask Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 32 02-13-2013 06:55 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.