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Old 10-05-2018, 08:09 PM
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Just curious what is the weight a Focus can tow. Been tossing around the idea of getting a small boat, 14-16 foot fishing boat, lightweight like a Lund or a Lowe. Between the trailer and boat/motor shouldn't weigh more than 800-900 pounds. I wouldn't be launching it with the car, just towing from home to the campgrounds, then use the truck to launch it at whatever lake we decide to visit.
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Most smaller FWD cars are limited to 1000lbs. But I'd find the owners manual online to confirm.
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According to 2017 Focus owner's manual, Never tow a trailer with a Focus. It is not approved for towing.

There are other small cars or SUVs that can haul a lightweight trailer. I have towed behind a 4-cyl 1974 Mustang II, (8' lawn mower trailer) Hyundai Santa Fe, (popup camper) and will soon with a Jeep Patriot. (Very Lightweight boat). Read the specs and stay within them.
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All Ford manuals are online at owner.ford.com.
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I've put a canoe on top my Focus but never thought about towing. I'd guess you could make it work with limited weight. I think that I've seen a hitch on an older wagon but that may be a false memory and may have been a bicycle rack. Good luck at any rate.
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I started reading the OM, got to page 3 of the TOC and fell asleep.
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Im going to try the spyder at towing, what do you think?

I think it can tow this camper, lol!!
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There you go, now you got it! Don't forget to put the shopping cart wheel on the jack to help take the weight off the hitch!
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Originally Posted by Velosprout View Post
According to 2017 Focus owner's manual, Never tow a trailer with a Focus. It is not approved for towing.
All sorts of Ford vehicles are included in the Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide, including the Escape sub-compact CUV. But the Focus is not one of them. So I'll bet Velosprout is correct.

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Probably right, though not surprised if I see one actually doing it, heck I have seen ppprius towing things, and those are not made for towing, period. It was just a thought for next year. Trying to figure out a way to get my RV and a boat up to the lakes next year in one trip. Maybe a Superduty is in the works sooner than later.
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