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Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-524443-5. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see, it's got a nice black powder-coated finish. It's going to come with a bracket to mount either your 4 flat 00:00:26 in the center here, or you can use a 4 pole or a 5 pole, or you can switch it out to use a 7 pole without the adapter. It's got your safety chain hook connections, and it does have a bracket to mount your breakaway switch. The breakaway switch doesn't come with the kit; that's included with your braking system. When you're ready to take these off, you can just pull back the spring-loaded clip, turn it, and it slips out.



Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster taillight wiring kit with bulbs, part number RM-155. With this system you're not going to tie into any of your factory wiring. This is a completely self sufficient system running off the wiring of your coach. There's no need to tap or splice into any factory wiring or add any diodes because it's a separate bulb and socket that go into each of your taillights. Now this is what your kit's going to consist of. You're going to have a 30 foot long piece of four flat wiring with ends on both sides. We'll have a six foot jumper harness that's going to be used for going between your coach and your vehicle.



WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at the Weather Tech cargo liner in black, part number WT40519. This is also available in grey, part number WT42519 and in tan, part number WT41519. Now you can see in the back of our Focus we have bare carpeting right now. It can be really susceptible to any kind of dirt, mud or liquids that would spill on it. We're going to go in and install our Weather Tech cargo liner, take it and lay it in there. It's going to have a nice lip.



WeatherTech 2nd Row Rear Floor Mat Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today in our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at the Weathertech 2nd row rear auto floor mats in black, part #WT440752. These are available in gray as well, part #WT460752 and in tan part #WT450752. You can see with our factory floor mats involved, doesn't give you a lot of coverage. Does not protect the transmission hump for your vehicle. Therefore, somebody's to sit in the center here, they're going to get the transmission hump and the carpet all dirty. We're going to go ahead and remove these mats. We're going to install our Weathertech. You can see with our Weathertech installed, it's going to give you a nice lip all the way around to help contain any spills or dirty and debris that might get on your floor.



Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus. We're going to show you how to install the Roadmaster LED Bulb and Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit. Part number RM-152-LED. I'm going to start my wiring by going right over the tube that runs out of this module here. It's going to take some wiring out. We'll go right over that. That's going to give us support.



WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today in our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to be taking a look at Weather-Tech Front Auto Floor-mats in black, part number WT446461. These are also available in tan at part number WT456461, and in grey part number WT466461. As you can see it with our factory floor liners in place you're not going to get a lot of coverage around your seal plate or under your seat or the side here. We're going to go ahead and remove these and install our Weather-Techs. Set it in place. Now these are just going to set over top of the factory snaps. As you can see with our Weather-techs installed it's going to come up nice and high on the side of our inaudible 00:00:52 plate here, sole plate. Up in the foot well, up under our pedals, nice and far up the fire wall, and it's going to continue along our transmission hump and in front of our seats. Now this nice high side is going to contain any of our spills, should we get one, and the channels are going to help keep dirt and debris and water and mud, whatever it should be, away from our shoes and our feet.



Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch for Towed Vehicles with Supplemental Braking System, part number RM-766. Here's what it looks like once its installed. This solenoid is going to completely turn off all the power to your towed vehicle, therefore not allowing your vehicle to drain the battery as its going down the road with the key on. This will work with almost any 12-volt system. It's going to come preassembled. It uses a marine-grade solenoid with a 200-amp constant duty and a 600-amp surge. It's also going to help trickle charge your battery of your towed vehicle as you're going down the road while it's hooked to the back of your RV. There are going to be great for a vehicle that requires you to have all the power turned off on your vehicle while it's being flat-towed.



Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to show you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX2654. Here's what the base plate's going to look like installed on our vehicle. As you can see, we're not adding a whole lot to the car. It's pretty low-vis. We're going to have our connection points for our removable arms on each side here via round holes. Had to cut our fascia right here on each side to accommodate for it.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus Hatch Back

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima HalfBack trunk mount 3-bike rack. That part number Y02635. Now, we already have our bike loaded up. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with 3 straps. These are also known as zip strips.



Whispbar Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're doing a test fit of the Whispar locking rooftop ski and snowboard carriers. That part number is WB-300. We already have the front carrier on and in place. We're going to show you how to put the back one on since it is the same way. We'll start off by setting our carrier onto our crossbars. We want to make sure it's at about the same spot as our front carrier.



Thule Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we are doing a test fist of the Thule SnowPack Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carriers. The part number for this is TH7326. We already have our front carrier in place, we are going to show you how we secure our back in place since it is the same way. We are first going to start by placing our carrier on and kind of trying to line it up as best with can with our front. Then we will take our strap, we are just going to connect it just there and then we will start to tighten down. Tightening down using our gray knobs here in the back, rotating towards ourselves and that will tighten down. Now we can go do the same thing on the other side. One thing to note with these carriers is that they will carry up to six skis or four snowboards, or you could do a combination of the two.



RockyMounts Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're doing a test fit of the Rocky Mounts LiftOp Biggie rooftop ski and snowboard carriers. The part number for this is RKY1482. Now, we do already have our front carrier portion on and secured down. We're going to show you our back one next since it is the same way. We're going to start by placing this on, making sure that our feet are facing the same way, and that our carrier is about in line with our front one. We've got this in place. We'll need to grab an Allen tool, or an Allen key to use with it.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're doing a test fit of the Inno fork lock roof mounted bike rack. That part number is INXA391. We already have our bike secured down, first going to show you how we do that. Here in the back, we have a ratcheting strap. We're just going to release that. A great thing about this strap is that it does move up and down the length of your rack.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're doing a test fit on the Inno Multi-Fork Lock Roof Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is INA392. We already have a bike secured down, and first we're going to show you how we do that. Here on the back at our wheel cradle, we have a ratcheting strap. The great thing about our wheel cradle is that it does move up and down the length of our bike rack to accommodate different bikes. Up at the front, we have our locking cover here. We'll just remove that out of the way, and then we have our anti-theft and tampering device, and we've got our skewer. We'll open up this side with the back lever, and we can loosen and tighten that skewer using the opposite side.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Focus

Today in our 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback, we'll be having a look at the Yakima full back two bike rack, part number Y02634. As you can see we already have a bike installed on it. Just wanted to point out a couple of key feature on this. The first point, the bike is secure by three zip strips. We have two at the top of the frame and another one here at the post going from top to bottom on the bike's frame. And these .. this one here will hold the bike into position from swinging back and forth so you don't have to worry about the bike coming in contact with the bike rack or the bikes that maybe in front of it.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Focus

Today on our 2013 Ford Focus hatchback, we'll be having a look at the Thule Archway XT 2-bike rack, part number TH9009XT. As you can see, we already have a bike loaded up onto it. I'm going to point out a couple of key features on it. Number one, if you want to secure your bikes, we have a cable lock that you can go around, wrap over your bikes, and put back here in the keeper. It'll secure your bikes. Secondly, the bike is secured to the bike rack by three points of contact. We have one here at the top, another one at the top and the back, and then we have another one on the post rail that goes up and down on the bike frame.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Focus

Today on our 2013 Ford Focus Hatchback, we're going to be having a look at the Thule Gateway XT 2-Bike Rack, part number TH9006XT. As you can see, we already have it installed on our bike rack. We alraedy have a bike installed on our bike rack on the back of our Focus. I'm going to go ahead and point out a couple of the features here. The bike is attached by 3 contact points. We have 2 here at the top of each straps, another one here on this top-post frame rail. This will keep the bike from swaying back and forth and contacting other bikes that may be in front of it or contacting the bike rack itself, potentially damaging the bike. Now, with that said, let's go ahead and remove our bikes here.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Focus

Male Announcer: Today on this 2013 Ford Focus we're going to be test fitting the Thule Raceway PRO hatch mounted bike rack, part number TH9001PRO. We already have a bike attached to the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack we're going to have three points of contact for the bikes frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and one off to the side which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep it from going too far back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also, we have this integrated cable lock where you would wrap it around the bike in the front and lock it into this slot here for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it to the side.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Focus

Today on our 2013 Ford Focus, we'll be having a look at the Thule Passage Pro 2-Bike Rack. As you can see we already have it installed. I'll just point out a couple of the key features here. We have three points of contact for the bike on the carrier. We have two on the top frame and we have one on the frame post which will help provide sway control so the bike doesn't contact other bikes while driving down the road, the carrier or the car itself. Lets go ahead and take the bike off and I'll tell you about some other things. Go ahead and undo these clamps. Lift off, put the bike to the side.



Kuat TRIO Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Trio roof mounted bike rack. That part number TR02. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. On our ratcheting strap here on the back, we're just going to release that. A great thing about this strap is that it does move up and down the length of the bike rack to accommodate different bikes.





Ford Focus Questions

  • Yes, Curt trailer hitch # C11350 will fit a 2013 Ford Focus ST hatchback with the center exhaust. I have included a picture from the instructions that shows the hitch installed. I have also linked the instructions for you to view. To add a ball mount use # C45521 and pin and clip # PC2. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch use # 19258. For trailer wiring use # 118549. I have included links to the instructions for the wiring as well. Because the exhaust is in...
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  • The Yakima SuperJoe Pro, # Y02629, is the entry level rack. It also tends not to fit as many vehicles as other Yakima trunk mount racks. Its small, light weight, and, well, red. The KingJoe Pro, # Y02624, is the next step up. Because the legs are designed a little different, this rack tends to fit on vehicles that the SuperJoe Pro cannot fit. Also, the arms that hold the bike rack on the KingJoe Pro can move independently of the lower or upper legs. On the SuperJoe Pro, the...
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  • The Curt hitch part # 13077 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 BMW X5 so I would recommend it for you. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount...
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  • The Roadmaster Base Plates, # 524430-1, are a fit for the 2012 Ford Focus SE. These base plates will not work on ST models. Also, if the vehicle has the adaptive cruise control feature, it cannot be flat towed. Adaptive cruise control uses a forward facing radar that detects other vehicles in front of the vehicle and adjusts the speed accordingly. You will also want to consult the vehicle owners manual on how the vehicle should be towed. Some vehicles will accrue mileage when...
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  • All of the 1-1/4-inch Class I trailer hitch receivers for your 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 Hatchback, which can be seen on the link provided, have a tongue weight rating of 200-lbs. The combined weight of your two bikes and your carrier of choice must remain within this tongue weight limit. We offer one hitch-mount carrier that will fit your 1-1/4-inch hitch and also handle the weight of your 60-lb Pedego bike, the Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH9045. Please refer...
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  • When choosing tie-down straps like the BoatBuckle G2 Retractable Tie-Down Strap, # IMF14220, you will want to keep a few things in mind. Boat tie-downs are designed for normal highway driving. The purpose of most boat tie-downs is to strap the lightest object to the heaviest object, meaning you will want to choose a tie-down with a break strength that exceeds the weight of the lightest object. For example, if your boat weighs 4,000 lbs and your trailer weighs 2,000 lbs, you...
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  • We carry many roof rack and kayak carrier options for your 2014 Ford Focus. The roof rack that I recommend is the Yakima Q Tower roof rack that includes two 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, the Q5 Q Clips, # Y00605, the Q83 Q Clips, # Y00683, and the Q Tower Feet, # Y00124. This will provide you with two crossbars to mount your kayak carrier to. You can mount your kayak directly to the crossbars, but to prevent scratching your kayak, I recommend using kayak carriers like the...
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  • All three Class I hitches offered for your 2014 Ford Focus SE Hatchback are a light-duty type that offer the same 200-lb tongue weight capacity, but as you note there are some differences between them that may help guide your choice for your cargo basket application. The link provided will let you see all three. The variations in construction do not result in different weight ratings so I would not be too concerned about the presence or absence of the collar. The Curt hitch...
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  • There are several wiring kit options available for flat towing a 2013 Ford Focus, see link. I recommend using # 154-792-118158 because it is a good solution for frequent towing and you will not need to use a brake light relay when using a supplemental braking system. I looked up the owners manual online for the 2013 Ford Focus and the vehicle can be flat towed but make sure you look over the recreational towing section in your owners manual for all the specific information. In...
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  • To flat tow a vehicle you will need at least 5 items: base plates for the vehicle (its what the tow bar attaches to), a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend Blue Ox # BX2654. The Blue Ox base plates are generally easiest to install. Take a look at the instructions to determine if this is an installation you can take on at home. Usually we do recommend professional installation. For a compatible tow bar I recommend...
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  • There are only certain bike racks that can be used on the back of an RV or trailer. I have included a link to them for you to view. For a 4 bike rack, I recommend the Swagman XP, # S64940. This bike rack has a single arm with rotating cradles which will hold alternative frame bikes more level.
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  • There are 5 components needed to flat tow your 2012 Ford Focus and those are a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring and a supplemental braking system. The base plate for your vehicle is the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, # 524430-1. You will also need safety cables, # RM-645, as they are required by law when flat towing a vehicle. You should not have a problem, but check your tow bar and make sure it is compatible with EZ style base plates. If it is not compatible,...
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  • It is possible that you will be able to use the Reese tow bar with the Roadmaster base plates, # 52491-1. If it is the Tow Ready Tow Bar by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, and Reese, # 63180, you will need Roadmaster base plate to Tow Ready tow bar adapter, # RM-025. In order to make the base plate arms removable, you will also need quick disconnects, part # RM-201. I have also included a link to our series of articles on flat towing a vehicle. You should keep in mind that the Tow...
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  • I do have a solution for carrying bikes on your Focus but if the vehicle has a spoiler then it is a no fit situation because the rack cannot be safely installed on the vehicle. The ratcheting cables are actually much more secure and easier to use than straps. The combined weight the # TH9003PRO and 2 average weight bicycles could also cause bumper deformation. The safest way to carry bikes on your 2012 Ford Focus is to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack....
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  • Draw-Tite includes a cross-section view on their instruction sheets that will show how the receiver will sit in relation to the bottom of the bumper fascia. On a Mustang V6 model, the bottom of the receiver will sit about 3 inches below the bumper fascia. For a V8 and GT model, the bottom of the receiver will sit about 2 inches under the bottom of the fascia. Measure downward from the bottom of the fascia to ground level, and subtract 2 or 3 inches from that distance, depending...
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  • Think of bolt-through as bolt-on without drilling any holes in the trailer frame. Bolt-around might be a better way to describe how the Fulton trailer jack # FXP15L attaches to the trailer frame. Snap ring jacks like # PSEJ10000101 as an example have a snap ring, see picture, that holds the jack to a mounting bracket. The Fulton jack is attached to the mounting bracket via a bolt in the center. For a marine swivel jack with a wheel a Fulton F2 jack, such as # F1413140334,...
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  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow, this figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. Typically tongue weight is 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight. For your trailer at 3,500 lbs that would put you at 525 lbs of tongue weight. For a system...
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  • The drop leg jacks that we offer have square tubing. You mentioned that the round hole you have on your coupler is 2-3/8 inches diameter. The tubing on the Bulldog Square, A-Frame Jack, part # BD195318 you referenced measures 3 inches diagonally. you would have to modify the hole in your coupler to make this jack fit. We do offer a Bulldog Round, A-Frame Jack, part # BD155032. This has a capacity of 5000 lbs and has a 2-1/4 inch outer tube diameter. I would then recommend...
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  • Yes, trailer wiring harness # 118549 will fit your 2014 Ford Focus ST hatchback. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you.
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  • You will need to remove some trim panels in the rear cargo area of your 2012 Ford Focus in order to gain access to the tail light wiring. If you look at the instructions I have linked for the Curt wiring harness, # C56140, there are some helpful pictures. The tail lights may need to be persuaded slightly because the seals around them can stick. If there are additional fasteners holding on the lights, they may be revealed when you remove the trim panels in the cargo area.
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