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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford Focus Behind a Motor Home


Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford Focus Behind a Motor Home

Question:

what do I need to tow my 2012 ford focus behind my motorhome using roadmaster towbar

asked by: Ron


Expert Reply:

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, then I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, # RM-520.

We have two options for wiring/lights. You can use a diode wiring kit like part # RM-154. This kit wires diodes into your existing wiring in your vehicle and will use the vehicle lights when towing. I have added a link to a video of this kit being installed on a 2006 Jeep Liberty below. You could also use the tail light wiring kit with bulbs, # RM-155. This will require you to drill into your tail light assembly on your vehicle to install the bulb socket.

If you do not feel comfortable with wiring or do not want to splice into the wiring on your vehicle, you can use a temporary light system like part # RM-2100.

You will also want to check with the laws in your state regarding a supplemental braking systems. Some states require a supplemental braking system when flat towing vehicles. I would recommend the Roadmaster InvisiBrake, # RM-8700. I have attached a help article and demonstration videos for you to check out.

Finally you should check your owners manual as there are specific steps that must be taken with your specific vehicle to flat tow safely.

expert reply by: John H


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