Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 17 October 2010, 16:41   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Royal Wootton Bassett
Length: 8m +
Engine: 250
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 8,020
Ford Focus towing a 4m rib?

Hi,

I was thinking of fitting a towbar to a ford focus 1.8 16v it's a mk1 year 2000. I just wanted to know if it would make a good tow car for my Avon SR4, also would it be good on long trips and be ok on the slipway?

Thanks in advance
__________________

__________________
whisper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2010, 16:49   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,298
Yes, it will be fine. You could tow an SR4 with a pushbike!
Just be careful of the towing capacity of your car for an unbraked trailer and compare this with the plated weight of the trailer.
__________________

__________________
Downhilldai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2010, 17:26   #3
RIBnet admin team
 
Poly's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: imposter
Make: FunYak
Length: 3m +
Engine: 2 stroke YAM 20 HP
MMSI: 235089819
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 10,114
You should be fine. In terms of slipway it depends on two things: the slipway and the tyres. If in doubt use a long rope so the car is on better surface / shallower slope. If you get stuck on a slippy slip - then remove the trailer and chock it - then use sand/gravel under the wheels - it seems very effective at cleaning slime off concrete.
__________________
Poly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2010, 17:38   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: just N of Bristol
Boat name: Sable
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50hp
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 400
Don't forget to keep a couple of bits of wood in the car for those annoying slipways which don't have loose lumps of rock the right size to use as chocks (or they might, but they are a little bit too far to run from the car whilst it's making a horrid groaning noise)

OK, maybe thats just me being disorganised and not picking them up first ...

Mine's on a Peugeot 306, although it is the 2l HDI, don't know if that helps for comparison at all.
__________________
Gaffa tape is like the Force.. it has a dark side, a light side, and holds the universe together
Shaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2010, 05:16   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
MMSI: 235068449
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4,610
I had no probs, but I had the diesel. As said, check the towing weights, but an SR4 should be well within the Focus' capabilities.
__________________
9D280 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19 October 2010, 13:47   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Royal Wootton Bassett
Length: 8m +
Engine: 250
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 8,020
Thanks, Iíve seen some brand new towbars with electrics on ebay for around £75

290464536293

270636473691

I donít know if they are any good but they are certainly cheap.
__________________
whisper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19 October 2010, 15:41   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: I.O.W/Bristol
Boat name: HotShot
Make: shakey
Length: 5m +
Engine: 70hp Tohatsu
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,543
Absolutely no problem, I have exactly the same car and tow my 5.2m (on a braked trailer). Admittedly I only tow it 1.5 miles each way but I do pull it out of the water and up a steep slipway. Never had a problem if I give it some beans.
__________________
slimtim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19 October 2010, 16:09   #8
Member
 
actions's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Herne Bay
Boat name: Red May
Make: Zodiac
Length: 4m +
Engine: 40hp Honda 4 Stroke
MMSI: Is quite long
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 653
Send a message via Skype™ to actions
Towbars

Quote:
Originally Posted by whisper View Post
Thanks, Iíve seen some brand new towbars with electrics on ebay for around £75

290464536293

270636473691

I donít know if they are any good but they are certainly cheap.


I purchased a witter towbar as they are known to be a very good strong make. Try PFjones.co.uk. One for a focus on year 2000 is £74.90 complete with elecs. At least this way you know your getting a good make. http://www.pfjones.co.uk/tow-bars/-f...hatchback.html

Also i have a valiant 380 with 30hp on the back, towed by a 1.8 Vectra. No issues whatsoever being towed.

All the best.
__________________
actions is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20 October 2010, 04:04   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
MMSI: 235068449
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4,610
Quote:
Originally Posted by actions View Post
I purchased a witter towbar
Yep, me too. And don't believe the bit in the instructions about cutting the back bumper (assuming of course they haven't changed the design!) It will fold slightly but means should you want to remove the tow bar to sell, no damage. Just remember to keep the rear crossmember that the towbar replaces if you want to remove the bar for selling.

There's a handy vent either side (under the bumper) to lead the cable through - saves drilling the boot floor.
__________________
9D280 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20 October 2010, 04:47   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Ipswich
Boat name: Jammy Dodger
Make: Avon Adventure 7.20
Length: 7m +
Engine: 200 Yamaha
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 331
Send a message via MSN to willfinch36
Quote:
Originally Posted by actions View Post
I purchased a witter towbar as they are known to be a very good strong make. Try PFjones.co.uk. One for a focus on year 2000 is £74.90 complete with elecs. At least this way you know your getting a good make. http://www.pfjones.co.uk/tow-bars/-f...hatchback.html

Also i have a valiant 380 with 30hp on the back, towed by a 1.8 Vectra. No issues whatsoever being towed.

All the best.
Just out of intrest, how many knots do you get out of your valiant 3.80? My old rib was a Valiant 3.80 with a 25 Mercury 2 Stroke and did 26 knots!!

Will
__________________

__________________
willfinch36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.