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RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

The consumer is stuck in the middle if you tow a unibody car . Did Ford or Roadmaster do there home work on the stress on a unibody car ? They are going to point there fingers at the consumer because nobody but you installed it . The car I replace it with a Buick SUV . The dealer probably thot I was crazy because i got under under the car in the show room looking at the way the unibody was made . The unibody was all one piece and the Roadmaster base plate had 8 bolts on each side not 3 like the Ford . I hope i made the right choice . It is a shame the consumer has to a structure engineer in this case .
j wackerly 10/14/21 08:57am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

Have you had any communications with Roadmaster about the failure and the connection point?I did send my photo to roadmaster . I have not heard back yet ?
j wackerly 10/14/21 08:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

I have done some research on base plates and nobody makes a base plate that extends past where my failed at . If you look at the photo on page 4 . This is where the base plate should extend to .
j wackerly 10/11/21 08:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

After reading all the post . It looks like if you have a unibody car you are on your own when you have any base plate installed to it . The only sure way is not to tow a unibody unless you you know the stresses points on your car . A full frame car would be the best way to go .
j wackerly 10/06/21 11:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

I read this topic with some concern as I tow a 2017 Ford Focus and have done so for more than 20K miles with some four trips from the east coast across the rockies of Wyoming, montana and colorado. It appears the towbar could have been connected to the bumper assembly instead of to the chassis properly. I remember when I had baseplate installed the mechanic had to remove the entire front end of vehicle in order to make the correct connections since he said it would be literally impossible to properly hook up the tow bar unless he remove the front end. Once removed I could see why because the Focus being subcompact is very cramped and you simply cannot reach anything unless you have clearance. Anyway he did a good job as I have never had any problem associated with the baseplate mount which is critical for any flat tow.If you look at page 2 you can see the Roadmaster base plate is still installed to the unibody . The base plate was installed correctly loctite and torqued per instructions .
j wackerly 10/06/21 08:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

1) How would a 2015 Focus be "under warranty" when the factory bumper-to-bumper warranty is only 3-years? 2) The baseplate was attached to the bumper assembly, not the chassis aka "unibody". The section affected is part of the crumple-zone. 3) Rust indicates the welds were cracked a long time. Could be from towing stress. Could also be from a low-speed collision that maybe didn't even cause visible external damage. I'd put my money on a tow-bar that wasn't level however. This causes tremendous stresses under braking and accelerating.It was completely level . I had to use a drop hitch on my RV to make it level. Believe me i did everything posable to make every thing correct.
j wackerly 10/06/21 07:59am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

Blue ox gives you the same safety cables to go around the frame rails. Must be something with the Focus, because I haven’t seen those on other vehicles including my Explorer.I looked at blue ox and the base plate all bolt on the same Before i towed the Ford Focus i towed a Honda for years . I sold my Honda and the guy i sold it to is still towing it with no problem . I was going to buy a new Honda CRV in 2015 . I found out you can no longer tow them because of the new tranmission. So i had to settle for a Ford Focus . Big mistake after 4 transmission 2 modules and unibody problems . It looks like the base plate manufacture and car manufacture need to get together to engineer the right product especially for unibody cars.
j wackerly 10/05/21 09:04am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

Like I said, Ford designed the chassis and specified the welds to hold the body panels, doors, bumpers and other components, in place under normal use. The owner, in conjunction with the baseplate installer and manufacturer endeavored to modify the vehicle to serve a function not considered by the Ford design engineers. Any failure of a vehicle caused by an unauthorized modification is the responsibility of the person making the modification. Ford has no control over how you decided to mount the tow bar. :R According to your logic, if I decided to mount a 5th wheel hitch on the roof of a Camry and pull a 40' 5th wheel around, Toyota should be responsible if the roof couldn't handle the stress As to the transmission, based on post #1 I thought this was a thread about a tow bar failure.The reason i posted this post was to make aware this could happen to anybody that tow a Ford Focus . I purchased this car because Ford said it can be flat towed as stated on page 185 of owners manual. And roarmaster base plate will work on this car per instructions . As a consumer who can you believe ? The only way this could be avoided is to have a full frame car .
j wackerly 10/04/21 01:06pm Dinghy Towing
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