Towing a trailer

WARNINGS:
Do not exceed 100 km/h (62 mph).

The rear tyre pressures must be increased by 0.2 bar (3 psi) above specification. See Technical specifications.

Do not exceed the maximum vehicle and trailer weight stated on the vehicle identification plate. See Vehicle identification plate.

Focus ST and Focus RS are not approved for trailer towing.

Note: Not all vehicles are suitable or approved to have tow bars fitted. Check with your dealer first.

Place loads as low and central to the axle(s) of the trailer as possible. If you are towing with an unladen vehicle, the load in the trailer should be placed toward the nose, within the maximum nose load, as this gives the best stability.

Note: The maximum trailer nose weight can be found in the original vehicle documents (confirmation of conformity).

Alternatively refer to your dealer.

The stability of the vehicle to trailer combination is very much dependant on the quality of the trailer.

In high altitude regions above 1 000 metres (3 281 feet), the stipulated maximum permitted gross train weight must be reduced by 10% for every additional 1 000 metres (3 281 feet).

Steep gradients

WARNING:
The overrun brake on a trailer is not controlled by ABS.

Change down a gear before you reach a steep downhill gradient.

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