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Towing on a Tow Dolly

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#1 OFFLINE   heb1024

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:22 AM

So just checking here - when towing the c-max Energi on a tow dolly, are there any battery concerns?  I have seen the posts on flat towing talking about the battery problems.  I just traded my mini cooper that I had been towing on a tow dolly for a 2013 c-max, and was planning to tow it on the tow dolly also.  Just wanting to make sure before I went on my first trip with it (beginning of August).

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#2 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:32 AM

No problem with a tow dolly.  Tow it the same way you tow the Mini.


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#3 OFFLINE   garymkrieg

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 09:03 AM

Actually there is no battery problem when it is flat towed when you use the most up to date Ford towing instructions.  In the beginning Ford had people putting the key on accessory to flat tow and that would drain the battery.  Ford revised the towing instructions to be to turn the key to off while towing.  In the off position the battery drain is the same as when it is parked.

 

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#4 OFFLINE   heb1024

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

Excellent, Gary - thanks so much!



#5 OFFLINE   heb1024

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 05:26 AM

I need more help on this.  My Mini Cooper was a manual transmission, so I just put it in neutral and went.  When I leave the C-Max in neutral my battery seems to completely drain in about 6-8 hours.  This is easily dealt with by just remembering to put it in park when I stop and start the engine, but I have drained the battery totally twice now before figuring out that this is what is happening.  Considering the comments above (saying there are no battery problems when towing on a tow dolly), I am wondering if I don't have to put it in neutral to tow it on the tow dolly?  And yes, I have been putting it in neutral and turning the engine back off.  It is a keyless start, so there is no key position to worry about as discussed above.  

 

Thoughts on this?



#6 OFFLINE   garymkrieg

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 09:40 AM

I don't tow using a tow dolly, we tow four wheels down. Last week we towed 4 straight days with no battery problems.  During those 4 days the car was never disconnected from the motorhome and was never turned back on, ie once it was in neutral with the ignition off that is the way it stayed until we got where we were going. To set it up for towing we turn the car on, put the transmission in neutral, turn the car off.  I always look for the "Thank you for driving a hybrid" message to know the car is off, since we also have a push button start. I'm not sure what is going on with yours unless it it is staying in an accessory position rather than actually shutting off.

 

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#7 OFFLINE   heb1024

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 07:03 AM

okay thanks!  yeah, it definitely is not shutting off - lights stay on and it tells me to take the car out of neutral.  I will play with it some more.  Anyone out there towing on a tow dolly?



#8 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 08:36 AM

okay thanks!  yeah, it definitely is not shutting off - lights stay on and it tells me to take the car out of neutral.  I will play with it some more.  Anyone out there towing on a tow dolly?

There are three forums I follow, this one the C-Max hybrid, and the Fusion Energi. All of them have something about towing. It seems to me that I've seen some posts where they ran a power cable to the vehicle while towing. Sorry, can't remember which forum it was in.










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