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Ford C-Max Energi Towing


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#1 OFFLINE   jack

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 08:58 PM

Can an electric C-Max Energi really tow anything of modest weight for any length of time? I am not trying to be a smart ass here, I'm just trying to see what the C-Max can do?







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#2 OFFLINE   Kam

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:28 PM

I never thought about that but if i had to guess I would probably think no?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:26 PM

I'm thinking that it would drain the battery too fast. Maybe the new Escape would fit the bill better.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:17 PM

I never thought about the escape. It most likely would! I don't think the batteries would last too long towing either.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:24 PM

Probably not. Unless it was a little bicycle trailer or the like.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:11 PM

Even a bicycle trailer may be a bit much. I doubt the frame is set up to have weight dragging on it.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:34 PM

I'd expect the cmax could easily handle a lightweight trailer, perhaps 1000lbs or so. That generally means less than 100lbs of tounge weight, so the frame isn't stressed, and it's not much more load on the engine to pull a trailer at 50mph than it is to drive on the interstate at 70mph. Sure, your electric range and mpg will suffer, but you have to expect that. Personally, I need to be able to tow a single-rail motorcycle trailer and an electric motorcycle, so I'm hoping for at least 600lbs of towing capacity. But Ford will probably say 'no towing' just to protect the warranty, even if the vehicle is mechanically capable of doing so.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:06 PM

Dunno. I would suspect that Ford would have to let you tow something with the C-Max. If this is going to their supposed "mini van" fighter, they'd have to have some kind of ability to tow?
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:09 PM

Even a bicycle trailer may be a bit much. I doubt the frame is set up to have weight dragging on it.


I have NO doubt the frame is designed for towing. It is based on the Euro C-Max. Virtually ALL European cars (even tiny cars with small engines) are designed for towing; it's a way of life.

This isn't to say that Ford USA may stupidly claim the US model can't safely tow or take a hitch rack; unfortunately this happens frequently.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:36 PM

I don't think it could tow anything to heavy safely.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:59 AM

I looked for Towing information in the owners manual of the Hybrid. No mention of any towing capacity. The European version offers a tow ball. See the website below

http://www.fordmanua...g/page-908.html


Will be curious if they offer it for the US!
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

Nice catch. I've been reading up on the C-Max in Europe for a while now since little was available in the U.S. media. I'm guessing that Ford accessories and companies like Yakima will offer hitches shortly.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:19 AM

Reading the US version of the owner's manual has the following statement:


WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is
not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through
an authorized dealer.

Sorry!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

I figured this to be the case. I don't think they would negate a bike rack though.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

The vogue way to transport a bike these days is via the roof rack anyway.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

I recently thumbed through the manual at the dealer and was happy to see that the C-Max and the Energi can themselves be towed behind a motorhome. Just place in neutral and run the engine every six hours to cool tranny I believe.
Page 245 of the Owners manual says this,

All-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles can be towed with all four wheels on the
ground or with all four wheels off the ground using a vehicle transport
trailer. Do not tow your AWD vehicle with the front wheels off the
ground (by using a tow dolly) and the rear wheels on the ground; this
will cause damage to your AWD system. If you are using a vehicle
transport trailer, follow the instruction specified by the equipment
provider. If you are towing with all four wheels on the ground, refer to
the towing instructions found at the end of this section.
If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground:
• Tow only in the forward direction.
• Release the parking brake.
• Place the transmission in N (Neutral).
• Place the ignition in the accessory mode. See Ignition in the Starting
and Stopping the Engine chapter.
• Do not exceed 65 mph (105 km/h).
• Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning
of each day and every six hours thereafter. With the engine running
and your foot on the brake, shift into D (Drive) and then into R
(Reverse) before shifting back into N (Neutral).

Edited by DozerBob, 13 November 2012 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

I found CURT Hitch part 12092  2013 C-MAX all models then use Softride 26321 bike rack.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Class II hitch from CURT Manufacturing: http://www.curtmfg.c...C-Max&style=All

 

The installation manual looks awesome, with plenty of pictures (much better than the instructions included with the hitch I purchased a couple years ago for my other car from CURT - and by the way, that is a great product). The hitch is nicely concealed, and it is clearly safely secured to the frame. I would not be worried towing a light trailer with this setup. This would even rigidify the rear-end, but add a bit of weight.

 

Here is the link for the install manual: https://www.curtmfg....M_12092_INS.PDF

 

Picture of rear-end:

hitch.gif


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

Reading the US version of the owner's manual has the following statement:


WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is
not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through
an authorized dealer.

Sorry!

WEAK.

 

Class II hitch from CURT Manufacturing: http://www.curtmfg.c...C-Max&style=All

 

The installation manual looks awesome, with plenty of pictures (much better than the instructions included with the hitch I purchased a couple years ago for my other car from CURT - and by the way, that is a great product). The hitch is nicely concealed, and it is clearly safely secured to the frame. I would not be worried towing a light trailer with this setup. This would even rigidify the rear-end, but add a bit of weight.

 

Here is the link for the install manual: https://www.curtmfg....M_12092_INS.PDF

 

Picture of rear-end:

hitch.gif

SOLID. I like Curt, but the Torklifts might be an easier install without the fishwiring of bolts.   Who is going to modify the pins on a T-connector harness to get the wiring right.  Can't imagine Curt or another company offering a plug and play electrical harness with that "no towing" crap in the manual.   Bummer.  Bikes and boxes only for now.



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:11 AM

THis past April I was looking for a fuel efficient vehicle to tow a galvanized trailer for my pool cleaning equipment and I was told pretty much any car can tow 1,000 lbs,so I wouldnt be shocked that the engeri can do the same, wonder why the manual says no. I think Euro gets rated for towing because they have a diesel offering?










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