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You can borrow the Home Depot truck for $20 to haul your stuff around. When you factor in the cost of the trailer, the trailer annual registration, and the hitch, and you can rent the Home Depot truck many times and spare yourself the odd behavior of using dinky cars to perform the work of a truck.

As for a motorsport trailer, yeah, just dump the exhaust somewhere else and hitch through the center exit. Bonus points for a side exit solution!
 

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Wow, Doug, that's a great find! I'm still fence-sitting on the Focus ST and using my old Prizm to haul branches and other stuff every couple weeks. The eTrailer hitch looks perfect for my light hauling needs!

Regarding trailer fees, those don't apply in our county to trailers smaller than certain dimensions. I don't see many trailer licenses here since almost everyone stays within the free-trailer limits.
 

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Towing with Focus ST

Hi, from a new member (and previous lurker)! I am curious what people's thoughts are about light duty trailer towing with Focus ST — say, up to 2000 pounds?

We have a lot of yard waste that I haul to my town dump, say 10 miles round trip, about once a month using my Chevy Prizm (aka Corolla.) I also trailer our riding mower to the shop for maintenance every couple of years. Toyota is one of the few compact car makers that allows light duty towing up to 2000 pounds. But the Prizm is barely up to the task: 0-60 MPH takes 45+ seconds; rear drum brakes shimmy whenever I slow down.

I'm shopping for a daily driver that's fun, comfortable to ride in, and lets me haul everything from hunting gear to kids' junk to yard waste. Focus ST seems like it should be a better choice than my old Prizm for light duty towing but Ford prefers I buy a F-150 instead.

What do people think about limited light towing with a Focus ST? Any recommendations on a hitch/harness?
According to European Standards 200lbs hitch and 2000LBs towing. I installed a CURT Class I Hitch (super easy to install) CURT Manufacturing - CURT Class 1 Trailer Hitch #11431

I tow a Livin Lite 10.0 Popup it only weighs in a 1200 lbs
https://www.livinlite.com/products/quicksilver-tent-campers/

You don't even know its back there. My gas mileage does drop to 22 MPG from 29 but that's not that bad really.
 
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