A frame + brake buddy

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  1. SteveandDenise

    SteveandDenise Funster

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    Firstly I am not asking about legality or Europe.

    We have used a smart on a Towtal A-frame cable type for three years now with no problems but are now ready to upgrade the car to a IQ so a new frame will be needed the one I am looking at is a Towtal but with the brake buddy unit only because the frame is a bit lighter with no sliding hitch.

    Has any one any experience with a brake buddy they seem a nice simple unit?

    Thanks
    Steve
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    no experience but the genuine brakebuddy is very expensive new.

    obviously you have reasons for changing, but you dont need a full new A frame....only the part fitted to the car which will be many times cheaper than a BB.
     
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    I should have said we have already sold the Smart with the frame attatched
     
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    A frame

    Hi, Dont want to worry you but check that the IQ can go on tow as earlier models could not due to to the way the gearbox was configured .:Smile:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    now it makes sense :thumb:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    not doubting you Mike....

    rule of thumb,
    proper torque converter = no tow
    automated clutch = towable

    obviously needs checking out and confirming.
     
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    This will be a manual car as small autos have a funny type of electric clutch system which I never liked on the Smart.
     
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    Did you tell the new owners? Hate to think what might happen at a level crossing or if they hit a pothole.
     
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    Towed mile after mile with Brake buddy (Older style) face lift model with digital read out as opposed to pressure gauge, with cabin transmitter and receiver and brake away system, flawless bit of kit later models have the ability to change brake effort from the drivers seat
    5 star towing system even if a bit pricey, mine was bought used from e bay circa £375.00:thumb:
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    When I enquired at lincoln show I think the cost of the whole kit fitted was about £1300 inc 20% vat.

    I am quite caperble of making my own frame but as we all know have a bump, and your up shit creak without a paddle and some Wa**** will want to sue you.

    So for peace of mind I will buy a manufactured one and have them fit it to the car.
     
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    Hi

    PM sent

    Kevin and Tricia
     
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    We have the towtotowcars A frame with electronic braking, fitted on a Toyota Aygo mmt (Clutchless 5 speed).

    Brilliant piece of kit and the frame is very light as everything else is electronic. We now have a spare frame as just had a Stainless Steel one made.

    Have towed the toad for 5 years now, 15000 miles and no problems with the toad and just a couple of silly things with the electrics.

    May be changing for new shape 2014/15 Aygo if they keep the same mmt box, will also have the same A frame fitted.
     
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    but somewhere in the regs it states all controls must be in the toad except the breakaway device.

    no human intervention.
     
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    We tow an IQ with a Car-a-tow. Great little tow car and runaround - and can get 4 adults aboard (but doesn't like steep hills when fully loaded!).
     
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    Is anything cheap Ken soon as you say motor home it is all very expensive :Rofl1: but I will have a look at their site :Smile:
     
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    I looked at this system some time ago Ken and it appears to be a good setup but the down side was half of the system is fitted in your van ie alot of wiring.

    I think the cost was around £1800
     
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