A-Frame 'Complies with all Towing Legislation'

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  1. superk

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    Came across this website that claims:

    The unique lightweight frame can be fitted in less than 5 minutes with out getting covered in grease and mud.

    A balanced braking system (with no cables) complies with all towing legislation

    The system fits neatly in the boot when not in use. The integrated parts on the vehicle are out of sight, no protruding bars etc

    Tow Bars and Cars for Motorhomes by Tow Bars 2 Tow Cars

    Looks interesting.

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    Keith
     
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    hi superk .it uses a similar brake system to a 5er .can be conected to brake lights or hydroliic to electic then pulls your brake pedal with the aid of a selanoid. (or linear actuator).dont help you reverse though . ha ha. off we go!cheers alan
     
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    it will do the job but nothing can counteract the camber angle of the vehicle which is what prevents controlled reversing and hence the legallity of a frames.
     
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    Sounds as if they mean all towing legislation in countries that don't have any actual legislation.
     
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    I thought to comply, braking had to be mechanical not
     
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    Considering what it has to do it looks light weight to me, drilling for big bolts through square tube must reduce it's strength further. But then I'm an electronics person, what do I know ?
     
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    The unique lightweight frame can be fitted in less than 5 minutes with out getting covered in grease and mud.


    thats very odd!!!!

    i can fit my caratow frame in less than five mins and i dont get covered in grease and mud either.

    Electronic braking is a bit of a grey area.

    got to agree with Brian regarding the flimsy build and id prefer something a little larger than a couple of 3/8 pins holding it on the car.

    cant see how it folds to fit in the boot......it has to be dismantled to do that which will take more than 5 mins to put together.

    i'll stick to my heavy, ugly, solidly built caratow thanks.
     
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    electric operated brakes are not really in a grey area. they are legal. there is several ways to make them operate. hydrolic to elec swiches or just electric operated. some switch back to hydrolic using switches in the brake lines .all abit fancy for the job they do .i used a non braked a frame for years doing breakdown work never thought or missed the brakes. i would if it was legal never have an aframe with brakes . mine is a very early intertrade frame with bumper pads nchains going to the chassis /wishbones. not too smart for modern cars. i thought the one in the photo loooked neat n tidy . in the states for vw,s they use an even lighter design with no probs . they were sold here for years nobody braked an aframe then. cheers alan
     
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    I think the claim is very specific...the claim is that the BRAKING system complies with towing regulations, not the WHOLE a-frame :Wink:


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