A frames

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  1. PaulyP

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    Not another question as to the pros and cons or legality of A frames.

    Just picked up an 07 plate Fiat Panda to use as a toad.
    Now need to decide the best A frame to get fitted and where from bearing in mind i am in Manchester.
    Any suggestions greatfully accepted.

    Will be looking on line later. I travel to aberdeen tomorrow for 2 weeks offshore, home on 20th and off to Majorca on the 25th for 10 days so it may be after that before i get time to have it fitted.
     
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    Armitages at knotingley do them unsure on price but I can recommend workmanship they did my towbar and air ride

    Spoke to my mate today who is going offshore today apparently
    His company are offering counselling before lads are flying
    Must be a few feeling iffy
    Have a good trip and enjoy your holidays
     
  3. old-mo

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    www.tow-bars2tow-cars.co.uk

    Not the cheapest... but so easy to couple up, and idiot proof (Have to be for me to use one) :RollEyes::Wink:

    Fully electronic, Runs all lights indicators etc from your M/H when hooked up... thus saving your car battery..

    Only downside..... You would have to go to Grimsby for fitting...

    OH!.... and light`ish as well.. :thumb:


    In case that don't work, copied this = www.tow-bars2tow-cars.co.uk
     
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  4. PaulyP

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    It will be squeeky bum time qhen we take off on friday morning, going to ask if i can sit with the black box - it always survives!!
     
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    Eyes closed bum down hold on pray

    It will be ok says me thats not doing it
     
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  6. mike mcglynn

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    Hi Pauly p I had my towbar and a frame fitted at Leisurepower in Warrington its the same make as old mo recommends ,fits on and plugs in less than 3 minutes its the best one that I have seen :Smile:all in all it was about £900 fitted :Cool:
     
  7. Merle

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    I don't think your Warrington fitted bar could be a Towbars2Towcars at that price....unless they have had a very major rethink....their usual price is more like £1800 but IMO worth every penny. Not many can match the neatness and look of the car when the A frame is not in use.
     
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    Hi, Merle youre quite right I have just had a look:Doh: its a car a tow type :RollEyes:
     
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    i went to visit Mo the other day on a site in telford and he was showing me his a-frame (thank god thats all he showed me:Eeek:) and it is a fantastic piece of kit so definately worth thinking about:Smile:
    brian
     
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    Vaguely related.
    Last week on an aire the (brand new appearing) French van next to me had a toad, the first I've seen on a French vehicle.
    It appeared identical to the Caratow version except it had been blinged in that the bar on the car was chrome.

    I suspect it might have been new as he had parked in such a way that he would have to reverse out, and the toad was already at an angle. It would have been entertaining to watch, but we had to leave and they were still asleep.
     
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    A Frame Experience

    I had a Smart Tow system fitted to my Fiat 500 Auto. Really pleased with it, and Smart Tow as a company. It seems to have everything covered technically, with its vacuum assisted brakes triggered by a combination of brake lights and g force. It's really light, well made with good quality materials and welds. Smart Tow really seem to know what they are doing, and do it well. They have approved fitting outlet across the country.

    Hook up takes about 5 minutes, and can easily be done single handed. They now have an even easier system for single handed hook ups.

    I've covered over 5,000 miles with mine, both UK and France. When driving you hardly know it's there, I do check the rear camera form time to time, especially when a red car goes past(the colour of our Fiat) The only problems that I've had have been me leaving one of the tow pins in the snow on a trip to Scotland, and then loosing the over run pin. In both cases Smart Tow were very quick in getting replacements in the post for me.

    Smart Tow are highly recommenced by me.

    http://www.smart-tow.com/towframe.htm
     
  12. DJA

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    Towtal in Stoke on Trent are another supplier.

    Video on their website shows the unit which as far as I know is also sold in France where we have seen one.

    The Unit is substantial so heavier than others on the market.

    Doug
     
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    I only show my special bits to special people...:thumb:

    Think your self one of the chosen few... :Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    Car A Tow has worked fine for us. Their workshop is in Poole, Dorset (but they may have regional fitters?). Neat fitting to front of car + towbar unit is reassuringly substantial if a bit on the heavy side, but not been a problem for us. Can't reverse with this unit (but again, hasn't presented a problem to date).

    You pays your money and you takes your choice!

    Peter
     
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    Armitages at knottingley did mine for £800 and it works perfect (they have a web site)
     
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    That is one of the good points about living in the UK.....we are allowed to make our own choices:thumb:
     
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    We had a Caratow frame fitted last week at Leisure Power. Birchwood, Warrington - dead handy for M62 and M6. Stayed over the night before with free EHU.

    Leisure Power are one of several approved installers for Caratow and have fitted just under 500 Caratow A frames. The kit is couriered up from Poole to Leisure Power. The price is the same as that quoted on Caratow's website. Excellent service form Leisure Power even running me to a parts shop to buy a 13 to 7 pin converter as our van has a 13 pin socket. :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    I can be in Birchwood in 20 minutes, go there each year for an offshore medical. Will look up leisure power.
     
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    We have the towtal electronic system fitted to our fiat500. You are welcome to come and have a look if you want- only in Bolton.
    Cheers, Dave:thumb:
     
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    We Have a caratow a good bit of kit but bulky and heavy.
    How ever have been told that sometime next year (date not sure) all towed cars must be braked on the servo and not the hand brake, so electric system needs to be fitted. This was from someone independent from any company that supplies and/or fits them.
     
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