Armitage A-frame's

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  1. Foghorn Leghorn

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    Am looking at having an A-frame fitted to SWMBO's Skoda Fabia and Armitages at Ferrybridge seem to be reasonable priced compared to other's , have any funsters used them and were you happy with the work .
    I know there not legal in some other EU country's such as Spain but is France also no-go area with a car in tow

    FL
     
  2. Gellyneck

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    Believe you can also have problems in France, Foggy.
     
  3. markh

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    I had a towbar fitted there last month, apart from them not tightening the towball bolts up! It was all good, pleasant people
     
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    I have a armitage tow frame no probs but heavy piece of kit I thing tow sure look a bit lighter but I found them really nice people the also fit my bike rack and they lend you a courtesy car while the work on your van
     
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    Yes thought as much , think I will just stick to using it in the UK .
    Considered buying a new Car transporter trailer but there not cheap and IMO there more hassle as there worth so that's a No No besides we managed just fine on our recent 3 month trip to Spain by just walking or using the electric bikes but here its pretty risky cycling on UK roads so having the wee car would solve any problems
     
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    Hi Foggy
    Only a "belief" not absolutely sure. Others may have a different "belief".
    Stick wi the bikes or Shanks Pony and you'll be fitter anyway!
     
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    Aye yer probably right ;);)
     
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    I had mine done there. No problems with fitting everthing was good.
    As said it is quite a hefty piece of kit, if that's not a problem then go for it.
     
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    Only a minor detail then :rolleyes:
     
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    Thought I remembered the name , back in 2011 a member had an a frame fitted by them and I quote from the thread " overrun brake incorrectly adjusted , after a few miles smart car on a frame caught Fire and........ the dispute over who's fault went on for weeks " don't know if it was ever settled .
    Looks about the same level as not tightening towball bolts :Eeek:
     
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    I was just going to type that about them when your post beat me to it --No idea what eventually happened but ARMATAGES ADMITTED FAULT ONLY TO GO BACK ON IT ONCE THE INSURANCE WAS INVOLVED
    terry
     
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    That's right , the thread still shows on search . What is concerning is the standard still does not look much better with a towball not tightened correctly, negligence comes to mind.
     
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    At the handover with the A frame fitted to my car i was told that after hooking on and driving for a couple of miles I should stop and check if the car brakes were getting hot.
    Either hand brake not released fully or overrun cable not adjusted correctly.
    Must admit to never having checked as I treble check before moving, handbrake off, car in neutral, steering lock off with spare key in, bungee assist cord around brake pedal and through seat bar and seat slid fully back.
    Then lock car with main key and away.
    Did 800 miles around Scotland last week over some narrow roads through the Cairngorms without any problems.
     
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    it ONLY TAKES ONE JOB TO GO WRONG AND EVERYONE REMEMBERS IT -that's a smart car on fire and now tow bar bolts not tightened ;)Wonder if they would have accepted the blame and rescinded on that one if a trailer or caravan overtook you :D
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    They must be learning from there mistakes ;)
     
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    Maybe, there was another guy there who had just had a tow bar fitted, so used his van with my car on around the car park as a demo as to how it would work.
    I also had a pneumatic tyre fitted to the A frame, so I can drive up to the tow ball and connect up, as swmbo cant help with it.
     
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    I have used armitages for tow bar and air suspension
    They are not the cheapest but service and quality is very good
    And important to me is the workshops where spotless
    So yes I would recommend them
     
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    We used an A frame in France last year, but actually found the car more of a bother than a help, in fact at one point we left it on a site and went on without it. Its useful in the UK though.
     
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    On the continent we find bikes are best.
     
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    Used Armitage for my toad and A frame. Everything fine but it is a heavy bit of kit, however I specifically wanted a jockey wheel so that I could hitch up when on my own.
     
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