Bringing tow car to Spain

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  1. mogbl

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    I know the Spanish Elderly William do not like you to tow a tow car as it is against the law over there but I know people do it and have had no problems. Is it because they are more relaxed now about motorhomers doing it or have they just been lucky. I would like to bring mine as I am spending the winter down there. If stopped what are the penalties. Oh I am going from Plymouth to Santander. What do folks think should I risk it??

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  2. Mikeco

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    A friend of ours got stopped last winter at a roadside weighbridge and although they had a good look at the A-frame and car said nothing but they did weigh the van and car together.
    We will be taking a car this year but it will be on a trailer.
    It's your choice whether to risk it or not but I believe that ours friends will.

    Mike
     
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    No not more relaxed, from what I've heard and seen.

    Some do get away with it, but some don't.

    There could be a large fine and you could be told to separate the vehicles, though if one of you is not a driver, they may just let you go on your way, if stopped again you can show them your fine receipt.

    Or you may be the lucky one who gets away with it!

    Do I know people who have been stopped and fined?

    I certainly do!

    They usually come back with a trailer the following year, or leave the car at home and hire one in Spain.


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  5. Judge Mental

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    on site we were on in the spring, one chap got fined twice, one chap not at all...your call.

    Clint Eastwood sums the situation up very well:LOL:
     
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    A mate of ours got done for 250 euros, now changed to a caravan. Pete
     
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    We were down there earlier this year and there were 2 or 3 on the same site that had A framed down, none of them got stopped, we are going to A frame our car down next year. On the flip side car hire was about 11 euros a day. It is a risk you meet Mr Plod in a bad mood but one we are going to take. May see you down there again next year. Give our love to Mo. Aud & Derek
     
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    Thanks to all who have given me an opinion. What do you think my chances will be of getting out of Santander with it on the back. It is weird the thought of being a bit naughty is quite exciting. Yes I should probably get out more. If there are more opinion's on this please feel free. No Angry people please.
     
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    I think its just like a game of chance you could be lucky or unlucky sorry I can't be of more help we tow a car and I would not take mine.

    Lynne does not not drive so I would be stuck if I was told to unhook it.

    Paul
     
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    I won Der if the chance of being fined is the real worry. I've seen some other threads that make me wonder if A framing is safe or actually any good for the car.. I know there are some reasons to A frame but they aren't cheap and I wonder if A trailer might be a better option anyway..

    But like already said, it a your call and it doesn't affect us either way.. so go with Clint.
     
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    Bryan, ex of this very parish, got stopped and fined on the way down to Zahora about 3 or 4 years ago.. And they had to unhitch and Suzy drive the car all the way down..

    I know of more folk who have been done than have got away with it .. Not hear say but speaking to the people in person and seeing them crying in their cerveza !!
     
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    It is Illegal and yes you can take a chance.. Many get away with no issues.
    A few get stopped, some fined and some not..

    Question..
    If your stopped and they make you disconnect, are you in a position that one person can drive the van and the other the car... Should you be the main driver of both how will you sort that out ??
     
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  13. mogbl

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    She who must be obeyed can drive but it is a bit scary
     
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    For what it's worth, if you choose to 'ignore' the laws of the Country you are visiting, you perhaps shouldn't be too surprised if the local plod (if they stop you, which they are more likely too if they see an obvious infringement like towing a car!) take more of an interest, and check your weights, tyres, exhaust, documents, triangles, reflective jackets, spare bulbs etc etc etc! .....and make your trip delayed and potentially miserable and expensive.
    ...food for thought perhaps?
     
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    If you already have an A frame then I understand your question. If you haven't as yet bought one then why bother? The difference in cost between a 'legal in this country only' A frame and a legal anywhere trailer is minimal.
     
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    It is Illegal PERIOD................... There is another factor to consider if you have an road traffic accident your insurance will not cover you as you are breaking the law in the country you are travelling in. Many get away with it, but do you really want to chance it?
     
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    Soooooo.......What do you think of the feed back?:)
     
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    The OP acknowledges the illegality of towing with an A frame, in Spain......... Why then would he even consider doing it? The law is the law, even here in Spain, leave it behind and hire when necessary.

    Regards, Bryan
     
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    I bought a used trailer off a funster and used it in the UK a few times over 2 years then sold it via e-bay for exactly what it cost me, give it try with a trailer, buy it well and then sell when you get back if you don't like it for the long term. when I needed a car here last time I hired a cheap one for £100 for 5 days but mostly I take my single axle ivor williams with a drop down ramp carrying my Honda scooter
     
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    Personally I would just hire a car on the days I needed one....... taxi back from the supermarket with the shopping maybe?
     
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