Chuffing A frames

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  1. Emmenay

    Emmenay Read Only Funster

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    Well i thought I was now educated on the laws, the weights, the european laws, the cars I can and can't tow etc, so based on that knowledge i have chosen the supplier and the car only to read on another suppliers web site that cab mounted controls are illegal...:Eek!: AAHHHHHH.
    The one i was going for has such a control and there was no mention of it being questionable.
    Does anyone have a system fitted by unibrake and know the score? :thumb:
     
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    I would take any legal advice from someone trying to sell their product with a large sack of salt. I don't know the answer but hopefully someone will, if you're lucky without the usual endlessly reiterated stuff about the legality of A frames.
     
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    There have been many many threads about the legality of A Frames including the future of A Frames and do not want to open another debate on them. I have the unibrake system and have not heard anything about any laws, apart from people's interpretations on here. I think it is a brilliant system. My personal view is that The unibrake system, being electronic, is probably one of the most compliant around and I will continue to use it until something definitive is published by the government that clearly states they are illegal. There is nothing at present to that effect, just count the number of MH's with A frames on the road. So, whatever system you go for you could, maybe, possibly sometime in the future come up against a yet to be defined legislation. Anyway, that is my view, it is no good worrying about something that might happen in the future.
     
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    Be a bugger if they make A frames legal and then Ban motorhomes:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  5. Emmenay

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    That is my view also so have chosen to go with it regardless. Surely a control in the cab is a bonus from a safety point of view?
     
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    Looking at this system myself as well as Smart Tow, leaning towards Smart at the moment, Control in the cab ,is it a good idea? fiddling as you drive.looks a bit ugly, where do they fit it ?:Smile:
     
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    Hi Snitrats, you do not touch the cab control at all during driving. Once it is set up it is only there in case of emergency. I have never had to touch it even under an emergency stop, hit the brakes in the MH and the toad brakes also lock on, so I am unsure what emergency situation you would need it, apart from any legislation issues where you may need to control the toad brakes remotely. I agree it is not the prettiest looking device and it has to be mounted within easy reach and sight of the driver, mine is mounted on the right hand side of the dash, and to be honest I don't hardly notice it. Apart from checking that the system light is on it also shows you the braking effort being applied to the toad. I never looked at Smart tow as I tow a Kia Picanto so cannot comment on that system.
     
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    Should have said the main reason for the smart option is that they have a couple of fitting agents a lot closer to us than Unibrake, Can;t see the wife driving the Fiat Panda behind me all the way to East Sussex.:driving2:
     
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    Whatever you choose I am sure you will enjoy the additional flexibility of having a car with you. I know I do. Good luck and happy toadying.!!
     
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    O you are all so luky.

    Wish we had an option to tow a car on A frame.

    Totaly against the law here{Belgium} but there is talk it may come.

    Within the next 60 years or so :Smile: well it takes the Belgium Goverment { when we have one} 5hat long to work out the details.
     
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    Legal of course mine is legal




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    Well I can asure you mine is
    In all 52 states:thumb:
    Brake Buddies rule:Wink:
     
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    i use an a frame from armitage trailers works same as a normal towing hitch [caravan trailer etc] comes with instructions in a number of languages if it is to be proven an issue then so will all types of towing [ home and abroad ] cant beet mechanical movement in my [personnel ] view electronic are liable to malfunction,
     
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    mines legal got [h101 ] last year which is why i no longer speed or go into outside lane of motorway whilst towing my car behind,there is a reason for this action
    middle lane 60mph in cruise lorry in fron decides to pull out easier to acelatrete by than try to pull up plain clothes police car got me pulling in on video lulling back in,paid up 3points £60 so consider why next time you come across a van and trailer cruising
     
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    Cat amongst the pigeons - :Smile:

    all A frames are legal ?? - :Wink:

    who's been prosecuted ?? - :RollEyes:
     
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    Hi, we had a A Frame 3 years ago, and the cable jammed and I only realised when I was going round a tight turn and noticed I had lost a wheel trim, It boiled the brake fluid and needed new pads, I was lucky it never caught fire.:Doh:

    Unlike the member on here that had a A Frame fitted at armitage trailers, and his Smart caught fire on the way home, he was lucky to be able to get the car off before the motorhome went up in flames.:cry:

    So I would not say cable was any safer than electric. :Smile: Bob.
     
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    :Smile: just keep on toading till some jobsworth tells you can"t do it any more:Doh:
     
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    I will never understand it. Thought the reason for owning a motorhome was to be free, not be shackled by towing. Either get a bike or buy a car and caravan. Must be a Macho thing... need to have the biggest longest rig on the road. Busby.


    WORRY IS LIKE A ROCKING HORSE....IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO DO....BUT GETS YOU NOWHERE.:
     
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    Heres a quirky little notion...perhaps some motorhomers dont see it as being shackled and that a small car is not even noticable on the back end. As for being a macho thing and having the biggest longest rig on the road...........why would you even bother with such a ridiculous uncalled for comment? Especially as the thread came to an end two weeks ago :Eeek:
     
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