What A Frame

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  1. MaureenD

    MaureenD Read Only Funster

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    Hi
    We are picking up our new Fiat Panda Friday its 6 months old and we want to tow it with the M/H.
    Thing is we don't know what A frame to use. Towtal. Chris Cox. or Caratow. We have read all the info but they all seem much the same so any info from people who know would be much appreciated
    Maureen
     
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    Hi

    I have a braked Car A Tow and find it great , it's easy to hook up, the arms fold back for easy storage in the car boot .. highly recommend it.. :thumb:

    I don't think there is much to choose between them, it will come down to cost and how far you need to travel to have it fitted.

    Jim
     
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    they all work in exactly the same way.

    some just have rings sticking out the front of the car and others have a bar running across the front.
    i beleive chris cox has rings and caratow have the bar.
    obviously the small rings are more appealing to the eye than a 1" thick, 2ft long bar but the bar is easier to hook onto if youre alone.....just hook on the ends and fit the pin clips.

    the rings are more awkward as you have to align the rings and frame then feed the bar through both rings.
     
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    I have a Chris Cox but if i was to buy again get a car a tow.
     
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    Are you sure John? :Wink:
     
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    We had car a tow to fit to our Panda. No complaints at all:BigGrin:
     
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    hi we have a car a tow and it fits in a ka boot i can lift it with 1 hand
    dave
     
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    a frame

    hi,ive had two vehicles done by towtol at stoke on trent excellent both times when we had ours fitted they were the cheepest and in my oppinion the most helpfull.we are at sandfeilds camp site just outside of whitby if any funsters on site come and have a cupper.motorhome fun stickers in window.white and silver rv.
     
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    Love to go your route with yankie one:thumb:
     
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    Hi Maureen.
    I have a Chriss Cox and tow a Corsa, No problems at all and it fits in the boot easy.
     
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    I've owned all three.
    1. The Chris Cox system was fairly light but a bit fiddly to set up as the arms are hinged horizontally with a couple of pins and spring clips to hold the arms in place. I have to say it's far and away the ugliest set up on the front of the car, It's just a great lump of angle iron.
    2. The Towtal system is huge and is too heavy and unwieldy for me to put it on the car on my own. You have to push a bar through the hole on the a-frame, through the hole in the towing bracket, across the front of the car through the other towing bracket and then try and hold it in place while you put the other arm of the a-frame on.
    The quality of the hitch lock is so bad we had to have it drilled off the very first time we used it.
    3. The car a tow uses a fairly discrete bar on the front of the car. The A-frame is hinged vertically so just swing round and pushed onto the bar. It really was pretty straight forward and the a-frame wasn't too heavy.
    If was buying again, I'd probably go for the car-a-tow system.

    Hope that helps
    Regards
    Doug
     
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    hi maureen.some very different opinions there.we also tow a fiat panda,the a-frame was fitted by tow-tal in stoke.no problems they were very good,as doug rightfully says it is a tad heavy,but apart from that we are very pleased.regards brian:thumb:
     
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    We too, have a Towtal a frame and I agree it is a bit heavy but does the job perfectly and fits in the Smart too! Iwould imagine because of the weight it is also stronger too.
    Oh! and welcome to the site
    Regards, Dave:thumb:
     
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    We have a Towtal frame and think it's excellent - solid and well made, it fits in our Smart easily, so "huge" it isn't. I manage it on my own and I'm, well shall we say, a mature woman...so it really shouldn't be a problem for anyone without disabilities. I guess all the makes "do the job" so its a matter of personal choice and perhaps distance to the company?

    Hope you choose well and are happy with the frame!
     
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    Hi maureenD
    We got ours from total and we have no complaints,
    also if you show them your motorhome documents
    they will give you a clip on number plate and a magnetic
    on tow sign,also they where the cheapest at the time.
    good luck.

    regards
    bald eagle
     
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    Hi Laurie,
    I should have pointed out that all of the a-frames I'm talking about are braked. As you can see they are quite different.
    Here's the Smart version [​IMG]

    Here's the braked version
    [​IMG]

    Regards
    Doug
     
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    Hi Doug
    Please can you tell me the make of the braked a frame in the photo
    Thanks Maureen
     
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    Hi Jim
    Thanks for that but we would need to have one fitted by experts. Think we have decided though a car a tow looks good and they could do it for us middle April. We pick up the Panda tomorrow.
    Maureen
     
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    Hi. I understand ..

    Car A Tow is good choice, I'm delighted with ours :thumb:

    Jim
     
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