Which 'A ' Frame

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  1. canopus

    canopus Funster Life Member

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    Anyone got advice on which A frame to buy? Have looked at Towtal, Armitage, CarAtow who all seem to be similar spec and price, then looked at Towbars to Towcars who are nearly twice the price when VAT added. :Sad:

    Are they that much better? They say they utilise the car's towing eybolt and fit another at the same height so that the car is towed correctly as prescribed by manufacturer. Also fit indication in MH cab to let you know when you apply MH brakes, the toad is braking also.

    Could almost buy a good seconhand trailer for the same money. Any advice please? :thumb:
     
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  2. icantremember

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    We used Car-A-Tow in Poole and have been very satisfied.

    I would NOT use one that relies on the vehicle towing eye as these IMO are not designed for long term towing.

    I think Tow bars 2 Tow Cars will only supply complete with the toad
     
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    From one who does not A frame but reads all the posts I would suggest you consider a trailer - while the A frame is so called legal in the UK it appears to be a no no now across the water in Europe where there are reports of many being stopped and fined or told to remove the A frame and drive it. It appears that it will take a court case to decide legality in the UK which neither police or VOSA are prepared to do ----- at the moment. If I were investing - they will be most unlikely to make trailer towing illegal but if an A frame is made illegal then it will only be worth scrap value

    My opinion for what its worth
     
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  4. JohnM

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    HI,I tow a vauxhall agila behind my 990m on a armitage frame.I have not experieced any problems myself but armitage has had a lot of bad press on this and other sites recently.I find frame quite heavy but it does the job.If i had the room at home i would rather have a trailor thats my view.
    Hope this helps if you want any more info pm me.
    John m.
     
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    MY advice is to avoid ANY that utilise the cars towing eye.. it was not designed for towing, especially at an oblique angle.. it is fitted for tying down while in transit.. which is a static load .. not dynamic as when towing .. it has been known for the towing eye bolt to sheer .. This is a cheap way of doing it ..

    Towing eyes should only be used as an emergency towing point..

    I had a CarAtow.. on a Fiat Cinquecento, this had an angle iron frame bolted onto the chassis behind the engine.. proper job..
     
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    I have a fitted towtal A frame to my racing Panda. :Laughing:

    It does the job and no bungee straps and alike,

    Although it must be said that Tara sits in the boot and made the wiring short and Hilldweller said that was poor fitting of wiring as it wasn't incased as it should be.

    One other thing is that I have to be honest and say the frame is quite heavy. Now it's not a problem for me at my age of course but I have said to Nikki and I don't want to offend any one but I wouldn't like to be lifting and carrying it in my later life. You don't have to carry it much of course but you could certainly do an injury lifting it in to the boot of the car.

    I actually like the tow cars to tow bars method..But did think it was a tad overpriced.

    Of course, expect the opinions of others about legality and putting on a trailer, and I did actually consider that option too. But opted to be a REBEL :thumb:
     
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    well if you do not know my views by now

    Well if you do not know my views by now, you never will.

    I reinforce Landylover (Bills) comments a couple posts up and same with Scotjim he is 100% right on the issue of the tow eye.

    Me I take my car on a four wheel Brian James trailer.. made for the job and 100% legal in the UK and Europe.

    You can lead a horse to water... but.....

    Bob
     
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    Buy a trailer a proper one then you can go to Spain or anywhere you want to and be legal,I have also noticed a good trailer will keep its value if you want to sell it at the moment and as Aframes seem to be on the way out could be a good investment
     
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    Have a look at Chris Cox, fitted ours, found him the cheapest at the time, and he will collect & deliver:thumb:
     
  10. mike mcglynn

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    a frame

    Hi, I have had the car- a -tow now for two years and its very good I pull a little fiat seicento whenever the need arises and this a frame fits in the boot, the adverts for this system say you dont even know its there when towing and I agree overall very happy would recommend a jockey wheel to be fitted as frame rather heavy and can be driven with the wheel down for hooking up etc. :thumb:
     
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    I have both. A Brian James trailer which is excellent with built in ramps and also a Car a tow A frame which I prefer using in the UK , much more convenient , easily pops into Peugeot 107 boot and I will continue to use it until proven illegal in UK if that day ever comes :thumb:
     
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    If you want a proper Aframe I've got an all singing and dancing Blue Ox for sale brought it back from the USa last trip.
     
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    just my opinion.. but the jockey wheel makes it heavier and takes up more space in the boot.. I used a bungy cord hooked over the edge of the bonnet to hold it up .. in saying that.. it (the bungy) was seldom used..

    A great bit of kit, well designed, I liked how easy it was to attach and remove from the car.. a one person job .. :thumb:
     
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    I just use a suitable length piece of cord with a diy hook for the back edge of the bonnet & a loop in the other which drops over the lifting handle...simples:thumb:
     
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    Hi Ken, we had a car a tow, and found it very well made. :BigGrin: But I would if you have room at home to store it buy a trailer, the way things are with A Frames and even just using it in the UK, until they say they are legal you could be wasting your money.
    We have used our trailer well over 2 years now and prefer it.:thumb: Bob.
     
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    I have a towtal on our Berlingo super bit of kit both are for sale either as a pair or seperate, only because I take the Corvette with me most times and that has to be on a trailer.

    All the best Rick
     
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    one other thing to consider is what are the chances you may have to reverse.
    if you have an A frame you have little chance of doing so successfully due to the positions of the wheels. where as a trailer will reverse quite easily in comparison.

    although i have seen quite a few people trying to reverse those small 3x3 trailers with a car and having little success. multiply the angles presented by the length of the motorhome and the rear over hang even a 20 foot trailer can give you a run around.
     
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  18. canopus

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    Lynda or myself would jump into the tow car to reverse it depending on who was driving the MH.
     
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    Another thread to bring out the A-frame knockers. :Doh:
    Peugeot 107, A frame by Chris Cox, tow bar by Mike Parkinson. Tows like a dream, nothing to see when off the A-frame, and didn't cost the earth.
     
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    Which 'A' Frame

    What about UNIBRAKE would have one at the drop of a hat if the price came down reasonably :Sad:


    www.unibrake.co.uk
     
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