Amitage A -frames

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  1. Neil S

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    I had an A -frame conversion recently fitted to SWMBO's Skoda Fabia TDI by Armitages at Ferrybridge and while I'm happy enough with the set-up I didn't realize how heavy the A frame was going to be .
    In fact its just heavy for me lift as I have back issues , Armitage's say its 30kg as its the heavy duty model which is needed since the car weighs 1170kg but I would say its nearer 40kg .
    Does anybody know of any other A-frame manufacturers that make lighter models that perhaps would marry up to the existing towing eye attachments .
     
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    Chesterfield holiday make stainless light weight A frames some one on here has one
     
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    All the A frame manufacturers use their own prefered method of attachment to the car so its very doubtful any other make will fit.
     
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    Thanks for the your reply's , theres a company called Chesterfield Towing A frame's who advertise on Ebay claiming to have stainless a frame so may give them a call
     
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    yes the place in chesterfield are claiming that their A-frames weigh 12KG,but as John said I doubt very much if they will be compatable with your existing system.
    Brian & Jo
     
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    What exactly is the problem with lifting it - is it just so that you can put it on/off the tow ball - if so then I'm sure there'd be a way of sorting something to make this easier.
     
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    When I had an A frame I fitted a caravan type jockey wheel to it, made things so much easier.
     
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    Lightweight A frames are used where the braking device is electronic and fits in the drivers' footwell. They're lightweight because they don't have the braking mechanism, cable connection, etc.
     
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    The problem is that its heavy , well heavy in my book and as I suffer from back problems due to an accident in my past working life I really struggle to lift it out of the car boot without being in pain .
    It has a jockey wheel which really only helps with hitching up to the motorhome as I can drive the car with the A -frame attached and guide it onto the towball .
    When the frame is assembled and attached to the car its easy enough couple or uncouple but its the lifting out of the car is the issue .
    TBH if i cant get a suitably lighter A -frame attachment that I can manage then I'll have to look at other options perhaps a trailer or maybe just do without .
     
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