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Post by FreelanderUK Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:55 pm

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FreelanderUK wrote:I would rather tow a car with 4 wheels on the ground than a caravan with 2 wheels on the ground and shaped the same as as a large box
I had a number of Twin axle ( funny it had 4 wheels) caravans over the years never had any problems towing very stable on the road. Never had problems touring a 2 wheel one either.
The A frame is not legal in many countries personally think better to put the car on a trailer that got brakes.

I have seen plenty of caravans on there sides and smashed up and strewn all over the roads in my 38 years of driving, I have never seen a towed car in the same situation, we no it’s not legal to use an A Frame abroad but in this country we can use them so that’s what I intend to do

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Post by Gromit Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:56 pm

CJ1949 wrote:The A frame is not legal in many countries personally think better to put the car on a trailer that got brakes.
Which unfortunately just illustrates your ignorance of A Frame towing.

All A Frames must operate the car's brakes in one way or another, and the better ones operate them electronically in exactly the same way as if it was being driven.

Just accept that not everyone thinks the same way as you do, and that some of us have done the research and know what we are talking about.  rolleyes
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Post by Mike187 Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:14 pm

Has anybody used Tow Bars 2 Tow Cars at Keelby near Grimsby? Seems a good system from the website.

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Post by FreelanderUK Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:17 pm

I enquired about there system but they have stopped fitting it to smart cars saying that taking panels of the older cars causes them to crack, I am getting ours fitted by Lincoln towing and mobility centre

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Post by Mike187 Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:26 pm

Thanks Chris, I’ll have a look at them as well, not totally decided on towing or what car our present car is a VW Polo so a bit to big.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:13 pm

Mike187 wrote:Has anybody used Tow Bars 2 Tow Cars at Keelby near Grimsby? Seems a good system from the website.

Mike
Made inquiries with them last year Mike with the intention to add an A frame to our wee car,unfortunately the COVID came in and we had to cancel,tried to book this year and was told all booked up until October and priority given to sales made at shows.
I have seen several makes of A frames during the past few years ,both mechanical and electronic, I have opted for a trailer instead as I will be changing our car later in the year.
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Post by Mike187 Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:09 pm

Thanks for the reply Boaby, storage of a trailer would be a problem for us so that route would be difficult.

I was also thinking of changing our car, so the warranty issue would raise its head as well for the mods to the car.

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Post by Peter Brown Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:34 pm

Watching A frames being removed and re-attached has become favourite on site entertainment since they replaced caravan awnings that used poles with blow up awnings.
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Post by Gromit Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:31 pm

Peter Brown wrote:Watching A frames being removed and re-attached has become favourite on site entertainment since they replaced caravan awnings that used poles with blow up awnings.
Don't blink then Peter.

Ours takes less than two minutes - unless the hired help fumbles with the hitch!!  broomstick lol4
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Post by FreelanderUK Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:00 pm

Same with the one I am having fitted, they are reported to fit in 2 mins and same to remove

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Post by Mike187 Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:25 pm

Out of interest would people who tow cars like share what cars they tow?

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Post by FreelanderUK Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:27 pm

I am having a 2013 smart 451 dci converted

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Post by fred1 Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:32 pm

I Tow a Kia Picanto
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Post by Gromit Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:07 pm

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Post by OOF Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:15 pm

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Post by burlingtonboaby Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:03 am

Mike187 wrote:Thanks for the reply Boaby, storage of a trailer would be a problem for us so that route would be difficult.

I was also thinking of changing our car, so the warranty issue would raise its head as well for the mods to the car.

Mike
Benderup is a popular trailer make Mike and for storage it sits on its rear end and the A frame folds down. ,I've ordered the 1205s XL with ABS lid, also my wee car I had intended to convert is a Vauxhall Aquila B.eco flex.
Hope you find what you want. up!
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Post by kaspian Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:40 am

Occasionally tow a Smart 451.  Its also fun to drive with its F1 style paddle shifters!  Still raises a smile from others who can't believe the space inside compared to outer dimensions.  Carry it on a dedicated Brian James trailer. Tows a dream and easy load/ unload .  Have occasionally encountered hostility from sites not wanting 2 vehicles on one pitch but can't see that argument as its still well within pitch markers, especially when you look at the large twin axle caravan , with full sized awning and Range Rover tow car on the pitch next to you!. 
        Find it far less stressful exploring a new area in the Smart than worrying where you will park a 6.3m motorhome safely with so many areas now paranoid with height barriers and ridiculously small parking spaces  .
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