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A Frame towing

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by Phil Gibbs, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:09 PM.

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  1. Phil Gibbs

    Phil Gibbs New Member

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    hi, does anyone know, or have an idea if I can tow a 88 with an A Frame, will be using a RR as tow vehicle.
    Thanks Phil
     
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    As far as I know, the towed vehicle must be less than 75% of the weight of the towing vehicle.

    The towed vehicle can only be towed for recovery (be broken down, not difficult for a landy) & therefore must be road legal, insured, taxed, mot'd etc. (If applicable)

    Assuming your A frame is the type with chains and ratchet straps you could possibly wrap the chains round the front axle then tension them up.

    As it will now be classed as a trailer you will also need a light board.

    Hope this is of help.
     
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    iirc it has to be braked.

    I know someone who tows a series one behind a rangie. He has some form of braked set up on it.

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    You can get some A frames (the solomatic one springs to mind) that have a system that operate the service brakes on the towed vehicle (to comply with the over 750kg trailer law) but I believe in the event of recovery of a breakdown you can legally tow the car to a garage or other place to repair, even though it's over 750kg. But it's such a grey area.
     
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    It's a grey area in law.

    An A frame makes a vehicle a trailer and subject to trailer regs Inc lighting and overrun brakes. It does not itself have to be insured etc.

    As partially explained above there is an exemption for recovery (which follows it should be insured etc else it shouldn't have been on the road in the first place) BUT the exemption only applies for recovery to a place of safety.

    How far anyone chooses to push that is personal choice but any further than the nearest layby opens you up to the possibility of prosecution.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Thanks for all the help
     
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    If in the uk a vehicle on an A frame becomes classed as a trailer then EU rules state that the fitted brakes must work at 75 percent which rules out handbrake...you cant disable them to get round it...here in Spain and Portugal they are strict...
     
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    Trailer regs say all wheels in contact with the road have to be braked so handbrake doesn't cut it anyway.

    Apart from winging it or emergencies a proper trailer is by far the best option.
     
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