Towing A Frames
A Frames & Bars
Please click on the link below as the DTI has released a current update as of 10/05/2018 on the publication to the use of the A Frame VIA the Direct Gov website.
Motorhome A-Frames. Widen your options...Great when you
get on site and no longer have the hassle of having to take
those big units down those narrow roads - A Frame on
your little run about is the answer. Easy as A B C!!
All Blue arent we!! All dressed up ready to be towed where they are going.
Remember the days when a holiday in a motorhome meant squeezing wife, two children,a labrador
and all your goods and chattels into a tiny Dormobile? Thankfully, today's motorhomes are a much
more sensible size and a thousand times more civilised, they go well and they stop even better.
But there is one drawback with all those extra feet and inches; Cornish country lanes, French Bocage
country roads, village streets and supermarket height barriers suddenly become nightmarishly small.
Forget the cruel joke that is public transport, the answer is to take a car with you. Spanish
hamlets and the likes of Robin Hood's Bay pose no problems for the great little cars that are
on the market now. And increasingly, motorhomers are choosing a Motorhome A-Frame as the best
way to take their car along.
Armitage's braked A-Frames are the ideal way to hitch your car to the back of a motorhome. They
are safe and easy to use. And, most importantly, cars on towing A-Frames cannot snake like a
We can make and fit Motorhome A-Frames to The Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 & 108, Toyota Aygo & Smart for Two for an all-in
price of £949. Most other small cars are £999. The price gives you an easy-to-fit towing braked a frame, complete with over run
brakes and full electrics. Our price goes to £1049 for cars that either have computerised electrics or weigh over a tonne but less
than 1550 kg. If the vehicle has multiplex, computer-controlled electrics AND weighs over a tonne the prices are between £1099-£1249. There is also
a handful of cars, such as the VW Golf, Ford Fiesta,Ford KA 2016+,Mazda 5, brand new Nissan Micra, MG2, and Mini Cooper S which are so complex
that we need to ask £1400 and need to be with us for a day and half. The new shape 2015 Smart cars are also priced at
£1400 and we require these for a day and a half, the same applies to all one off conversions.
But we do let you know in advance, so there are no nasty shocks.
The actual Braked A frames without the car conversion cost £400 for the 700-1000kg vehicles & £460 for the heavy duty 950-1600kg
version. If you deduct these costs from the above pricing of complete A frame conversion this will give you an idea of what a car conversion
only costs when you already have an Armitage A Frame or move on to a second car thats different to your first.
We also have the Electric brake system which we can fit please see the attached link for the RVIBrake3 system.
The price to fit this is more expensive as the Kit retails at £1350.00 just for the RVI Brake3 system.
We will fit the RVI Brake3 to any vehicle including all our steel work at £2100.00 including VAT.
In the 29 years we have been trading there is only one car we have come across that we can not do an A Frame on.
Yes here at Armitage's we will tackle any job that a lot of our competitors will not attempt.
We always recommend that you check with the manufacturer that these can be towed on all 4 wheels on an
A Frame behind your Motorhomes at 60mph for long distances.
The most popular cars we fit are the Smart Cars, however these all come with a disclaimer that in the
Owners Manual they cant be towed over 30mph/50kph and that the Passion model are prone to
snaking due to certain years being lighter on the front end, which means coming out of tight corners or speed bumps
and accelarate to quickly the front wheels will shudder from side to side. This is easily rectified by coming to a
standstill and gently moving forward. These tow fine at speeds of 60mph and we have fitted many of the Passion models and certainly
1000's of smart cars.
We even fit a kill switch for the keyless entry vehicles that have a start/stop button for the ignition to
give you peace of mind that the steering lock will not come on. We fit this for £60.00 including VAT.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT CARS WITH TRADITIONAL FLUID CLUTCH AUTOMATIC
GEARBOXES OR CVT TRANSMISSION ARE NOT SUITABLE TO BE TOWED BY A-FRAME.
CARS WITH SEMI-AUTOMATIC GEARBOXES WITH ELECTRONICALLY-OPERATED DRY
PLATE CLUTCHES ARE FINE TO BE TOWED FOR LONG DISTANCES IN NEUTRAL.
ANY CAR WHICH HAS DUAL CLUTCH SYSTEM IS NOT SUITABLE FOR FLAT TOWING.
Cars with multiplex electrics (more computing power than the original lunar module!) need to be fitted
with several diodes, a kind of electronic non-return valve, to prevent damage being done to the on
board computer. This type of electronics appear on many European cars but on few from the Far East.
A standard jockey wheel with a solid rubber tyre is a £27.99 extra a jockey wheel with a wide,
pneumatic tyre, ideal for use on soft ground or gravel, is £32.99. A jockey wheel makes all the
difference when hitching up, transforning the operation into a one-person task. Instead of someone
having to support the hitch and walk with it while you drive up to the rear of the motorhome, you simply
wind out the jockey wheel and drive to your target.
It's easy to see the hitch from the driver's seat. AND if you happen to get the motorhome/a-frame car
into a tight spot where reversing is impossible, just drop the jockey, unhitch, and drive the car away to
where you can safely hitch up again and carry on. The jockey wheel is removed in seconds for storage.
The Motorhome A-Frame is engineered so that the fixing points on your car are as unobtrusive as
possible, yet conveniently placed. The towing eyelets used on all our a-frame cars can be removed
readily to give complete discretion and cause no raised eyebrows at MOT time.
There is no laying on your back on cold, wet concrete with a bag of spanners to fit an Armitage
Motorhome Towing A-Frame.Versions for cars up to 1000kg weigh a mere 22kg. Up-to-1600kg versions
The Health and Safety watchdogs say that 25kg is a sensible maximum (It makes you wonder how
our forebears ever lifted grain sacks weighing 100kg, all day, every day!).
Best of all, Armitage's is a one-stop shop. At the same time that we are making the Towing A-Frame
we can fabricate and install a towbar for your motorhome so that it's all done and dusted in
Give yourself the best of both worlds with an Armitage braked, motorhome A-Frame. Give us a ring and we
will set your wheels in motion.
If you need a number plate (by law, the towed car must have the number of the towing vehicle covering
its own rear number plate), we can make you one with a GB badge for £15.99. Just bring along your
driving licence or similar ID and the log book of the towing vehicle to keep things legal with the DVLA!
We can only make long number plates on the day. We have to buy square ones in, so please give us a
little notice if you need one like the Daihatsu Copen (above) has.
Some people like to be courteous to the vehicles following you to let them know the car is a trailer for those
that don't know reflective Triangles means its a trailer, therefore we can manufacture another No Plate
on suction cups saying TOW CAR, please do not use the " on tow " stickers or plates as this suggests recovery which is illegal.
The price for the TOW CAR sign for the rear window is £20.99.
Please note this is our heavy weight 950 - 1600kg A frame with optional Triplelock locking head.
This is what the towing braked A-Frame looks like when it is removed from the car and folded ready to take its place in the boot of the car or in the motorhome.
So far, we have only encountered problems squeezing the A-Frame into a very small number of cars.
Up to press, the only car that have refused to accommodate the A-Frame have been the convertible version of the Mini. BUT we have found a solution. We can set up the a-frame so that the A-Frame module (the part with AT on it) and the towing hitch can be separated by withdrawing two spring-loaded pins. This capability, which you can see in the bottom left picture, adds £60 to the cost, £90 at a later date.
As well as reducing the storage size of the A-Frame this function can also be a great boon if you wish to split the a-frame to divide its weight.
Many customers ask us how to make sure that their braked A-Framed car stays hitched to their
motorhome while they break for a cup of tea at motorway services.
Short of an armed guard, probably the best answer is to upgrade from the standard Al-Ko hitch
to the insurance-approved Triplelock hitch for just £120 including VAT.
The Triplelock hitch is made by Indespension and has a great advantage over most other locks in that you use it by default. The lock is built into the hitch and you have to unlock it to hitch-up. As soon as you hitch, the lock springs into operation and cannot be unlocked without the use of the key. Foolproof! The head comes with a special anti-theft capped bolt which sits in the recess you can see. It can only be removed with a cutting disc, an ear-splitting din and a Guy Fawkes night sparks shower lighting up the sky.