Cost Owner Built Legal A-Frame
This is an absolutely wonderful break through. Even the major manufacturers have had lots of trouble getting approval for this low cost way of towing a vehicle behind your motorhome and their efforts sell for $5,000.00 plus fitting. The main problem encountered is operating the towed vehicle brakes and to a lesser extent tapping into the towed vehicle's electrical system. The inventor is Albert Schimmel of Brisbane and it took a years heavy thinking then only a couple of months to perfect the A-Frame. Albert is sharing his ideas with all of us and has gone to a lot of trouble to produce a first class DIY website.
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Please read Albert's story as we guarantee that it will give you a warm fuzzy feeling as he has achievedAlbert also converted his Mazda and if we ever catch up with him we will do a review as it is an unual poptop. There is a fascinating photo on Albert's site of his Rocky being towed on a "dolly". Looking at this photo convinces you that he did the right thing in going for the A-Frame idea. Don't forget there are a few things to consider before embarking down this path. Some vehicles cannot be flat towed particularly automatics - Subaru Forester for example can be flat towed if a manual but NOT if an auto. A very popular auto is the Suzuki Grand Vitara as it has a "neutral" on the transfer case. Yet the wonderful little low cost Jimney cannot be towed! The Blue Ox site lists vehicles that can be flat towed. You are clocking on miles on both vehicles and using tyres. The advantages are easier towing, easier access to caravan parks as you are now a much shorter vehicle, lower cost than a trailer and much lower overall weight. Lower centre of gravity also appeals to us.
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