This update has recently been published by Dept for transport on the 10th May 2018. It appears to give a little more clarity on the subject, though not the stamp of legal approval that would settle the discussions which periodically pop up.
A-frames - GOV.UK
Wonderful choice of words, 'we would not recommend the use of
A Frames outside the UK.'
Neither are they saying they recommend the use of A Frames within
the UK though. So might as well lump in with the first statement.
In reality just the status quo, it still needs someone to be prosecuted
to create the legal precedent, the risk remains (however small) that it
may go against them.
Iíve been thinking about this for a long time tow or not but in the end I fitted a towbar and bought a wee fiat 500 with a frame already fitted now I wonít use this every time I go away or use the van probably very rare usage but Iíve now got the option itís there if I think I need its just handy.keep hearing the nonsense you should have a caravan and car if you want to tow what a load of Shiite can you take youíre caravan away without the car no but you can take youíre mh away without youíre tow car and use so more options the legal side is different if I was told that it was illegal then wouldnít.
Just to add my little bit I need to know What smart car gearbox , CAN be towed without self destructing, I asked another site but got no replies but there is bound to be one on here that knows when they changed from the older gearbox to the dual clutch one that is engaged all the time. I want one for my daughter to go to work and still be able to pull it when I want it to go away.
thesmartclub - FORUM or Smartz Smart Car Forum
I had one of the first grey import Smarts. I trailered that, as a friend had destroyed his by towing and it not being properly in neutral. He hadn't changed gears with the brake depressed, just moved the stick.
Hope that helps
You can not use an A-Frame in Spain .
One of the stress parts of an A frame is the cross piece between the eyes that makes it into an A, a lot of these so called bars do not have this crosspiece and therefore the push and pull of the bar when cornering put the forces directly to the vehicle in an alternating way so the chassis member of the car is pulled one side or the other and that double the pulling force on that side, in tension. It is imperative that there is a cross piece as close to the eyepoints as is possible, there is also an inward force on the subframe parts when the van pulls the 'V' frame . Just a point that I thought might be fixable at home with a bar and a couple of bolts to make the 'A' from the 'V' to stop these forces causing stresses, the car designers never thought of when doing the calculations.
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