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  1. #1 Towing a Roadster with an A Frame 
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    Has anybody done it? If so i would be very interested to know how you got on, what A Farme you used etc?

    The reason I ask is I am planning to do just that, behind our camper van, once the Roadster is completed.


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    I was thinking of doing the same but not got round yet to getting an A frame. It would be very easy to hook up, but you can't reverse, remember that when you go down the narrow country lanes!
    If you go to France I believe you need a braked A frame by law.
    Plenty of ordinary A frames0 on eBay for just over £100.
    Are they legal here? Bit of a grey area. They tend to be classed as recovery trailers, so suggest disabling the car and if stopped by a job's worth, you can prove the car won't start.
    Someone on here may have more info. This is just what I found out on 'tinternet!
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    I have used one with my Berly here a la frog, never been stopped, it's also a grey area here, I take out the rotor arm and disconnect the battery so it is a 4 wheeled trailer, leave the key in the ignition as well.
    I have a chum who was a sgt in the gendarmerie, he was non commital as well, he suggest it depends on your attitude with plod!
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    I did have an A Frame, personal choice I went down the trailer route which I prefer but creates another problem of storage.
    If over 750 kg it will need to be a braked A Frame
    https://towtal.co.uk/ do A frames although cost of new one not far off cost of a trailer.
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    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...es-and-dollies

    A Marlin has brakes so if you tow the Marlin it becomes a trailer and the trailer brakes must work.
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!
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    Thanks guys. I realise that it would have to be braked to be legal, which makes it almost as expensive as a trailer - but without the storage issues.

    I was looking for someone that had actually done it, before spashing the cash. One thing I thought that might be an issue is the Marina base's reputation for poor self centering steering....

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_caswell View Post
    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...es-and-dollies

    A Marlin has brakes so if you tow the Marlin it becomes a trailer and the trailer brakes must work.
    Which makes towing a road legal car with a A frame illegal.
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