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back in at last!!! i have a smart car love it had it for over 2 years want to tow it but to busy working to take it to have an a frame fitted..any one now anywhere in south wales that fits them? we also have use of works escort van.. handy for collect large items.our van is 7 1/4 meters long so bit to long for everday use
 

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hi starline

we have recently spoke on this site about towing a smart via an A frame and it is not such a good idea
i have a smart roadster and was told NOT to tow it due to the tiptronic clutch system
Have you been told otherwise?

Paul
 

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MandyandDave said:
Tiptronic g/boxes fitted in Smarts rely on a pump to supply oil to the nec working parts (without going into great detail) therefore if a vehicle fitted with this system is towed then lubrication is not being sent to the transmission/drive mechanism, so towing your pride and joy is not on!

Ok for a short tow to the Garage if broken down, not for touring France!

M&D :)
this is also what was said

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Never the less, I have seen loads of them on an A frame - I have though, never seen a Motorhome on an A frame being towed by a Smartcar.
 

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I appreciate ‘A’ frames are cheap, however the safest and most legal way to move your car behind the motorhome is on a trailer.

I appreciate the trailer will be a high initial cost, but it will avoid unnecessary wear and strain on the cars steering, it will avoid any potential transmission problems as many new cars transmissions are ruined by towing. One of the reasons is that the gearboxes have an oil pump to lubricate the gears in the gearbox, this pump is driven by the engine input shaft, rather than the gearbox output shaft, which means that the gearbox continues to be lubricated when sat at traffic lights with the engine running, however if the car is moving without the engine running the gearbox is not being lubricated so runs the risk of running bearings and gears dry causing undue wear and eventual, well need I go on?

Another aspect of using a trailer is that it compliance with UK and European law is quite clear and well understood, however the use of ‘A’ frames, whilst popular is a rather grey area, especially in Europe. The suppliers of ‘A’ frames seem to claim otherwise, but at the end of the day if you have an accident or the police stop you, its only you trying to explain your position.
 

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I have though, never seen a Motorhome on an A frame being towed by a Smartcar.
You have, Pusser, but without realising it... you just thought they were reversing down the motorway. :?
 

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hi Red One, my smart is an early model 2ooo. and does not have the auto option, only what the main dealer calls,manual, and we have no intention of towing it thousands of miles, just to all the shows etc.. as we are still working and can`t even take 2 weeks off.. Any one know an easy way of not working and still being able to tour???
 
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