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Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:34 am
by Parj
Does anyone know where to buy or get one built for a Buggy.
Appreciate any info or leads. Perhaps one of the Buggy build shops
could make one up for me ?? I'd be interested in the smallest, lightest
frame that could do the job. Spent $6,000 getting out of Simpson desert
by a Cowboy, who did a lot of damage using a snatch strap. Help.

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:37 pm
by Lovebuggy
Paul could customise one for you.

There is a couple of threads covering A framing.

Legally you need to keep you Buggy under 750kg fully loaded unless you can work a away of engaging your brakes. However it may have been a better option for you than being towed behind a snatch strap.

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:34 pm
by Parj
Thanks for that Ben, will contact Paul by PM. Cheers, Parj

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:15 am
by ancientbugger
hey Parj, a mate in Noosaville has an A frame that he uses on his buggy that you could probably have a look at and then maybe get one knocked up at Pearce engineering?

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:29 am
by Parj
Please give name and phone number and I'll go see him...Cheers, Parj
my phone=5474 3554

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:36 am
by VWNuts
I've got an A frame to tow my Manx, but it's for a link pin front end, and requires the front barwork to be removed to fit it up. I'd suggest getting tabs welded to your front bar so that you don't have to remove the bar to tow. I've seen a few Manxes go this way. And if you're only planning on using it in case of breakdown in the desert, I wouldn't worry about trying to rig up brakes to use with it

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:59 pm
by ancientbugger
Hey Parj , coincidently I've just noticed his buggy is up for sale and in the 'For sale' section on this forum (advertised by Steadfast) You can see in the photos how his A-frame fits on. I'll still give him your number though as he's a retiree as well so has all the time in the world :)

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:58 pm
by Parj
Had a look at Mac Wilson's A-frame tow, much simpler than I 1st thought.
All you need is some cleats welded to the front tow bar on the buggy,
then bolt this A-frame to the cleats. Buggy then steers itself, fixed rigidly
behind the tow vehicle. The key dimensions were,a) length O/A=1380
b) Width accross rear, approx=660.
Mac reckons this works well. If he sells his buggy without the tow, I'd be
happy to buy it, or get Paul to make one up for me. It looks like it would
fit in my roof cage, or even behind the seats. (long wheelbase buggy)

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:11 pm
by Lovebuggy
Also depending on how you have wired your buggy can run a cable from your car trailer plug to the buggy trailer plug and run your lights.

You just need to make sure it doesn't back feed into your buggy headlights.

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:15 pm
by manxiberty
like vwnuts a frame - if you make one leg pivot under the tow coupling you can make them fold up further.....for minimum storage

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:44 pm
by curly
Hi Parj, I seen a A frame at Valla 2010 a bloke had, It had two 45s from ball back to U cups with tractor pins through the Us on to the bottom torsion bar-quick to hook up- think he got it from a vee dub place near the border, maybe Stokers Siding I cant remember but hooked up quick and easy.

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:02 am
by VWNuts
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Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:28 am
by manxiberty
Thanx nuts.....

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:54 am
by maxfxwonder
You also need to get them blue plated....

Re: Towing A-Frames, for Buggies

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:43 am
by DDWR450F
Hi Guys

It's an old thread but I'm looking to build one of
these A Frames so I can tow the buggy to Valla!!

Any dimensions, ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I'm looking at 75x50x3mm RHS AND ABOUT 1400mm long.

Cheers
Dan