Please click on the link below as the DTI has released a current update as of 10/05/2018 on the publication to the use of the A Frame VIA the Direct Gov website.



         Motorhome A-Frames. Widen your options...Great when you

get on site and no longer have the hassle of having to take

those big units down those narrow roads - A Frame on

your little run about is the answer. Easy as A B C!!


   All Blue arent we!! All dressed up ready to be TOWED where they are going.

Remember the days when a holiday in a motorhome meant squeezing wife, two children,a labrador

and all your goods and chattels into a tiny Dormobile? Thankfully, today's motorhomes are a much

more sensible size and a thousand times more civilised, they go well and they stop even better.

But there is one drawback with all those extra feet and inches; Cornish country lanes, French Bocage

country roads, village streets and supermarket height barriers suddenly become nightmarishly small.

Forget the cruel joke that is public transport, the answer is to take a car with you. Spanish

hamlets and the likes of Robin Hood's Bay pose no problems for the great little cars that are

on the market now. And increasingly, motorhomers are choosing a Motorhome A-Frame as the best

way to take their car along.

Armitage's braked A-Frames are the ideal way to hitch your car to the back of a motorhome. They

are safe and easy to use. And, most importantly, cars on towing A-Frames cannot snake like a

conventional trailer.

We can make and fit Motorhome A-Frames to most vehicles and prices start from £949. The price gives you an easy-to-fit

towing braked A frame, complete with over run brakes and full electrics. The majority of vehicles can be completed in a

day, however some cars will be with us for a day and half. Please contact us to confirm the price and timescales.

With all our A Frames you will receive an in depth demonstration explaining everything you need to know for safe towing.

Actual Braked A frames without the car conversion cost £400 for the 700-1000kg vehicles & £420 for the heavy duty 950-1600kg
version. If you deduct these costs from the pricing of complete A frame conversion this will give you an idea of what a car conversion
only costs when you already have an Armitage A Frame or move on to a second car thats different to your first.

We also have the Electric brake system which we can fit please see the attached link for the RVIBrake3 system.

The price to fit this is more expensive as the Kit retails at £1350.00 just for the RVI Brake3 system.

We will fit the RVI Brake3 to any vehicle including all our steel work at £2100.00 including VAT.

In the 29 years we have been trading there is only one car we have come across that we can not do an A Frame on.

Yes here at Armitage's we will tackle any job that a lot of our competitors will not attempt.

We always recommend that you check with the manufacturer that these can be towed on all 4 wheels on an

A Frame behind your Motorhomes at 60mph for long distances.

The most popular cars we fit are the Smart Cars, however these all come with a disclaimer that in the

Owners Manual they cant be towed over 30mph/50kph and that the Passion model are prone to

snaking due to certain years being lighter on the front end, which means coming out of tight corners or speed bumps

and accelarate to quickly the front wheels will shudder from side to side.  This is easily rectified by coming to a

standstill and gently moving forward. These tow fine at speeds of 60mph and we have fitted many of the Passion models and certainly

1000's of smart cars.

We even fit a kill switch for the keyless entry vehicles that have a start/stop button for the ignition to

give you peace of mind that the steering lock will not come on. We fit this for £60.00 + VAT.







Cars with multiplex electrics (more computing power than the original lunar module!) need to be fitted

with several diodes, a kind of electronic non-return valve, to prevent damage being done to the on

board computer. This type of electronics appear on many European cars but on few from the Far East.

A standard jockey wheel with a solid rubber tyre is a £27.99 extra a jockey wheel with a wide,

pneumatic tyre, ideal for use on soft ground or gravel, is £34.99.  A jockey wheel makes all the

difference when hitching up, transforning the operation into a one-person task. Instead of someone

having to support the hitch and walk with it while you drive up to the rear of the motorhome, you simply

wind out the jockey wheel and drive to your target.

It's easy to see the hitch from the driver's seat. AND if you happen to get the motorhome/a-frame car

into a tight spot where reversing is impossible, just drop the jockey, unhitch, and drive the car away to

where you can safely hitch up again and carry on. The jockey wheel is removed in seconds for storage.

The Motorhome A-Frame is engineered so that the fixing points on your car are as unobtrusive as

possible, yet conveniently placed. The towing eyelets used on all our a-frame cars can be removed

readily to give complete discretion and cause no raised eyebrows at MOT time.

There is no laying on your back on cold, wet concrete with a bag of spanners to fit an Armitage

Motorhome Towing A-Frame.Versions for cars up to 1000kg weigh a mere 22kg. Up-to-1600kg versions

are 29kg.

The Health and Safety watchdogs say that 25kg is a sensible maximum (It makes you wonder how

our forebears ever lifted grain sacks weighing 100kg, all day, every day!).

Best of all, Armitage's is a one-stop shop. At the same time that we are making the Towing A-Frame

we can fabricate and install a towbar for your motorhome so that it's all done and dusted in

the day.

Give yourself the best of both worlds with an Armitage braked, motorhome A-Frame. Give us a ring and we

will set your wheels in motion.


If you need a number plate (by law, the towed car must have the number of the towing vehicle covering

its own rear number plate), we can make you one with a GB badge for £15.99. Just bring along your

driving licence or similar ID and the log book of the towing vehicle to keep things legal with the DVLA!

We can only make long number plates on the day. We have to buy square ones in, so please give us a

little notice if you need one like the Daihatsu Copen (above) has.

Some people like to be courteous to the vehicles following you to let them know the car is a trailer for those

that don't know reflective Triangles means its a trailer, therefore we can manufacture another No Plate

on suction cups saying TOW CAR, please do not use the " on tow " stickers or plates as this suggests recovery which is illegal.

The price for the TOW CAR sign for the rear window is £18.99.


Please note this is our heavy weight 950 - 1600kg A frame with optional Triplelock locking head.

This is what the towing braked A-Frame looks like when it is removed from the car and folded ready to take its place in the boot of the car or in the motorhome.

So far, we have only encountered problems squeezing the A-Frame into a very small number of cars.

Up to press, the only car that have refused to accommodate the A-Frame have been the convertible version of the Mini. BUT  we have found a solution. We can set up the a-frame so that the A-Frame module (the part with AT on it) and the towing hitch can be separated by withdrawing two spring-loaded pins. This capability, which you can see in the bottom left picture, adds £60+vat to the cost, £90+vat at a later date.

As well as reducing the storage size of the A-Frame this function can also be a great boon if you wish to split the a-frame to divide its weight.


Many customers ask us how to make sure that their braked A-Framed car stays hitched to their

motorhome while they break for a cup of tea at motorway services.

Short of an armed guard, probably the best answer is to upgrade from the standard Al-Ko hitch

to the insurance-approved Triplelock hitch for just £120 including VAT.




The Triplelock hitch is made by Indespension and has a great advantage over most other locks in that you use it by default. The lock is built into the hitch and you have to unlock it to hitch-up. As soon as you hitch, the lock springs into operation and cannot be unlocked without the use of the key. Foolproof! The head comes with a special anti-theft capped bolt which sits in the recess you can see.  It can only be removed with a cutting disc, an ear-splitting din and a Guy Fawkes night sparks shower lighting up the sky.