Towing behind a motorhome

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 04:16
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Is it possible to flat tow on an "A" frame either a Troop Carrier or a 4x4 Hilux or similar vehicle behind a motorhome
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 09:11

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 09:11
Anything is possible I suppose but lugging something like a Troopy would be an PITA. I've seen many a folk on the road with a Suzuki or Kia Sportage on the back but never larger full size 4by.
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 09:18

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 09:18
There are a heap of requirements, this link is for a WA Govt site.

A Frame Towing

A fair bit of reading but should help, regulations are fairly? common now around Aus.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 14:26

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 14:26

I made an A frame earlier this year, to tow a landcruiser ute behind a grader. Didn't worry about any regulations at the time, as it will be mainly used on a station. I've been removing it when I come back to town.

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The ute tows well, and is only a drama when reversing. Made the frame out of 40mm RHS, and it's about 1500mm long. The pivot points are made of "32/20" bar, and provide plenty of movement, with no excess play. For long term, highway use, would definitely recommend some sort of stone guard, as even behind the grader, at max speed of about 40 clicks, have noticed some extra chips in paint work.

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Reply By: kidsandall - Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:00

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:00
Saw a guy up north some towing a hilux on atrailer behind a bus. He was averaging about 35 ltrs per 100kms. Not sure how he was paying for it. Mind you he had everything with him in the bus so weighed heaps. I think that's why most people tow smaller cars behind them.

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Follow Up By: Eric G - Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:14

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:14
Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate it, happy to get other opinions. I would really like to flat tow a Hilux type 4x4 with a canopy to take all my STUFF, will have to ring the manufacturers and ask I guess.
Regards, Eric
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Follow Up By: ob - Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 15:16

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 15:16
I looked at the option of towing a full size 4x4 behind a motorhome but it all got very complicated depending on the weight of the motorhome. Apparently if the towing vehicle is something like 3 1/2 times the weight of the towed vehicle brake actuation on the towed vehicle was not needed but is needed if the weight difference is less( in WA at the time). While working out how to operate the brakes could be done it just got all too hard, complicated and expensive so we opted for a caravan.

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Reply By: Stevesub1 - Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 16:23

Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 16:23
Back in the old days when I used to race cars in New Zealand and before I could afford a car trailer, I used to A Frame the race car (Ford Escort) behind a Commodore, all with no problems. I made my own A frame from who knows what was in the shed at the time and it worked well. There were no regulations in those days for A Frames, anything went as it was not classed as a trailer or vehicle.

I had both cars wired for trailer lights so I put a plug between the vehicles so the towed vehicle's lights (Indicators, stop, tail) worked off the towing car.

One time I was on the motorway and stopped by a cop. I got out of the Commodore and went up to him. He said that he was not stopping me but the Escort (High back race seats) for tailgating me. He got quite a surprise when I told him to have a look at the A frame. Then we had a good chat about racing in general and away we went.

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