A unique, electronically-braked A- frame is the latest innovative towing solution from Auckland-based towing specialist Aro Bros.
You only have to check out a line-up of privately-owned Motorhomes with a small car or SUV tucked in behind parked up at a popular tourist spot to see how popular the humble ‘A’ towing frame is. A-frames make a lot of sense, for no better reason than they save you the cost and extra hassle ( maintenance, storage etc) of a trailer yet allow you to leave your large, ‘unwieldy mothership’ behind when you need to go to the shops or explore the area you are holidaying in. That said, you can’t just wander into your local auto parts store and buy one readymade. Nor, under the law can you ‘knock one up’ in your garage/ workshop and expect it to fly through your next WOF. At least not unless the work has been signed off by a certifier. Fortunately in Onehunga, an Aucklandbased towing specialist Aro Bros can help. As well as specialising in making and fitting the actual ( WOF and COF-compliant) tow bars needed for modern Motorhomes the company can now supply and fit dedicated electronically-braked A-Frame kits for two types of vehicle, designed and supplied by a British company with a 10-year track record in the game. Once installed by Aro Bros, the kits are literally ‘ fit-and-forget.’ They are light weight, easy to take on and off the vehicle you wish to tow and the complete unit folds down so it can be packed away in the boot when not in use, in a purpose-built carry bag. The towing vehicle is wired up accordingly to suit the A-Frame system. The minute the motorhome and vehicle you wish to tow are plugged in together the intelligent electronic operating system does everything for you. This includes turning on and off the lights and enabling the proportional braking system. Brake lightly in the vehicle doing the towing, and the one being towed will also brake lightly. Apply more pressure to the pedal of the ‘master’ vehicle, and the system will pass the message on to the vehicle being towed at the same time. The motion sensor at the heart of the system also recognises when you select reverse gear, so backing your A-Framed car ( either of the two types of vehicle Aro Bros install to) is just like backing a trailer. As well as being up with the play with the latest trends in towing like the new A-Frames, Aro Bros continue to design and build new trailers and repair and do alterations to all types of existing trailers. They do it all, from repair and alteration of trailers, to repairing brakes on existing braked trailers or retro-fitting brakes to non-braked trailers. The company also manufactures its own line of Aro Bros tow bars and has done so since 1960. With the advent of hi-tech CAN bus wiring systems and LED lights fitting a tow bar to any contemporary car, ute, or SUV is now a specialised task so Aro Bros fit an ECU box to vehicles with this new electrical set up to avoid any issues with the vehicle’s own engine management systems. So, from a new electronically-operated A-frame for your motorhome or tow bar install to a full custom trailer or upgrade/ repair/ maintenance of an existing trailer for your business or recreational use Aro Bros is the name to remember. If it needs towing, carrying or carting Aro Bros can make it happen. For more information go to the company’s website at www.arobros.co.nz or telephone 0-9- 622 1167.
The A frame system is compact and can be stored in the boot of a car when not in use.