TOW­ING

A unique, elec­tron­i­cally-braked A- frame is the lat­est in­no­va­tive tow­ing so­lu­tion from Auck­land-based tow­ing spe­cial­ist Aro Bros.

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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.

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