Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Costa Blanca North, Spain.
My Motorhome: 2001 Benimar 6000sl on Ducato 2.8JTD
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To answer the OP:
Would it be physically alright?
That depends upon your needs; ability to manoeuvre and reverse with it; to hook it up and unhook it, etc etc.
Would it be legally alright in France?
No. the use of A-frames for towing is illegal in France on any public road.
Would I get away with it?
At present very probably yes.
It's a technical offence and it appears that most Gendarmes are still either not boned up on this aspect of their road traffic law, or see it is a low priority.
What would happen if I was pulled over for using one there?
Probably either: a warning and an instruction to de-couple and only continue as the two separate road vehicles that they clearly are (is your wife happy and ready to spend the rest of your whole tour driving the car and following you around French roads?); or an on-the-spot fine plus the instruction to decouple and continue only as the two separate road vehicles.
As I understand it, the same is true in Italy (ie it's illegal to tow using an A-frame, but risk of being pulled is minute).
In Germany it is illegal and there seem to be quite a lot more reports now of people getting fined/ordered to decouple recently.
In Spain and Portugal it's illegal and there is nowadays a very much higher chance of getting fined/ordered to decouple there.....as towing one vehicle with another via any means (including A-frame) had always been completely illegal there (it's regarded as quite a serious road traffic offence.