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Auto Smart car towing on an "A" Frame?

Not sure if this has been covered elsewhere but I am looking at a Smart Car for towing with the M/Home using an "A" frame.
Does anyone out there tow a Smart with an auto gearbox on an "A" frame and are there any problems I should know about?
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I met a couple who tow in A frames this weekend. One an unbraked on auto Smart, says he does so with no issues.

I would suggest his outfit should at least be braked.

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Now towing my second Smart on a braked A frame and never had a problem tows like a dream have even towed it behind the Range Rover.

Just make sure it's in neutral and the handbrake is off. Always had very good service and advise from Car-a-Tow. nothing is better than peace of mind.
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The Smart is not an automatic in the traditional sense of the term. Just like the Toyota Aygo and most Citroens, it has an Automated Electronic Gearshift. In effect this is a traditional manual type gearbox with a fully automated clutch and gearchange.
The only automatics that cannot be towed without modification are CVT and traditional torque converter automatics.
BTW, irrespective of the arguments for or against A Frames, it is illegal to tow a Smart with an unbraked A Frame unless an inertia device such as a Brake Buddy is used.
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Re: Auto Smart car towing on an "A" Frame?

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Not sure if this has been covered elsewhere but I am looking at a Smart Car for towing with the M/Home using an "A" frame.
Does anyone out there tow a Smart with an auto gearbox on an "A" frame and are there any problems I should know about?
Rgds Mel.
Yes, all over Europe. There are no problems provided you make sure it is in neutral. There is a procedure for this that is reproduced in the USA Handbook. For some reason the European handbook was never updated. The Smart has brakes fitted and has a MAM of over 1000kg (although the Kerbside weight is much less "trailers" are calculated on their MAM) and therefore the brakes MUST operate correctly in all respects.
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Hi,
Not sure what you mean by "procedure for this", don't you just put the car into neutral and ensure the handbrake is off ??
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Not sure what you mean by "procedure for this", don't you just put the car into neutral and ensure the handbrake is off ??
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The Smart has a normal gearbox with the gears being changed by a actuator arm. This process takes a little time which is why some people don't get on with the gear change on Smart's.

When driving the Smart it is possible to pull to a halt knock the gear lever into neutral and whip the key out of the ignition before the electronics have had a chance to catch up with you. As the clutch does not engage until around 9mph it is possible to roll the car quite easily and think you are in neutral. Only when you set off above 9mph does the clutch engage and do wonderous things to your gearbox. Operator error unfortunately.
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Hi, See my ad here in Motorhomefacts as I am selling my smart car. If the price is right its yours.

I have towed it for over a year now with no hassles what so ever. The only time I know it is behind me is when I am going up a steep hill and then I need to kick it down a gear.

As you say, put it in neutral and make sure the handbrake is off.

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Thanks SmartTow,
I will bear that in mind, could have been a costly mistake!!

BLF,
Thanks for the offer but I have already purchased an '05 Smart For Two Passion, v.nice in silver and black.
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