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Towing a Lada
« on: November 13, 2018, 03:30:27 pm »
Hi Guys,

I finally made the plunge bought myself a Niva , however it is in KZN and I am in Gauteng. I want to fetch it early in Dec, however I need your advice on getting it back. The vehicle has just had quite a lot of work done on the engine,gearbox exhaust etc. by reputable Lada specialists and I am quite sure that it is relatively sound mechanically. However there are often a few "Gremlins" to sort out after such an amount of work and the vehicle has not been driven to find out. There is also a cost issue,I would like to do it without costing me too much leading into the Dec holiday.

I would like to tow the vehicle up as I think it will probably be the cheapest option and the least hassle. I have two options for towing,either lend a piggyback trailer or an A-frame.

I am not too familiar with the inner workings of the transfer case,but how will being towed with only rolling on two rear wheels (on the piggyback) be with the AWD system? Will it be disengaged when the transfer case is in neutral?

The other option is to lend an A-Frame,I have not used one before but I think I could probably lend one easily enough and I believe it shouldnt be difficult to install. Although the Niva has a relatively big bullbar on that I hope wont be in the way.

Other option is just to drive the Niva up and have a tow rope or tow pole for just in case. This is more fun for me but means double fuel (a bit of an issue with current fuel price) and a potentially boring and frustrating ride back for whoever does me the favour of escourting me back.

Any thoughts?



 

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 03:34:02 pm »
Piggy back....remove rear prop after you made markings on the flanges to put it back the same way.....

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2018, 05:24:02 pm »
Piggy back....remove rear prop after you made markings on the flanges to put it back the same way.....

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OK cool, never thought of that.

Thanks!

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2018, 05:26:56 pm »
Piggyback also the safer way....

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 08:03:38 am »
Piggy back is fine, but as John says, you will just need to remove the back prop shaft, all you need is a 13 spanner

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2018, 12:39:09 pm »
Great, thanks guys.

Will also try for a trailer if I can, but max load for my car is 1500kg so may be pushing it a little bit.

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 12:42:08 pm »
Great, thanks guys.

Will also try for a trailer if I can, but max load for my car is 1500kg so may be pushing it a little bit.
Lada is 1200kg....piggyback should be less then 350kg....i think you should be good with a piggyback....it's very light weight so be extra careful on bumpy roads when not loaded....

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 07:41:10 am »
Hi Guys,

Thanks for advice.

Ended up driving the Lada home, the rental on a piggyback ended up being more than what the fuel to PTA would have cost (including toll-gates).

Lada performed flawlessly though, glad I took her on her first roadtrip.

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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 12:02:54 pm »
Great


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Re: Towing a Lada
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2018, 01:17:08 pm »
Dang.....nice man...

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