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Newbie 2008 Cabrio owner here. Planning on towing it in back of my RV, however although there is a base plate with two holes in the front of my Smart, the towing arms and towing frame are missing. I have no idea what to purchase because I don't know what type of plate was installed. All I know is that there are two (non-threaded) holes in my Smart. What arms and A-frame will work?
 

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Sorry I'm unable to help you. But I'm sure one of the members may be able to, if you provide them with some pictures of the tow plate that you're talking about.
Good Luck
 

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If nothing else, a local machinist/engineer should be able to help you out with fabricating a safe replacement.
 

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If nothing else, a local machinist/engineer should be able to help you out with fabricating a safe replacement.
Hello,
Newbie 2008 Cabrio owner here. Planning on towing it in back of my RV, however although there is a base plate with two holes in the front of my Smart, the towing arms and towing frame are missing. I have no idea what to purchase because I don't know what type of plate was installed. All I know is that there are two (non-threaded) holes in my Smart. What arms and A-frame will work?
I think the OP is missing the tow arms, as per her above post. I believe she would just like to buy replacement arms if she knew the brand of base plate. That option could be more expensive then just buying a new complete kit.
I don't know if it would be cost effective for a machinist to just fabricate the tow arms. That is if a machinist is known to the o p and is will to take on outside work. I had a piece of Steel that I needed cut to specific size couldn't find a local machinist to do it and this is in Las Vegas.
IT may be more cost-effective for the OP to buy a whole new tow setup. Which would include a new base plate correct?
 

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I think the OP is missing the tow arms, as per her above post. I believe she would just like to buy replacement arms if she knew the brand of base plate. That option could be more expensive then just buying a new complete kit.
I don't know if it would be cost effective for a machinist to just fabricate the tow arms. That is if a machinist is known to the o p and is will to take on outside work. I had a piece of Steel that I needed cut to specific size couldn't find a local machinist to do it and this is in Las Vegas.
IT may be more cost-effective for the OP to buy a whole new tow setup. Which would include a new base plate correct?
I agree that it's probably less expensive to replace, but I don't know how easy these are to find or how dedicated to the car OP is; so figured I would provide a last-ditch alternative "if nothing else". :p
Machinists can be hard to find sometimes, but I have never had a problem finding one when I needed one; just my experience.
 

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Oh I can find Machinist. I can't find one that will do a one off job without charging an exorbitant price. Most quote liability as the reason for not accepting that work.
I would think that that would be especially important or something that is going to be pull down the road at highway speeds.
Something breaks loose people are going sue everybody who touched it. Especially the fabricator.
 

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Hello,

Newbie 2008 Cabrio owner here. Planning on towing it in back of my RV, however although there is a base plate with two holes in the front of my Smart, the towing arms and towing frame are missing. I have no idea what to purchase because I don't know what type of plate was installed. All I know is that there are two (non-threaded) holes in my Smart. What arms and A-frame will work?
Welcome to the forum!
These people might be able help you out. I’d contact them. Does your connector on the car look like this?

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Hello,

Newbie 2008 Cabrio owner here. Planning on towing it in back of my RV, however although there is a base plate with two holes in the front of my Smart, the towing arms and towing frame are missing. I have no idea what to purchase because I don't know what type of plate was installed. All I know is that there are two (non-threaded) holes in my Smart. What arms and A-frame will work?

I am a new Smart owner too. Purchased a 2008 451 with 25,000 miles on it here in San Diego.
Mine had the Blue Ox Base Plate and Alpha Towbar. I just took it all off yesterday as I won't be towing it anywhere.

I did notice that while uninstalling the Baseplate it was mounted by 2 large bolts on each side just behind the metal bumper crash bar (where the airbag sensors are mounted on the back of).

Not sure if that helps but enjoy your Smart. If you have any friends that want a Blue Ox set-up for $750, lmk!
 

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Hello,

Newbie 2008 Cabrio owner here. Planning on towing it in back of my RV, however although there is a base plate with two holes in the front of my Smart, the towing arms and towing frame are missing. I have no idea what to purchase because I don't know what type of plate was installed. All I know is that there are two (non-threaded) holes in my Smart. What arms and A-frame will work?
From my experience if you have a base plate with holes it is a ROADMASTER brand - www.roadmasterinc.com. Contact a dealer to confirm and a list of the equipment you need, then either purchase new or look for it used on ebay or craigslist or elsewhere. I had the Roadmaster base plates installed on my Smart because we already had the towbar. Previously towed a Saturn.
 
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