Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Alpine Coach Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 866
Toad Rock Shield?

I did a search on iRV2 and found conflicting responses on this question, so I thought I would ask other Alpine owners to get our coach-specific responses.

We have been towing a 2002 VW Beetle and a 2006 Toyota 4WD 4Runner for the last 4 years. We always towed them with a Roadmaster Guardian Debris Shield on the front of the coach to protect the front and the headlights.

We are now setting up our new Toyota 4WD Tundra pickup to tow as well and we are tired of carrying the all the extra hardware from Roadmaster for the toads, including the big brackets, the cross bar, and the debris shield. We are using the Roadmaster XL brackets on the Tundra that have small inserts more like the pins on the Blue Ox brackets. These brackets don't have a cross bar nor a mount for the debris shield.

My question to this group is directed to those who don't tow with a debris shield of any kind, and just rely on the mudflaps behind the wheels and the big cross mud flap across the rear. What's been your experience? Do you get many rock dings or have you cracked or broken your headlights?
__________________

__________________
Former Owner, 2006 36MDDS
2010 Arctic Fox 22GK Travel Trailer
2007 Toyota Tundra
OldForester is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-14-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
JWT
Senior Member
 
JWT's Avatar
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 137
I have towed without any car guards or shields and haven't notice anything out of the ordinary. Never had a broken headlight. I've towed this same car behind my prior m/h a year before the '05 Alpine. My bro-in-law bought the Roadmaster shield to protect his Suzuki Grand Vitara, but he has a Holiday Rambler pusher which has the rear radiator. They seem to throw more debris to the rear.
__________________

__________________
John & Greta
'05 36' FDDS
JWT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 09:06 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 52
I have towed a Jeep Cherokee for 9 years and a Jeep Liberty for 1 year. I have never used a shield and have only had wheel mud flaps on my motorhomes. Never suffered any damage to the front of my Jeeps when towing. My feeling is that if you tow a high clearance vehicle the stuff thrown off by the rear wheels will go under the towed.

Ken Tarkin
2005 34' limited
__________________
Ken
2005 34' Alpine
Ken T. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jim A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,376
I have towed a CR-V for over 50K miles, with no damage that I can discern. I used a Guardian tow shield at first, but found it to be a pain in the butt, and have not used it for the past 49K+ miles. I just rely on the mud flap across the back of the coach. No complaints.

The CR-V does have a plastic lower front facia, not painted. That would be the area I expect to see rock dings, so it might not be an apples to apples comparison to your toad.
__________________
Jim A
'04 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS
Jim A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 02:05 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Olympia
Posts: 670
Like Jim A., I tow a CR-V. I've had no damage. Most of the travel had been on paved roads, though some has been on gravel.
__________________
Jeff
'99 Alpine Coach
Jeff and Cheryl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 05:40 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Dave and Jaime's Avatar
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 393
Like others, I don't use a shield on my CR-V and it has no damage. I did have a 3M invisible bra installed on the CRV when it was new to protect against rocks/chips when it is not being towed. Those invisible bras really do work.
__________________
Jaime & Dave (and our 3 cocker spaniels)
2005 Alpine Coach 36FDTS w/ 2009 Honda CR-V, Doran TPMS, Roadmaster Towbar, US Gear Braking
Dave and Jaime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:29 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Where we park
Posts: 70
Toad Rock Shield

We towed a Liberty behind our Newmar Kountry Aire 5W and used a rock guard like Blue Ox sells that I constructed and had no damage. Then when we got our Alpine last year, with the full width mud guard, I got lazy and didn't use the rock guard with the result that after about 8000 miles we had numerous little fine chips, primarily on the curb side. These show up, for the most part, after waxing because the Liberty is a very dark metalic green. This year I've gone back to using the rock guard and after about 5000 miles I haven't noticed any additional chips. The CRV may have different air flow characteristics than the Liberty, but IMHO, if you've got a dark colored paint, play it safe and use something to protect it.
__________________
John & Carol Randolph
2005 Alpine 34 FDDS
2006 Jeep Liberty
johnwr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 07:50 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
jerry davis's Avatar


 
Alpine Owners Club
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Fremont, Ca
Posts: 662
We have an 05 36' and tow a RAV4. In 25000+ miles we have had no damage to the RAV. We do not have any type of shield.
__________________
Jerry and Judy
Fremont, California
2017 Dutch Star 4018
toad 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
jerry davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:43 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Tom and Patty's Avatar


 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,850
We use the Protect-a-Tow. It installs in a minute when Patty helps out. When not in use we roll it up and bungee it under the rear cap.

Our (Fiat)PT sits low and before we used it we had numerous pits, not to mention the small rocks collected on the cowling when we stopped. An added plus is that it keeps rocks from hitting the A/C condenser, air charge cooler, and radiator tubes. All very expensive items to replace.

Here is the link. Protect-a-Tow
__________________
Tom, Patty, Hannah "The Big Dog" and Abby Kat, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 36' FDS 72232 Our Photos
We live out in our old van. Travel all across this land. Drive until the city lights dissolve into a country sky, me and you - hand in hand.
Tom and Patty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 10:52 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 437
I currently tow a Jeep Liberty--20K mi. Experienced broken right turn lens. Nothing other than rear mud flaps on coach.
__________________
Steve
'01 Alpine 36 FDDS
SteveS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 03:54 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
mythplaced's Avatar
 
Alpine Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 1,282
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave and Jaime View Post
......... Those invisible bras really do work......
Yea, they work for me also!

__________________
Michael (Home base Northern CO)
USED TO HAVE; 03 Alpine 40MDTS Now RVless
http://www.tripadvisor.com/MemberPro...AA11052EA9DBB0
mythplaced is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 04:15 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
gjstacy's Avatar
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 629
We tow a 2004 Yukon, and early on in its life, we (uh, John) drove a bit too fast over a dirt/fine gravel road and the whole front of the Yukon is still pitted from that. Could have kicked ourselves (or John). I suppose if we had traversed that section slowly enough, we might have been okay with just our full rear mud flap.

We're planning a trip to Alaska next year, and will probably get a tow shield if we aren't still towing the Yukon. If we still have the Yukon, it won't really matter!
__________________
Gail, John & Mindy Stacy
2007 Alpine SE 40FDQS, 2011 Equinox
ACA & Alpine SoCal
gjstacy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 11:51 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Tom and Patty's Avatar


 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,850
Quote:
Originally Posted by mythplaced View Post
Yea, they work for me also!

HA Engineer Mike has some new competition. From a newbie at that!!
__________________
Tom, Patty, Hannah "The Big Dog" and Abby Kat, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 36' FDS 72232 Our Photos
We live out in our old van. Travel all across this land. Drive until the city lights dissolve into a country sky, me and you - hand in hand.
Tom and Patty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2009, 10:09 AM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 35
We started using the protect-a-tow when we changed TOADs, on recommendation by Tom & Patty! It works great & just makes you feel sooo good & protected!
__________________

__________________
MAC & ANNE
36' 2000 MDS
Acura Toad
MAC&ANNE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Intermitant Brake Lights when Toad attached GTHill MH-General Discussions & Problems 6 05-30-2009 12:01 AM
Almost lost the Toad Lindsay Richards Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 27 04-28-2009 06:47 PM
Toad electrical connectors jupoa Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 14 11-09-2008 02:45 AM
Toad Brakes - Some direct questions Aridon Newmar Owner's Forum 38 05-06-2008 03:09 PM
2006 Saturn Vue Toad Light Wiring Horsepowerfan Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 16 12-24-2006 12:11 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.