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Old 06-29-2018, 07:50 AM   #1
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Front Bra for '03 Tradewinds 395?

Hey everyone!

I'm looking for a front bra for my 2003 Tradewinds? It has the buttons and twist locks already on the coach, but no bra. Any ideas?
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:06 PM   #2
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Check with local upholstery shops about having one made for it!
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Just a thought on the bra.
When we 1st saw the 2003 National Tradewinds 375LE that we bought, it had a bra on it. It looked great!
Somewhere in the cleaning/detailing process at General RV in Tampa, the bra was lost. We then discovered that there were several blisters on the front of our coach that were caused by the bra, I think.
General is getting a new bra made for me and I have had the blisters repaired.
I think that when I get the new bra, I will use it when traveling and probably take it off when sitting. I guess that will keep the blisters from returning.
I would like other thoughts as well.
If I knew how, I would post a picture???

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Old 06-30-2018, 05:23 AM   #4
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I had a bra on my 01 Chieftain. I ordered it from a California Co. which I think is out of business , however a google search brought up a few companies. I took it off everyday after a drive and cleaned the coach and shook it out. Never had any damage from it and it saved the front end from damage.
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:38 AM   #5
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Well,
I got my front repainted and it looked great.
I also got a new bra from Wade RV located at Lazy Dayz and it looks great.
Unfortunately, I left it on for a couple of weeks and now the front of my coach is covered with blisters again.
I'm not exactly sure what the correct procedure is about the use of the bra???
I guess put it on while traveling and take it off when stopped???

What are other experiences?

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I seldom get on this site anymore as I sold my 2000 Tradewinds several years ago....and you may have already solved the bra 'issue'. I had a nice bra on mine which was on the rig when I bought it. I took really good care of the bra and the front of the coach underneath. When I finally decided to buy a new bra, I found them to be quite expensive and, at least locally, I found no one who seemed interested in making another for me.

In any event, here's what I did with my rig. I had a coating of LINE-X put on the front to replace the bra. I did it locally and it cost $500, much less than a new bra. I drove the rig for several more years and 'never looked back'. That Line-X coating always looked great and was super easy to clean. I've been surprised that more owners don't go that route instead of a bra.
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Purchased a 2001 Tradewinds LTC new in 2002, never covered the front end with any material. We have traveled 126000 miles and so far have 4 very small rock chips.
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Thanks for your replies! I'm definitely going to look into that coating, rvjimzhr. I also have very little wear and tear on the front end. I suppose at the cost of a new bra, I could just be more particular with my care and cleaning regiment.

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JPA, I also considered just going 'braless' for awhile but when I considered the damage being done without some sort of protection I decided I needed to do something.

I went first to a Rhino Liner company (I'd not heard of Line-X at that point.) They told me I'd be much happier going with Line-X instead because of their concerns about application on a vertical surface.

My local Line-x dealer had never done a motorhome so we talked about it a lot before I had the work done. The result was a very durable, easily cleaned surface and it always looked good! And no more waxing after the cleaning!

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