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Old 05-15-2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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Fabric Net type tow protectors

My '07 Tradition has the exhaust out the curb side rear bumper which hampers the installation of a protect a tow or similar fabric type tow protector. The exhaust will melt the fabric.

I want to come up with a solution that will allow me to use the fabric type tow protectors. I have a blue ox base plate and ready brute elite tow bar.

A couple of solutions are to move the exhaust so it extends out the side of the coach or move it so it exhausts under the coach. I'm not sure if this would affect the performance of the exhaust system and would rather come up with another solution. I don't like the barrier type system which requires modifications to my base place.

The first pic is of the tow bar and exhaust arrangement. The second pic show the muffler and exhaust pipe which shows a very small distance between the muffler and exhaust outlet. Not leaving much room to move the exhaust pipe underneath the chassis.

Another thread showed a protect a tow attached to the full width vanity mud flap, but protect a tow does not recommend that arrangement.

Since many Fleetwood coaches have exhaust out the back, I hope someone on this forum has come up with a solution.
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This problem has been around a long long time. I seem to remember someone had turned the exhaust outlet so it discharged sideways and then lined the protect a tow fabric in the area of the exhaust pipe with a cloth heat protector.

I also remember someone just rerouted the exhaust pipe so it discharged out the side of the coach.
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Take the 'Tradition' mud flap (rock launcher) off and don't worry about it if there are mud flaps behind your tires. Saves a bunch of weight, too. Those things are heavy!

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Somewhere on this website I saw a post where I guy modified his Protect-a-tow by cutting and hemming his unit for clearance of his exhaust. I have no idea how to search for the post. Maybe someone will remember where it might be listed.
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I just put a camping cinch strap around the cloth and the trailer hitch to hold the cloth back from the exhaust pipe
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This problem has been around a long long time. I seem to remember someone had turned the exhaust outlet so it discharged sideways and then lined the protect a tow fabric in the area of the exhaust pipe with a cloth heat protector.
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I think that's what I will do. Get a protect a tow, turn the exhaust outlet so it's sideways and have a fabric shop sew in this:( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N55ZCZU?psc=1 ) on the protect a tow fabric around the exhaust
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Take the 'Tradition' mud flap (rock launcher) off and don't worry about it if there are mud flaps behind your tires. Saves a bunch of weight, too. Those things are heavy!

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I'll second Walt's motion. I removed my rear flap two years and over 10K miles ago.
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Full width mudflap is gone, so are the stones. Individual tire mudflaps are 3 inches from ground.
Rv is 50 lbs lighter too.
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