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Old 04-22-2012, 04:38 PM   #15
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(Didn't want to step on Papa Joes thread of today about repairing mud flap)

Having been "on the road" FULLtime since 05 (no house, no stuff, no storage, no nuttin !!), and having TWICE experienced damage to that big shiny mud flap hanging off the back end of our rig due to running over unavoidable "road gators" (tire tread debris),......what do you folks think about doing away with that rig wide flap altogether?? After our experience during our Alaska trip we're pretty convinced that those flaps are not really effective for more than advertising the brand of rig. In fact, they (these flaps) are the source of more chip damage to towed vehicles than other factors.

What's your opinion or thoughts about gettin rid of it ???




Steve & Lynette

Mine is in storage in case the next owner wants is and you are right it is the source of a lot of chips.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:05 PM   #16
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Seems like if a mud flap gets damaged then it did its job to help stop the debris from hitting the toad. I seen quit a few installed to low and dragging the ground which probably does more harm than good.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #17
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Good point regarding the 4-6" off the ground. I just rebuilt my flap and never thought of this. I have it set about 2" now.
The old one was worn and bent from dragging so I replaced the original 1 1/2" HSS across the bottom of the frame with a piece of 3" X 1 1/2" channel iron. Hoping it will hang in there a little longer than the thin wall HSS.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:26 PM   #18
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Mine rides almost 8" above the pavement. If it were lower I would raise it or trim it. My coach has over 60k miles and the flap has never been damaged ...if it were ever damaged I would not pay more than $1 or $2 to replace it.
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Mine rides about 4" and has gotten some damage, but then I have not had any damage to my Toad.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:07 AM   #20
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(Didn't want to step on Papa Joes thread of today about repairing mud flap)

Having been "on the road" FULLtime since 05 (no house, no stuff, no storage, no nuttin !!), and having TWICE experienced damage to that big shiny mud flap hanging off the back end of our rig due to running over unavoidable "road gators" (tire tread debris),......what do you folks think about doing away with that rig wide flap altogether?? After our experience during our Alaska trip we're pretty convinced that those flaps are not really effective for more than advertising the brand of rig. In fact, they (these flaps) are the source of more chip damage to towed vehicles than other factors.

You have to ask yourself "what would the debris have done to the towed car if there wasn't a mud flap to stop it ?"

What's your opinion or thoughts about gettin rid of it ???

Steve & Lynette
We've hit a couple gators and were pleased the only damage was a bent mounting bracket on the mud flap. No damage to the Jeep. Before we installed it the back of the coach would get so dirty you had to clean the tail lights before driving. The jeep was covered with mud and dirt to the point the windshield had to be washed before it could be driven.

We've had it in place over 95,000 miles and never had a problem with damage to the Jeep or the motorhome itself. In our case themotorhome has a relatively short overhang behind the rear wheels. This translates to less contact with the ground over bumps and uneven road surfaces. The Jeep stays clean and free of stone damage.

It's been a great investment for us and just like the American Express card "We don't leave home without it".
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I hit a gator last month and I am pretty sure that it prevented damage to the toad sports car. Big gator! Bent the steel angle iron on the flap, and dented the exhaust a little, but easier and cheaper than a body shop.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:37 AM   #22
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Hi,

I have a "Rock Solid" flap that I installed on my Cklass A and it does a super job of protecting my toad and keeping the rear of the rig clean.
My other class C had the brush type and when you drove slow in the campground as it swept the road also when going down the road it raised up to high.
I think the ones uder the coach like you all have mentioned are really not efficent due to the mounting of it and that they are solid.
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We've been talking about getting an ultra guard like we had on our Winnebago, instead of the pretty Country Coach one that has the metal cut-out saying "Country Coach" on it. It is constantly getting bent and mangled as we park or back into our driveway (slightly uphill). Every time we park I have to run to the flap and hold it up so that it doesn't get *more* damaged until the coach is done leveling. Kind of a pain in any kind of weather. We did find with the ultra guard on the Winnebago that it really cut down on rock chips on the dinghy, so we probably won't go without one but will just switch our current one to an ultra guard.
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The secret to preventing toad damage is to have 4" to 6" road clearance under the flap, as contact with the road kicks up stones and debris that hit the toad.

I never had toad damage and my fellow MHers who raised their flaps also have not had any toad damage.
That there is the secret.....you hit the nail on the head.
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I took off the cables and have had no damage since, replaced with 2ft bungie cords. Flap still hangs on the chains.
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My answer depends on many things including where the rear axle is on your rig.

Many states (Including Michigan) have a law that says, in essence, it is illegal for your wheels to throw up a rooster tail of rain water or debris. (NOTE: not even close to the actual wording of the laws).

So, depending on the construction of the coach.. Keeping some kind of mud flap may not be a choice.

Does not have to be that big full-width company logo job though. Regular Truck type meet the reqirements of the law.
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