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Old 07-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #15
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Tow-Car-Shield! It's a bit of a pain to put on... until you figure it out... but it protects the car from above the windshield to below the front air damn and both front fenders!!

http://www.themotorhomeguide.com/rev...ar_shield.html
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:47 PM   #16
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Mine has a rock solid rubber flap across the back. I'm thinking of taking it off and cutting it up to use behind the wheels. Less air restriction.
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This answers some questions.

Just standard mud flaps
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When we bought the MH last year the first thing I did was to install the solid-rubber UltraGuard flap at the back, and the Protect-A-Tow shield under the towbars. I feel this gives me the maximum possible protection.

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Never used any protection in nine years of towing (approximately 36K miles) Would consider something for a trip to NWT or similar.
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I had a Protec-A-Tow and loved it. It is well made and well thought out, easy to use and very effective.

Unfortunately I cannot use it on my new coach because of the rear exhaust pipe which would burn it up. If you have a side exhaust I highly recommend it.

Now I amusing nothing but the factory mud flap and I can see signs of small road damage on my tow car. I am afraid to use a solid shield because they are said to bounce the stones onto the back of the coach. Easier to repaint the front of the car than the back of the coach.
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We also use the Guardian by Roadmaster. We bought it to use on or old motorhome when we went to Alaska. It's worked well over the years, but nothing I'm aware of will defend against rocks thrown by trucks passing in either direction. The only chip we have in the Jeep windshield was from a rock thrown by a gravel truck passing in the opposite direction
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I had a Protec-A-Tow and loved it. It is well made and well thought out, easy to use and very effective.

Unfortunately I cannot use it on my new coach because of the rear exhaust pipe which would burn it up. If you have a side exhaust I highly recommend it.

Now I amusing nothing but the factory mud flap and I can see signs of small road damage on my tow car. I am afraid to use a solid shield because they are said to bounce the stones onto the back of the coach. Easier to repaint the front of the car than the back of the coach.

I disagree about the solid rubber flaps. I just don't think there is any way that a rock could be thrown against the rear of the coach. As the rock is thrown up the coach is moving forward! It would have to literally chase the coach! Just doesn't compute!
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I have read all the comments here and still have one question. Has anyone actually sustained damage to their toad because they were not using a shield? Based on what I am reading here, everyone appears to be saying the large mud flaps work just fine and a shield is just overkill. Is that correct?
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I had a Protec-A-Tow and loved it. It is well made and well thought out, easy to use and very effective.

Unfortunately I cannot use it on my new coach because of the rear exhaust pipe which would burn it up. If you have a side exhaust I highly recommend it.

Now I amusing nothing but the factory mud flap and I can see signs of small road damage on my tow car. I am afraid to use a solid shield because they are said to bounce the stones onto the back of the coach. Easier to repaint the front of the car than the back of the coach.
Mr USA, I also have a rear exhaust on my DS. As long as you can keep the P-A-T screen a few inches off the rear exhaust pipe, the fabric will be fine. The folks at PAT sent me pics of a standoff someone else had fabricated from SS rod (top pics), but it looked a little close to me so I fabricated my own (bottom pics) from aluminum flat stock. Not real pretty, but it works fine. If the pics don't come up, I'll send you a PM.
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I have read all the comments here and still have one question. Has anyone actually sustained damage to their toad because they were not using a shield? Based on what I am reading here, everyone appears to be saying the large mud flaps work just fine and a shield is just overkill. Is that correct?
Our previous toad was a Honda FIT. We had the bra installed at the dealer, but had no other protectors or mud flaps. One day I noticed that one of the fog lamps was smashed, presumably by a rock. The replacement part was $350! Turned out the fog light was integrated with the corner assembly of the front bumper and the whole thing had to be replaced. Of course, the bra does nothing to protect the lights. The Protect a Tow I installed when we traded the FIT for a CRV cost under $400. The math alone told me its worthwhile. We've towed the CRV less than 5,000 miles but zero dings of any kind so far. I can't speak for mudflaps since we've never used them.
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I have read all the comments here and still have one question. Has anyone actually sustained damage to their toad because they were not using a shield? Based on what I am reading here, everyone appears to be saying the large mud flaps work just fine and a shield is just overkill. Is that correct?
Yes Sir, that's why I purchased the Tow Car Shield for the new CRV. Our last CRV was towed behind a Beaver Patriot with a full width flap on the coach. We sustained two deep chips on the fenders and a scratched windshield where a stone was thrown up onto the windshield, got wedged under the wiper blade and then scratched the glass when the wipers were turned on. So, when we purchased the 2013 CRV it was a no brainer to buy a Tow Car Shield. Click on the link I provided in my first post and look how it protects the entire front of the car!!
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I was referring to a tow shield such as this one, which I have read can bounce the stones back so that they hit the rear of your coach.

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I disagree about the solid rubber flaps. I just don't think there is any way that a rock could be thrown against the rear of the coach. As the rock is thrown up the coach is moving forward! It would have to literally chase the coach! Just doesn't compute!
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The first line of defense would be the mud flaps in your fender well. That is where the rocks first start. They need to be wide enough and long enough. We usually install them to be 1" further on the outside and 1" further on the inside than the tires. Than we make them as long as possible without hitting the ground when you let all the air out of your bags. Ultimately you want them to be no closer than 4" to the ground, and no higher than 6" off the ground when traveling to really do the job.
The mud flap on the back simply gives that little bit more protection. Just make sure that mud flap is no closer than 4" to the ground. If it is too close, it can actually create a vortex and throw loose rocks at your toad.
The various toad screens are also that much more protection, and they also protect your toad form the rocks being thrown by other vehicles as they go by you. It also is determined by how many steps you want to take in connecting and disconnecting your toad.
You asked about actual protection form these devices. We are constantly told stories of how the back mud flap has stopped large items such as lumber in the road and tire pieces in the road from reaching their toad, so yes, it does give extra protection that can save you hundreds in repairs. It just has to be solid enough to not let the item just fly thru it. Some of them just fly up behind as you move down the road, and do not stay hanging straight down. They will not stop or divert anything.
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