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Old 02-13-2011, 10:13 AM   #15
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Don't own one, never have! I am considering it, above is the link.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:52 AM   #16
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Your car would have be clean where the cover fits.
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You cannot leave the bra on if it gets wet underneath from rain etc. It WILL fog up the paint if left on wet. Wireman
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #18
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I would not use one on any of my vehicles.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #19
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We have a LeBra for our HHR that came from Autoanything.com for about $75.
It does a great job of protecting from stone chips etc and there is no sign of worn paint etc. On one trip I never removed it for 3 weeks and 4000+ miles.

I would recommend the toad is clean with a recent coat of wax to start.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:37 PM   #20
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The bras can be a pain too. I used one for 4 years but now I go braless. The body shop that repaired our rig after a front end accident destroyed both bra and front cap said they would repaint my lower front cap for less than the cost of buying a new custom vinyl bra (about $800), so that's my plan.
I'm in this camp. The bra is a PIA to put on in cold weather. If it rains you have to take it off and let the backside dry. The backing needs to be vacuumed or the debris that gets behind it will scratch the paint. If you have a front generator and pop the circuit breaker you must remove the bra (unless you have it made in two pieces) to access the generator and reset the breaker (usually on the side of a busy road). The front of the coach still needs waxing plus the bra must be washed and Armoralled. The plastic headlight covers will scratch and discolor the headlights. Come to think of it, it's a PIA all the way around.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #21
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As far as I am concerned, here's the situation. Why do we consider putting on 3M or DiamondShield or whatever the name is, the plastic film? Answer: to protect the paint. Truth, as I discovered: after a few years, the film ages and must be removed, destroying not only the paint, but also the surface of the fiberglass, requiring not only repainting, but also fiberglass repair!

I went through all that. My decision: I repainted the front, and am ready to repair as needed, and after a few years, repaint again if needed. Much, much, much easier and much, much, much cheaper.

My opinion: the plastic film will be a great thing when they finally come up with an answer how to remove it without damage. Until that time, forget it.

The bra: works well, but it's a high maintenance item. If not maintained diligently, the bra can damage the paint worse than if you never used it.

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So, that is why, IMHO, if you're gonna have a bra, have a clear bra. For the toad too.
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A number of pick up trucks (as in customized) have had different parts (such as lower side panels to prevent rock chips) coated with the bed liner and appear to be highly satisfied. For a decent application you must use an experienced shop. the coating can be applied over many different materials and for many different reasons. Have seen it used on roofs also,
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I think the pic-up spray in bed liner would look like crap. Jim you are correct about the others also. Just keep it waxed. After a number of years you may have to repaint.
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This cover appears that it would be a hassle to place on the toad. I use a Kargard with my BlueOx tow which is easy to setup and take down. Nevertheless, you have to be comfortable with whatever you choose to use.

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In post #12 above I recommended a look at a clear bra called Venture Shield since I like it so well. I had mine installed 4 years ago. Well, from what I hear, and this is not verified, the Venture shield used 4 years ago is a different product from what is used today. Apparently they were bought up by 3M and the product has been changed. So, as always, buyer beware. It might be better, it might be worse - it might even be the same.
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I've been using a bra on our mh for the last 8 years. It was custom made by Wade Industries located at Lazysdays in Florida. The cost was $400 and that included installation. I don't know where someone was quoted $800, but seem way to expensive.

This bra fits like a glove. There has been absolutely NO damage to the paint from using this bra. It it rains I do remove it, but it usually stays on while we are out. A few days with a wet bra on the front of you mh will not hurt the paint.

It's not a PITA to use. If I need access the the front are, I just unsnap the upper fasteners and let it fold down about half way.

I'm sold on using a bra, the benefits of using one far outweigh the little effort it takes to but in on. On top of that I actually like the looks of our mh with the bra on.
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