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Old 09-19-2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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Nose bras - yes or no

Trying to decide if a nose bra is a good idea. I have an 04 with Diamond Shield that is looking bad underneath it. Cost to remove it about $400.
Couple hundred more I can get a Bra to hide it and catch the bugs.
But they say every time it rains you need to take it off to dry???
What about when you wash your windshield?
Think they're worth it???
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I had a bra on my coach for several years and never worried about it being wet unless I planned to stow it away. But it was a top quality model that came with the coach - not sure if all bras are as nicely padded, with soft backing. The other factor is how well the bra fits and is fastened. Any movement of the bra causes paint wear, and a wet bra is probably worse than dry one in that regard.

That said, when the bra was destroyed in an accident I chose not to replace it. I hate to cover the pretty front end all the time and taking the bra off & putting back again was just one more chore to do at the campsite. I figured I could get the front re-painted every 5 years for about the same price as a new bra (around $800 or so)
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I used to have a bra on a corvette I had years ago. I remember it as a hassle to get bugs off. Maybe they have changed since then, but it would be a consideration.
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Personally I don't like the looks of a bra! I think they make a great looking coach look bad! JMHO
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I agree could make a great coach look bad, but could make a UGLY coach look good. I wouldn't use one because I would not want my paint buffed off over time.
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:39 PM   #6
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It seems few are satisfied long-term with the 3M product which appears to have a lock on the RV market. I have what is supposedly, and currently, the most advanced protective film, Xpel Ultimate, on a couple of my cars. Has anyone looked into using it on an RV?

I would look into a new protective film and work a deal where the installer removes he old film (they're usually pros at that) rather than a bra. I bet you could get the removal done close to free if the installer gets your business for new film.
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Personally I don't like the looks of a bra! I think they make a great looking coach look bad! JMHO
I totally agree. Right now we're setting in a campground next to a beautiful coach with a Lexan shield on the front. The shield is scratched, cracked, yellowing, and looks terrible. It's held to the front of the coach with at least 2 dozen bolts that are anchored to the fiberglass.

The front of an otherwise beautiful coach can't be seen through the haze, and the fancy chrome bolts all over the front make it look like the character Jaws from the James Bond movie.

If having the front look like new is something you desire do as Gary recommended. Get it repainted if necessary. Then you can enjoy looking at it whenever you want. You don't have to remove a bra, or other type of shield.
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No to bras. The worst part is dirt between the bra and paint. It is an abrasive. I have seen a lot of blistering of the paint also. Most every customer I had did away with them.
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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Trying to decide if a nose bra is a good idea. I have an 04 with Diamond Shield that is looking bad underneath it. Cost to remove it about $400.
Couple hundred more I can get a Bra to hide it and catch the bugs.
But they say every time it rains you need to take it off to dry???
What about when you wash your windshield?
Think they're worth it???
I had the exact same situation & had a bra made for about $600. Since it covers VERY UGLY Diamond Shield, I'm not worried about stuff getting behind the bra . . . and it looks much better than the scuffed up Diamond Shield.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:13 PM   #10
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I just finished removing the Diamond Shield from the front of my coach and it looks so much better. We got a Le Bra for our toad on this long trip and I take it off the car if we are going to be staying for more than a night or two.

I would not put a bra on the coach. I plan to keep a good coat of wax/polish on the front of the coach and will just get it repainted when/if it gets dinged enough to justify that. I also agree the big lexan front shields make an otherwise nice looking coach look ugly.
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After a lot of hemming and hawing, we put the nose protector on a couple years ago. It's a big part of our BMP ("Bug Management Program") ... we discovered that it is easier to scrub the bugs off the nose protector than off the actual front of the coach. We take it off a couple times a year and wash the front of the MH (about every other time that we wash the MH). In addition, every time we put 303 on the tires, we put 303 on the nose protector, too. The shinier, the better. I think the slipperiness of the 303 helps manage the bugs as much as the actual nose protector. \ken
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I wish I had a bra on my motor home after our trip back from Salt Lake City to Cleveland. Somewhere in Iowa we got white paint all over the nose and windshield. Nothing took it off other than 2000 grit sandpaper. After about 8 hours work it looks good again.
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I have the Lexan shield on my 98 coach. It came from Country Coach that way and I love it. The bugs can be cleaned off almost any surface. Its the small rocks that concern me. Taking chips of paint and fiberglass off the front end will cost more to repair than a $49.99 paint job from Earl Shibe.
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The 3M shield on the front of our coach is all cracked and discolored by sub-surface mold. Our SIG now proudly wears a black bra. The bugs come off with a gentle scrubbing. It has scuffed the plastic shield across the bumper area. So What? It sure looks better than the discolored shield.

Where did you get a price of $400 to get the shield removed? The best I've been able to get is $1200.

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