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Old 10-16-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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I have a full length mud flap/stone guard under the back of my MH. It is mounted to the frame about 2' from the rear of the coach. There's a cutout in the middle of it to make room for the trailer hitch draw bar. However, if the rear end of the coach ever bottoms out the flap will get pinned between the draw bar and the ground and that's not a good thing! I've seen these mounted further to the rear on some coaches, especially the after market versions. I was thinking about doing this with my Monaco. It occurs to me that it would pivot out of the way if the rear end of the coach got that close to the ground instead of being under it. If I was backing I could pull the guard up with the awning rod or a bungy cord. I'd need to put an eye bolt in the bottom of it to grap hold of. Is this a good idea?

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I have a full length mud flap/stone guard under the back of my MH. It is mounted to the frame about 2' from the rear of the coach. There's a cutout in the middle of it to make room for the trailer hitch draw bar. However, if the rear end of the coach ever bottoms out the flap will get pinned between the draw bar and the ground and that's not a good thing! I've seen these mounted further to the rear on some coaches, especially the after market versions. I was thinking about doing this with my Monaco. It occurs to me that it would pivot out of the way if the rear end of the coach got that close to the ground instead of being under it. If I was backing I could pull the guard up with the awning rod or a bungy cord. I'd need to put an eye bolt in the bottom of it to grap hold of. Is this a good idea?

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Old 10-17-2006, 03:19 AM   #3
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Gaines, here's a bit more info ( I searched keyword Ultraguard):
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I think you are worrying too much. Mine is mounted at the very back, about 6 inches under, but it still drags when entering driveways and such. They are tough and other than te scraping noise, it doesn't seem to bother anything. Backing hasn't been a problem either.

In my opinion the guard is more likely to drag or get caught when mounted further to the rear. The very back end is more likely to bottom out than the area two feet further in. The closer to the axles, the less it will drag.

Is yours so close to the rear wheels that the flap could get cauht under a wheel wen backing? I doubt it...
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Bigred1,

I agree with Gary. Ours is mounted at the very back and I would think that the way yours is mounted back under the coach would be less likely to drag as much or get caught.

I see that you coach is a 2000 year model. I would say that if it has been ok since 2000 then it is likely to be ok mounted where it is and not get damaged.

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Here's the problem. It is low enough to the ground that in a situation where the back end is going to drag/bottom out, the guard will have started to drag on the ground already and pivoted toward the rear. By the time the hitch hits the ground the mud flap will be parallel to the ground under the hitch skid plate. When the weight of the coach comes down on it it's not a good thing!
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The link to the keyword Ultraguard(thanks Troth!) had a post in there that caught my eye. It appears that these stone guards are not only designed to help protect the toad(some wouldn't agree that they work very well), but also to keep rocks out of the raidator. My coach has a rear radiator so I'm going to have to double check this before doing anything. It a lot cheaper to replace a rock guard than a $2,500 or more radiator.
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