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Old 06-04-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Just bought our first new rig (had previously owned 2 used already equipped) and are for the first time going to be pulling a toad. Our rig, class A Winnebago, does not have any flaps or guards on the back. Does anyone have any advice as to which types work better and how much they impact gas mileage? Or would we be better off to put a protector or guard in front of our toad? or both? Any ideas appreciated!
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Old 06-04-2005, 01:20 PM   #2
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Just bought our first new rig (had previously owned 2 used already equipped) and are for the first time going to be pulling a toad. Our rig, class A Winnebago, does not have any flaps or guards on the back. Does anyone have any advice as to which types work better and how much they impact gas mileage? Or would we be better off to put a protector or guard in front of our toad? or both? Any ideas appreciated!
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Old 06-05-2005, 05:01 AM   #3
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Not knowing just what you have. But my 2001 Adventurer only has mud flaps that do judt fine. You have to watch the Rock Gaurd or anything like it. If mounted too low. They will hit the road way and flip up stones. I used to have them on my past MoHo's. Just mud flaps now.
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:36 AM   #4
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Hi Herkyflyer
I have the mud flap accross the back of my RV and it does not protect the tow car very much at all. I have cracked windshield and get those little stones all over the car when we go through the road construction areas. I will be looking into alternate means to protect the car one this 7 month road trip is over, but for now I cannot offer any better ideas and would look forward to hearing from anyone else on this subject.
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Old 06-06-2005, 07:27 AM   #5
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I have both. The rear wheel mudflaps do a good job of catching stones but the solid rubber mudflap helps quite a bit too. The big mudflap is better suited to keeping the toad clean and protecting against other debris but it does pick up "straggler" stones as well. It is important that they aren't hung too low though or else if you travel a gravel road and it bounces off the gravel it'll scoop the stones up and send them all over the place. We were gald we had it on last month when we hit a big raccoon in the road a few miles from our campground with the right-rear dual. It made a huge thud. When we arrived at the campground and took a look the steel brackets on the mudflap were bent pretty good and there was blood and "stuff" all over. If we wouldn't have had the mud guard on the toad would've suffered badly. I managed to straighten it out (after steam cleaning it ) and it's good as new again.
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Old 07-12-2005, 02:50 AM   #6
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Hi -

With regards to the comments about "not mounting the rock-guard too low", what is a suggested height to mount the guard? I looked on all three of my tape-measures (and even a freebie yardstick, just in case) and none of them have a "too low" marking on them!

I'd guess every instance is a bit different, but would it average 2"... 4"... 7"... or what?

I've had the kit in my garage for over 2 years now, but never installed it becauue of what I've read about the potential to make the situation worse rather than curing it. Suggestions welcomed.

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The instructions in my Rock Solid kit recommended 4".
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Thanks, abarkl. Now there's an idea I should remember to try more often... reading the manual.

Have you noticed any more/less rock-damage at the 4" level?

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My toad is on a newer two dolly and do I have rock damage from before the guard that I need to sand and repaint. I probably won't notice any new damage if it occurs until I remove the old.
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Our MH just has short mud flaps behind each wheel. We priced the front covers you can buy then decided to make our own. Got some marine quality vinyl and designed and sewed it to covered the hood. A second piece covers the front windshield. We have towed for over 25000 miles now without problems. Took 3-4 hours and cost about $50 Can.
It was not a hard job.
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I have short mud flaps behind each rear wheel (came standard from Fleetwood), and I added a Rock Solid across the back of the MH. It hangs about 8" off the pavement. I tow a Wrangler on 31" tires, and have not seen any damage - yet, but I've only towed for a couple thousand miles.
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We used the Protect-A-Tow on our Allegro Bay gasser and it works great. Just drove from Alaska to FL without a single ding or scratch on our full-size pickup toad. It also keeps the backup camera lens clear for a lot longer in the rain.
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http://www.protectatow.com

It works well on gassers and some DP's with side-exiting exhausts, but not on rear exhaust DP's. My new DP has rear exhaust and I need to figure out how to modify it to work. In the interim I guess I'll just have to use a regular rock guard...

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