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Old 09-10-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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ultra guard rock protection flap

anyone have an opinion wether i should install one to help with the toad and the wet spray that comes up the back of the mh
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I don't think there's much you do about wet spray, but I'm convinced they do prevent stone damage to the toad ONLY if they are mounted about 5~6" above the road.

When the flap hits the road, they kick up stones, so the secret is to have sufficient clearance to prevent contact with the road.

I've never had any toad damage.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:55 AM   #3
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After having the very expensive, fancy one with Itasca written on Stainless steel hanging under my coach, I found that didn't do anything. I bought a Rock Solid rock guard from Camping World for $89. I mounted the Rock Solid Rock Guard all the way back and that worked great. I made a bracket out of 1in square tubing and attached it so that there was only a small gap between the Rock Solid and the rear cap. I also cut out a hole in the center for the hitch rather than leave a gap betwween the two pieces of the Rock Solid. I left a gap of about 2 inches between the bottom of the Rock Solid strips and the road. You will get all sort of theories on how big this gap should be but for me 2in works. I did leave the fancy guard hanging in its original position just for the hell of it. I have towed for 60,000 miles doing it this way without a problem. The only other ones that I think would work are the one that stands up in front of the toad and the one that has a mesh between the MH and the toad. I didn't like them because they required setting up. The less I have to do the better and the less chance of forgetting something.
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I don't think there's much you do about wet spray, but I'm convinced they do prevent stone damage to the toad ONLY if they are mounted about 5~6" above the road.

When the flap hits the road, they kick up stones, so the secret is to have sufficient clearance to prevent contact with the road.

I've never had any toad damage.
I second this recommendation and height. Our Ultra Guard is mounted just behind the rear wheels on an angle iron bracket that is secured to the frame croos member using (2)#8 grade bolts each side and secured with lock nuts. Works like a charm.
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We had one on our old Class C and when we sold it, I had it transfered to the new A.
It is mounted with about four inches between the bottom of it and the ground.
So far, its done a good job keeping the chips off the Jeep.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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We had the Ultra Guard installed by Camping World on our previous MH. It was 5" off the ground when level. Our poor Jeep Wrangler took a beating from rocks mainly on the fenders - we now need to repaint the Jeep. I am not a believer in the Ultra Guard!
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I just returned from a 3200 miles trip pulling my 2010 Wrangler behind our 30' class A.......Alot of time in NE Nevada on gravel, etc too.....

Just prior to leaving, I installed the Ultra Guard and placed it as far back as possible, just fwd of the hitch......It hangs about 5" off the ground......

I experienced no damage at all, no chips, etc.....Wrangled looks as it did when I bought it....Made a believer of me...One look at the front of the guard at all the mud. etc shows it is doing something...

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We have mud flaps installed just behind the rear duals and a rock guard that hangs at the back about 4 inches above the pavement. While making the approach into the East entrance of Yellowstone, road crews had just "chipped" the road surface for repaving. We were traveling at 35mph and were throwing small debris all over the place. We had road chips in the grill, air vents and small paint chips and windshield dings. It was a mess...still is. Both, were not much help.

I really dislike the look of those horizontal guards but am starting to rethink them for next summers Alaska trip. Bob
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A friend reported that their rock guard got caught under the rig while they were backing out of a driveway that had a downward grade to it (down toward street). They had a devil of a time getting it "uncaught." I don't know where the guard was mounted relative to the rear tires. Has anyone had this type of experience, with sweep getting caught under rig?
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FWIW, mine scrapes on the ground when the driveway angle is somewhat extreme but I havent had it "catch" .
I do know it drags the curb where I park it.
Iv got tiny scratches on the bottom.
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I have had an Ultra Guard on my '96 Pace Arrow MH since '04. When I got my coach the rear camera would get dirty as soon as the roads got wet. Upon getting a toad I wanted to keep it from as much dirt and damage as possible. I mounted it myself on the bottom of the rear fascia using 2" angled steel as far to the rear as possible and as low as it could go (about 4 "). Ultra Guard sells different widths and heights so you've gotta measure what you have first. I notched around my receiver and moved my 7 way plug into the flap. The only issue I have is that they don't give you enough bolts to fill all of the mounting holes, so after a couple of years the flap was starting to sag on the bolts. I drilled out all of the holes and put new bolts and large flat washers in all of them. Problem solved! Otherwise, no damage to my toad and my rear camera stays clean longer.
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We've had an Ultra Guard since 2004 and about 40K miles ago. We still got a few marks on our old Saturn toad and there is one hood dent on the newer Vue (though I'm not positive that it came while towing).

I do think that Ultra Guard helps and I really wanted it for things like pieces of road gator. While I do my best to avoid hitting them, it isn't always possible. Without the Ultra Guard, any of them that I did hit would probably be sucked right up into the front of the toad. If it protects the toad from just one of those, it was worth the investment.

I agree with others that the Ultra Guard can be a pain on unlevel ground. I've hung it up a couple of times. DW is always a spotter when I backup. I've found that if I take it slow, the Ultra Guard will almost always clear whatever we are having to deal with. The faster you hit something with it, the more problems that it has.

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I have a 2010 Mirada and tow a 07' jeep liberty. Along with the stock mud flaps on the coach, I use the Roadmaster shield mounted on the hitch bar just in front of the towbar. I've driven the Interstate, shell roads (Florida) and graded stone roads in Ark. & MO. I have yet to have a rock chip or ding on my toad. I'm not saying that it won't happen but it seems to be working for me.
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