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Old 02-05-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Clear bra on toad

Hello everyone,

I am waiting delivery of a new 2014 Jeep Cherokee to be used as our toad. I would appreciate some input on a clear bra on the Cherokee. Does anyone recommend one? Would it help prevent the toad from getting beaten up behind the coach. I will be installing the roadmaster tow defender and looking into the roadmaster guardian.

If you have a clear bra have you been happy with it or wish you did not buy it? For those of you who do not have a bra what does your toad look like? Has it sustained much paint damage?

Thanks in advance for your advice,

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Old 02-05-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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This is a great question and I hope we get some good conversations going. I have a clear bra on my toad, but I have chosen to also put a Coastline "Tow Car Shield" on it. That way, the toad front, including the windshield, is covered. I take at least one trip each winter where the muck of the road is hard on everything, so I want as much protection as possible.
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I've never been a fan of bras on cars. I think it just traps moisture underneath. Also if there is any dirt under it and it moves it's going to scratch the finish. I've been using a Protect-A-Tow for abut 5000 miles. So far so good. No dings on the front of my TOAD.

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Old 02-06-2014, 10:17 AM   #4
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I have towed apx 60k miles with a Blue Ox Kargard that is similar to the Guardian. I would think the Defender alone would be excellent protection, and if you use the Guardian in addition, that should be more than enough. We have never had a glass ding using just the Kargard. We did have very low damage below license plate level on the front fascia on an Alaska trip from gravel going under the shield. The Defender would prevent that.

Not sure what you mean by "clear bra" ...I have seen only solid colored bras that strap on over paint and sometimes windshield while towing ...are you perhaps talking about clear vinyl shield that is installed directly on the paint (3m or Diamond Shield)? Whichever, I would use either the Defender or Guardian, or both of you want max protection. I think anything else in addition to those two would be waste of money/overkill.
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Yes, I am referring to the clear products similar to 3m permanently installed on the leading edge of the hood, fenders & front bumper.

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Yes, I am referring to the clear products similar to 3m permanently installed on the leading edge of the hood, fenders & front bumper.
I had 3m put on the front of my coach when new, then had to remove it 5-6 years later when it deteriorated. I also had some put on the rear just under the engine access door, and it too has deterioated badly. I would never put anything like that on a vehicle again unless perhaps I KNEW I would sell it in no more than 3 years. If you search here on the forum you will find many discussions of how to get both brands of the stuff off w/o damaging the paint. Things like the Guardian/Kargard, and Defender/Under-skirt/Protect-a-Tow are much easier/cheaper to install and remove. As I indicated above, the Defender type product would be the most protective and should do a great job by itself. Based on my towing experience, that is what I would go with today if starting over IF I could make it work with my diesel's exhaust pipe. The early designs could not be used with a rear exit exhaust. That is not necessarily true of today's designs.
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