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Old 01-30-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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how much toad damage?

I dont have a toad yet, but will soon, I was wondering much if any damage do they get to the front end when being towed? Like stone chips windsheild chips etc. And what you do to protect it?

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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I'm no expert since I have only towed about 1600 miles but in my opinion having the toad on a tow dolly minimizes the chips due to it being elevated off the road and out of line of sight with the MH rear wheels. At least in my opinion.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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Have towed our '05 Honda Odyssey four down and on a dolly. Last time four down was to Phoenix from WA. New battery installed just before we left, it went dead several times while on the road. That could be solved with a charge line or disconnect.
Lots of new chips in the front end paint plus had to have a four wheel alignment done when we got back as it was knocked out due to the CA roads! No new rock chips in the windshield though.
Back to towing on the dolly for me.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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Well we've towed our CR-V four down for 3 years now (fulltime RVing) and no damage yet that I can tell. We have no special protection except the standard mud flap on the back of our Holiday Rambler.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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Before I even towed my new CRV last year I ordered a Protect-A-Tow, about 7000 miles and not one ding on the dinghy. Sure, it takes a few minutes to hook up, but the pay off is well worth it. My old Toad, has several chips and also replaced a windshield. Poor little white car looks like she has black freckles all over. As a plus to keeping the chips and cracked windshield from happening the back of my DP and front of the Toad are a lot cleaner, no more yucky blow by or road grime.


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Old 01-30-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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I tow ours on a aluminum tilt trailer with a 2 foot high rock guard on the front of trailer. I specked the trailer with hydrolic surge brakes. I can tow any vehicle I want and they do not get any road rash. I upgraded from 3.5K to 4.8K axles with torsion suspension with aluminum wheels with trailer mounted spare. It has LED lights and swivel tie down rings in the floor and stake pockets on the side. I can back it around the block. My toad gets no tire wear and drive train wear and tear. But I always have the trailer to tend with at the campsite. So far haven't even needed to unhook the trailer as we like lake and boondock type campsites. This trailer cost me 10K out the door but it is worth it to me as the toad was 35K. I can pull the trailer with my toads if I need to. It's not for everybody but I like it. Enclosed trailers are hard to load as you can't get out of the toad very easy due to width restrictions. And hard to tie down. I have no ramps or doors to contend with and trailer has its own brakes and lights.
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Multiple Jeep Wranglers over many years and miles behind two coaches - no damage. The first coach had a full width flap under the rear end. The current coach has no specific protection, but has a looong overhang from the rear tires to the rear.
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Multiple Jeep Wranglers over many years and miles behind two coaches - no damage. The first coach had a full width flap under the rear end. The current coach has no specific protection, but has a looong overhang from the rear tires to the rear.

Toad is Wrangler. Have regular mud flaps. No chips, 15,000 miles. :grin:
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Myself, I have used a tow-dolly, a trailer, and now, 4 down. The tow-dolly, worked well, no stone damage, but getting into places that I couldn't get out of, with out removeing the car, and unhooking the dolly, was a real pain. I got rid of the car-dolly, bought a trailer, and was never happier, except when it had to be loaded or unloaded, my trailer had ramps, and it was getting harder, so I traded the car, sold the trailer, and started pulling the Jeep, this year. I bought a bra for the front, trying to save the paint, it did, when we got to AZ, there was no damage, but unlike the trailer, you know it's back there, any move to turn, the GC tries to go straight, it's not overwhelming, but quite noticable.
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30 K tow miles on our CR-V 4 down. We have a wide mud flap on the back. We had the hood painted once, not a big deal. We spent some time on a gravel road that did more damage than we liked so we had it painted. Other than that she looks fine, normal wear and tear for a car with 90k and 30k extra towed.
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We have towed our CRV since new in 2007. We are on the road about six months per year. Our towd has no front end or windshield damage, and we do not use any type of towd protector. We rarely are on unpaved roads, and, if we are it would be at very low speeds for short distances. After reading forums here and elsewhere about this subject, my unscientific observation is that a lot depends on what type of motorhome you have. I suspect that towd damage may be more likely with a rear engine than a front engine, but that is just my impression.
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We've put ~25,000 miles on towing our 2009 Malibu 4-down with just the mud-flap on our Beaver. Surprisingly little damage of any kind; the plastic front bumper cover is pretty resilient and pretty much acts like a "bra".
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We've used Protect-a-Tow through 3 vehicles. Bras rub on the paint so don't work nearly as well. The protecta tow has the advantage of keeping your tow vehicle cleaner than usual, too.
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+1 for Protect-a-Tow. Takes about 2 minutes to hook up and stores very easily.

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