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Old 07-21-2016, 12:59 PM   #1
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Jeep Toad Protectors

I was wondering how many people who are using Jeep Wranglers, are also using some type of protectors to keep rocks or other debris from hitting the front of their Jeep. I was looking at the Blue Ox Kargard II, but I am inclined to think with my over hang and the motor home tire mud guards which are immediately behind the tires, that very little rocks would reach the Jeep.
I would sure like to hear from others towing the Wrangler as it sits up fairly high.

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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I've been towing my 2012 wrangler since new. My over hang and the motor home tire mud guards are immediately behind the tires like yours. No problems.
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Did roughly 300 miles on gravel roads this year (multiple trips), lots of mud or dust, but no chips.


I think the Jeeps just too high and too close to the back of the motorhome to get hit by rocks.


Some kind of net under the towbar would be good insurance if you're worried though.


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I have the Blue Ox Kargard II protector. After just over 7000 miles I have no scratches, rock chips or any other signs of damage on the Jeep. Once you have the protector installed on your hitch, the hook up time takes a couple of minutes to get the protector in place. Its a simple hook up.

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I've been towing my Grand Cherokee for 6 years without any type of guard and haven't had any rock damage/chips. I have been on several gravel roads. I do have the full width flap in the back.
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I've towed two Jeeps 25,000 miles without any type of protection and never had any rock chips, etc. May be just lucky, but so far so good. I have extended mud flaps behind the wheels and a full width flap across the rear.
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Well, I guess I'm the only one here that's had rock chips on tow vehicles. We tow two different toads. One, an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 and, we also tow an '03 Jeep Rubicon. Both toads have recieved many small chips, all across the front end, leading edge of the hood, grill, headlights, front of fenders etc.

We too have mud flaps behind the wheels and, we also have the full length flap, about midway between the rear edge of the tires and the rear of the coach. There has been numerous threads about whether the full length flap causes rock chips or, doesn't. We drive on normal, every day roads, some nice pavement and some, not so nice.

The good part is, (if you want to call this a good part) both vehicles are RED. And although totally different manufacturers, the color is almost identical on both. So, I only need one touch up paint marker.

Now, we've just sold the Jeep so, we're in the market for a newer JK model Jeep. When we get one, I'm going to do some pretty good research on what might be the best answer. It may be that, I have to remove that full length flap across the back, we'll see.

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rperrym,
Well, I guess I'm the only one here that's had rock chips on tow vehicles. We tow two different toads. One, an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 and, we also tow an '03 Jeep Rubicon. Both toads have recieved many small chips, all across the front end, leading edge of the hood, grill, headlights, front of fenders etc.

We too have mud flaps behind the wheels and, we also have the full length flap, about midway between the rear edge of the tires and the rear of the coach. There has been numerous threads about whether the full length flap causes rock chips or, doesn't. We drive on normal, every day roads, some nice pavement and some, not so nice.

The good part is, (if you want to call this a good part) both vehicles are RED. And although totally different manufacturers, the color is almost identical on both. So, I only need one touch up paint marker.

Now, we've just sold the Jeep so, we're in the market for a newer JK model Jeep. When we get one, I'm going to do some pretty good research on what might be the best answer. It may be that, I have to remove that full length flap across the back, we'll see.

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Thanks all for the great input. Still undecided, but I am leaning towards trying it without any extra protection.

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Well Sir,
That would mean we'd most likely wait for well over 14-15 months. That's not in our game plan. We just sold our TJ and, while not in a great hurry, will be searching for one and will have one within probably around a month or two, we'll see. Besides, we can't afford new. At the rate these %#$@^& Jeeps are accelerating in price, I'd have to hoc the home, the first born, my dog, and maybe the wife. Ain't happening. A nice '12-'14-'15 would be just fine. Besides, taking a BRAND NEW Jeep off road, at over $45K in price, that's a tough one.
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I have the Blue Ox Kargard II protector. After just over 7000 miles I have no scratches, rock chips or any other signs of damage on the Jeep. Once you have the protector installed on your hitch, the hook up time takes a couple of minutes to get the protector in place. Its a simple hook up.

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We also have the Blue Ox Kargard ll on our 2014 4DR Wrangler Sahara. Over 16,000 miles. Simple hookup. Effective.
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I use protect-a-tow for my jeep wrangler (also use it when towing the Cooper)
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I was wondering how many people who are using Jeep Wranglers, are also using some type of protectors to keep rocks or other debris from hitting the front of their Jeep. I was looking at the Blue Ox Kargard II, but I am inclined to think with my over hang and the motor home tire mud guards which are immediately behind the tires, that very little rocks would reach the Jeep.
I would sure like to hear from others towing the Wrangler as it sits up fairly high.

Thanks,

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I looked at protection when I bought our Wrangler last year, decided it would be just added trouble. After all,it's a Jeep. It is an 09 with only 22K miles. So far no new chips other than the ones we put on it off road or parking lot dings.
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