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Old 03-23-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Looking for an Uncle's advice

I need an uncles advice because they always told the truth whether you took it or not. But since at my age all my uncles are dead I am coming here. I towed,via a dolly, over 6500 miles last year. Since it was my first time, the thought of chipping had not crossed my mind, but became obvious. I was pulling a Camry in part because we had not yet determined if rving was something we do. Well, we are hooked. So the question is, how sensible is it to tow a nice toad? Even with protection for the toad, what has been your experience? We do adventure off the the obvious. We are doing a Class C and as an old tank driver am prone to go into places maybe I should not, but gravel does not threaten me. Due to tow limits the toad will be the iconic CR-V. Advice please based on experience not speculation. Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:47 PM   #2
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You will get chips... No matter what you do, short of a cover on the front which will polish the front with trapped dirt. I've had mine painted since Alaska, but is full of chips again it is just a car, after all.
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Clear bra from 3M will keep most of the chips off the front, just depend how high on the hood you go.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
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I designed a protect a tow after seeing all the damage done to the camry. I had thought that the nose up on the ezetow was going to be a deterrent. But the the sides of the car look like it was mistaken to be a quail at a bird hunters convention. I will get the offical model. I am trying to pare down rolling stock.
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I need an uncles advice because they always told the truth whether you took it or not. But since at my age all my uncles are dead I am coming here. I towed,via a dolly, over 6500 miles last year. Since it was my first time, the thought of chipping had not crossed my mind, but became obvious. I was pulling a Camry in part because we had not yet determined if rving was something we do. Well, we are hooked. So the question is, how sensible is it to tow a nice toad? Even with protection for the toad, what has been your experience? We do adventure off the the obvious. We are doing a Class C and as an old tank driver am prone to go into places maybe I should not, but gravel does not threaten me. Due to tow limits the toad will be the iconic CR-V. Advice please based on experience not speculation. Thanks.
As you can see in my signature, we have a CR-V, the last model year to be towable. I got rid of my tow dolly after almost 10 years on the road. Best move I have made yet for a towed. The Blue Ox KarGard II Blue Ox BX88255 KarGard™ II Protective Shield seems to be doing a very good job. I am now getting more paint damage from normal driving of the CR-V than from the coach towing.

My advise? Go 4 down and with the KarGard II.

Happy trails,

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Old 03-23-2016, 08:09 PM   #6
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Our Honda Pilot has 270,000 km with an additional 60,000 km towed four down. The vehicle still looks great! We use a Protect-A-Tow and have cut 4" off of the bottom of the big rear mud flap on the coach.

I think if you use a protector something like the Protect-A-Tow, and remove the big rear mud flap on your coach if it has one, you'll be very pleased.

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My MH has a huge mud flap and I thought that would have helped rather than added to to problem. I read about the issue and am glad to have someone confirm it. We hit a very long run of tar and gravel road resurface in NEB and SD. The pebbles were piled on top of wiper blades and down in cowl. Plus we do blue highway a lot as well. My homebuilt protectatow was designed after the trip and has aided a lot, but alas too late.
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We have great mud flaps in the wheel wells, and a mud flap across the back that is 5" off the ground when moving. Our CRV is still looking great. When we go thru dirt roads or mud and slush, we do find the car covered with the dust or mud because our exhaust hits the ground and creates the dust cloud to drive thru, but that just requires a wash.
We do plan to get one of the front protectors when we go full time, and will be staying longer times at each stop, but for now, it would just be one more thing to deal with for our short stops.
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So I quess the question in somewhat is do you need or not need the mudflap?
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:26 PM   #10
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I tow a Jeep Wrangler and my MH has the stock flaps behind the rear wheels. Only had it out a few times but so far no problems other than road dirt. There was another thread and the general thought was that the behind the wheel flaps work best, but not everyone agreed.
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