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Old 06-30-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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My DIY tow protector

Below are pics of my DIY tow protector that I made just before leaving on a 6000 mile, 8 week trip out west. I would have bought the factory version but I did not have time to get it in before leaving on the trip, and I needed one a little larger than the standard factory product. I think they could have furnished an extended one, but it would have been a lot more expensive and there was the time problem.
I bought the heavy-duty mesh and the canvas-like material used to make the outer pockets from a local wholesale fabric supply company. I found a 25' bungee cord at Harbor Freight, and picked up the "D" rings,eye bolts, and PVC pipe at Lowes. I had a local upholstry company do the sewing. I probably didn't end up saving a lot of money but I think it turned out OK. After 6000 miles and no dings on my wife's car, I guess it did it's job!







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Joe, what a great DIY job. I look forward to copying this.
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Wow. That's pretty nifty
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Now that you are done with it want to send it to me? very nice. How did you attach the d hooks at he corners?.

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Below are pics of my DIY tow protector that I made just before leaving on a 6000 mile, 8 week trip out west. I would have bought the factory version but I did not have time to get it in before leaving on the trip, and I needed one a little larger than the standard factory product. I think they could have furnished an extended one, but it would have been a lot more expensive and there was the time problem.
I bought the heavy-duty mesh and the canvas-like material used to make the outer pockets from a local wholesale fabric supply company. I found a 25' bungee cord at Harbor Freight, and picked up the "D" rings,eye bolts, and PVC pipe at Lowes. I had a local upholstry company do the sewing. I probably didn't end up saving a lot of money but I think it turned out OK. After 6000 miles and no dings on my wife's car, I guess it did it's job!
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Nice! Are you able to leave it connected on the motor home side when you drop the car and move the tow bar to stored position? That would make it worth the trouble to me...

We were on a similar trip this past spring - and our poor Honda took a beating when traversing 2 different areas of road construction (40-50 miles total) where the road surface was a gravel/crushed concrete mix. Thankfully she's older, but after seeing yours I think I might have gone that route after seeing what that did to her. -Al
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After hearing how bad the toad can get beat up I want to make one too. Can you send pix of connection points and a bit more detail on the fabric you used. Looks like it could be rolled up onto MH.

Nice work.

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Below are pics of my DIY tow protector that I made just before leaving on a 6000 mile, 8 week trip out west. I would have bought the factory version but I did not have time to get it in before leaving on the trip, and I needed one a little larger than the standard factory product. I think they could have furnished an extended one, but it would have been a lot more expensive and there was the time problem.
I bought the heavy-duty mesh and the canvas-like material used to make the outer pockets from a local wholesale fabric supply company. I found a 25' bungee cord at Harbor Freight, and picked up the "D" rings,eye bolts, and PVC pipe at Lowes. I had a local upholstry company do the sewing. I probably didn't end up saving a lot of money but I think it turned out OK. After 6000 miles and no dings on my wife's car, I guess it did it's job!
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I have researched many Towed Protectors... That is the style I bought.

Can you post the materials list and basic instructions? ....

Leave off actual dimensions (LIke cut to 84 inches) but tell us how to measure.

This is something I feel should be archived in the forum library, but the moderators will have to make that decision after you post the instructions.
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Now that you are done with it want to send it to me? very nice. How did you attach the d hooks at he corners?.
The "D" rings just snap over the bungee, then snap the larger end through the eye bolts on the MH and toad.
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Nice! Are you able to leave it connected on the motor home side when you drop the car and move the tow bar to stored position? That would make it worth the trouble to me...

We were on a similar trip this past spring - and our poor Honda took a beating when traversing 2 different areas of road construction (40-50 miles total) where the road surface was a gravel/crushed concrete mix. Thankfully she's older, but after seeing yours I think I might have gone that route after seeing what that did to her. -Al
You could leave it connected to the MH but it only takes 30 seconds to unsnap the 4 "D" rings and I would be concerned that some other RV'er might "like" it enough to unsnap those "D" rings! I just roll it up and throw it in the trunk of the toad.
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I'll be glad to post some close-up pics, maybe tommorrow. I'll check with the fabric suppy company and see if there is a name for the mesh and pocket fabric.
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I got mine from here. Protect-a-Tow
I like it real well. I should have ordered the longer one but I just added a shot piece of chain and it has worked just fine.
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? Longer? Please explain. I see they have two. One appears to be a wider version.

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I like it real well. I should have ordered the longer one but I just added a shot piece of chain and it has worked just fine.
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