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Old 03-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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Has anyone purchased a Protect-A-Tow and what is your opinion of it. Thinking seriously about getting one.

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Old 03-19-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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We bought one for our Wrangler prior to an Alaska trip. Now you have to understand that roads in Alaska are full of gravel breaks and have tons of small and medium stones. With the Jeep's gap between the front fenders and the bumper, this allows stones that the Jeep's tires picked up to be thrown forward. At every stop I had to dump a couple of pounds of stones from the top of the Protect A Tow. I also picked up lots of small stone dings on the front paint and windshield. I had our rear rock guard adjusted 4 inches above the road surface as well.

Also, just outside of the East gate of Yellowstone, they were resurfacing the road and had ground up the surface and that ended up with the same results with small pieces of asphalt. Suffice to say, I'm not too impressed. With those extreme conditions and the gap on the Jeep, I think we would have been better served with a toad bra and windshield protection.

Others swear by them...it seems to be well made.

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Old 03-19-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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I had the opposite experience. Purchased the Protect-a-Tow prior to my Alaska trip in 2012. Traveled the same roads pulling a Pontiac Grand Prix behind my DP. Never had the issue with anything on top of the Protect-a-Tow. My wife noticed a couple of additional stone chips on the outer most edges of the front of the Pontiac that was not protected. We traveled in a caravan with at least 10 other motorhomes towing "toads" and feel that we had the best protection. Wouldn't leave home without it.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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We like our Protect a Tow a lot. Maybe the type of vehicle you use it on affects how well it works. It's easy to put on and remove, and protects our toad well.
Steve & Nancy
2005 Itasca Sunrise 33', W20 Chassis, Ultrapower, Henderson Trac Bar
2012 Chevy Captiva Sport AWD, ReadyBrute Elite Tow Bar, Blue Ox Base Plate, Protect-A-Tow
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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It is best to have a side exhaust - rear exhaust can melt the screen mesh. (I know for sure)
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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Don't use one with a drop receiver. Inspite of what I was told by the company, that it would be okay, the movement of the material in the wind wore a hole in the fabric where it passed under the receiver. I should have seen that could happen. I now use a full width Ultraguard and mudflaps at each rear dual wheels. This works for me. Perhaps a Protect-a-Tow works best when it can be installed right below the bumper without a drop receiver.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:43 AM   #7
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Have used ours for 2 years works great easy hook up and easy storage in the bag it came with

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