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Old 04-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Protect a Tow installation

Purchased a Protect a Tow for use with 2012 Class C Coachmen Prism Mercedes diesel. After reading some forums, it appears the straight out back exhaust pipe may burn the screen. Contacted PAT about what to do. Anyone else have any suggestion? Also, where is best place to connect the eye bolts to back of motorhome. No bumper, rather a thin piece of soft metal that is of concern as to sturdiness.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I had the same problem. I made a "T" that I attach to the front of the tow bar and it raises the front of the Protect A Tow about 12 inches. The front of the Protect A Tow is attached to the "T" which extends almost to the sides of the RV. I cut the mesh about 14 inches and my wife sealed the cut. The mesh goes under the tow bar then up to the "T". Not the prettiest device but works well.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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I had the same problem. I made a "T" that I attach to the front of the tow bar and it raises the front of the Protect A Tow about 12 inches. The front of the Protect A Tow is attached to the "T" which extends almost to the sides of the RV. I cut the mesh about 14 inches and my wife sealed the cut. The mesh goes under the tow bar then up to the "T". Not the prettiest device but works well.
Of what did you make the T and how did you attach it? Sounds like a possibile solution.
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Of what did you make the T and how did you attach it? Sounds like a possible solution.

I used 1 inch square tube and 1 inch flat bar & two bolts w/locking nuts. Simply welded two uprights to the cross bar. I added a flat bar across the back for more support. Drilled holes for the bolts so it fits the towbar snugly. I spray painted it black when done. I think I'll add a tennis ball to the ends as I have walked into it. You can see the eye bolts I put on top in order to attach the Protect-A-tow. Nothing fancy but it does keep the mesh away from the exhaust (at least up to now).
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1. Does the extra height over the exhaust suffice to keep the exhaust from burning the mesh?

2. Why couldn't you have just put the eye bolts in the back of the coach at the same height?

3. Since the towbar is now beneath the Protectatow, how/where does it connect to the toad?
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1. Does the extra height over the exhaust suffice to keep the exhaust from burning the mesh?

2. Why couldn't you have just put the eye bolts in the back of the coach at the same height?

3. Since the towbar is now beneath the Protectatow, how/where does it connect to the toad?

1 - So far it has not melted the mesh.
2 - I never thought of that but would probably not do that. Wouldn't want the eye bolts sticking out the back when we are not towing and using the protect a tow.
3 - the tow bar is above the Protectatow. I slit the front center part of the mesh so it still is under the tow bar. My wife stitched the cut so it would not tear or unravel.
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3 - the tow bar is above the Protectatow. I slit the front center part of the mesh so it still is under the tow bar. My wife stitched the cut so it would not tear or unravel.
Could you provide one more photo of the Protectatow installed so we can visualize how the installation looks when complete? I'd be interested.
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is the pat almost slit in half?
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Could you provide one more photo of the Protectatow installed so we can visualize how the installation looks when complete? I'd be interested.

Took a bit but here are a couple of photos of it with the Mini. Works the same on the CRV. The protect-a-tow does get very dirty and needs to be washed - I most often wear gloves when handling it.
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Hi Bob - thanks a bunch! It all falls into place now, as to how you made this happen. Much appreciated!
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I have the ready brake receiver so it is a bit farther back than the photo I posted in post 4. If you do this and you drive the motor home with the mesh rolled up I'd suggest you disconnect the mesh on the drivers side and fold it and tie it on the passenger side. I learned this one the hard way.
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Looks like that may work for Me, Thanks Bob for all Pics & instructions.
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