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Old 05-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Protecting new toad

We just bought a new (2012) Honda CRV and plan to tow it behind our 05 SeaBreeze. We want to protect this car from rock chips and windshield damage. We had the ChipProtect added on the headlights, front of hood and mirrors. Does anyone out there use a cover that works over hood and windshield? We have seen a quilted type in the past that is attached by shutting the edges into the doors, but did not ask anyone about them.

Also, anyone out there using a tow system they like and would recommend. And, what about accessory braking options--do we really need them? We have a Brake Buddy that burned up our brakes on our old CRV, so we quit using it and got along fine. I know in some states they are required.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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We purchased the Protect-a-tow system last December and LOVE it. We couldn't find anything that protected the dinghy to our satisfaction, and the bra would always end up rubbing on the vehicle. Check out their website at Protect-a-Tow . Very simple to install, and very effective.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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When we were towing, the now called Protect-a tow worked better than any thing we tried. But even with it, you will get some chips on the sides. But, no matter what you do short of hauling the dinghy in an enclosed trailer, it will get DIRTY. If the roads are wet, it will get rally dirt with a good case of road slime.

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Another vote for Protect-A-Tow. Got our new CRV in Nov and took off for the Winter. After over 3,000 miles not one ding on the new Toad. Also, it kept the oil blow by and road grime off the Toad and the back of the MH. During rain we did get dirt on Toad, but the rear camers on the MH stayed clear where before the P-A-T the camera would get fogged up so much you couldn't see out of it.
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I really like the Protect-a-tow. Simple and effective. I have used it for more than 10,000 mi and there are hardly any new chips after going a year with nothing and chipping up my new Jeep. The other methods seem cumbersome by comparison.

I also like the SMI brake. Simple to hook up, reliable and no calibration required.

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I'm curious, wouldn't a good car cover be just as effective, if not more?
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Protect-a-Tow web site states that the device may not be suitable for diesel pushers with rear exhaust. Has anyone used it with Winnebago Journey or similar MH?
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Protect-a-Tow web site states that the device may not be suitable for diesel pushers with rear exhaust. Has anyone used it with Winnebago Journey or similar MH?
Give them a call on their toll free number, I may be wrong but I think they have a set up for the rear exhaust.
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I'm curious, wouldn't a good car cover be just as effective, if not more?
Car covers can be abrasive and damage paint when they vibrate in the wind.
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We just got a 2012 CRV and have Blue Ox & Air Force One for the braking system. We're newbies, and this has been easy for us (well for hubby!)
Other than some states might require a braking system, we felt like "be safe & not sorry" was the way to go. By the way, I LOVE my Honda CRV...how about you?

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We use a Coastline Bra and windshield cover. Works great but car has to be clean or it will scratch the paint. Google Coastline and it will come up.
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I had a buddy of mine make me a headlight and radiator protector for my Jeep Wrangler. He used a piece of waterproof sunbrella boat canvas and a few s/s snaps. Works great.

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I had a buddy of mine make me a headlight and radiator protector for my Jeep Wrangler. He used a piece of waterproof sunbrella boat canvas and a few s/s snaps. Works great.
Now that looks pretty cool! I still wish I could get a car cover that wouldn't scratch my car while towing.
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For those with the protect a tow, do you have to install eyebolts on your toads bumper?
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