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Old 03-30-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Protecting the Toad

Mr. Smarty went on his first trip towing his CRV in driving rain for 2 days. I told my DW that because my new Newmar Baystar has large mud flaps no additional equip. was needed. Got home and DW pointed to the car and advised me to rethink my thought process. I need help here on best ways to keep toad cleaner.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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It is impossible to keep your toad clean when driving on wet or dusty roads. The air currents behind a flat wall (back of RV) moving 60mph do not permit it. Example: what is going on behind a semi trailer at highway speeds during the rain. There are guards to reduce rock damage that mount to the tow bar or toad. Sorry, road spray and dirt are the price of doing business.

Note ...... some RVers plumb in a faucet in the wet bay to hook up a garden hose to. When you stop, if not at a water equipped site, turn on the 12v pump and rinse off the toad. Be sure to thank your DW for keeping an eye on things.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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Honda does make a fitted "bra" for the CR-V. It doesn't keep it cleaner, but it does protect it against the worst of the debris thrown up at it.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:27 PM   #4
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Several companies make things under the name of Car Guard, Car protect, Protect a tow etc. I tried a full bra for my Honda element. Was a pain to put on and take off. When wet it took forever to dry. Bought a Kar Guard II from blue Ox. works good. keeps rocks and stuff off car. it does not keep car clean. just went over 4 thousand miles with it and no stone chips. When unhooking it just rolls up and kind of stores on hitch with tow bar. takes less than 5 minutes to hook up or store. safe travels... ed
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:42 PM   #5
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If you're driving in rain and you want the toad clean, the only way to do that is to leave it at home. Bras are a pain to put on and take off. Water will spray up on the toad regardless of what you put between the MH and the toad. I just plan to go to a car wash when I arrive at my destination and get it cleaned up.
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i am using a roadmaster guardian. it keeps rocks, dirt, spray and all you can think of away.
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Your toad will get dirty. Its the price paid for being back there.

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