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Old 01-28-2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Stone Guard Options?

Our motohome currently doesn’t have any sort of a stone guard and currently getting it ready to pull a toad. I know there is a debate on the under slung large rubber guards…suggestions they kick up as much or more than the stop. Any thoughts out there on the ones than lay flat under the tow bar and connect between the motorhome and toad? They look like they would be work ok but wonder about how rugged they are. I can see if you ran over a re-cap on the freeway and it spit out the back it might be the end of the stone guard. Are they made out of some sort of stretchy fabric or?? In general do they work and do they last.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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In general do they work and do they last.
I'm on my 2nd motorhome and I use a Rock Solid stone guard. It lasts a long time and it does not get rough looking like a broom type stone guard.

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If you have a Roadmaster tow system, check out the TowDefender on their website. It's a blanket that attaches to the receiver on the tow vehicle and the brackets on the Toad. Easy to use and it works like a champ.
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We went to Alaska last summer and used the Tow Defender. Works like a champ. I would highly recomend it. It is easy to install, and easy to attach/detach to the towed.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:02 AM   #5
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I use the Protect-a tow system. Its light weight easy to install and is stored in a bag when not in use. Best of all not hard on the pocket book.
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Rock Solid mounted all the way back like DriVer, $89. and it works great. I have towed over 60,000 miles without any damage.
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We began towing last year. Our coach has mud flaps behind the rear wheels, and the big rubber mud flap at the very back of the coach. I thought we were ready to roll.

On our first trip, the windshield of our toad was ruined. Driving on paved highway with gravel shoulders. At the end of our run, there was a layer of gravel 1/8" deep on the windshield of the toad. Go figure.

We have since added the Protect-a-tow. We're out on the road now. We'll see how it works out.
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We've just driven about a thousand miles in less than ideal conditions. The Canadian roads were passable only because of the amount of road salt, so by the time we made it into Washington State, our coach and our toad were both the color of brown road salt. Yuck!

Today, we pulled into a truck wash to have the coach and toad cleaned. The outside edges of the toad's windshield was coated in gravel, and the windshield badly damaged in the outside couple of inches of the windshield.

The Protect-a-tow was carrying a substantial load of gravel, some rocks as big as 1".

When I stand at the toad looking forward at the coach, the coach's rear mud flap is a few inches wider than the coverage of protection that the Protect-a-tow offers. I think the outside edges of the mudflap are picking up gravel, spraying it onto the toad's windshield and into the protect-a-tow.

We have two more days of driving, then I'll try to assess things. Right now, I think either the mud flap needs to be narrowed several inches, or completely removed.

What puzzles me is all these rocks that ruined my toads windshield came from paved interstates. I'm new to this toad business, but now I'm wishing that I had picked up a beater for the job instead of a premium vehicle. This job is smashing it to pieces.
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the coach's rear mud flap is a few inches wider than the coverage of protection that the Protect-a-tow offers. I think the outside edges of the mudflap are picking up gravel, spraying it onto the toad's windshield and into the protect-a-tow.
That full width mud flap needs enough ground clearance so that it does not contact the road when going over normal dips, bumps, etc.

I have about 6" clearance between the flap and the road and have never had any toad damage.
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I plan to use a tow dolly to tow my different cars. What protector would be good for this? Any advise here?
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Today, we pulled into a truck wash to have the coach and toad cleaned. The outside edges of the toad's windshield was coated in gravel, and the windshield badly damaged in the outside couple of inches of the windshield.

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If you are saying that it's only the drivers side then perhaps it is the oncoming traffic that is kicking up the junk onto your windshield.
If that not it, I have had very good luck with that ROCK SOLID mounted all the way back like Driver has done. The only thing I have done differently is to close the gap betwwen the two halves in the middle. It can't hurt and it's only $89. from Camping World.
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We've reached our destination. Today I found laying on the Protect-a-Tow a few things that somehow got picked up off the highway.

A few nice round stones, and someone's car key.
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We've reached our destination. Today I found laying on the Protect-a-Tow a few things that somehow got picked up off the highway.

A few nice round stones, and someone's car key.
I would say that the Protect-a-Tow does not get the job done. Not if your getting debris on top of the Protect-a-Tow. I had a similar one and finally got rid of it for all the same reasons and now only use the Rock Solid.
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I plan to use a tow dolly to tow my different cars. What protector would be good for this? Any advise here?
we use a brush guard from camping world mounted a couple of feet feet from the rear. the brush guard is mounted just fwd of the 6'' white stinky slinky container.
this works well for us.
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