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Old 04-14-2016, 05:44 AM   #1
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Thoughts Please on mud flap

Getting ready to get our toad baseplate installed.

My question: "Leave the coach's rear stone/mud flap on or remove it ?"

The coach does have smaller mud flaps at each rear wheel well.

I read on iRV2 removing the mud flap reduces/prevents stone chips on the toad vehicle versus leaving the stone catcher on the coach.


Thanks for your thoughts...


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Old 04-14-2016, 05:53 AM   #2
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Thoughts Please...

I also have both on th RV. When I replaced the Saturn witha Ford Edge, I bought a full front cover for the Edge. Used it 3-4 times, not since. Front of Edge is clear of paint chips from being towed. I would leave both on.

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Old 04-15-2016, 03:38 AM   #3
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The problem with the full width flap is the tendency of it to kick rocks up onto the towed if going over gravel roads. That's why you'll hear about removing it if heading up to Alaska. If staying on paved roads I wouldn't worry about it, and the speeds entering into a campground with a gravel road aren't fast enough to kick up anything.
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:10 AM   #4
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I was a fulltimer for 4 years and had zero stone damage on my toad from the full width flap.

The secret is to make sure it's high enough to never contact the road. Road contact is what kicks up the stones.
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I would think it would depend on the roads you intend to drive. I have left mine on and have had no issues.
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My class A DP came from the factory with a full width rear mud flap. I've been pulling the same toad behind it for 10 yrs, without any added rock guard and it has no front end dings or chips. I haven't been to Ak (in my RV) but all 3 of my part time home bases are on rural gravel roads. So it may also depend on how your full width flap is mounted, not all of them cause gravel damage to the toad.
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Of three coaches owned two had full width flaps at the rear. One did not, but was a long overhang aft of the rear tires and had flaps at the tires. No problem with rock chipping with any of the three coaches.
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Of three coaches owned two had full width flaps at the rear. One did not, but was a long overhang aft of the rear tires and had flaps at the tires. No problem with rock chipping with any of the three coaches.
I took my full width flap off and its hanging on the shop wall where it belongs. It won't do damage to my PU toad hanging on the wall. A good set of mud flaps that covers both sets of rear tires is all you need. They don't kick up rocks with elevation changes.
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Glenn, you're gonna hear the same old arguments here! Some say never use a rear flap, others swear by them!

I have a solid rubber (UltraGuard) rear flap positioned about 6" off the ground, and a Protect-A-Tow mesh shield between the MH and toad. I feel this is the best possible protection I can have! I have never had a chip on the toad!

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The rear of mine has one of those "grass skirt" things. I don't think it would kick up stuff as much as a solid rear mud-flap on the back bumper. Would it?
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Here is the secret: It makes sense that if your flap ever touches the road, it IS going to pick up rocks, period. If it does not EVER touch the road, it won't pickup rocks, period. It Only takes ONE time for the flap to hit the road and do all the damage on a trip, either on a 100 miles or 1000 miles trip.

I have mind 5" from the road and a previous poster said 6" clearance. I figure the more protection you have between your coach wheels and toad the better, again that only makes sense. To me, double protection is better than single protection, as long it NEVER touches the road, period.

Negative: The only negative part to this is when it is raining, the flap will fan the road and "may" pickup mist and spray it to the rear and cover your toad. Again, just having the air flow around the coach's rear cap will spray the mist to cover your toad. Either way your toad will get dirty when it is raining............either way it is all the same.
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When we bought our coach the rear mud flap hung too low. This caused damage to our toad. I cut the flap so it's about 6" above the ground. No more damage. I'm thinking of cutting another couple of inches off or removing it entirely.

I don't think anybody has been able to definitely state whether the rear mud flap helps or hinders (provided it's hung high enough above the ground). Personally, I think the rear mud flap is an appearance thing only.

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I took mine off after a year of use....why not try it both ways. Not sure how to quantify it, but my toad seems a little cleaner without it.
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We had noticed a number of small rocks collecting in the recessed area where the windshield wipers retract. Our full width mud flap was as high as it could go so I took it off to see if that made any difference. We've not had anymore rocks in that area since then, even after hundreds of miles of gravel road driving on our northern trip last summer through Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It will sit in my garage until I sell the coach.

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