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Old 12-01-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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Toad hood protection

I'll be towing my Mini Cooper to Florida in January normally through two days off slushy roads before I get to the warmer weather. I would like to protect the paint on the front of my car and was looking to something like 3M sticky film that I could remove when I get to the warmer weather rather than buying a big shield to put between the RV and the car. Is there a sticky from 3M that can just be peeled of without taking the paint off the car. If so, what is the proper name and is anyone using it?
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Blue Ox KarGard II Towed Vehicle Protector BX88255 - $389.99
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I have used a bra for my Mazda Miata. Cost was minimal, installation was a snap and I can remove when I reach my destination. Just need to make sure the paint is clean when re-installing.
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On the Alaska hiway you see people taping bubble wrap to the front. You will need enough of what ever you use to go from bumper to just over the roof a short distance.

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I don't believe the sticky film or bra can protect your car against sharp rocks! I use the Protect-A-Tow mesh shield, along with a solid rubber flap on the back on the MH positioned 4" above the road. I think that gives as good protection as is possible. JMHO!

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I would agree that a thin film would not provide much protection from cinders, stones, etc. And, I can add my experience with a bra for our CRV. As VRAINES pointed out, the car and bra fabric must be clean before installing. But, what I found out is that during long trips some fine highway abrasives can find there way behind the top edge of the bra and in our case slightly damage the finish. Probably the best overall protection is one of the big shields that attach near or on the tow bar.

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Old 12-02-2014, 05:08 PM   #7
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+1 on the Blue Ox KarGard. I use one and tow a Mini Countryman with great results, and it stores on the hitch assembly.
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I don't believe the sticky film or bra can protect your car against sharp rocks! I use the Protect-A-Tow mesh shield, along with a solid rubber flap on the back on the MH positioned 4" above the road. I think that gives as good protection as is possible. JMHO!

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I also use protect a tow. A side benefit is the rear view camera stays mostly clear when driving in the rain. Without the protect a tow the rear camera lens gets covered in dirt & water. At least that's what happens on my RV.
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Check out the Tow Car Shield from Coastline RV & Offroad Tow Car Shield. They offer a complete frontend cover for the toad that is heavy enough to protect from flying rocks and easy enough to put on in minutes. They are a family-owned small business and will make sure your shield fits your car for a very reasonable price.
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Might not be right for you, but after 20 years of towing a car, my wife convinced me to buy an enclosed trailer. It's one of the best decisions we have made. Everything is protected and we can haul more than just the car. It's easy to back up and have not had any problems getting camp ground sites even at 75' long.
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X2 on the "Tow Car Shield".

https://secure.rvtoystore.com/towing...ion/CS100.html
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I like our protect a tow. My Fit is as low as a Mini and needs protection. Check out the protect a tow Web site.
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I bought something along this line $110.00 hooks onto your receiver .
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Check out the Tow Car Shield from Coastline RV & Offroad Tow Car Shield. They offer a complete frontend cover for the toad that is heavy enough to protect from flying rocks and easy enough to put on in minutes. They are a family-owned small business and will make sure your shield fits your car for a very reasonable price.
This is what we have, works great.
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