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Old 04-07-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Tow dolly rock guard options

I've only found a couple different options for keeping my toad safe when using a tow dolly. Roadmaster builds a tow dolly bracket for their Guardian. The bracket is $120 while the Guardian is $500 Demco makes a tow dolly rock guard that is over $500 . I'm considering the Rock Solid from Camping World. It mounts directly the the end of the coach and offers 95% coverage but it features individual flaps instead of a solid flap. Users of the Rock Solid, what is your opinion? Would you buy it again?

We're towing a brand new (bought it last week) 2013 Chrysler 200. I will not tow her until I have rock protection. I won't use a protective bra, they are too maintenance intensive to keep clean and prevent from marring the paint job. I'd rather pay $620 for the Guardian.

I appreciate any input and advice. Thank you.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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I have a UltraGuard on the back of the coach and it's been good - no rock chips on the cars. But then we didn't tow them that much either.
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I like the one-piece construction of the Ultra Guard. Can the Ultra Guard be mounted at very end of the coach (with appropriate cut-outs for the hitch, chains, and wiring) like the Rock Solid can? My MH carries a spare so mounting options close to the rear are limited for me. The rear of my MH is the exact same as the one pictured here with the Rock Solid.




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That is how I have mine setup. I'll take a few pics later today and post.

I mounted mine with a strip of L-channel bracket, cutting out for hitch and genny exhaust. It's been on there for like eight years and never an issue. Great product.



EDIT: you can kind of see it here, but I'll get some better shots with more detail and light.

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We have an UltraGuard 1 piece (full width) mounted in the standard position (just forward of the hitch). It can be mounted anywhere you desire.
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We use a dolly exclusively for all our trips and have had no rock strikes on the car.

I understand the fears, but please realize the dolly will offer protection by simply lifting the car's front-end above where most rock strikes occur. That is one of the many reasons dolly towing is great.

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Here are a couple pics of the rear of my MH. The Ultra Guard will not work. Looks like I'm getting the Rock Solid.




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As promised.

Note that the drive slopes away so the guard looks like it rides higher than it really does - on the road it sits about 3-4 inches off the deck per the mnfr recommendation. We have backed over this thing, run it over curbs, drug it through dirt gullies - this motorhome works like a truck and camper with it's short wheelbase. The UltraGuard has just always been there, it's like 8 years old, I keep 303 on it to keep it from getting grungy looking. It does curl back a bit after a lot of miles and wind blowing on it.














So, the moral of the story...if you can't have one of these then get a UltraGuard. LOL

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Chris, I appreciate your taking the time to take and post these pics. I've decided to go with the Rock Solid because the structure under the rear of my MH will not allow me to install the Ultra Guard there. I'm hesitant to install the Ultra Guard on the fiberglass lip of the end cap. It's not designed to go there and I don't think the fiberglass lip will support the weight of a giant mud flap or the leverage applied by the wind when rolling down the highway. At least the Rock Solid has flaps that alleviate that leverage force. And as Scarab said, my car will be slightly elevated by the dolly which in itself will provide a level of protection. Thanks again!
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I'm sure it will work just fine.
It would definitely be more of a job to install the ultra on it. And you're right, they're pretty heavy duty.
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We used the Ultra Guard on our 2001 Adventurer when towing our Buick on a dolly. The dolly itself raised the front end high enough to prevent rock chips. Before we installed the Ultra Guard we still got tons of dust (and mud when it rained) on the windshield. It was so bad that many times we had to wash the windshield before we could unload it from the dolly.

The Ultra Guard kept 90+% of the dirt off the back of the motorhome and the front of the Buick. We towed the Buick on the dolly about 25,000 miles without any damage. Then switched to a Jeep. We were going to tow it on the dolly until we read the owners manual. Now we tow the Jeep 4 down and use the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Shield to protect the front of the Jeep.
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