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Old 12-31-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Towbar Rock Deflector

I'm getting ready to have the Ready Brute Elite installed and notice that they sell a "Towbar Rock Deflector" that is essentially a tarp that connects to the undersides of the RV bumper to the Toad bumper. Has anyone had experience with this to recommend whether it is worth the extra effort of installation each time or is the typical under RV mudflap sufficient??
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:49 PM   #2
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The effectiveness of behind the wheel mud flaps or rear hanging full width will vary with the coach. How much overhang from the rear tires, how high/low the back of the coach, etc. Also how much tolerance to damage you are - if the occasional rock chip is not a big deal, or anything whatsoever is a big problem.

I have had two coaches, one with mud flaps and the other with full width deflector. Neither coach kicked up enough for me to take notice of damage to the toad.

YMMV.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:04 PM   #3
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RVdus, we use the "Protect A Tow" protector which I believe is what you are asking about and we are very happy with it. Once the attachment points are installed it is easy to put on and take off the Protect A Tow. We think it does a very good job protecting our toad, and the price is quite reasonable when compared to other methods of protection.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for your input - and yes the "Protect A Tow" is what I was looking at. I think I'll add it to my installation -
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[QUOTE=RVdus;2365446]Thanks for your input - and yes the "Protect A Tow" is what I was looking at. I think I'll add it to my installation -[/QUOTE)


You will love it and your JK will also......Rear of the Coach stays a lot cleaner also.....

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Excellent! If I didn't already have a Roadmaster Guardian, I would buy the Roadmaster Defender (same as the Protect A Tow).

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Thanks for your input - and yes the "Protect A Tow" is what I was looking at. I think I'll add it to my installation -[/QUOTE)


You will love it and your JK will also......Rear of the Coach stays a lot cleaner also.....

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Looks good. Need to get that too. Didn't take long for my Jeeps windshield to get cracked while being towed.
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palehorse89 - how do you have your PAT attached to the rear of you MH? I have a PAT from a previous MH but was unable to use with current MH because of where exhaust exited current MH.

Looks like you have a connection method I could use - please let me know how you are connecting the PAT to the rear of your MH - thanks...

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Thanks for your input - and yes the "Protect A Tow" is what I was looking at. I think I'll add it to my installation -[/QUOTE)


You will love it and your JK will also......Rear of the Coach stays a lot cleaner also.....

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Hi Greg, My exhaust use to point straight down, when I installed the PAT, I turned it so it exhausts out the side as you can see. If you look at the top, right side of the photo, you will see the eye bolt I installed, and the PAT just snaps/clips into the 2 eye bolts. (One each side)The rear flap, use to be twice as long, I cut it down.........before I installed the PAT due to my engine compartment as really dirty all the time, cut the rear flap down so it was shorter.....much cleaner(Another subject). And as you see, its length worked out well with the PAT installation. I added the 3/4" pipe insulation on the bottom of the rear flap so the PAT has a smooth surface to ride on, as it moves when making turns. Has worked out well for me and my JK.
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Thanks - I see what you are saying. Looks like you added the Ultra Guard flap yourself. This gives me something to think about, experiment with - thanks...

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Hi Greg, My exhaust use to point straight down, when I installed the PAT, I turned it so it exhausts out the side as you can see. If you look at the top, right side of the photo, you will see the eye bolt I installed, and the PAT just snaps/clips into the 2 eye bolts. (One each side)The rear flap, use to be twice as long, I cut it down.........before I installed the PAT due to my engine compartment as really dirty all the time, cut the rear flap down so it was shorter.....much cleaner(Another subject). And as you see, its length worked out well with the PAT installation. I added the 3/4" pipe insulation on the bottom of the rear flap so the PAT has a smooth surface to ride on, as it moves when making turns. Has worked out well for me and my JK.
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Excellent! If I didn't already have a Roadmaster Guardian, I would buy the Roadmaster Defender (same as the Protect A Tow).

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Why would you rather have the Roadmaster Defender over the Guardian?
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Why would you rather have the Roadmaster Defender over the Guardian?
I have found that the Guardian only protest the front of the toad (grill, headlights, etc). Does nothing for gravel/rocks going over it to the windshield or top of toad.

On our trip to Alaska, we went on several gravel roads and while the front of the car had absolutely no pits at all, the hood, windshield, top of car and trunk...all had pits in the paint.

The Defender limits the amount of gravel/rocks that can be thrown up into the toad and protects the car except from the side. The PAT is the same thing as the Defender. If we make a second trip to Alaska, I'll definitely chuck the Guardian and get a Defender.

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