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Old 01-03-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone used a tow car windshild cover that protects the windshield when towing?

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Old 01-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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We have towed either a Jeep or my p/u for over 80K miles for the past 7 years and have never had any damage to the toads. We never used any other protection beyond the standard mud-flats.

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Old 01-04-2009, 04:16 PM   #3
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We have towed several cars 85,000 and never had a windshield ding on a towed.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:05 AM   #4
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Paul and Sue: Yup. We've towed a Honda Element behind our motorhome since we started fulltime RV'ing in 2005. Never did cover the toad's windshield until our trip to Alaska in the summer of 07, when we got a few chips in the toad windshield from pebbles thrown up by the long mudflap hanging down at the back of our rig. We learned from folks up there that those long mudflaps tend to occasionally drag when traveling over gravel stretches and they spray rocks on your toad. So the windshield cover up there was a good thing to have. Since we've return here to the lower 48 I don't think we've used it once. Hope this helps. Steve & Lynette
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:21 AM   #5
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We used one when touring Alaska in the summer of 2002. At first we just had a front bra, but changed to a full cover (bra, hood and windshield) after getting a stone chip in the toad windshield.

Have not used one since, though, and we tow about 10-14k miles every year.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:21 AM   #6
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I should have wrote the question better, sorry. I was looking for people that have used the Windshield only protector, like the ones Camco make. See I have bad luck because in the 10+ years I have been towing, I had to replace 2 windshields and all have got stars and dings in the windshield. I just got a new Malibu and don't want to mess up the windshield.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #7
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Paul & Sue, HI....I have used a frontend/windsheld protector for 4 years. Its custom made to fit the car/truck and fits the car like a glove. I have have a link to visit the place that supplies this product: http://www.coastlinecover.com/tow.htm

Would not tow without it. Give this product a look see. An good luck!
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:53 PM   #8
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We also us the Coastline bra and windshield protector. It was a pain the first couple of times to put on but once it got streched out it goes on easy.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:43 AM   #9
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we use the coastline cover on our VW Eos and no dings from towing. We do get some when driving from other cars and trucks.
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If you have a Roadmaster tow system, the "Tow Defender" is the best thing going. It keeps almost everything off the Toad. Never a ding ----even on the paint----in 2 years of use
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:19 PM   #11
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In 2005, we bought a Coastline Cover in preparation for our first year of full timing and a trip to Alaska. We had several problems. First, while driving, air got up and under the material and allowed it flap while we drove. By the time we returned to the lower 48, we had paint damage. Second, the windshield cover in our model was fastened via straps that fit through the closed A-pillar and connected together inside above the dash. Water seeped in on both sides. Third, when used during rains, road grit and water coated the soft underside material at the bottom of the covering. This was difficult to dry and clean. It needed to be cleaned completely before reinstalling. We had additional grommets installed and used bungees to secure it better. That did little to help. We still use our Coastline, but only to cover our bicycles. The included bag is used to cover our receiver. The front end of our present toad is protected by a clear 3M film.
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Yes we have a tow car shield by Coastline products. We had it for our 2002 Saturn for 7 years and loved it. No chips or anything in those years. We ordered a new one for our Honda CRV. Only needs to be washed in a commercial machine occasionaly (they recommend once a year) to remove road grit.

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