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Old 01-10-2020, 12:49 PM   #1
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Mud flaps?

We have a 31ft Jamboree that we're going to be towing a Jeep behind. I would like to protect the Jeep front from rock chips and wondering what is preferred. The mud flaps right behind the wheels or a full width flap on the rear bumper? Also, what kind of impact on gas mileage does this have?

thanks for any help on this.

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Old 01-10-2020, 12:57 PM   #2
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I have the chassis rubber flaps behind the rear wheels and mounted that whisker type under the rear bumper. I tow a open car trailer with either of 2 class is cars long distances and never any damage from our MH or passing vehicles. Not even the trailer tongue is banged up.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:02 PM   #3
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So far I've used nothing, and haven't seen any major issues on our Jeep. Maybe just lucky.
2 years ago I bought a thick mesh tarp from Princess Auto (Canada's Harbor Freight) that I can wrap the nose of our Wrangler with, and secure with 4 bungee cords. Total cost around C$50. It works also, but hasn't seen any use yet. We stay mostly to paved/concrete roads and the Navion's mud flaps on the rear wheels seem to do the job. If we were headed to Alaska, this setup will be used.

The tarp is similar to this one, with eyelets along the edges for the bungee cord hooks.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...et/A-p8425100e
I fold it in half across the long side, and it covers the nose of the Wrangler from the bumper/towbar up and over the grill/headlights halfway up the hood. The windshield is still uncovered.

We lose about 2MPG when towing, so 15MPG solo, 13MPG towing.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:31 PM   #4
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My friend uses one like this one on the link. He has towed probably 20k miles with no damage on two different vehicles. I don't personally use anything, but I do have the flap across the back of my rv.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:55 PM   #5
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My friend uses one like this one on the link. He has towed probably 20k miles with no damage on two different vehicles. I don't personally use anything, but I do have the flap across the back of my rv.
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That is actually a Protect-a-Tow.
Many on here including me have removed our full width mud flaps with great results.
They are more bling than anything else.
I used to find pebbles on my windshield at the wiper blades. After removing the full width flap I don't anymore.
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That is actually a Protect-a-Tow.
Many on here including me have removed our full width mud flaps with great results.
They are more bling than anything else.
I used to find pebbles on my windshield at the wiper blades. After removing the full width flap I don't anymore.
thx that was the only pic I could find.
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10,000 mile trip to Alaska last summer! Flaps right behind wheels that touch the ground when I dump the air suspension and Protect-a-Tow. No rocks or chips on Toad. Even did the 100 miles of dirt road, Top of the World, filthy dirty yes but no chips!
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We tow ours with our 32ft Thor without flaps. We havenít have any chips or problems in 3 years. The overhang is long enough and the Jeep high enough that I donít worry too much about it.
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I've been towing a jeep for over ten years. I have the full width flap and I have never had any chips on either of my toads. Many RVers are against them the full width flaps. My take is if they are at the correct height they will protect the toad. If they are too low they can stir up stones which will wind up hitting your toad.
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:52 PM   #10
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Towed two Wranglers many 1000's of km with 24ft and 28ft Class C's, some gravel roads, just regular mud flaps behind the rear wheels.
Never any issues, I think a Jeeps too high to see the rocks.


I guess a protect-a-tow is good insurance though, I've just never found the need for one.


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Problem w/ tarps, even a BRA for most, they end up doing paint damage from rubbing?
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Anything you put on a car that can move just a little will damage the paint. I have seen cars with car covers on them when they get to where they are going with paint damage. In a closed trailer,OK. Open, flat or dolly, no. Even those Bras over time will damage the paint!
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I got a couple of chips on my towed before I installed the Protect-a-tow. With it I've towed Jeep Wranglers behind a Class A and a Class C for 40K miles & no more chips or dings. It installs easily in less than 5 minutes and folds into a nice pouch for storage. Also it costs about $250. Take a look.

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