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Lakeman1 03-30-2016 08:49 PM

Toad vehicle protection
 
What is on the market that will protect the front of my toad? I have a stone guard at the back of the MH but it can't catch everything.

TonyDi 03-30-2016 09:47 PM

There are several different covers for towing that keep rocks to a minimum. This is one of them.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...x/BX88255.html

I don't use one and have never had rock chipping.

Rorytug 03-30-2016 09:50 PM

I have been using this for 6 years, 40k miles. I cannot say enough for product and service. Removed my Ultra Guard as I think it just made things worse. Got many chips on right side of tow from the gravel the vortex of the UG. Since going to this, not s scratch. Wax front good and kerp clean. Tow Car Shield

jondrew 03-30-2016 09:51 PM

How big of an issue is this? I have a couple of thousand miles of towing in the last year or so and no noticeable damage. (2 cracked windshields on the motor homes however)

normandlegra 03-30-2016 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Rorytug (Post 3000996)
I have been using this for 6 years, 40k miles. I cannot say enough for product and service. Removed my Ultra Guard as I think it just made things worse. Got many chips on right side of tow from the gravel the vortex of the UG. Since going to this, not s scratch. Wax front good and kerp clean. Tow Car Shield

Never used any of them and yours is really hard on the paintjob !

Lakeman1 03-30-2016 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by normandlegra (Post 3000999)
Never used any of them and yours is really hard on the paintjob !


That will do more damage than the rocks.

Ron_H 03-31-2016 09:11 AM

Several styles of TOAD rock protection are available from a variety of vendors plus there are some things you can do to protect your TOAD without adding expensive protection systems.

Remove Coach Branding Flap: Many coaches come with a large full width flap across the back. Typically it displays the name of the coach manufacturer. Unfortunately they do a far better job of advertising for the manufacturer than for rock protection, in fact, they have been known to increase rock problems. With our full width flap on our coach we commonly found rocks sitting in the windshield wiper recess area. Since we’ve removed the full width flap nary a rock or pebble has been found in that same area. It appears the flap, even raised to its highest possible level, would occasionally flip up rocks that would then land on the hood of our tow car. Your motorhome should be equipped with flap immediately behind your rear tires and these do a fine job of minimizing rock showers.

Coach to TOAD Net: Nets are available the stretch from the rear of the coach, under your tow bar and attach to the front of your TOAD. These are possibly the best all round solution but they do have some limitations and disadvantages. If you have a rear facing exhaust on a diesel pusher, its heat may cause damage to that area of the screen. They can also be a little messier to handle after a wet day traveling on the road.

Rock Guard on Front of TOAD: A number of rigid rock guards are available to mount across the front of your TOAD, attached to your tow bar system. These provide positive protection to most of the front surface but they may miss some areas below the guard or they may fit loosely and potentially move or slop around. Due to the differing shapes of TOADs they fit better on some nuts than others plus some vendor designs are not as good as others. Care should also be taken on a possible reduction in available turning radius as they can reduce the TOAD to coach clearance.

Protective Blanket: Shields that wrap the front of the TOAD, including the windshield, offer good protection under some circumstances. They can also cause damage if applied improperly. These padded venial covers strap onto the front of your TOAD and the windshield section can be lowered separately for short distance maneuvering of your TOAD, such as parking. They should only be installed over a clean surface. If installed over a soiled surface, movement caused by air currents can damage the TOAD’s paint. They can also be more time consuming to install and messy to handle when wet.

IMHO…I have listed the above in order of preference. We’ve removed our full width flap and that does the trick for most travel situations. Our exhaust precluded us from using a net so he went with a Rock Guard across the front of our TOAD. The fit of our Blue Ox rock guard was poor and required a good deal of modification to make it work well, sit solidly in place, and not compromise our turning radius.

Whichever solution you choose, check a variety of vendor models and retail outlets to get the one best suited to your needs at the best possible price.

MSHappyCampers 03-31-2016 10:28 AM

We use an UltraGuard solid rubber flap across the back of the MH, set at 6" above the ground, along with a Protect-A-Tow mesh shield between the MH and toad. We've never had a chip on the toad! :thumb::D

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y...o/IMG_0565.JPG

dennis45 03-31-2016 11:15 AM

Ron H deserves the Pulitzer for his explanation of these so called protection devices. I am in the No Rear Flap camp with only the flaps behind the rear duals. All the rest are a waste on money, IMHO,,,

Rorytug 04-01-2016 11:53 AM

I Knew it!
 
I second the nomination for Ron! :bow:

I think those rear flaps create a gravel sucking vortex of dust and gravel that wear out your toad. I think much has to do with individual coach aerodynamics, too, as well as types of highways traveled. As with all things RV, what works for you is what works.:thumb:

dennis45 04-01-2016 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Rorytug (Post 3003085)
I second the nomination for Ron! :bow:

I think those rear flaps create a gravel sucking vortex of dust and gravel that wear out your toad. I think much has to do with individual coach aerodynamics, too, as well as types of highways traveled. As with all things RV, what works for you is what works.:thumb:

I agree, so much knowledge, so little time.

Forza Tom 04-02-2016 08:23 AM

We have been using Protect-A-Tow and its works great.

Be careful to check your exhaust if it comes out the rear of the coach you may not be able to use one. This is especially the case if you have a DP

gnlandrus 04-05-2016 09:00 PM

I must be cursed ! I have towed my F150 3 times and the first time got a rock chip that gave it a star crack on the lower driver side.
Second time no problem. The 3rd time, a rock hit low on the passenger side and CRACKED the windshield. What !!!!!!!
I have the factory full width flap. Think I will pull it off and see if that helps. Have to do something !!!!


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Lakeman1 04-05-2016 09:28 PM

Well I started this because I have a new Jeep toad. But now that I think of it I towed my first toad around 15,000 miles with no problems with paint or glass. I then got an older Jeep that had been towed by the previous owner and was bet all to hell. I have a stone guard (full width) and less that 2" off the pavement. As I said I towed my first toad 15,000 with no dings. I think I will tow the new one as is and see what happens. By far the vast majority of the roads motor homes travel are well traveled so there's not a lot of sand/stones on the payment. I have towed the new one only bout 500 miles but no problems. My ultra guard is about 2 to 3 feet from the back of the coach.


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