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Old 10-24-2021, 11:17 AM   #1
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Rock Guard to protect Toad ??

2016 DS 4369 on a FL chassis- What is everyone using as a rock guard for protecting their toad from rock damage....I am in the market and want to purchase the best system for protection, I am using the Blue Ox towbar....thanks for any input 🙂
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:51 AM   #2
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I would suggest, that to start with, remove and store the Newmar-provided full-width "rock guard" at the rear of the coach. In reality, in addition to providing Newmar brand advertising, in certain road conditions, it also actually kicks up rocks into the front end of your toad. REMOVE it. Your coach comes with effective mud flaps behind the back wheels that provide quite effective rock protection for your toad. As you can infer from my strongly stated advice above, I have some bad experiences with our Newmar-issued full-width rock guard. (There is considerable debate on irv2 about the full-width mud flaps. Search for it.)
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:13 PM   #3
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I put extensions on the wheel flaps cut from a generic flap from evilbay.
Used stainless bolts and fender washers, and they sit 3" off the ground.
Added a full width "hula skirt" to the back of the coach too.
We tow a minivan on a dolly and it shows no signs of rock chips or dirt, with 4 trips from Colorado to Florida and back.

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Stiff wheel guards are all you need! We never received damage to our Jeep... even all summer in Alaska.
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I've got a rock guard that has been on my MH since Nov 2011. 10 years of towing the car and not one mark on the car anywhere and none on the back of the MH. It is called Protect A Tow, it is a net looking device that hooks to the back of the MH, across the full with and to the Toad across the front just under the front end. It is sold out of Washington State by the big tow bar outfit. I'll see if I can get it and post it for you.
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Old 10-24-2021, 03:03 PM   #6
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Here's link to Amazon
Protect-a-Tow, MH-9854 Towed Vehicle Protection for Vehicleshttps://www.amazon.com › Protect-Tow-MH-9854-Mot.
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I put extensions on the wheel flaps cut from a generic flap from evilbay.
Used stainless bolts and fender washers, and they sit 3" off the ground.
Added a full width "hula skirt" to the back of the coach too.
We tow a minivan on a dolly and it shows no signs of rock chips or dirt, with 4 trips from Colorado to Florida and back.

Mike in Colorado
I have done the exact same thing on my last two rigs and couldn’t be happier. Very simple solution.
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The best protection we got for our dinghy when we had a motorhome was......
protectatow.com

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The best protection we got for our dinghy when we had a motorhome was......
protectatow.com

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Yep this is the one I have used for over 10 years to protect my Honda. It als keeps the back of the MH clean. Not one ding, love it
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:47 AM   #10
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Rock Guard to protect Toad ??

flyingcash….
I’m with sgtjoe and Txiceman in touting the Protect a Tow. I’ve had one for about 9 years now. I also run with a Roadmaster Rockguard that previous owner gave me with the coach when purchased in 2012, and a big full width mudflat that was also on the coach when I bought it. In truth I’m planning to remove and trash the wide flap when I get around to it, and sell the Roadmaster Rockguard, also when I get around to it.
I believe these last two are superfluous. The PaT is the only thing needed. The geometry is by far the most sensible. Stretched flat as it is, any grit or stone that might be lifted will hit the bottom of the PaT screen at a very oblique angle and be reflected harmlessly back down to the street.
Two caveats I will offer re installation:
1. The PaT mesh is made of a PVC type product. If your coach has a rear exhaust the PaT mesh will likely rest upon it and melt. You must fabricate or buy a stand-off device to keep the mesh screen at least an inch off the exhaust pipe. Side exhaust is no factor. I’ve attached a photo of the device I made up. (pic taken from below)Click image for larger version

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2. After several uses the pvc mesh get very dirty and sooty from exhaust soot, road grime, etc. that all rubs off easily. Wear gloves; be careful of your other clothing.
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