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Old 08-04-2019, 10:32 AM   #1
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Country Coach Rock Guard

I have read quite a bit about the pros and cons of the big mud flaps, and picking up rocks on the TOAD. But, since I am a new Country Coach owner, I still like the look of the shiny name on the back of my coach.

I took it off because the rubber broke, the L frame is bent, and it has some serious scrapes on the stainless steel that needs some work, and I don't have the desire to do it myself. I took it to a chrome shop in So California, and they wanted $350 just to buff out the chrome.

I know I can buy another one from Duraflap, but I prefer keeping the OEM, or finding another one. Not sure what to do yet. I may try to find a more reasonably priced shop, but everyone is very busy, and we are on the move ( for now, So California, then Utah, then home in Colorado) for awhile. Any ideas would be appreciated!
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:43 AM   #2
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My advice would be to just leave it off. Those mud flaps cause more rocks to be hurled up towards the toad then not having them does. If you really want the chrome commercial, how about attaching it to the back of the RV (without the rubber of course)? Or is that possible?

Let the mud flaps behind the rears do the job of keeping rocks off your toad for you.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:44 PM   #3
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efstewart, you can buy one from Future Sales RV, see here for their custom option. Other CC owners have been satisfied with getting a new rock guard from them. They're not cheap or fast, though.

My rock guard looks pretty bad to me and I'd really just like to get rid of it -- but I've held back because I'm afraid my toad will start getting pelted with (more) rocks. I'd love to hear from other CC owners that have removed theirs and have been satisfied with the result.
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A lot depends on how the full width mud flap is positioned. Our Diplomat and our Windsor both tossed rocks at our toad. I had to use one of those fabric screens that covers the space between the coach rear and toad front bumpers.

Our Country Coach has the flap positioned much further back, near the rear bumper. It tosses no rocks whatsoever. I no longer use the screen and we get no road debris on the toad.

I think the gap between the bottom edge of the flap and the road surface has an effect too.

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Echo to Dave's... I leave the mud flap on. There are a lot of tiny paint chip-offs on the front bumper cover of the toad but only to the area below the level that the cross bar of the Roadmaster is at; not above. It doesn't look bad. In the event I wanted to replace the bumper, I'd just go get a new after market bumper cover (plastic anyway) and match paint it (for less than $200 parts and labor, cheaper than a Protect-a-Tow). The install of the bumper cover is easy peasy.
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A lot depends on how the full width mud flap is positioned. Our Diplomat and our Windsor both tossed rocks at our toad. I had to use one of those fabric screens that covers the space between the coach rear and toad front bumpers.

Our Country Coach has the flap positioned much further back, near the rear bumper. It tosses no rocks whatsoever. I no longer use the screen and we get no road debris on the toad.

I think the gap between the bottom edge of the flap and the road surface has an effect too.

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Dave, you hit all the reasons I would never remove my flap.

All flaps are not created or mounted equally. I have followed these discussions and made a point to look at the flaps on other brands of motorhomes.

Many flaps are shorter, hung from chains with a gap at the the top and more space between the bottom of the flap and the road. My flap, as most Country Coach flaps that I have seen, is also mounted to the rear of the coach, up against the frame and comes very close to the ground. It is rigid, and does not "flap" in the wind. In addition, there are flaps directly behind the rear tires. I have never had damage to either my Jeep or vehicle on a trailer.

I think that each experience will vary based on the size, design and installation of the flap by different brand motorhomes or aftermarket installers.
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I removed mine as it dragged on my high angle driveway. It takes away about 3 inches of clearance.

Consider shipping cost if you do not buy local.

It is also one more thing to offer wind resistance.

Put a good mud flap behind the rear tire to keep the rocks off.

I look at it this way. It creates a high pressure wind turbulence just inches above the ground that can cause rocks to lift.
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Our flap seems to work fine over 80,000 miles.
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Mine is positioned just behind the rear wheels and I have not gotten any rock damage on my toad after many miles. Iím wondering if the position of the flap contributes to the damage some have received. I have seen that some manufacturers install them right at the rear of the Coach. To those that have had toad damage, where was your flap positioned?
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Ours is removed. We get more damage from vehicles passing us, or coming towards us, then we do from the debris from our rear Drive/Tags...

Best to all, have fun, be safe,
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Our 06 has the CC mudflap set back by the bumper. Between it and the rigid piece beneath the side radiator, it creates the correct aerodynamics to properly cool the C13. Before you shoot, I am just a messenger, not an engineer. But, it makes sense. And I do get the benefit of reduced road debris coming up to the Jeep. And...I think it looks cool. Bill.
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Our 06 has the CC mudflap set back by the bumper. Between it and the rigid piece beneath the side radiator, it creates the correct aerodynamics to properly cool the C13. Before you shoot, I am just a messenger, not an engineer. But, it makes sense. And I do get the benefit of reduced road debris coming up to the Jeep. And...I think it looks cool. Bill.
Heck, the whole Coach looks cool
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:37 PM   #13
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Isn't the plate stainless steel? If so it just needs polishing again. Not hard but time consuming.
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Oh yeah, very cool. And I do polish the stainless logo every time I polish the rims. Like any custom, wheels and paint!
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