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Old 08-25-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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Mudflap Size

I had a solid mudflap installed on my 2011 Monarch before a cross-country trip we are starting on Monday. The mudflap is 20 inches and only has a 1 1/2" clearance from the street.
It looks to me that the slightest dip in the road will make the rear end of my coach smash the flap into the road. I expected the mudflap to be attached with 2 carabiners so it could swing but it is screwed into a bracket that runs the full width of the coach.
The technician said he started out with a 16 " flap but was concerned that too many stones would still hit the toad so he picked the 20' version.
He is willing to change it. I don't have too much time to test this out.
Please, any comments from the group.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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I just rebuilt my solid rubber mudflap. The 1 1/2 inch off the ground is fine. However you should have it so it will swing back & fourth.
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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Factory installed mudflap has a couple of "chain links" for fore and aft flexibility. A rigid install is asking for trouble. How will you lower the MH before leveling?
1-1/2 to 2 inches is a good distance from the ground with airbags pressurized..
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Mudflaps that come in contact with the road kick up stones and debris.

Those of us that have raised our mudflaps don't have toad damage.
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Steve.....Since you don't have airbags, you don't need to worry about crushing the flap when parked. The length of your coach can also have an affect on the flap length. Coaches with long overhangs are more apt to drag the flap. Drive the coach down the road while some one follows. Try to find some roads with a dip or two to see if the flap hits the ground under normal driving conditions.

Even though you don't have airbags, the solid mount flap is going to get a lot of lower edge wear going up and down driveways and the like.

The best choice would be to go with the 16" flap, have him bolt a solid brace across the top and then hang it with chains and carabiners (sp). When you hang a rubber flap, you need to make sure that you bolt the chains to the flap about two inches wider than where they're bolted to the frame. This keeps the flap from moving side to side.
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:59 PM   #7
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My 2 cents, for what it's worth. Change back to the 16" mudflap.

Here's why I say that. Our coach came with a rear mudflap that had about
1 1/2", maybe 2" clearance on a flat floor. By the time I realized that the mudflap was the problem, our toad was substantially damaged.

I cut exactly 4 inches off the bottom, and there are no more stones and gravel hitting out toad now! I'm thinking of trimming off another inch, because I cut that 4" off in a bit of a hurry when we were on the road, and I didn't make a very neat job.
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Thanks to all about mud flap info I brought it back and they cut the top part back and hung it from caribeeners so it could swing. Needed to reroute gen set exhaust so it exited before the mud flap.
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Also, if only 1.5" off the ground. Don't strattle any road debris, including turtles. Friend of ours hit one with his flap, a horrible bloody mess on the toad, and a V'ed flap.
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4~5" off the ground is needed to prevent toad damage.


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Also, if only 1.5" off the ground. Don't strattle any road debris, including turtles. Friend of ours hit one with his flap, a horrible bloody mess on the toad, and a V'ed flap.
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Installed new UltraGuard last year, along with the optional stainless dress-up plate. UltraGuard recommends a minimum flap-to-ground clearance of 4"....mine is 4 1/2". Had to trim it a bit....trimmed top of flap. Have not noticed any toad damage thus far (knock on wood time!), and the 4 1/2" distance allows clearance for the flap during leveling and air down. Seems that only 1 1/2" clearance would be insufficient for a lot of reasons. Just MO...
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