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Old 12-01-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
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I've debated asking this question, but here goes. After searching the other sections I didn't find input from Monaco Corp. coach owners. So...

How many of you use a black leather bra on the front of your MH?

I like the idea that it protects from rocks, and the look of the bra (since we have some black and red graphics), but have read others experience with scratching and rubbing the paint if it's not kept clean and dry. The La Palma came with the bra and all the twist-ems installed.

The bra is also heavy and could be difficult to keep clean. If we don't use it because of wet weather or dirt getting under it, it will take up storage space. I'm pretty sure we don't have the clear-coat protection, but just saw an ad for it.

We're getting the new CR-V set up Monday for towing and I've also wondered if we need to protect it. Any comments on the brush-like mud flap or other choices to protect the toad? We're going to 3 rallies and Quartzite (Jan-Feb) so will have lots of opportunity to shop. Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:32 PM   #2
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I've debated asking this question, but here goes. After searching the other sections I didn't find input from Monaco Corp. coach owners. So...

How many of you use a black leather bra on the front of your MH?

I like the idea that it protects from rocks, and the look of the bra (since we have some black and red graphics), but have read others experience with scratching and rubbing the paint if it's not kept clean and dry. The La Palma came with the bra and all the twist-ems installed.

The bra is also heavy and could be difficult to keep clean. If we don't use it because of wet weather or dirt getting under it, it will take up storage space. I'm pretty sure we don't have the clear-coat protection, but just saw an ad for it.

We're getting the new CR-V set up Monday for towing and I've also wondered if we need to protect it. Any comments on the brush-like mud flap or other choices to protect the toad? We're going to 3 rallies and Quartzite (Jan-Feb) so will have lots of opportunity to shop. Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:56 PM   #3
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Rick,

I have one on our '01 Dip. I use it on long trips. When I get where I am going I take it off until the next long trip. Also use a full bra (includes the windshield) on the toad. Works for me. I do not use a mud flap.

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Old 12-01-2007, 07:23 PM   #4
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I am sure you knew (as one female to another ) what my first thoughts and responses were.. but I can tell you that Sacs and I have never traveled with one on the rig. There is an RV here in the park that has one on..I may try to go down there on my day off this week and ask them....If I do - I will post back my findings!
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:23 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoneFishin:
I've debated asking this question, but here goes. After searching the other sections I didn't find input from Monaco Corp. coach owners. So...

How many of you use a black leather bra on the front of your MH?

I like the idea that it protects from rocks, and the look of the bra (since we have some black and red graphics), but have read others experience with scratching and rubbing the paint if it's not kept clean and dry. The La Palma came with the bra and all the twist-ems installed.

The bra is also heavy and could be difficult to keep clean. If we don't use it because of wet weather or dirt getting under it, it will take up storage space. I'm pretty sure we don't have the clear-coat protection, but just saw an ad for it.

We're getting the new CR-V set up Monday for towing and I've also wondered if we need to protect it. Any comments on the brush-like mud flap or other choices to protect the toad? We're going to 3 rallies and Quartzite (Jan-Feb) so will have lots of opportunity to shop. Thanks! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I definately suggest some protection for the toad. I pulled a Saturn L-200 from Chicago to Alaska and back, the poor saturn will never be the same.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:06 AM   #6
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Do you think it was the Alaska roads that did the most damage or was it the entire trip in general? Did you get something for the Saturn?

I've thought about having to use something on the MH and toad when going north to Alaska, but not sure the bra that attaches against the paint is the best.

Hoping to hear back from other Monaco owners on their experience or preferences. Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:39 AM   #7
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I've never used a bra on the MHs we owned but we do now have one on the GMC Escort we tow. The 97 Jeep Cherokee we towed 50k miles was pretty beat with lots of rock chips and a really pitted windshield. For the new GMC we bought a cover that fits the entire front of the vehicle including windshield. We use it on long high speed tows only. From the midwest to So calif and when going up the central valley to Oregon etc we use it. The only negative is that it has some flapping action that can't seem to be dampened out of it and we have seen a bit of scuffing in the paint. (White) Nothing serious so far and we've towed it about 20k with the cover on so far. We've had a bit of a challenge getting all the sandy dirt out of it after a tow in the rain and must take care not to let any get between it and the paint. So far it's worth the effort. One trick I learned is to wash it before removing it!

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MonacoMama.....Just to clarify....You're going to ask the neighbor about using a bra or not? I'm sure he'll be delighted.

GoneFishin.....Are there any openings on the front that will be affected or difficult to get to? I had a bra on my Fleetwood Terra. I liked the way it looked, but I took it off after every trip so that it wouldn't get weathered. You also have to be careful in the rain or even wet mornings. The water will cause it to retain dirt and then the dirt starts to scratch the finish.

I like the 3M Mask on the front of mine, but they're pricey.
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:21 PM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">MonacoMama.....Just to clarify....You're going to ask the neighbor about using a bra or not? I'm sure he'll be delighted. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
OOOOhhh Don... You are thinking of the wrong neighbor, I would blush asking that sweet old man! ...Remember that cute GAL just around the corner ...she was the one I was going to ask!
(At least Sacs told me he thought she was in THAT rig...hmmmm...how did he know THAT? )
You did bring up some great points for GoneFishin to consider...



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Old 12-10-2007, 07:30 AM   #10
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I'd try some type of bra, last thing you need is for your headlight to start sagging and end up as fog lights

Seriously, our last RV was supposed to come with the 3M "mask" but didn't. So after 3 years the front end showed the miles; chips everywhere! If you don't go the black vinyl type, try the 3M version. On the toad, we have a black bra that I use only when when it is towed. Otherwise, it's in the hole.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:22 AM   #11
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We have the 3M plastic sheeting on the front of the coach so we don't use the bra. On our Saturn Vue however, we do use the full bra/windshield cover and its worked perfectly even down the Alaskan Highway. I highly recommend it. I was told by the Saturn dealer that a lot of rock damage on the toad occurs when the rocks hit the bottom of the long rear mudflap and flips up then hits the toad. He may have been just trying to sell us the bra system, but it worked for us. Now if you could just find a motorhome windshield bra and drive it at the same time.

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I had a front end bra on a car some time ago and it scuffed the paint and ended up taking the bra off. The least amount of dirt acts like sandpaper. They may be better engineered now but went with the 3M film on our coach. I also have 3M over the front of the Tacoma we tow but like the idea of a bra for the windshield.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Pusherpilot said: GMC Escort we tow </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
..hey Pusherpilot...Were you able to get Ford & GMC to come together and cross a Ford Escort with a GMC Envoy...so now you have a GMC Escort?
Just had to verify ...



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