RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-22-2021, 12:12 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 22
Protection for towing vehicle

Going to tow my Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk behind my Greyhawk 29mv. W there are few different types of protection for stone and debree hitting your vehicle. Would like some help what is worth buying to protect your vehicle, or do not need to worry about damaged to your tow vehicle ? Thanks for your input.
hamerjk is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-22-2021, 05:23 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 26,290
With a 10 to 12 ft overhang, that long class C's have beyond the rear axle and tires, I can't see how anything the tires kick up can reach the car.
twinboat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2021, 06:57 AM   #3
Senior Member
Ron Dittmer's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: West Dundee, IL
Posts: 643
We tow a Jeep Liberty with a motorhome that has a significant overhang and 2 mud flaps that completely cover the rear tires as shown below. Until this year, we always had a hood deflector on the Liberty. We have NOT YET towed without the hood deflector.

It is remarkable how the Liberty accumulates tiny road debris, mostly dirt but also sand and a little 2x the size of sand. I assume the motor home gets it air bourn, then sucked around to the back, then deposited on the Liberty's windshield wiper area. The Liberty with the hood deflector does not get stone chip damage, just very dirty. I am sure it's been hard on the paint but from 10 years of towing it, I still don't notice any paint abrasion nor other damage from the debris. The gray painted color would hide abrasion better than a very dark color.

Just recently I discarded the hood deflector because it got brittle and broke from age. I wonder if we will now get paint damage without it.

Here is our towing setup, a 2007 Phoenix Cruiser 2350 with 2006 Jeep Liberty.

Here are the rear mud flaps.

I advise to consider installing a hood protector, also referred to as a bug deflector. I have seen a few people with a very large shield mounted just in front of their tow vehicle, but I wonder if the additional protection is worth the hassle. I would consider the black stranded hair-like shield across the back of the motor home before installing such a shield to avoid additional towing complexity.
Ron Dittmer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2021, 09:43 PM   #4
Senior Member
Flyer15015's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: On the continental divide
Posts: 206
Rear flap ?

We installed a full width "brush style" flap at the back edge of our Jayco Seneca 33ss, and it has worked wonders keeping the toad clean.

Mike in Colorado
2004 Fleetwood Pace Arrow, Ultra RV ECM / TCM, KONI FSD's & Sumo's all round.
Flyer15015 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2021, 10:40 PM   #5
Senior Member
milkman55's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Canyon Lake, TX
Posts: 207
Protection for towing vehicle

I have towed my 2014 Honda CR-V for 25,000 miles and I have no protection other than a rock guard similar to your mud flaps. No nicks or damage.Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2296.jpg
Views:	7
Size:	212.9 KB
ID:	315888
2021 Dynamax Isata 5 30FW
2014 Honda CR-V
(Formerly 2017 Isata 3 24FW)
milkman55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2021, 11:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
Newmar2856's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 529
Protection for towing vehicle

We started towing our new Ranger without anything and ended up with small rock chips after a few trips. We do have mud flaps behind our rear tires, but we donít have a full length guard. We decided to add a Roadmaster tow defender and since doing so we have had no new chips.

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0253.JPG
Views:	8
Size:	155.8 KB
ID:	315890
John, Laurie & the 3 Schnauzers
2019 Newmar Bay Star 3609
Ford V10 - 24K Chassis
Newmar2856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2021, 08:10 PM   #7
Senior Member
Official iRV2 Sponsor
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Medford, Oregon
Posts: 290
Blog Entries: 1
The first point of protection is to put mud flaps directly behind the tires where the rocks start. They need to be a little wider than your tires, and be about 6" off the ground.
Then if you still get rock chips, look at the hanging style mud flap on the back to catch the rest of it. Just make sure that mud flap is at least 4" off the ground. If not, it can create a wind tunnel effect and actually throw the loose rocks at your car instead.
DuraFlap Mud Flaps
"Mud Flaps For Pickup Trucks, Motor Homes & Lifted Trucks"
DuraFlap Mud Flaps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2021, 08:34 PM   #8
Senior Member
TonyMac's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Layton, Utah
Posts: 3,306
I have a Demco Commander towbar with the Demco Sentry Deflector.

Easy to instal and bulletproof. The Sentry Deflector fits other towbars/baseplates. My poor Blazer got beat up before I got this. I'll also be towing a Cherokee Trailhawk, without its red front towhooks. My baseplate goes there. :[
2006 Monaco Safari Cheetah 40PMT
TonyMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2021, 08:52 PM   #9
Dsmullen's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Black Mountain, NC
Posts: 94
We have used a protect a tow for over 7 years between coaches and a Kia Soul. Not a spot on it. Recently sold it and threw in the protect a tow and ordered a new one to use with a new Cherokee Trailhawk. About 1 minute to install or remove.
Dan and Dr. Jan, 2016 Tiffin Allegro Bus 37 AP, 450 HP Cummins ISL, 2021 Cherokee Trailhawk toad, Air Force One braking system, Protect-A-Tow stone guard
Dsmullen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2021, 05:39 PM   #10
Senior Member/RVM #90
MSHappyCampers's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 45,234
I think the Protect-a-Tow mesh shield between the MH and toad provides the best possible protection! Problem is you can't use it with a rear exhaust! JMHO
Joe & Annette
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.....
2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2021, 06:56 AM   #11
Senior Member
hewebb's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Rendon, Texas
Posts: 514
Protect-a-Tow mesh shield. Quick and easy.

Works well. No chips so far.

I had the exhaust moved to come out the side.
Howard & Elaine
2001 Newmar Dutch Star 4095, CAT 330
2014 SRX toad, M&G breaking, Blue OX Avail
hewebb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2021, 08:51 AM   #12
Senior Member
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 19,261
Blog Entries: 21
We tried brush style, and strip style guards to protect the auto. Finally went to a Protect-a-Tow and had much better success in keeping the rocks off the dinghy.

The only other thing I have seen that works is the total front end and windshield bra for the dinghy.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2021, 10:36 AM   #13
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 22
Originally Posted by Dsmullen View Post
We have used a protect a tow for over 7 years between coaches and a Kia Soul. Not a spot on it. Recently sold it and threw in the protect a tow and ordered a new one to use with a new Cherokee Trailhawk. About 1 minute to install or remove.

I am wondering what brand do you use? There are a few different brands. Some are half the price as the name brand ones.
hamerjk is offline   Reply With Quote

tow, towing

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 2 (0 members and 2 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
surge protection with high and low voltage protection Delacroix Newmar Owner's Forum 11 05-17-2016 10:16 PM
When towing a vehicle, do you cover the front of the tow vehicle? beamisl Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 4 02-03-2016 04:37 PM
Towed Vehicle Chip Protection 60Vette Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 8 06-14-2012 09:54 PM
Trident Protection Systems paint protection AFChap MH-General Discussions & Problems 2 09-26-2008 10:28 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.