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Old 01-22-2021, 12:12 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 01-22-2021, 05:23 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:57 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-26-2021, 09:43 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 01-26-2021, 10:40 PM   #5
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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

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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.

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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.
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I have a Demco Commander towbar with the Demco Sentry Deflector.
https://www.demco-products.com/rv-to...-accessories-1


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. :[
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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.
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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
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Protect-a-Tow mesh shield. Quick and easy.

Works well. No chips so far.

I had the exhaust moved to come out the side.
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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.

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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.
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