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Old 05-23-2022, 09:36 AM   #1
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Toad Protection

Hi, New to the game. We have a 40í Class A and plan to pull a Jeep Gladiator. I have a Blue Ox Avail tow bar and RVI3 brake system. Once the vehicle arrives. Iíll get the baseplate and accessories.
My question is what protection is recommended to keep the toad from getting damaged from rocks and debris being kicked up by the coach and hitting the Jeep while in tow?
What works best? Thanks
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Old 05-23-2022, 09:41 AM   #2
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https://protectatow.tripod.com/ has worked well for me.
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Old 05-23-2022, 10:24 AM   #3
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There are rock shields that mount on the front of the toad. I've used them in the past with some success, however the very best I have found after 25 years of pulling a toad is the "Protect-A-Tow" screen. It deflects debris down before anything can get above the tow bar. My white Diamond Avalanche has been towed over 40,000 miles without a single paint chip from road debris. That's good enough for me.
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Before you go too crazy figuring out protection, I would tow it a couple of times and see what happens. The Jeeps sit pretty high and don't get a lot of damage.
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Old 05-23-2022, 07:21 PM   #5
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I've towed my Jeep GC for +40K miles and haven't seen any damage.
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Old 05-23-2022, 07:27 PM   #6
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Lift it.... even the 2 inch Mopar lift is helpful. The lift will make most rocks fly underneath instead of hitting the front.... Ask me how I know...?
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Old 05-23-2022, 08:22 PM   #7
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A lot of us have removed the full width mud flap/bling flap and have mostly eliminated rock chips and debris on the front of our toads.
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What F4Gary said. Either remove the rear rock guard or make sure it is at least 8-10 inches off the ground
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Old 05-23-2022, 10:29 PM   #9
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We use the net type stone guard. If your class A is a DP with the exhaust coming out the back, I wouldn't recommend this one. The exhaust has been known to melt the mesh screen.

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A lot of us have removed the full width mud flap/bling flap and have mostly eliminated rock chips and debris on the front of our toads.
We've towed our F150 35K miles behind both our current and prior motorhomes with no rock chips (and no advertising flap or rock guard).
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Before you go too crazy figuring out protection, I would tow it a couple of times and see what happens. The Jeeps sit pretty high and don't get a lot of damage.

Exactly what I was thinking. Had several rigs towing something and never had a problem. Never had to change or buy anything.
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Old 05-24-2022, 04:53 AM   #12
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I installed a rock guard from future sales. They are the supplier to the RV manuf. comes with everything needed to install it. I had damage all over the front of my Explorer, rock chips all over the front bumper, broken fog lamp, very small rock chips in the windshield as well as rocks found along the base of the windshield and along the roof rails. Once I installed the rock guard no more damage or rocks.
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Thanks, do you have a diesel pusher or know how it would react to the proximity of diesel engine heat and exhaust?
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I added extensions to the drive wheel mud flaps, and a hula skirt across the back.
Six trips to Florida and back, and no rock damage so far.
AND I don't kick up rocks for the folks behind us.
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