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Old 07-02-2020, 02:22 PM   #1
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Toad rock protection

Are toad rock shields necessary? My Chevy Colorado owner’s manual prohibits any deflectors in front of the truck when it is towed.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:32 PM   #2
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If you have a mud flaps behind your rear wheels AND a solid stone guard hanging down behind your MH...no.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:41 PM   #3
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I agree with Craig36. I've towed my Explorer over 90,000 miles
with no damage.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:42 PM   #4
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we have/had mud flaps only on our last two motor homes and don't see any significant damage to our toad.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:51 PM   #5
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Mud flaps behind rear wheels and I added 2 very high on chassis in front of the tow bar but removed the hanging full width one.
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:05 PM   #6
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Our coach has mud flaps behind the rear wheels and a "hula skirt" just shy of the rear cap. Our toad sits low to the road. Except for the hood, the front is plastic. We accept paint damage as the price of admission.

I do put foam plugs over the fog lights when we tow, though. $170 a pop to replace the lights.

Took the 3M "shield" off the front of the coach a few years ago. Chips on the cap now. "Price of admission."

I am very picky about many things- this is not one of them. I do keep the coach and toad clean and shiny, using a paint sealant. When we get ready to sell the coach we plan to have the body shop fix up all its paint problems at once (Tree, did someone say tree? How about clearcoat failure, second round for that?). The toad, well, we might do something if rust breaks out again above the waterline. Had both rear quarter-panels repaired last year.

Below the waterline, we undercoat both coach and toad.

Now I'm drifting off topic...
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:37 PM   #7
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Are toad rock shields necessary? My Chevy Colorado owner’s manual prohibits any deflectors in front of the truck when it is towed.
That's interesting. Any reason why?

We've towed our SUV about 40,000 miles, inclusing Alaska, with just a hanging flap arcoss the back. A little bit of paint chipping which I accept.
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:50 PM   #8
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I’m using a Roadmaster Tow Defender and just returned from a 1500 mile trip and no rock chips on our new truck.

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A bit of a hassle to hook up, but our last toad got a bit beat up and I wanted to avoid it this time.
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:56 AM   #9
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I highly recommend the Protect-a-Tow mesh shield between the MH and toad! That's "IF" the MH has side exhaust pipe! I've been using one since 2012 without a single rock ding on the toad!
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I use a product called Road Wrap. It's a clear plastic wrap, like the stuff you put on carpet to protect it, yet not as sticky. I stretch it across the painted area down low. Once I arrive at my destination, you peel it off and throw it away.

It has been getting more difficult to find, but now I see Amazon has a new brand that does the same thing.

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Old 07-04-2020, 07:13 AM   #11
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Some swear by the full solid flap at the back, but I swear at it. After paying $950 to refinish the front of my custom painted enclosed trailer, I took the big stone flap off. My son had the same experience and removed his as well. No more stone damage after that. As added protection when towing my white diamond Avalanche, I use the Protect-A-Tow. It's the best protection $250 can provide.

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Old 07-06-2020, 04:26 AM   #12
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Last year no protection and toad did get some chips. MH has flaps behind rear wheels as well as the full width one further back. This year different toad and Protect-A-tow. Two trips so far and no chips. I did have the exhaust re routed to come out the side.
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Old 07-06-2020, 08:03 AM   #13
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We have a full width mud flap at the rear of the RV and also have a vehicle bra over our toad. The biggest problem I have seen with the full width mud flap is that some are installed to close to the ground and end up scraping the road and becoming the source of rocks being picked up and flung into the toad.
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Old 07-06-2020, 08:13 AM   #14
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Protect-a-tow has worked well for us as well.
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