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Old 04-06-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Tow Car Shield / Bra

Just changing to a new tow car. The last one got pretty beat up with rock chips, after 6 years of towing. I'd like to protect the new car from the same damage.

Does anyone use a tow car bra or shield? If so, please indicate the name, and your results and satisfaction with the product.

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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We tow a Mini Cooper and we had clear bra placed on the front and the mirrors. It seems to work well as we have no chips so far.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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Ken I use a bra some times and protecta tow other times. I find the bra most effective.

For long trips I use the bra and short trips protecta tow.

This is where I bought the bra.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:41 PM   #4
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i used the bra for 1 year and it ruined the paint when sand got under the bra.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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Tow Car Shield (Rock Guard)

We fabricated our own which consists of a square metal tube extending across the front of the car, and a metal angle iron bar with a 2" metal tube welded to it that is mounted through the tow bar mounting tube (to receiver), and a piece of black heavy duty sunscreen material that has been cut to extend across that back of the RV and across the front of the toad. There is a piece of "bunge cord" that is "threaded around the "shield" with the corners and front/rear ceners "cutout" of the shield to accept "spring hooks" that connect the "bungee" cord to eye bolts that are connected to the tubes. I think that Blue Ox sells one that is similar. If you take the time to do it right, there isn't anything that will do a better job.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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Ken & Nancy:

We use a Roadmaster Guardian that clips right onto the baseplate for our Roadmaster Sterling towbar. http://www.roadmasterinc.com/product...ect_store.html

It also has a stowaway mount that attaches to the receiver for storage. We've used it for nearly two years and haven't had a single scratch or chip.

We bought it at Camping World, but I also saw that Roadmaster sold them direct at Quartzsite. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:13 AM   #7
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After trying several arrangements and products over the last three years, here's what I've found:

-Bra on toad, over time, will damage the vehicle's paint (abrasion) and does not protect the windshield
- Protect-A-Tow does a pretty good job of protecting the toad, but is a bit cumbersome (and often a slobbery mess) to handle
- Roadmaster Guardian works great and is fairly easy to handle

I did add little mud flaps, they are about 8 inches tall, on the outer lower corners of the guardian to provide a bit more protection (our little Scion toad sets pretty low in front).

So, on a budget, Protect-A-Tow is a good choice . . . otherwise I'd go for a Guardian (or suitable similar alternative).
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:35 PM   #8
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I have the Roadmaster Guardian and it has worked fine for me. The only down side is you have to have a Roadmaster tow bar to attach the Roadmaster Guardian to the toad. It really catches a lot of "stuff" during a long trip.

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:58 AM   #9
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Last time we used a bra was on a Monaco Signature and the abrasion rubbed a great deal of the paint off. I will never have another one.
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