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fireandbrimstone

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Posted: 02/18/08 05:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

going to Ak. in May/08. Would like advice on stone guard that is attached to class C motorhome rear. would like to know solid vs fringe type guards.
OR: should car have front end protection?
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If you're interested in excellent and economical towing protection, check out the Protect-A-Tow shield. It mounts underneath the tow bar and spans the width of the MH and the toad. It's fast to hook up and unhook, and very easy to fold and store.

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Posted: 02/18/08 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Intersting K-1.

I have been wondering with the same question for general towing. I assume you still have some type of "flap" to protect the sides of the toad?

Thanks. Good information.


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I second the Protect-a-tow. We have had one for 5 yrs now and our toad has no rock marks at all. We were advised that the "hula' type skirts on the back of the MH are useless. The solid rubber or the rubber ones that are cut every 6" or so are much better.


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Posted: 02/18/08 09:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you plan on driving to Alaska, I would strongly recommend AGAINST having a stone guard mounted on the back of your RV.
My reason being, when you hit rough gravel patches in the road, the stone guard will dip into the gravel, and sweep it upwards and back into your towed vehicle.
As you travel along the Alaska Highway, you will probably see several of them deposited in dumpsters in Liard Hot Springs, Watson Lake, or Whitehorse.
Having driven the Alaska Highway 14 times since 1997, I have tried all kinds of ways to protect our towed vehicle when towing with both a gasser and a D/P.
Initially I used a Bra/Hood-Windshield cover, which worked well, but did a slight bit of damage to the paint finish. Next came a Lexan rock guard that mounted on the baseplate and covered the front of the towed vehicle. One trip up the Alaska Highway towing behind a rear radiator D/P made the rear cap of the D/P look like it had been peppered with #7 1/2 birdshot from the gravel that was kicked up by the D/P, blown into the rock guard, and then deflected forward into the rear of the coach. Needless to say I now have a rock guard collecting dust in our shed. Next came a Blue OX UnderSkirt (similar to the Protect-A-Tow), which, IMHO is the best protection one can have for the towed vehicle, next to a enclosed trailer.
Currently we use the UnderSkirt for all towing applications, and additionally use a Coastline Cover between the Alaska Border and Ft. Nelson, simply because we have it, however we won't use it in wet weather.

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Posted: 02/20/08 07:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Who makes "Protect-A-Tow".

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I use the so called Hula Skirt and have driven many miles on gravel roads. I feel they perform better than the solid rubber skirts that tend to bounce the stones many of which end up going into the on coming traffic. Some stones get through the hula skirt but they seem to loose most of their energy in the skirt and don’t have much effect on what is behind.

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Click HERE for Protect-A-Tow's website.

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Posted: 02/21/08 09:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the Protect-A-Tow and have had no dings. It works as advertised.

* This post was edited 02/21/08 01:27pm by bob_b *


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