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Posted: 08/26/09 12:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've seen tow cars behind a motor home going down the road that have a full cover that reaches from the bottom of the front bumper to the upper edge of the windshield. Does anyone know where I can purchase one of these covers for my 2002 Honda CR-V EX? I know that there is a company called Fanchers in Michigan, but you have to go to their facility as they don't have any patterns and all of their covers are custom made to your vehicle, I just don't think we'll be in Michigan any time soon and after much experience with other types of protections we feel this type would best serve our needs...HELP!

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Posted: 08/26/09 01:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a look here
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I use this and all works good.

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Hummm...I thought this was going to be another gun thread


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We're just returning from our Alaska trip this summer. While we were there we met a guy who had a shield to protect his tow car. Problem was when he stopped driving one day, he found that the rocks kicked up by his motorhome had hit the tow shield and bounced back into the rear of his coach. The toad looked great but the back of the motorhome was pitted pretty good. Something to think about.


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I'm looking at using a "Protect-A-Tow" with my RAV4. Have you tried this type of protector? Did you have problems with it?


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Posted: 08/26/09 02:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2chiefsRus wrote:

We're just returning from our Alaska trip this summer. While we were there we met a guy who had a shield to protect his tow car. Problem was when he stopped driving one day, he found that the rocks kicked up by his motorhome had hit the tow shield and bounced back into the rear of his coach. The toad looked great but the back of the motorhome was pitted pretty good. Something to think about.


I can relate to this problem.
In 2002 when we purchased our DP, I ordered a Lexan Tow Shield to mount on the front of the towed vehicle towbar brackets. One trip from Yuma to Anchroage showed me the error of my ways. While the towed vehicle was in excellent shape, the rear of our DP looked like it has been peppered with #7 1/2 birdshot, from the small rocks hitting the tow shield, and deflecting forward into the rear of the coach.
One Lexan Tow Shield in the dumpster.
Decided on getting a Rock Guard for the rear of our DP...... Talked to a friend who had one, and immediately changed my mind. One trip from Anchorage to Great Falls showed him the error of his ways, so to speak. The weight of the DP's engine/transmission area caused the vehicle to dip when going over small bumps, and thus swept the rocks/gravel upwards, and rearwards at the same speed as he was traveling. End results were rocks all over his towed Blazer, broken headlights and parking lights, and a cracked windshield.
Forget that idea.
Next solution was a RV UnderSkirt from Blue OX (similar to the Protect-A-Tow), which required some modification due to the rear exhaust of the DP. The best solution by far, for protecting the towed vehicle. Eight trips up and down the Alaska Highway, and no visible damge to the towed Saturn. The only shortcoming being the rear exhaust, and having to modify the 'skirt to clear the hot exhaust/gasses.
A BIG plus for the UnderSkirt: While entering Edmondton from the West at 7:00 AM on a Sunday morning, driving about 60MPH, the car in front of us suddenly ducked from the right lane to the left lane. Before I could react, I saw a 7-8 foot aluminum step ladder laying crosswise to the traffic lane, and I had no other option than to run over it. From all the noise and flying aluminum, I could only guess at the amount of damage I was going to discover when I finally got stopped. Investigation of the damage showed that we had 'dodged the bullet' so to speak. No tires blown, and minimal damage to the DP. Looking at the VUE, the only damage I could find was a plastic keeper for the right front fender liner was missing. The UnderSkirt had given up its life however, by forcing the ladder down and under the VUE, preventing any damage to the vehicle. Some repairs were required to the UnderSkirt, but it has been revived and is still used for each tow.
However, I must admit, I came across a Coast Line Tow Car Cover for a reasonable price, and use it when traveling the upper reaches of the Alaska Highway. Maybe a case of wearing both a Belt and Suspenders, but it does give some added protection, plus keeps the VUE a bit cleaner than traveling without it.

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Posted: 08/27/09 07:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those of you using the Ultra Guard which length did you go with 94" x 16" OR 94" x 20"

what is the proper clearance from the road surface to the bottom of the skirt ?


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We re using the same item as JAXFL and so far it seems to work fairly well.
Thinking about the Coastline cover as added protection.


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Posted: 08/26/09 04:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Troubleshooter wrote:

Take a look here
Coastline Covers


We have this one and like it.


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