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Posted: 11/30/09 07:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

catkins wrote:

I have a drop down hitch on the MH and did NOT account for the extra length when I ordered. After one 65 day trip to Alaksa, the "bungee" type cord is tattered and failing is several spots. That said, the protect a Tow did as advertised. I had hoped it would last longer and feel the failure is somewhat my fault for failing to measure properly. Not sure if I will replace it or not.............
You can replace just the bungee cord, it's easy to do.

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We have a Protect-A-Tow, and it works great. We highly recommend it.


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chastho wrote:

catkins wrote:

I have a drop down hitch on the MH and did NOT account for the extra length when I ordered. After one 65 day trip to Alaksa, the "bungee" type cord is tattered and failing is several spots. That said, the protect a Tow did as advertised. I had hoped it would last longer and feel the failure is somewhat my fault for failing to measure properly. Not sure if I will replace it or not.............
You can replace just the bungee cord, it's easy to do.


And lengthen the bungee to minimize wear. Would not use anything else then P-A-T! No other protection is necessary on the toad when using the P-A-T.

Met a fellow travelor to Alaska who said he could not figure out how he was getting chips on the back of his coach, then thru his camera system he saw rocks bouncing off of his deflector on his toad and into the rear of his coach!


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Dutch_12078 wrote:

WillieD wrote:

"When you are turning how does the Protect-A-Tow react, move with you".

The sides of the Protect-A-Tow are connected to the toad and the MH by a bungie cord threaded through a hem in the fabric. As the two vehicles turn, the short side shrinks and the long side stretches. A pretty simple setup, but very effective...


Thanks for the information, seems simple enough, I will need to have one of these.


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I looked at the Protect-A-Tow, but I have rear exhaust so no go.
I also looked at Blue Ox Sport but again the exhaust pipe gets in the way.
I looked at mounting a flap or brush skirt under the exhaust on the frame but it would be mounted too low and the first time I went in a drive with an incline it would be knocked off or bent.
The shield type is awfully expensive and cumbersome.

Unless someone has a better idea, I think I will use a hose, spray nozzle, and squeege.


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goodcruisin wrote:

Another satisfied Protect-A-Tow customer. No new chips in the paint since I started using it.


Ditto here. However, I did replace the foldable bar and now I use a solid PVC pipe with the original clip ends attached.


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I made my own protect-a-tow so I was able to make it longer than the "real" ones. It was also a lot cheaper. If you have a rear exhaust you can made one with an opening for the exhaust pipe. It worked well on our Alaska trip and would on any dirt or gravel roads. It also keeps tar and rocks off when driving on roads under construction.


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TripleE wrote:

I made my own protect-a-tow so I was able to make it longer than the "real" ones. It was also a lot cheaper. If you have a rear exhaust you can made one with an opening for the exhaust pipe. It worked well on our Alaska trip and would on any dirt or gravel roads. It also keeps tar and rocks off when driving on roads under construction.

I've thought about making my own as well. What fabric did you use for yours?


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Clieb wrote:

I looked at the Protect-A-Tow, but I have rear exhaust so no go.
I also looked at Blue Ox Sport but again the exhaust pipe gets in the way.
I looked at mounting a flap or brush skirt under the exhaust on the frame but it would be mounted too low and the first time I went in a drive with an incline it would be knocked off or bent.
The shield type is awfully expensive and cumbersome.

Unless someone has a better idea, I think I will use a hose, spray nozzle, and squeege.

I called PAT yesterday and questioned them on a few of these concern. They said if your exhaust is 3"-4" from the PAT cover there should be no problems. Best to connect your tow to your MH, take measurements from the back of your MH to the front of your tow, and measure from your exhaust to where the PAT would be, also good to take a picture of your set up and send to them for evaluation.

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I have one and subsequently removed 40 lb swinging weight under the rear. It does the job.
One thing I've noticed is how un-inventive so many here seem to be. If the exhaust is too close... cut a hole in it. If you need to be shown where the hole needs to be, run it once and the exhaust will show you. A exhaust pipe size hole or a patch or two (heavy duty nylon screen material and silicone from the local hardware works fine) to re-enforce it where it rubs on the tow bar or whatever, doesn't keep it from working and it will not fall apart due to a few modifications.
Really... nothing protects the car better. Just make it work. It's not rocket science.


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