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mmartinfan

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Posted: 02/17/12 05:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all for your replies. I am going to look into the Protect a Tow now. Thats seems easy to put on. I was worried about the rv tow car shield rubbing the paint and hard to put on.

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X3 for Protect-A-Tow

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The Tow car shield is not hard to put on but it does take time to put on and take off plus you have to have a place to stow it. I have used it and now use the protect a tow, a lot easier and I leave it on the MH draped over the tow bar so when I hook up there is only 2 hooks and the cross bar to hook up, only takes a couple of minutes.

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Second the protect a tow. We used it 4 years now and 25,000 miles and it works great no scuff marks at all.

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We have one of those big heavy full hight and width mud flaps on the coach. So far not one stone hit and for whatever reason nothing from the exhaust either (may or my not be related).


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Posted: 02/17/12 03:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a similar product to the Protect a Tow and that is Tow Defender.


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Hi
À got à coastline tow car Shields
For 5 year And i think thats the Best
No scratch no chip and easy to install
Now its for sale i sales m'y jeep grand Cherokee 2005
And i'm going to bye à new ones for m'y new car
Sorry for m'y bad englis i'm french

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I have a Protect-A-Tow and it doesn't keep all the road junk off the toad but it does keep most of it off. I really haven't found a difference between using it and not using it so it generally stays in the storage compartments of the RV.


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There are many good solutions for protecting your toad. Here are some thoughts with pros and cons.

My BIL had the Coastline car cover and it was a pain. It's a lot of work to install and remove. Even if you're just unhooking the toad to park it, you have to remove part of it to see out the windshield. If you have a rear radiator diesel, it will be a filthy mess to handle each time you stop.

I like the Protect a Tow, but again, it looks like it takes some work to install each time you use it. I understand the mounting locations are pre installed, but you would still have to get down on your hands and knees to connect it. This gets harder as you get older. I'm also not a fan of installing visible hooks on the front of my toad or coach.

The rock shields that mount to the tow bars look like they work well, but become a storage issue and another thing to deal width.

I have mudflaps directly behind the duals and and the large full width mudflap across the back. I don't think this gives you complete protection. Road debris will still get kicked up.

I've towed three differnt vehicles. On each one, I've ordered a front bra by "Le Bra". They seem to have a bra for every application. The bra is in two pieces, a lower section that covers the air dam, bumper and grill. The upper section covers the leading edge of the hood. You could probably get by with just the lower section. It's still something you have to install, but I install it at the beginning of a trip and take it off when I get home. I've never had an issue with attaching the tow cables or wiring with the bra on.

I think all of the options are good and you need to pick what works best for you. I'm a big believer of keeping things like attaching the toad simple so that it doesn't become a chore.


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If you are using the Roadmaster towbar, then the Tow Defender is ideal. I prefer it because it lies above the towbar, not below it. Sure, it doesn't keep crud off the towbar, but it is very easy to put on and take off. Attaches both fore and aft to the towbar setup. No dingy attach points needed.

And get rid of that big mud flap. It just stirs up the rocks and gravel by dragging on the road.

And, Daniel: no problem, mon ami -- your English is a heck of a lot better than my French!

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