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Posted: 03/22/12 01:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bought a new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee last year to replace my 2000 Grand Cherokee. I had a Coastline cover for the old jeep that I felt did a great job protecting it while towing. Unfortunately, it does not fit the new body style of the 2011 and it appears Coastline Cover is now out of business.

Planning a big trip up to Yellowstone this summer and really do not want to ding the finish on the Jeep, as I would anticipate there will be stretches of roadway that may be under repair along the way.

Any suggestions on the best alternatives to protect the tow vehicle? I have seen Guardian, Protect-a-Tow, and a couple of other solutions, but not sure if there is another manufacturer of a front vehicle cover like Coastline Cover offered, or another recommendation.

As always, looking forward to feedback from the RV.Net community.


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Posted: 03/22/12 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I find I have less toad damage. Not using anything on the MH or toad for protection.


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We have towed our Sunfire since 2001 and have never used protection.

There is very little if any damage I can see caused by towing versus just regular driving.


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Posted: 03/27/12 09:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I drove by Coastline covers this morning and they are still in business. Their local phone number is 1 909 484 6592 and they are located on 6th Street in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. I do not know why their web site is down.





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Don't use a full width mud flap on your MH. Much of the air passing under the motorhome is forced under the mud flap. This causes the velocity of the air, right under the mud flap to be very high. This high velocity air will "lift" stones and other debris off the roadway and hurl them into the air.....Guess what many of the stones hit?

If you use a full width mud flap you should use some sort of secondary protection on your towed.

Behind the tire mud flaps are okay because there is not a high wind velocity immediately behind the tires. They also keep stones from being hurled from your tires.


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We have a full width flap just to the rear of the rear tires. There was a brush on the rear bumper when we bought the RV and that got trimmed shorter so it can't drag and flip stones. After towing about 20,000 miles the toad is chip free.

Don't let anyone sell you a bra for the toad. You'll get lots of scratches from the grit that vibrates under the bra.


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cire wrote:

Don't use a full width mud flap on your MH. Much of the air passing under the motorhome is forced under the mud flap. This causes the velocity of the air, right under the mud flap to be very high. This high velocity air will "lift" stones and other debris off the roadway and hurl them into the air.....Guess what many of the stones hit?

If you use a full width mud flap you should use some sort of secondary protection on your towed.

Behind the tire mud flaps are okay because there is not a high wind velocity immediately behind the tires. They also keep stones from being hurled from your tires.


. I have had 3 MH's all with a full width flap on the back and have never had any damage to the toads...


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Been towing with a hula skirt (2 different motorhomes and same toad) for quite a while not with no damage to the toad.


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