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Horsedoc

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Posted: 07/22/20 07:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at the windshield with the sun from an angle sometimes. We have had three different tows over the years and the all had tiny little chips where sand and debris had struck them. The Wrangler seems to be the worst, but it has been towed the greatest distance - that and the windshield is the most vertical. I think that is just part of the experience of RVing with a tow.

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Jeep Wrangler windshields are notorious for getting sand blasted even without being towed. I spoke with one guy that used a winter snow shield on his Jeep to protect it, had to cut it modify it but said it worked well.


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IB853347201 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

Next time some one asks about some kind of toad protection from dirt and debris kicking up. Don’t say I’ve been doing it for X amount of years with no damage. Just got back from our Rocky Mountain trip. All highways or primary roads, no gravel roads. My windshield has so many small rock chips (very small) that weren’t there before the trip!
Next time I’ll just follow my own judgement and get some kind of flap at the rear of the MH or something between the Mh and toad!


Sorry to hear of your toad damage on your recent trip. I assume based on your profile that you have been traveling by MH for at least 8 years? Is this the first time you took a toad? Or is this the first time you had damage?
I hate to be the one to say it but...Here goes...we've been traveling by MH with a toad, all across Canada and the US, North and South, primary and secondary Highways, for over 20 years. No shield or flap across the rear of our MH's and no rock chips or damage yet.


First long trip with the MH. Before this the longest was 3 hours. What’s worse is I just had the hail damage repaired on the car. So the car was perfect! I ran it though a car wash and that is where I seen the small chips in the windshield. I haven’t washed it by hand yet. I vertically hope there is no damage to the hood and fenders. But I’m not holding my breath.


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We started using a Protect-A-Tow between our coach and toad in 2008 after paying almost $1,000 for toad body and paint work after traveling on about 20 miles of gravel roads with a "grass skirt". We particularly like the ease of hooking it up and that it also protects the tow bar, safety cables, and wiring.


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