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Old 05-09-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anyone Install a Rear Rock Guard?

Anyone install a a rear rock guard on their rig? If so, did you ridged mount or use the swinging chain method? What type or kind?

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Old 05-10-2014, 05:13 AM   #2
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Anyone install a a rear rock guard on their rig? If so, did you ridged mount or use the swinging chain method? What type or kind?

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Went to Alaska 2 summers ago and mounted a rigid rubber mud-guard type that went across from side to side. Didn't help at all - toad got all chewed up from rocks. The type that worked and we saw on many of the big rigs w/expensive new toads was this:



Here is a supplier: http://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-...RM-2000-8.html
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Went to Alaska 2 summers ago and mounted a rigid rubber mud-guard type that went across from side to side. Didn't help at all - toad got all chewed up from rocks. The type that worked and we saw on many of the big rigs w/expensive new toads was this:



Here is a supplier: http://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-...RM-2000-8.html
I've got to say I think $600 ($125 for the bracket, $450 for the shield)for a rock shield is a bridge too far. I certainly hope there are some less expensive solutions out there.
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I purchased a Tow Defender from Roadmaster. It works differently than the one pictured above. It is a fabric that stretches from the MH to the toad. It works very well. The rocks hit the flexible fabric and bounce under the toad. http://www.roadmaster-tow-bars.com/a...aster-tow-bars
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Blue Ox has a similar item (http://blueox.com/p-1470-bx88255-kargard-ii.aspx). Unfortunately for me it does not work on the Aventa towbar I use.
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I've got to say I think $600 ($125 for the bracket, $450 for the shield)for a rock shield is a bridge too far. I certainly hope there are some less expensive solutions out there.
The estimate I received to repair/replace the front end piece with all the rock chips was $380 and luckily the glass chips and broken windows were covered by insurance, and thankfully that was only an '03 Mazda. I'd be more careful with a 2012 vehicle.
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We put a rubber flap attached to the rear or our Melbourne. Works great with no rocks hitting our toad. Don't remember the brand, but it is the one Camping World sells.
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I am with msturtz, I use the tow defender and like it for three reasons
1. It works. Have no scratches or marks on my toad.
2. It stores rolled up and attached to the rear of the motorhome and is easy to set up when hooking up the toad.
3. It lays flat as opposed to some of the rock guards that stand up in front of the toad and create air drag.
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I am with msturtz, I use the tow defender and like it for three reasons
1. It works. Have no scratches or marks on my toad.
2. It stores rolled up and attached to the rear of the motorhome and is easy to set up when hooking up the toad.
3. It lays flat as opposed to some of the rock guards that stand up in front of the toad and create air drag.
This is also what I recommend. Three and a half months in Alaskan and Canada highways, plus 7 years on US highways and not a make on my toad except for a driving light which was under the Defender. They are worth it. Plus for the reasons Tom stated. Go to the Towmaster web site. It is a very good tow bar too. Good luck
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