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Old 08-20-2016, 08:17 AM   #21
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Had mostly dust and a few pecks here & there towing flat with a Class C. Bought a new toad for behind the Class A that could not be pulled 4 down. Instead of a dolly I had a trailer built. Drove up and ratcheted down all 4 corners. Faster than when towing 4 down and about the same cost. No miles put on the toad either. Thinking of all that the current 5er is easier all around.

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Old 08-21-2016, 07:37 AM   #22
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We are newbies to towing an auto behind a Class A MH. We will be looking at a FR3 30DS and either flat towing or dollying a MINI behind it. My newbie questions are NOT which towing method to pursue but, for now, concern the possible damage to the body of the toad from rocks and debris.

1. How likely is damage going to occur from rocks and debris when on the interstates?

2. Is one method of towing less likely to reduce rock and debris damage?

3. Will MH mud flaps and one of those full wide "brush flaps" mounted to the rear of the MH eliminate rock and debris damage?

Thank you in advance for your patience and information! I am trying to cross the "T"s and dot the "I"s before leaping into all the towing towing decisions.

Their is only one way to avoid any damage when towing behind anything and that's to use a enclosed trailer and even that with have some damage in time. Any one saying they never get any damage is not telling the truth just stop at any place that have trailers or toads and look , you get anything from bugs, oil, grease, chips and other debris kicked up by your tires or other when passing or being passed

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Old 08-22-2016, 12:22 AM   #23
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bareftn you are SO right. Just returned to the lower48 from 8 weeks in Canada and Alaska. Two rigs travelled with us had toads, to say you can travel the Alaska Highway with no damage is a "very bad joke". With grill guards, that tow apron device and hood/windshield covers they both lost a lot of paint to rocks. Chips occur around wheel housings, door handles, mirrors and mounts. Grit accumulates in window channels, trim, wheels, brakes, undercarriage, running boards spare tires/mounts. When it rains or they water down the dust, everything is coated until it is like 40 grit sandpaper, hard, crusted, ground up rock dust.
Those brush-like guards are as bad as nothing at all, follow a RV with one and watch it fly in the breeze.
My dually has rigid mud flaps/rock guards on all corners and I have a heavy duty solid rubber guard on the bumper. The paint on my electric stabilizers is all but gone from flying debris, the frame behind the trailer tongue is badly chipped and the coroplast that lines the undercarriage of the trailer has taken a beating also.
I averaged between 15 and 35 miles per hour for most of the 1422 mile on the Alaska Highway, so I was not recklessly speeding along mistreating my equipment.
If you tow it WILL get some damage.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:03 AM   #26
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I've towed 4 wheels down behind 3 Class A's for 1,000's of miles and never had any damage to my towed vehicles. IMHO, you do need a good solid rubber rear shield attached to the rear of your MH. The "brush shields" might work ok, I've never had one so I can't comment. I would go with the rubber shield if I were you.

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