TOWTECTOR Versus Other Rock Guards - Which is the Best?

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TOWTECTOR Versus Other Rock Guards - Which is the Best?

Anyone know in the Fargo area or on-line where "towtector" style rock guards can be purchased at a reasonable price??  Anyone know of any used ones for sale??  Looking for a big mustache for the back of my truck to keep my trailer looking decent.  2 years ago the cheap version was $99, now the same one is $159.

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I can't help ya on that.  I just know I need one now because Mountrail County roads are a complete mess and there is a lot of gravel to many areas I like to fish (dang east enderes...).

If I come across something I will let you know.  One for me has been put on top of the Christmas list.  So if any of you run into my siblings, my girlfriend, or my parents let them know that you "heard" Tim wants a Towtector.


 

 

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I built a rock guard this summer.  I used 2 x 1in box tubing and cut a notch in the tubing so it would straddle my ball hitch.  I then found that I had a slight engineering flaw.  The box tubing blocked my wiring harness.  To fix this I cut another notch with the plasma cutter and reinforced the bottom with some tempered 1in x 1/4 in steel.  As for the flaps, I bought some pickup box liner and secured it to the box tubing.  I measured a number of buddies and found that their instructions reccomend to allow 5 inches of clearence.  I think it works fine.  If I were to buy on I would go with a tow-tector.

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I had done much the same thing using implement belting material.  Unfortunately someone tagged mine and I now have a unibrow mudflap.  Need to replace now and instead of fixing this one new purchase makes more sense.  Mine was pretty sweet, the 2 flaps were removable with simple pins.  That was if you didnt want the flaps on you just had the receiver with a 14 inch "T" of square tubing mounted to the top of the draw bar....acted like a step.   The flaps were on square tubing 1 size smaller and slid into the middle peice from the outside.  If I had to do it over again Id go MUCh heavier with the material, couldnt stand on the outer 2/3 or so and it would have been a nice feature.

Problem with that vs the mustache is many of the rocks just bounce off and back up into the trailer.  The brushes catch/slow the rocks much better.

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my dad just bought a new camper and i told him this needs to be a purchase soon. you don't want to spend 40k on something and have it full of rock chips and whatnot right away.

who sells these towtectors?

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I'm in DL and have one available.  Had a Chevy 2500HD but now have a Suburban.  The Suburban's receiver's much higher so I no longer can use it.

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I had made one as well out of rubber matts I bought at Menards.  It seemed to work fine.  I got a newer truck and installed premolded mud flaps on it, but still used the full width protector I made until I did a little mpg experiment and discovered I was losing better than a mpg with it installed.  I would definitely go with the brush style if I did it again.

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Ya, a guy could definitely build one.  I have all the gadgets at my disposal with welders, chop saws, etc, etc, etc.  By the time I buy the materials, design, re-design, build, rebuild and make it look nice I will have much more time and money wrapped into it than I would just going out and buying.  Opportunity cost also comes to mind!!! 

passiton,

Long time no b.s.  You still going to the "honey hole?"


 

 

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gonefshn,

How much.  Coming to DL tomorrow and am very interested.  What brand do you have?? 

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Does anyone use the brush type with the newer duramax with the rear exit exhaust. I put on an old one I had that wasn't wide enough for the dually I traded for and it melted the crap out of the brushes. I ordered one now with the rubber flaps and a hole for the exhaust to go through.

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http://www.kwikpfyt.com/buying/products.aspx

http://www.towtector.com/

The two I most like.  In my preferred order.

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Eyes, I believe it's a Towtector.  It's the brush style.  The brush on the exhaust side had some melting.  Not bad, but noticeable.  $50.00 and it's yours.  I also have the wall mount holder for it.  

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Consider it sold.  PM me your phone and I'll call you when in town.  Leaving Fargo around 4 tomorrow.  Coming back late Sat eve...

Burned up bad, or a little singed?  It doesnt matter much...  I'll still take it.

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Mt rock knockers look bulky, but awesome for lots of gravel traveled roads.  If I lived more remote Id get an ugly galvenized trailer and the MT rock knocker.

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Luveyes, they make aluminum trailers now days, which hold up better then the galvanized and look a whole lot prettier! Although. they probably cost a whole lot more too!

Damn, if someone else had one they would sell for $50 or so I wouldn't hesitate! Gonefshn, I sure wish you had two of them, ha ha!

Just like Tim said, I have all the tools at my disposal and have been going to make one for about two year now and still haven't done it, I guess it comes down to prioritizing my time, which is Family, Work, Honeydo List, Fishin/Huntin, and then otherstuff. Seems I never quite make to "otherstuff" espoecially with fishin/hunin ahead of it, lol!

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What I should do is just get my boat trailer rino lined or whatever.  To the heck with paint!

But the bow of the boat still takes chips so I gotta get one before too long.  Gravel roads I don't mind but I drive down them at 25 to 30 mph and that takes FOREVER.  Although, on many roads out west, you can't go much over 25 anyway!
 


 

 

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Tim, definantly get one.  They are nice and has saved many new rock chip in the new yarcraft. 

p.s.  maybe I do have everything.  lol

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Yeah I think you do have it all archer109!  That's good though, you can tell me what the good stuff is!

I just stumbled upon an offer on a Towtector.  Going to measure my pickup up during break and get the bad boy on my way.


 

 

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Tim,

JR get ahold of you?  I hope to take advantage of the offer as well.  Just need to print some money. 

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Tim, You might want to get your trailor rhinolined anyway. Mine came that way from factory and it is sure nice. I do have to travel a lot of gravel and hate doing the 25 30 mph thing. I am not sure what rock gaurd to get, the one like I think you guys are talking about or the one that clamps onto the front of the trailer and is a V in front of the boat.

IT IS BETTER TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS THAN ASK FOR PERMISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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simmsjs,

If I had a boat newer than 1995 I probably would get it rhino lined but since the damage is already done to the trailer from 14 years of previous use I won't spend the money to get it done.  If I end up having to keep my boat LONGER than I want and hope then I might do it.

But yeah, if I had a newer boat I would probably get it done without even thinking twice.


 

 

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Go to Menards and get that roll on Stuff. We used it on the floor of one of my Enclosed cargo trailer. Probably do it yourself for $50 and a couple ours of time. Save from doing anymore damage and think of the extra resale you might gain?

IT IS BETTER TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS THAN ASK FOR PERMISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For what it's worth, I have a towtector and like it.  Even on the F-150 with a 5.4L engine the exhaust has created a little curling of the brush material.

Seems to do the trick on gravel, I went down a sticky gravel road one day after a little rain and the towtector was caked in mud after about 2 miles going about 30 mph.  Nary a speck of mud on the boat.

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p.s.  If I remember correctly, Towtector recommends a 2-3 inch clearance from the brush to the road.  Not sure how much shorter a person could go without problems, but if you go longer the brush will drag on gravel ridges and kick up rocks.

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