Benefits of Rock Guards for RV Towing

Written by Hitchweb Team
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 — No Comments Yet

When towing you’ll find that all motorhomes, to some extent, will kick up quite a bit of rocks and debris by the rear drive wheels. We’ve all seen first hand the damage this debris can cause – chips, cracks and even a sandblasting effect are all common occurrences. In addition to the types of rock guards we’ll discuss we also recommend installing additional mudflaps behind each rear axle. You can check out our choices from Aries in our Mud Flaps section.

RV Rock Guards

A rock guard is an excellent option to help protect your towed car. Rock guards are generally attached to the RV frame and/or utilizing a 2” receiver in the rear and hang almost to the ground, across the full width of the coach. When not towing, rock guards also provide protection for any vehicle following your coach.

We have 2 basic types of RV mount rock guards:

 

Strip Style RV GuardStrip Style -  at first glance these guards might appear solid and will hang straight down. The heavy rubberlike material is flexible with vertical slits cut to form 4"–5" wide strips of material hanging down. These ribbons do allow air (and ocassionally smaller debris) to pass through them and can become matted if driving through heavy & wet snow. If you’re not planning to do any serious winter driving this is an affordable and popular option.
Solid Style RV Rock GuardSolid Style -  a heavy, solid piece of rubber-type material that reaches across the width of the motorhome. The major benefit of this style is that no debris can pass through because the guard is one solid piece.  Our solid style rock guards are mounted using a bar attached with bolts to the channel frame keeping these extra secure.




Towed Vehicle Mount Rock Guards

A second device can be added to the towing assembly to provide additional rock/chip protection for the towed vehicle.

Towed Vehicle Mount Rock Guards

 
These are in the form of a shield and will protect the front end of the vehicle and deflect debris from hitting the hood and windshield. Positioned vertically close to the front of the towed vehicle, it sits on and is fastened to the tow bar. We’ve seen homemade versions on the road created with PVC pipe and screens – although this seems like a great and cheap DYI option it is definitely not safe and will not provide the same protection! You not only risk potential damage from chips and scratches, you'll also risk the unit coming loose and creating a projectile that can cause serious damage to your vehicle and those travelling behind you. Always chose a unit that matches the brand of your towbar for the safest and most effective option.
 

Head over to our Rock Guards page to see all our available options! Our Hitchweb towing experts are here to help if you need assistance in selecting the right guard – contact us at info@hitchweb.com or 1-800-300-4067

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