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Old 03-27-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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Protect A Tow installation on Class C

I have a Chateau 31E and I want to install a Protect A Tow. (The toad is a 2012 CR-V.) Eye bolts need to be installed at the back of the RV to attach the Protect A Tow to. I have the square section rear bumper as shown in the attached photo, and I stow my sewer hose in it, so I don't want to drill into that and have bolts protruding into it. I was thinking of using hose clamps around the bumper to hold some metal rings as attachment points, but wondering if there was a more elegant solution.

Has anyone here installed a Protect A Tow on their class C? Did you attach it to the rear bumper or some other place at the rear of the motorhome?
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:13 PM   #2
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Protect A Tow installation on Class C

Iím going to use heavy duty, outside grade ty wraps, or wire ties to wrap around my bumper with a small ďdĒring to attach to. I believe four would do it. Iíll replace them periodically to ensure they are not deteriorating. Iíll post in about two weeks after I get set up for this. I have a 31w that looks exactly like yours. I donít want to drill or otherwise permanently attach anything to the bumper either.
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:57 PM   #3
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Since the hose is round, and the bumper square, a bolt drilled near the bottom corner shouldn't interfere. (Now, if you drilled in the middle, you've created a problem.) All you need inside is enough for a nut and a washer. Put another nut and washer on the outside, to hold it snug. Those eyebolts don't need to be all that big, maybe 1/4th inch.

I have my Protect A Tow mounted to the metal bumper on my Vegas, and before it was on the fiberglass bumper of a Class A. Neither stow the hose in the bumper. If you are worried about the drilled hole rusting, hit it with some spray paint. Since it is on the bottom, you could just use black, if you don't have matching paint.

Those eyebolts need to be mounted to the bumper to properly protect your car. There really isn't any other place to mount it. I get that some folks get queasy when it comes to drilling holes in a vehicle. It's kinda like that first scratch or dent on a new car. The second one is easier!
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Old 03-28-2018, 01:28 AM   #4
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The heavy duty zip ties sound like a good solution. I was thinking stainless steel hose clamps with some friction tape between the clamp and the bumper to protect the bumper, but I think I'll try the zip ties and D-rings first.
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:20 PM   #5
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Ok, I had to drop my hitch to properly align my Jeep to the coach, I then had to provide a secure mount for he eye bolts. A section of plastic 4inch by 4Ē post cover did the trick Click image for larger version

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Jimi, thanks for the update.
So, I guess you needed to drop the eye bolt locations because of the drop receiver? I will also need to use a 4" drop receiver, and I was wondering if the protect a tow would stretch enough to work.
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I will take a photo after I fully hook it up. Looks like itíll work fine. Yes I had to use a 4Ē drop. The protect a tow hooked up fine. Iíve got an idea on better coverage in the center, Iíll keep you posted.
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Jimi, thanks for the update.
So, I guess you needed to drop the eye bolt locations because of the drop receiver? I will also need to use a 4" drop receiver, and I was wondering if the protect a tow would stretch enough to work.

I had a 4" drop on my previous coach, and the ProtectATow worked fine with bolts in the bumper. Plenty of stretch in those bungee ropes.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:12 PM   #9
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I hooked every thing up today to check clearance, and fit. Iím satisfied with the install. I think adding the plastic post covers helped, in light of having to use a 4Ē drop receiver. Letís ďrollĒ...lolClick image for larger version

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This is the fix I had in mind to support the center, above the receiver, but, I really donít think Iíll need it(I have a tendency to over engineer projects...lol)Click image for larger version

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That may work fine. I would be concerned about the gap, the possibility of rocks flying through there. Granted, most will fly straight back from the tires, but still, one is too many!
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That may work fine. I would be concerned about the gap, the possibility of rocks flying through there. Granted, most will fly straight back from the tires, but still, one is too many!


A chance but not probable as itís out of line with the tires, opening is quite smaller than the photo indicates. If that occurs, I have a workaround for it
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A chance but not probable as itís out of line with the tires, opening is quite smaller than the photo indicates. If that occurs, I have a workaround for it


Actually the gap is taken up by the hitch itself.
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