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Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector

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  • Tow Bars
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  • Blue Ox
  • KarGard
Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox accessories and parts part number BX8870 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Blue Ox Accessories and Parts - BX8870

Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience.


Features:

  • Polyethylene shield protects front of towed vehicle from road debris
    • Extends beyond KarGard frame on the sides and flexes during turns for improved coverage and greater aerodynamic capability
    • Returns to original shape when laid flat
  • Lightweight aluminum frame is sturdy, durable and corrosion resistant
    • Mounts onto tow bar arms
    • Fits most Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars
  • Simple, compact storage - shield folds in half
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 72" wide x 24-1/4" tall
  • 1-Year warranty


Notes:

  • This protector will not work with Roadmaster StowMaster or Blue Ox Acclaim tow bars.
  • Cannot be used with Blue Ox AutoStop braking systems (BX8893 or BX8893-3050).


BX8870 Blue Ox Car Guard Protective Shield



BX8870 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX8870 Installation instructions



Video of Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Installation

Today on this 2013 Ford C-Max, were going to install part number BX8870. This is the Blue Ox Kargard Towed Vehicle Protector. Now one thing to know about this install, were going to install this on a Blue Ox tow bar; this is the Aventa Tow Bar. First off were going to go ahead and install the brackets on top the tow bar itself, its called the tower base. Well go ahead and remove the original bolt thats in the tow bar, install a tower base on top, then well install the new bolt and nut in its place. Were going to snug them down but not tighten them down for good.

Next well go ahead and install the tower and well put it into place. Then well install two sets of tower clamps and also the L-brackets. Now the way to install these L-brackets, you want the L-shape one to be on the bottom and the inverse L would be on top. Well put them loosely together and slide them on the post. Now for the upper bracket well snug it down just enough to hold it in place.

When were done with one side lets go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side. Once we have both towers installed, well go ahead and take the car guard, unfold it, and well install the locking rod. Now well go ahead and install it on the towers. Well go head and line up with the holes and then set it into place. Now all these parts are loose so were going to have to set them in place and do some adjustments until we get it the way we want it.

Were going to start with the upper brackets first, make sure theyre even, set the car guard on top of that, and then raise the bottom L-brackets up to the frame on the car guard. Once we have everything setting the way we want it, well go ahead and tighten down all the bolts. Its a good idea to take this off and reinstall it to test it, to make some final adjustments to make it easy to install. Now it does seem like a good idea to have a little bit of tension on it when you put it together to keep it from rattling around. With that, that will finish it for our install of part number BX8870, the Blue Ox Kargard Towed Vehicle Protector on our 2013 Ford C-Max..


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector - BX8870

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (16 Customer Reviews)

Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience.

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Item received in advance of projected delivery date. Can't open and inspect as I broke my arm after ordering and will have to wait in that. I am very pleased with the way etrailer conducts their business and will keep them in mind any time I am in need of things. 594226



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Haven't generally found it necessary to put on when towing. Would if I need to tow on gravel roads. 586145



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etrailer had the product that I was looking for and it was very easy to locate on their site. I placed my order, received immediate confirmation and ship notice and received my product a couple of days later. I will surely use etrailer again in the future. Thanks to you etrailer, you have an excellent site! 389868



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I gave it a good because iv'e not tried it yet. It wasn't what i wanted but i'm gonna give it a try tomorrow on a 2100 mi. journey. i wanted the karguard two, because i heard it keeps the rear of the coach clean too.. 333159



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I ordered this item from etrailer after having several missed deliveries from Amazon and it arrived today as promised. I am very pleased with the Blueox Kardgard. Thank you etrailer for getting it to me on time. 297419


Comments

This product works as described. Keeps the front of my Jeep free from stones and other debris that gets kicked up from the motorhome.

TommyD - 09/21/2017

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Not a Nick, chip, or scratch on my tow vehicle after 15,000 miles of towing. Highly pleased. 242208



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Looks to be made very well. I've bought a lot of stuff from etrailer and always have been happy with the products and they always ship really fast. I will surely buy more from you in the future. 98464



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The BX8870 Kargard was easy to install on my Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar. The instruction that came with the Kargard are very poor because they are written for many different applications. Once you determine what the instruction are trying to tell you, the installation went great. I haven't had the a chance to see how well the kargard will actually protect the toad, but it looks like it is going to do an excellent job. As usual, I was very happy with how quick I received my order from eTrailer. 183307



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Love the Blue OX KarGuard! I pull a Mini Cooper behind my Class A and haven’t experienced any stone chips since I started using it. Installation is easy and it folds away nicely for storage. 650748



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Still looks brand new!!! 647965



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Works Great! 637696



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easy to put together be sure to watch the video--directions are confusing 602028



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We purchased the BLue Ox car guard BX8870. We are happy with the fast service from e-trailer however we are towing a Jeep and the towers were only 18” and to cover our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara we need the towers to be at least 24” for this guard to protect our vehicle hood. It would work great on a car. 601686



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Just received and haven't installed yet. Product seems very high quality and assembly looks reasonable. 599421



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VERY fast shipping, well satisfied. 351607



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Works great just as described 273000


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  • For a Blue Ox base plate kit that is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk edition you would want the part # BX1136 which is a confirmed fit. Then for a tow bar the part # BX7365 would work well with this base plate kit. The Kargard you would want then is the part # BX8870. For lighting I would go with the custom fit kit part # HM56208 as it wouldn't require any splicing or drilling into the light housings. You will also need the brake lite relay # RM-88400. For...
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  • Choosing between the Roadmaster Defender and Blue Ox Kargard Vehicle Protectors for Flat Towing
  • Because the Roadmaster Tow Defender # RM-4750 will not be in the path of any of the exhaust on your RV it will be a great option to protect your 2018 Honda Fit Sport. This protector will fit when using both Blue Ox base plates and a Blue Ox tow bar together. But I do like that the Blue Ox Kargard # BX8870 is a hard, yet flexible, material that would not be subjected to tearing like a fabric type of system would. It is a bit larger but it folds up to make storing it easier. If it was...
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  • The Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000 is designed to mount on any Roadmaster tow bar that has quick-disconnects. Since this item has not been tested with a Blue Ox tow bar I cannot guarantee compatibility. It might work but modifying it will void your warranty. I recommend using a Blue Ox product like their KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870. This will work with most Roadmaster and Blue Ox tow bars, excluding the Roadmaster StowMaster or Blue Ox Acclaim tow bars. It is also...
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  • How to Protect Flat Towed Vehicle's Windshield/Paint
  • We have great products designed for exactly what you are looking for, but the Classic Accessories part # CA10003 that you referenced would not stay attached while the vehicle is moving. Instead you'd need something like the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 which is designed to attach to a Roadmaster flat towing setup. If you could get back to me with the brand of flat towing setup you have I can check to see what the best solution would be for you. For example, if you have...
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  • Will Blue Ox Karguard Prevent Rocks from Damaging Vehicle Windshield
  • The height of the Blue Ox Kargard part # BX8870 is 24-1/4 inches. It's more designed for protecting the front end paint of a vehicle but it also helps protect windshields as well. I think in a lot of situations it would block rocks from making it to the windshield but it's hard to say if it would block every rock.
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  • Rock Shield that Will Fit Roadmaster and Blue Ox Tow Bars
  • The Blue Ox KarGard, # BX8870, is compatible with most Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars (does not work with Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bars). This would be the best option for you. I have included a link to a video of this guard for you to view.
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  • Rock Guard for Blue Ox Tow Bar and American Coach Tradition Motorcoach
  • I recommend going with a Blue Ox KarGard, # BX8870, because you will not have to adapt anything and it is priced a little lower than the Roadmaster guard. The Roadmaster Guardian, # RM-4000, is designed to fit Roadmaster base plates and tow bars and has not been tested for fit on Blue Ox products.
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  • Protective Screen or Rock Shield That Can Be Used on RV with Rear Exiting Exhaust
  • I do not recommend using the Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening, # RM-4750, as it may become warped or otherwise damaged by the rear exiting exhaust on your RV but I do have a solution for you. The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector, # BX8870, is constructed of a different, thicker material and is positioned in a different way. This protector basically stands up in front of the tow vehicle so it is much further away from the RV's exhaust. I have attached a video for you.
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  • Which Blue Ox Kargard for Honda CRV Being Flat Towed to Protect Paint
  • The Kargard part # BX8870 is a larger shield setup that if you were looking for just running one protector setup this would be the way to go. We've yet to have any issues with it cracking so I would not anticipate that being a problem for you unless it happened to be used to block a very large rock. Which in that case it would be better for the guard to crack than it hit the vehicle. The Kargard I and II cannot both be installed at the same time.
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  • Will the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Work with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
  • Yes, the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector part # BX8870 will work with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420. The center bolt that holds on the triple lug connector will be removed and then reinstalled with the bracket for the KarGard. It is very simple to do, just one bolt each side for the tow bar part. The KarGard does not have to be removed to remove your tow vehicle but you will more than likely want to when reattaching. It is not so much that it prohibits the vehicle...
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  • Toad Vehicle Guard Recommendation for Blue Ox Tow Bar Setup
  • Since you have a Blue Ox tow bar setup you would need a Blue Ox vehicle guard like the KarGard part # BX8870 as the Roadmaster kits would not fit. The dimensions of the screen are 72 inches wide by 24-1/4 inches tall. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Blue Ox Kargard Fit Roadmaster Falcon RM-520 Tow Bar
  • Yes, we have found that the Blue Ox Kargard Part # BX8870 does fit the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar part # Rm-520 so it would work well for you. As long as the Blue Ox tow bar you go with isn't the Acclaim this Kargard will also work with your new setup too.
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  • Does Roadmaster Tow Defender Work With Blue Ox Base Plates on 2017 Ford Edge?
  • You may be able to use a Roadmaster Tow Defender on your 2017 Ford Edge with Blue Ox Base Plates # BX2667 but it depends on your tow bar you are using. If you have a Roadmaster tow bar with a quick-disconnect you can use Tow Defender # RM-4700, though if you have a Blue Ox tow bar or Roadmaster motorhome-mounted tow bar you need Tow Defender # RM-4750. There is also the option of the Blue Ox KarGard # BX8870, which will work on most Blue Ox or Roadmaster tow bars with the exception...
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  • Dimensions of Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector BX8870 When Folded for Storage
  • The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 measures 72-inches x 24-1/4-inches and so when folded in half along its long dimension (as can be briefly seen in the linked video at the 1:20 mark) it will then measure approximately 36 x 24-1/4. In this folded state it will fit in the trunk or cargo area of the majority of contemporary vehicles.
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  • Vehicle Protector Recommendation for Vehicle Flat Towed with Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • If you have a Blue Ox tow bar we have rock guards that will fit but nothing from Roadmaster. We have the Blue Ox KarGard part # BX8870 that will work with your Blue Ox tow bar setup. I attached an install video for this as well.
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  • Can the Blue Ox KarGard # BX8870 be Used on a Motorhome with Rear Exhaust
  • I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and she informed me that the Blue Ox KarGard part # BX8870 that you referenced can work on vehicles with rear exhaust like what you have on your 2014 Thor Palazzo 33.2 Class A motorhome. Their Kargard II part # BX88255 can not be used with rear exhaust unless an exhaust turn down is used.
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  • Parts Needed for Flat Towing 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 Behind Itasca Ellipse Motor Home
  • Flat towing requires 5 primary components: tow bar, safety cables, base plates, a wiring or lighting solution and a supplementary braking system like the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2019 that you referenced. The linked article covers each of these and may be a helpful starting point as you consider your options. In general it is easiest to use a tow bar and base plates from the same maker as this will avoid the cost and added complexity of adapters that will be needed if you mix brands. You'll...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System for 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind 40 Foot Itasca Ellipse RV
  • For your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited system to flat tow it behind your Itasca Ellipse, I recommend the following: For your base plates, I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1126 which will give the front of your Jeep a clean look. It has an integrated wiring connector area and removable arms. For your tow bar, I recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 which has the safety cables. I also recommend the locking pins # BX88177 to secure your tow bar and adapter. For your...
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  • Front of Vehicle Protector Recommendation for 2017 Chevy Cruze
  • There are protective devices designed to keep the front end of a vehicle free from scratching from road debris. The Kargard part # BX8870 is a great option if you are using a Blue Ox tow bar or if you have a Roadmaster tow bar the Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 is a great option too.
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  • Can the Towed Vehicle Rock Guards Be Modified
  • I do have a number of different options to help protect your toad from rock chips while in tow but none of them are designed to be cut of modified to an exact size and they are all designed for specific tow bar/base plate applications. For example, if you have a Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit then you can use the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 which measures 26" tall x 71" wide. If you have a Blue Ox Tow Bar you can use the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector...
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  • Do Towers on Blue Ox KarGard Need to be Removed When Unhooking Tow Bar
  • When removing the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 the towers will need to be removed from their bases, as you can see in the accompanying cut out of the linked manual. By removing the towers you will be able to fold your tow bar.
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  • Recommended Road Debris Protection For Flat Towed Vehicles
  • The RoadMaster RoadWing Removable, Expandable Mud Flap System for RVs, Buses and Dual-Tire Trucks # RM-4400-102 you mentioned are a great option for keeping your vehicle safe behind your motorhome. Other option is the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 that is a shield attached to your tow bar that keeps flying debris down to prevent chips in paint and windshield.
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  • Can Blue Ox Karguard Work with Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar
  • The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 that you referenced is designed to fit Roadmaster and Blue Ox tow bars so it would work well with your Roadmaster Sterling # RM-576.
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  • How to Protect a Toad from Chips or Scratches While in Tow
  • The Snoblock Snow and Ice Windshield and Wiper Blade Cover part # 288-06603 is not designed to be used on a moving vehicle. If used in this fashion then the chances of it tearing would be increased therefore I cannot recommend this. However, we do still have multiple ways of protecting your toad while in tow and not just the windshield portion either. For this, I recommend taking a look at Sentry Deflector part # DM9523135 if you have a Demco Tow Bar, the Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000...
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  • Vehicle Protector for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Towed Behind an RV with Blue Ox Base Plates and Tow Bar
  • The Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000 does not work with the Blue Ox base plates and tow bar but you can use the Blue Ox KarGard # BX8870 as long as you are not using the Acclaim tow bar or a Blue Ox AutoStop braking system. It sounds like debris is getting kicked up from the sides of the rear wheels as much as it is from behind them. The only way to really reduce that would be fender skirts to partially block the sides of the tires but those would likely have to be custom made. There...
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  • Protective Screen Recommendation for Blue Ox Flat Towing Setup
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  • Does Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Work in Crosswinds
  • The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 will absolutely hold up in the Colorado crosswinds and there are a couple of reasons why. The first is that the KarGard is designed from what is called polyethylene, which is a thermoplastic that allows it to be flexible and thus more aerodynamic as you drive. The other reason is how securely it attaches to your tow bar. The KarGard # BX8870 secures to your tow bar with U-bolts and a locking rod that will keep it firmly in place. I...
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  • Braking System and Rock Protection for Flat Towing a 2016 GMC Canyon Behind an Allegro RV
  • For motor homes that have air brakes there's nothing better than the SMI Air Force One braking system, # SM99243, so I do highly recommend it for your 2016 GMC Canyon and 2016 Allegro coach. The system comes with a breakaway system so you will not need to add one separately. To protect the Canyon from debris kicked up by the RV tires I recommend the KarGard, # BX8870, which will mount at the front of the Canyon on the tow bar arms. I have included a link to a video showing an example...
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  • Roadmaster Falcon II Tow Bar Compatibility with Blue Ox Kargard Towed Vehicle Protector
  • There is no adapter needed for a Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 to fit on a Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar # RM-520. The included hardware will allow it to easily mount to your tow bar. The KarGard will not actually mount to your 2017 Honda Fit, but it will sit in front of it and protect it from road debris.
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  • Can a KarGard be Used on a 2015 GMC Canyon While Being Flat Towed
  • It is important not to block the radiator of a vehicle that is being driven as the vehicle would overheat. But when a vehicle is being flat towed the motor isn't running so the radiator would not need air flow. You could use the KarGurd part # BX8870 while flat towing your 2015 GMC Canyon because of that. The Blue Ox Base Plates, part # BX1721 is designed to work with your Canyon if it is a 4WD. You will need some other items when flat-towing you Canyon. I recommend the Blue...
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