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Old 07-30-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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Rock guard "seals"

We have a 2014 20' FC. This morning I was looking out the curved side front bedroom windows and saw a lot of leaves and such. So, I got busy and opened the rock guards, cleaned them out and proceeded to lock things back up.

Then I started looking at how the curved window rock guards on the sides fit up against the trailer. Basically, they don't. There is a large enough gap to get my hand through at the top on the left, and all of my fingers through on the right. The sides don't seal either, but interestingly, the bottom seals just fine. So that means that when stuff falls down from the trees, it can get behind the rock guards just fine, but can't get out. There was a gap in the bottom seal to let the water out, but it was still a bit moldy down there from the trapped leaves, which isn't good.

This makes me wonder what the seals are even for, since the whole rock guard panels weren't close to fitting snug up against the trailer. And I'm wondering if I shouldn't just pull them (the seals) off altogether or try to add enough rubber to actually seal them, or maybe pull some of the rubber seal off the bottom to let things escape. I guess the bottom rubber seals might prevent rocks and dirt from flying up from the TV tires, but I kind of doubt it.

Sealing would require quite a lot of rubber, and I doubt my ability to get it to stay in place anyway.

I guess I could also just ignore it. What say you?
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:26 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, but have "put up" with it. In addition, I have a problem with the rubber seal between the plastic guard and the aluminum frame; I have tried 3 different sizes of the rubber seal and NONE fit, too small. There seams to be a "paper" shim added to the rubber seal and it is rotting. Suggestions????
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:32 PM   #3
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I put the split foam pipe insulation from HD over the rubber gasket. Reduces trash greatly. Lasts about 2 years before sun eats it. Works pretty well.
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Rich - do you have any challenges with it rubbing and causing chafing against the trailer skin?
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Rich - do you have any challenges with it rubbing and causing chafing against the trailer skin?
Not that I can tell. Been using them for over 6 years. I suppose I clean there a couple times a year and remove dirt.
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I think of them as bumpers rather than seals. Opening them when washing the Airstream is just part of our procedure and the only way to wash the window glass and inside of the rock guards.
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