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Old 06-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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My home-made Panoramic rock guards

Here is my attempt to save some money and make my own rock guards for the front windows of my 77 Argosy 24'. I used 1/2" electrical conduit and the pebbly grained fiberglass panels they sell at the home stores.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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This is a great idea! Let us know how it holds up while traveling.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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I built a similar unit out of the same fiberglass material. It has held up fine for 3 years and close to 15K miles of traveling.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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How does it come on and off ?

Do you have some photos showing how the FRP board is attached to the pipe?

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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That is interesting! Conduit is cheap and not real heavy. I have used it to make drapery rods. Do you have a pattern for the shields? How does the fiberglass curve around? I am not familiar with that material. Can you make it other colors?
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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I guess the pebbly fiberglass material just bends around, but did you heat the conduit to bend it?
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:08 PM   #7
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Ventport, great idea and not that expensive either...Nice job, but show and tell us more.

GAStreamin, the metal conduit could be bent in a standard tube bender. Your local electrian should have on hand and the best thing is...No heating required!

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Looks Great!
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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It does look really good! Great idea!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:19 PM   #10
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I used a conduit bender that I bought at Menards a few years ago to bend the conduit. Home Depot has them and they are under $20. I just held it up to the window and bent it by eye. I spaced it out with 1 1/2" foam insulation to see how it fit. The fiberglass is just pop riveted on with 1/8" pop rivets. The fiberglass panel is just wraped around the conduit frame. They are held on to the trailer with one bolt for each wrap window and 2 bolts for the center window. I got knobs for the bolts at my local hardware store. The nuts that they screw into were welded to the conduit frames. I used aluminum angle with a slot cut in it and riveted to the trailer that the panels hook into. The wing windows have 3 hooks, two top and one lower back and one knob and bolt lower front to attach to the trailer. The center guard has two pins that go into a hole in the wing guards at the top and two bolts with knobs on the bottom. Hope this and the pictures make sense. Brian
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Impressive. Best Airstream related idea I've seen in a very long time.

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I used a conduit bender that I bought at Menards a few years ago to bend the conduit. Home Depot has them and they are under $20. I just held it up to the window and bent it by eye. I spaced it out with 1 1/2" foam insulation to see how it fit. The fiberglass is just pop riveted on with 1/8" pop rivets. The fiberglass panel is just wraped around the conduit frame. They are held on to the trailer with one bolt for each wrap window and 2 bolts for the center window. I got knobs for the bolts at my local hardware store. The nuts that they screw into were welded to the conduit frames. I used aluminum angle with a slot cut in it and riveted to the trailer that the panels hook into. The wing windows have 3 hooks, two top and one lower back and one knob and bolt lower front to attach to the trailer. The center guard has two pins that go into a hole in the wing guards at the top and two bolts with knobs on the bottom. Hope this and the pictures make sense. Brian
One aspect of this system that is most attractive is the limited number of mounting points required which also minimizes
the number of holes to be drilled in or near, the frame.
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One aspect of this system that is most attractive is the limited number of mounting points required which also minimizes
the number of holes to be drilled in or near, the frame.
I checked and there are only 18 rivet holes. 10 of which are in the center of the rub rail so they would be covered by the plastic center piece if the brackets were removed.
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