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Old 10-22-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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Soft rock guards

I really liked the look of the soft rock guards on SmokelessJoe's gorgeous modernized Argosy24, so I asked him about them. He's been very happy with their performance and ease of installation and removal, so I contacted Hornsby Canvas, the company that made his, and had them make me a set for my Argosy. I really like being able to see all the way through my trailer while towing, and I like the light that comes in through the clear panos so I didn't really want the conventional Airstream rock guards, but I didn't want to crack a pano either. I just got the fasteners put on and here's my Argosy24 with the guards in place:



They seem a bit less smooth than his, but that may be because his are black so ripples don't show as much. Obviously they won't absorb as much of an impact as the smoke-tinted lexan ones, but the most likely highway impacts are smaller rocks kicked up by trucks, not yahoos dropping bricks from overpasses. They're made from Sunbrella canvas, with high-density foam sandwiched between the 2 layers of canvas. They attach with marine-style Common Sense stainless steel fasteners.

For storage (and possibly for camping on really hot Texas summer days) I'm planning to make a cover that goes side to side from Reflectix or something similar that attaches to the Common Sense fasteners.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Looks great! I'm sure you will tow with less worry now.
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I like that idea adding to my to do list.thanks. Captn d.
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Those look great !!!
I contacted Hornsby Canvas and they said they only have one pattern - for the Argosy 1970-75. Would they fit on my 1979 minuet 6.0???
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Those look great !!!
I contacted Hornsby Canvas and they said they only have one pattern - for the Argosy 1970-75. Would they fit on my 1979 minuet 6.0???
Yes, they'll fit. The panorama window dimensions are the same, the difference is that the rectangular center window is narrower on the Minuets. Since I didn't even get a cover for the center window (because I like to be able to see through the trailer in the rear-view mirror) the pattern Hornsby made will work. It'll work on later Argosies as well, I'm not sure why they think it stops at '75. For that matter, if you just wanted to cover the panos and not the center pane, it would work on a brand new Airstream as well.
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Do you have contact information for this company? Google isnt being helpful on this at the moment. thanks
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Here is their website, they have contact info on there.

http://www.hornsbycanvas.com/
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I have purchased a set of these. My question is - what type, size, length of rivet is used to attach the Common Sense Fasteners?

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I have purchased a set of these. My question is - what type, size, length of rivet is used to attach the Common Sense Fasteners?

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I had a service company install the fasteners while they were doing some other work, so I'm not sure exactly which rivets they used.
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