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Old 04-13-2017, 08:01 AM   #1
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Rock Guards?

We will be towing our '58 Traveler soon. I was wondering what others are doing to help protect our vintage Airstreams while traveling from road debris.
We will be towing with a '99 Ram 2500 Cummins 4X4 until the '52 Pontiac Sedan Delivery is ready.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:07 AM   #2
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Rock Tamers on my F250 for the past 14 yrs. Mounted to the receiver stinger between the truck and trailer. Comes off when not towing. no complaints
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:11 AM   #3
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You might consider using a TV rear bumper flap such as many MHs do to protect their towed and mud flaps on the TV.
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I use the Rock Tamers as well. I would also contact your local automotive Clearbra people and have them put the clear plastic on the front of your AS. Most people will never even notice that it is on there. I did not do this before taking my AS on a bit of back country camping and I regret it.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:34 AM   #5
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Thanks guys,
The Rock Tamers look like they are exactly what I need. I appreciate the advice.
As far as a clear plastic...don't think so. The longer it is supposed to last... the harder it will be to remove. I am very happy with my almost 60 year old Traveler and will continue using Nuvite to keep the look.
I can and may use Mudflaps on the '99 Dodge Ram but only on the rear because with the oversized tires there isn't much clearance for tire chains as it is. When I complete and start using the '52 Pontiac Sedan Delivery Mud Flaps won't be in the equation.
thanks again guys, on to the next issue...how to carry the '61 Schwinn Corvette
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Rock Tamers on my F250 for the past 14 yrs. Mounted to the receiver stinger between the truck and trailer. Comes off when not towing. no complaints
I'm in the market for a good rock shield like these Rock Tamers.

I'm not sure what a stinger is but, I have a question.

About seven years ago Rock Tamers switched from a stainless steel yoke (that square hole with set screws) that attaches to the ball shank, to forged aluminum.

Which do you have and do you think the 'weaker' metal will make a difference?

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I'm in the market for a good rock shield like these Rock Tamers.

I'm not sure what a stinger is
I don't know how the term "stinger" was coined, but it refers to the hitch shank.
I'll probably add these someday. I stick to paved roads so I haven't added one yet. These seem very adjustable and still allow the tailgate to open. I can see how they'd make removing the hitch awkward.
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I'm not sure how the term "stinger" got connected to hitch shanks, but I bet part of it was the fact that when you walk into it by accident, it sure stings...and I have the scars to prone it...
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I guess my Rock Tamers have the steel yoke because they are 11 years old? I do not think the material of the yoke will make any difference. There is little load on the yoke. Mine stays loose and rattles no matter what.
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Full coverage from side to side.....and a 'shin saver' for the 'stinger'. POI...it due hurt way more than a BeeSting


Plus an extension on the wheelhouse flaps...

Nice rig...


we love the 'old stuff' too..un-restored survivor.



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I forgot to mention that when you're shopping for the rock tamers that slide over the hitch shank, be sure to notice if your shank has a triangular gusset that may interfere with the bracket.
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I purchased my RockTamers I believe around 2007. The yoke on mine is cast aluminum and square. I’ve only two issues in these 10 yrs. The chrome plating on the yoke is pealing. Ok. The aluminum pipe rail that holds one of the flaps broke last winter when someone drove into it. The pipe broke just at the yoke. I replaced both pipes from RockTamer. The yoke didn’t break and instead protected the trailer from an unaware driver. Another benefit of having these.
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I have the current Tamers and bought after putting a few rock dents in my AS rock guards. So far so good. No concerns with build quality, I even backed into a open gate and no damage done.
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I installed a new set of Rock Tamers and am very happy. I leave the Yoke or the piece that attaches to the hitch & simply pull the two bolts when not towing.
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