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Old 03-28-2005, 10:00 PM   #1
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Rock Protector Choices

What type of removable. "mud flap" rock protectors are available? I pull a 19' Bambi with an 04 Suburban 2500. Do most attach to the bumper, body, or hitch itself? Who makes them and how much?

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Old 03-28-2005, 11:12 PM   #2
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EnKay Rock Tamers or ???

Welcome to the Forum! I think of you search the archives you will find some threads on this very topic. I guess first off, you'll want to decide if you want flaps permanently mounted to your vehicle, or if you want them to be removable. If removable, you'll probably want to look at ones that mount to the hitch shank bar (a "L-shaped" bar that a weight distribution hitch head bolts to (or is welded to in some cases).

If you are looking at those options, I can help, as that is what I have. If you want to permanent "body mount" mud flap, I can be of no help other than to say that I'm sure there are several choices.

Now on the "hitch mount" mud flaps, several of us on the Forum use EnKay "Rock Tamers". These are the "Cadillac" of of removable Mudflaps - well made, very adjustible, and they can be broken down into smaller subassemblies for storage, but not inexpensive (about $225 to $235). I think most of use would say they are worth the price, however.

Other less expensive options include the Roadmaster "Roadwing" (a "one piece" design), and the Blue Ox Sport Guards (I think these can be broken down into halves). I think these two may be in the $150 to $200 range. There are even one or two "cheaper yet" types, like the "cheap" ones sold at Cabella's (CMP Mud Flap - the cheapest I have seen at $100).

My vote would be for the EnKay Rock Tamers, for several benefits they offer over the other choices:
- The height, angle, width, and fore-aft position of the flaps can be adjusted. On others the width is the only possible adjustment, and then that is acheived only by drilling new mounting holes in the flaps and not centering them on the mounting brackets.
- They break down nicely for storage, just leaving a bracket on the hitch shank. This is important, because the total weight of the hitch shank, hitch head, and full mud flaps gets pretty high pretty quickly. I install the hitch in the hitch receiver and then insert the mud flaps in the bracket on the hitch shank to keep the weight I have to lift at one time lower. (If lifted completely together, my hitch and mudflap assembly is over 70lbs.!, if I remember correctly).
- The materials used for the flaps and mounting brackets seem to be top rate.
- They take the least room when installed on the hitch shank (1.1" total), which is done by sliding a mounting bracket on from the front of the shank. Several other brands require more room on the shank than this. I needed to keep to about 1" maximum unless I wanted to risk needing to cut the webbing on my hitch shank to make room (this is something I wouldn't realistically consider, as it might weaken my extremely long 8" drop shank).

I think you should pay close attention to width. I set my flaps slightly wider than the truck to protect from rocks thrown at the corners of the trailer, which is wider than the H2. For the H2, I actually had to go with the "Dually" version of the Rock Tamers, to be able to set them wide enough. Most "non-dually" tow vehicles, however, would probably be OK with the "normal" Rock Tamers, which I believe to be the widest "non-dually" set available (in addition to being fully adjustible).

Whatever, you choice, good luck.
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:39 PM   #3
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That's not fair . . .

I just went to the EnKay web site (http://www.mudflaps.com/) and they've made the "non-dually" version adjust up to 3" wider than when I ordered mine last year. The "non-dually" set now adjusts out to 81.75" (was only 78.75"). I probably could have gotten by with the "non-dually" units (and saved a few bucks) if they had been 3" wider when I purchased. Oh, well.

Interesting, the minimum width on the "dually unit" has increased from 80" to 82" since I purchased.

Anyway, by comparison, most other brands are a maximum of 77" wide for their "non-dually" versions.
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I luv my Enkay's. Is there any other?

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John HD fabricated one of these beasts....I also just found this last Friday while surfing the web one evening...I hope to see it in a few days. Glad to hear they are as good as I had hoped!

They aren't cheap, but neither is a hosptial visit for a heart attack after seeing rock dents on the front of the coach that could have been avoided by taking the time and doing the right thing.
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Thanks for the info. As usual it sounds like you get what you pay for.
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Based on your recommendations, I just called Enkay and ordered a set.

In the course of talking with Mary (a real sweetheart) I mentioned that it was from the Airstream Forum that I heard of them, and that the flaps were spoken of quite highly. She was so glad to hear that, she gave me a 10% discount. Now I have the problem of figuring out how to split it with you!

thanks for the advice.

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I agree with Joe's reasons for Enkay. I've had mine for several years, with two different setups, and their flexibility and quality have assured me that Enkay is a great product.
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I recently had a machine shop modify my Enkay Rock Tamer so that it could be used with the Hensley Arrow hitch. It was modified more than the information I posted earlier under "Rock Tamer and Hensley Arrow" due to the 6" drop of the bar I have. It works great.
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home made

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Originally Posted by Silvertwinkie
John HD fabricated one of these beasts....I also just found this last Friday while surfing the web one evening...I hope to see it in a few days. Glad to hear they are as good as I had hoped!

They aren't cheap, but neither is a hosptial visit for a heart attack after seeing rock dents on the front of the coach that could have been avoided by taking the time and doing the right thing.
i made mine from some angle iron and a set of montana flaps i had lying around! it was about a ten beer project!

it slides over the draw bar and has no other means of fastening, simple slip on off design.

keep in mind that these stop 99% of all rocks but a few "ricochettes" still manage to get by. overall i'm pleased with how they work. a good set of flaps on the truck help also.

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Thanks to John HD for the inspiration

When I investigated mudflaps, I found that I had two options:
A) Enkay Rock Tamers ($199 + shipping + tax) from Cabelas
A longer stinger from Hensley ($195 + shipping + tax) which would extend
an additional 6 inches out.

or,

B) Two plain black rubber mudflaps from NAPA ($11.99 ea + tax) (No John,
they did not have the Montana version)
Hot dipped Galvanized screws, washers, and nuts from Home Depot ($14)
A $20 contribution to the Argon gas fund.
Scrap steel and welding sevices from a friend who is a professional welder
and who I swap favors with.($priceless)
Some leftover galvanizing primer and black automotive paint from a previous
project.

Needless to say, I went with option B.
Here are a couple of photos.

Thanks to the forum for the great ideas!
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Enkays from Cabelas are just great! A couple of weeks ago we returned from a 2,200 mile trip with ours installed for the first time. We'd also installed the tall stainless steel rock guards on our '04 Classic. Upon close inspection after the trip we found not one ding on the new guards. We highly recommend the Enkays.
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sander,

nice set of flaps!

gotta love saving some cash and ending up with such a nice result!

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less expensive alternative

I bought one of these Rock Solid flaps and have been using it a fair amount this spring with great satisfaction. After looking them over in the store for fit and finish, I purchased it locally for $90. For sure it is not as fancy or as adjustable as the $200 option from Cabela's, but for half the price, ($76 on line shipped; http://www.dyersonline.com/pc-2677-1...-truckvan.aspx), I believe it to be a product worthy of a look-see.

Before finding these, I was set to manufacture a set as others have done, however, my welding skills are a few steps below my plumbing skills, which ain't saying much.

The photo depicts the flap attached to the bumper of a motor home. The style I purchased slides over the receiver.


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