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Old 05-27-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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Protection for Front of AS

Looking for information/advice of types of added protection for propane tank cover, stainless steel wraps and plexiglass window stone guards while traveling the various type of road conditions from the lower 48, to and from Alaska. I've read about Airstreamers using yoga mats or thick cardboard to ward off damage from road rash. If using yoga mats, what is the best solution to securely attach to the plexiglass window guards? Concerned about using card board due to it getting wet. Would like to see photos of what others have done, if possible.
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:43 AM   #2
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Looking for information/advice of types of added protection for propane tank cover, stainless steel wraps and plexiglass window stone guards while traveling the various type of road conditions from the lower 48, to and from Alaska. I've read about Airstreamers using yoga mats or thick cardboard to ward off damage from road rash. If using yoga mats, what is the best solution to securely attach to the plexiglass window guards? Concerned about using card board due to it getting wet. Would like to see photos of what others have done, if possible.
I recently purchased a product called Rock Tamers, it slides over the hitch receiver and provides protection to front of the camper. They act as mud flaps, similar to semi-trailers/18 wheelers. I'm very happy with product.

http://www.rocktamers.com
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:24 AM   #4
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We use the Rock Tamer system also and would not tow without them. I mounted mine on the ProPride Stinger and it works very well.



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Old 05-28-2016, 11:39 AM   #5
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Anyone use a canvas cover?

In the marine environment, canvas is used to protect the boat (particularly finished wood trim) or enclose areas of the boat from bad weather. I have wondered whether a piece of gray canvas might work on the front of an Airstream.

The canvas could start at the belly pan joint on the sidewall and angle up to the window (or possibly cover the window), go across the window, then down to the belly pan on the other side of the trailer, with the bottom of the piece following the belly pan line around the front of the trailer.

To make this work, there would have to be fasteners along the edge of the canvas.

Has anyone tried (or seen) this?

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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Try Googling "Towtector." I'm very happy with mine, as it completely protects the stone guards and everything else on the AS front. A friend put me on to these, after he towed his trailer from Colonial to Arizona, without a single rock ding on his stainless rock guards or elsewhere on the TT.
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In the marine environment, canvas is used to protect the boat (particularly finished wood trim) or enclose areas of the boat from bad weather. I have wondered whether a piece of gray canvas might work on the front of an Airstream.

The canvas could start at the belly pan joint on the sidewall and angle up to the window (or possibly cover the window), go across the window, then down to the belly pan on the other side of the trailer, with the bottom of the piece following the belly pan line around the front of the trailer.

To make this work, there would have to be fasteners along the edge of the canvas.

Has anyone tried (or seen) this?

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IMO as rocks hit canvas covers, still would damage as canvas does not offer protection, has to be something hard. Canvas would not offer any more protection than a piece of newspaper.
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Don't bother putting a bunch of stuff on the front of your trailer. All it will do is cause problems of chaffing etc. Been to Alaska twice in the past 10 years, roads are fine. Would recommend "mud flaps" for the tow vehicle though, keep the stones down.
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ENKAY Rock Tamers took me to Alaska and back, 12,000 miles with no dings. Still none today after 5 more year of US Highways. They cost less than one new rock guard.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:38 PM   #10
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Installed large mud flaps on my F250 for last summer Alaska trip and had no dings on front of Airstream.

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Installed my mud flaps on an a 1 1/4 " angle iron under my bumper , they are extended 2" to the outside of the rear tires, works great and they didn't cost $150 either.....
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Interesting how Airstreamers want to protect things on the AS that are there to protect it. Bumps, dents and scrapes mean you travel. Shows character. You can do what you want.
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I used CLEARBRA on the front aluminum. Call any new car dealer and ask them who they use. I have used it for years on my cars and trucks. Works like a charm! It will cost $100-$200 to do the tanks cover and the aluminum behind it. I have Rock Tamers too.
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Looking for information/advice of types of added protection for propane tank cover, stainless steel wraps and plexiglass window stone guards while traveling the various type of road conditions from the lower 48, to and from Alaska.

Concerned about using card board due to it getting wet.
For temporary, lightweight, and low-cost, try duck-taping bubble wrap to the front of your Airstream, in however many layers you feel you need. When enough bubbles get popped by flying stones, replace it. Buy it by the roll so you have some in reserve.
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