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Old 09-25-2014, 07:39 AM   #169
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Wow! Lots of gravel dings on the protection. Hopefully it all cleans up ok.
Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing..
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:09 AM   #170
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Try mineral spirits, denatured alcohol or wd-40 to remove the adhesive.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:02 PM   #171
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Beware of Protective "Bubble wrap" Foil Insulation!

Not sure if anyone is still following this thread but I wanted to add a final report on whether the foil shield was worth the effort, cost and protection. Sadly, the answer is no.

The tape adhesive was no big deal and easily removed with "Goo Gone."
The two big negatives were: one, it didn't help prevent many major dings, just some small pits. But mainly, the problem is, it wore permanent abrasion marks in the aluminum clear coat AND in the window shield plastic. I've tried wax and rubbing compound, etc. but they are there to stay. It's hard to capture in photos but I'll attach a few. (You can click on them to expand. You'll see the dings easily; they happened regardless of the insulation. The abrasions are harder to capture but are plenty obvious when you stand by the trailer.)

If I were doing it again, I'd probably leave the rock guards, propane tank cover and window guards exposed. Might have netted a few more dings but the abrasion marks are more obvious and ugly. Perhaps there's a better product than the aluminum foil insulation that wouldn't leave a pattern? But with all the dust and wind and rain and vibration encountered in 7,000 miles, maybe nothing could do it without marring the finish.

As someone said, I didn't spend $50K on an Airstream to have it sit in storage. There's a big world out there to explore with it, and if that means getting a few bumps and bruises on the trailer, so be it. I agree.

(P.S. The entire trip is readable at my blog: www.silverspud.com. If you are planning an Alaskan trek there will be some handy stuff in it for you. Go for it!)
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #172
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So sorry to see those rub marks. It seems like many people try many different ways to protect their Airstream. Our 2003, 28' did fairly good, a couple of small dings on the trailer corners and on the corners of the rock guards but nothing too bad. Our worst ding was when hitting a small 2x4 on I-90 in Wyoming, it came flying across the lane right into us. On our 5,500 mile trip from Seattle through everywhere in Alaska and back to Seattle, no broken headlights, windows, and no flat tires, we were just lucky. Before we left we installed heavy duty Rock Tamer mud flaps. I think that really helped. If we went again I would not change a thing.

I started this thread/post and I guess I should just leave it alone, there is a lot of really good information from many people.
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I am making this my final reply to this blog. It has been great to read all of the entries and make travel plans as well as the trip.

I want to thank all that shared information making our planning and trip easier. Just wish our trip had been better, but not all trips go as planned and end well. We are healthy and all is now safe at home after 12,700 miles and no accidents. Just had to replace the following: 2 trailer tires, truck engine, and truck A/C.

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Gas prices getting a bit better, anybody planning a trip to Alaska?
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:49 PM   #175
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Not sure if anyone is still following this thread but I wanted to add a final report on whether the foil shield was worth the effort, cost and protection. Sadly, the answer is no.

The tape adhesive was no big deal and easily removed with "Goo Gone."
The two big negatives were: one, it didn't help prevent many major dings, just some small pits. But mainly, the problem is, it wore permanent abrasion marks in the aluminum clear coat AND in the window shield plastic. I've tried wax and rubbing compound, etc. but they are there to stay. It's hard to capture in photos but I'll attach a few. (You can click on them to expand. You'll see the dings easily; they happened regardless of the insulation. The abrasions are harder to capture but are plenty obvious when you stand by the trailer.)

If I were doing it again, I'd probably leave the rock guards, propane tank cover and window guards exposed. Might have netted a few more dings but the abrasion marks are more obvious and ugly. Perhaps there's a better product than the aluminum foil insulation that wouldn't leave a pattern? But with all the dust and wind and rain and vibration encountered in 7,000 miles, maybe nothing could do it without marring the finish.

As someone said, I didn't spend $50K on an Airstream to have it sit in storage. There's a big world out there to explore with it, and if that means getting a few bumps and bruises on the trailer, so be it. I agree.

(P.S. The entire trip is readable at my blog: On The Roll Again. | Follow the Silver Spud as it follows us.. If you are planning an Alaskan trek there will be some handy stuff in it for you. Go for it!)
Great info. Bubble wrap foil insulation was something we were considering.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:19 AM   #176
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September 6, 2015 we left Anchorage towing our AS and with our Sprinter towing a loaded 14' cargo trailer. It took about 10 days for us to make it to Washington state, we didn't rush. The roadway was good, including a side trip to Stewart, BC. The only rough areas were in the well known frost heave locations. Although there was some road construction enroute the crews were pushing hard to finish prior to cold weather. Gravel road travel was relatively modest compared to our historical experiences. The BC provincial parks were open and beautifully maintained.

The steep mountain pass grade between 100 Mile House and Little Fort on Hwy 24 can get you sitting up straight in your seat. At the top of the grade, a sign warns to check your brakes. Be sure your AS breaks are working, too.

The lenghty trip gets easier and more comfortable every year.

Happy sailing.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:47 PM   #177
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Great info. Bubble wrap foil insulation was something we were considering.
In 2014 we did the WBCCI Alyeska trip and covered the rock guards and immediate front of the Airstream (nothing above the bottom of the window) with a greenhouse product called Solexx. It is like a thin cardboard, although it is very pliable plastic, with two layers and a small airspace in the middle (there is a good picture of it on the internet under "Solexx") It is flexible and cuts easily with a knife so it can be shaped any way you want it and we attached it with Gaffer tape. It did leave some markings on the bottom of the rock guards but they are hardly noticeable and we had no dents at all on our 8000 trip. We did not do anything with the window guards and ended up with a crack in the driver's side guard. Overall we were very pleased with the way it all worked.
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:00 PM   #178
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My rock guards got a couple of dings on our 2011 trip, but I figured that's what rock guards are for. It didn't affect the resale value.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:33 PM   #179
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In 2014 we did the WBCCI Alyeska trip and covered the rock guards and immediate front of the Airstream (nothing above the bottom of the window) with a greenhouse product called Solexx. It is like a thin cardboard, although it is very pliable plastic, with two layers and a small airspace in the middle (there is a good picture of it on the internet under "Solexx") It is flexible and cuts easily with a knife so it can be shaped any way you want it and we attached it with Gaffer tape. It did leave some markings on the bottom of the rock guards but they are hardly noticeable and we had no dents at all on our 8000 trip. We did not do anything with the window guards and ended up with a crack in the driver's side guard. Overall we were very pleased with the way it all worked.
Thanks. Sounds like a good solution. Would you happen to have photos of your installation?
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:30 AM   #180
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Thanks. Sounds like a good solution. Would you happen to have photos of your installation?
I'd like to see them also, if you have any.

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We covered the window guards with 16 mil clear plastic but that only lasted until the first rain when we crossed the border going into BC. When it got wet air somehow got under the clear plastic and it started to peel off. We pulled over and removed all of it. The Solexx did not have that problem and we only had to reinforce the gaffer tape (on the bottom mostly) from time to time.
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:53 AM   #182
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We covered the window guards with 16 mil clear plastic but that only lasted until the first rain when we crossed the border going into BC. When it got wet air somehow got under the clear plastic and it started to peel off. We pulled over and removed all of it. The Solexx did not have that problem and we only had to reinforce the gaffer tape (on the bottom mostly) from time to time.[/QUOTE]

Thanks, looks like it fits on pretty well. Not a huge job to get it on there, right?
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