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Old 02-07-2014, 07:47 PM   #43
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Please post a bunch of pictures here.. When I went (just a two week trip total) in late June early Aug, the Mosquitos were pretty bad, my wife lost a bit of her enthusiasm for our future trip, when she heard my stories.
Your pics will rekindle the fire.
Hi, more.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:39 AM   #44
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Thanks! I loved it up there. My trip was way too short.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:22 PM   #46
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Tell me more about the aluminum foil protection system shown in your photos in post #42. I am planning on doing the BC, YT, AK loop this summer and am wondering if I should use similar protection.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:42 PM   #47
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Tell me more about the aluminum foil protection system shown in your photos in post #42. I am planning on doing the BC, YT, AK loop this summer and am wondering if I should use similar protection.
Hi, I bought the bubble wrap at Lowes. I measured and pre-cut all of the pieces at home. I stored them behind my Gaucho. I got the idea from another forum member. [he sewed bed sheets to the inside, I did not] I also bought a roll of "Stucco Tape" to use because it comes off clean with no ill effects. I also made a set of mud flaps for my Lincoln. Figuering that I won't need these until I hit Alaska, but they were badly needed in the Yukon. As soon as we hit the roads being repaired with gravel, we stopped to put these covers on. By then my trailer was quite dirty so my wife and I used wet towels to wipe the front of our trailer off and dry it too. During this time, we were being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Later were got some rain and the stucco tape was coming loose in places. I dreaded it, but had to use Duct tape. The gravel pounded my trailer. My Lincoln windshield got a nice rock ding in it. My rock guard got a spider crack in it. My segment protectors got some dings too. My "A" frame was gravel blasted. I could see where the gravel stuck into the bubble wrap. When in Banff, Canada we removed the bubble wrap. I got quite a few dings, the duct tape glue was stuck but good, got most of the glue off at home, the bubble wrap had moved and left little alligator prints in the clear coat, I never got all of it out. Did the bubble wrap cause some of the damage? Yes. Did the bubble wrap prevent a lot of damage? Yes. Would I do it again? Maybe. I read where someone was going to use rubber exercise mats. To avoid this type of damage you have a few choices. Don't go to Alaska. Only go after the roads are completed. [August] I also suggest that you wait several years if you have a brand new tow vehicle and a brand new trailer. Would we take this trip again? Yes, but not for a few more years. A few dents and dings are worth the trip to see and do things that are on your bucket list, after all that is why we bought our "TRAVEL TRAILER" to travel. [not to have a perfect, new looking trailer forever]
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:09 AM   #48
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Other protection?

Hi ROBERTSUNRUS> We are signed up for the WBCCI Alaska Caravan this summer and I have been following the discussion on this thread looking for information. We have "Rock Tamer" guards on the trailer hitch and they did a great job on our 10,000 mile cross county trip last summer. The Alaska trip however is a step up in potential problems.

I appreciate your detailed description of the protection you added, and I will consider something like it for our 2013 25 Twin Flying Cloud. I have protected the gas lines under the trailer with split plastic tubing but I was also wondering if you protected the gray and black water drains immediately behind the trailer wheels?

Thanks to everyone who have shared their experiences!
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I used a similar system to ROBERTSUNRUS, but used foam sleeping bad pads from Walmart taped to the front of the trailer with duct tape. And in addition to the Rocktamers, you need a flap in the middle that goes between the two big flaps because the front tires of the TV will throw up rocks that will go between them and blast the tongue area. With this system, we had no rock damage to the trailer on our trip to Alaska in '10. the duct tape will require some GooGone to remove, however.

Also, in addition to the water drains, which are actually pretty tuff, you do need to protect with a shield of some sort, the water tank drain. It is plastic, sort of fragile, and is known for being damaged from flying gravel.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:49 AM   #51
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Consider using gaffer tape instead of duct tape. That's what we used for a couple of years to hold camping pads on our front curved windows until I got the current rock guard sewn.

It sticks well and doesn't leave the gum that duct tape does.
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I got gaffers tape after my neighbor at Burning Man used it seal his AS from playa dust. It comes in various lengths, widths, and colors at Amazon.

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:13 PM   #53
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We appreciate everybody that has contributed, have many interesting things, some we will use. I loved all the pictures too.

We are still a go for heading up to Alaska, leaving Olympia/Lacey, WA about the middle of May. Don't have a date yet because of having cataract surgery so I can see all the bears better.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:56 PM   #55
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Update on trailer protection

Since reading the posts above about protection on the front of the Airstream we have investigated several options and were ready to go with the camping pads from Walmart until we had our greenhouse covered with a plastic called Solexx XP. It is flexible, light and has an "air cushion" in the middle. We took one look at on the greenhouse and decided we would use that for the front of the trailer and the rock guards. We bought the 3mm thickness. We have yet to cut it and fit it to the trailer but will do that in April. We also bought 16 mil clear plastic for the front and street side windows, and will attach all of it with the Gaffer tape recommended above.

We are out of the country now and when we return we head straight into a club rally so when we get a chance to cut and fit the various pieces I'll give an update if we run into any problems.

We have also used foam pipe insulation on the gray and black water drains (secured with lots of electrical tape) and have an aluminum light housing (like in your kitchen ceiling) which we will adapt to protect the fragile little white drain for the water tank.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:16 PM   #56
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I travel between Alaska and Arizona twice a year. I leave Tucson last week in May and return end of September. I have done the trip for the last ten years. I started with a 25' Classic and now do it with Land Yacht MH. Gravel, road tar, and mud are big problems. Protect the front of the trailer, guys bringing up new trailers for sale in AK use carpeting taped to the front of them. I did lose my drain valve from the water tank the first day heading back so protect that as well. If you do lose it take a bolt out from the jack mount and thread it into the broken pipe. Last year their was a ton of construction on the AK Hwy, miles of gravel, and one lane. Last fall the TOW was closed due to poor road conditions.

I prefer the Cassiar to avoid most of the construction. The only disadvantage is you miss Laird Hot Springs if you haven't been there it is worth going down from Watson Lake and backtracking back. I would also recommend taking a mosquito net for over the bed. Better safe than sorry. We also carry the tennis racket shaped bug sapper. Some of the Parks in CA don't have threaded water taps so a water thief is handy for filling up. Enjoy the trip.

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