Originally Posted by Tarheel
Has anyone thought about a "Bra" similar to the ones on the front of sports cars for the rockguard? It could be padded to protect the trailer from rock damage and would asorb the blow of a stone much better than the SS. When traveling on back roads, like going to Alaska, you wouldn't need additional protection. Thinking of Black rolled and pleated like was used in uphostery in the 50's and 60's.
In the very early '80's I took my first Airstream up the Alaskan Highway which at the time was all gravel. I built segment protectors for the front from foam backed kitchen carpet, which was commonly available then. It was held on with riv-nuts and stainless steel screws with fender washers for strength over area.
It worked very well overall, however sand and dirt did get behind it and the clear coat was worn some, especially by the third trip north on that road.
Now, it didn't protect the AS from the 60' long, 14" diameter tree which fell on it in the Dawson government campground. End of that Airstream, but I did tow it home. Made for good conversation in other campgrounds. "Are you really sure you want to drive the Alaskan Highway"?