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Old 12-05-2019, 12:08 PM   #1
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Rock guard not flush at top?

Is this normal or is there anything I can do about it?
It is flush at the bottom but the top of both has a fairly large gap...
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:14 PM   #2
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Mine is like that too. Other than catching leaves and pine needles, it does protect from road debris.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:14 PM   #3
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It is doing what it was meant to do, protecting the windows from flying objects. They all fit this way, and open them up and clean behind them a few times a year. JMHO
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:49 PM   #4
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The rock guard does not have the compound curvature of the body of the Airstream behind it.

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Old 12-05-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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Get a piece of that grey, copper water pipe insulation from HD. Cut it to the length of the top of the guards, spread apart and slip over the edge..now you can keep from getting needles, leaves collecting back there. Get the larger diameter one.
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the responses. I was worried I had a problem!
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses. I was worried I had a problem!


Our 2009 Classic is the same. They are to stop rocks from hit the glass not keep things from falling between it and the glass. I too wished for better fit.
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Just throwing this out there:

1. Could it be because the way it has to swing out?

2. Could it be because of aerodynamic?

3. Could it be because it is small effort to save pine needles for your fire starter?
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:58 PM   #9
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No to all three. As I stated above, the rock guard has a curve in a single plane and the body of the Airstream behind it is a compound curve. Bending the rockguard frame and the plastic sheet it holds into a compound curve would, in no way, improve the performance of the rockguard. A compound curve would look cool, but add even more expense to what one pays for an Airstream. No, I don't think the company is being cheap, but surely somebody will come back with that common remark .

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Old 12-06-2019, 04:37 PM   #10
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I had same thing until I added the PVC pipe insulation. Just needed 2 foam pipes. Be prepared to cut to fit. I just put the foam at top, not at bottom.
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:11 PM   #11
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Just curious: why use weatherstrip on the back of the rock guard in the first place if it doesn't seal the gap? Doesn't improve aerodynamics. Some on our 2017 is beginning to loosen and periodically has to be reattached...
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:30 AM   #12
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The "seals" are primarily there to absorb shock thus prevent scratches and other damage to the body when they flex due to wind gusts and contact with objects. There is intentionally a lot of flex in the rock guards, if they were stiff they would shatter much more easily when hit with a rock. This is likely one big reason they don't have compound curvature which would make them much more stiff.
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