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Old 02-12-2007, 11:27 AM   #15
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Gus,

On the inside of the rear of the wheel well, there is an outrigger that you could use metal screws and mount the mud flap from the inside of the wheel well. A good flap will flex only so much, but at the same time, even with the gear near the wheel well, it should still clear it, if you mount the mud flap from the inside on that outrigger toward the rear of the well. Of course you could also place a piece of metal or plastic there as well, but I personally like a good rubber mud flap that doesn't flex too much, yet still gives way if you hit something. I've considered this many times for the Safari and it seems doable..... It wouldn't take a big flap either...you just need a few inches (maybe 5 or 6) lower than the well itself to deflect any projectiles.

PS- if you do go that route, also use Vulkem or some sort of good caulk to seal the screws in so that water and such doesn't get behind it and rust out the outrigger prematurely.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:29 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info. Good idea for protecting the rear portion of the trailer.

Does a mud flap at the rear of the wheel well protect the valve that is closer to the front of the wheel well?

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Old 02-12-2007, 02:41 PM   #17
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My bad...I read it and looked at your photos and just plugged in the discharge for the black and grey tank.....

Mine is right between the axles as I would think yours is too. I've been down some pretty rough roads and haven't lost mine....yet, but one suggestion would be to fabricate a metal cover on a hinge and use that as a protector. There is plenty of steel around that area to secure such a beast. I'm questioning though what the heck would make you loose so many....roadkill, off pavement travels (but then again, I do off pavement all the time on gravel, sand, etc). Are the tires aligned properly? I know it's a long shot, but I've been posting and tracking the QC threads since 2004 and I don't recall this one being out there or at least as many times as you've seen.
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Two road gators and two rocky roads (we can correlate to the leaking fresh water). Yesterday it was a 10 mile stretch of US 90 in west Texas where TXDOT has taken the road down to raw, gravel sub-base, that we travsersed at the posted 40 mph construction area speed limit.

This moderator had a replacement, the metal valve suggestion came from several customers, and there was the Sierra owner who is on his third valve. This is just a poor design to have such a breakable nylon valve unprotected from road debris.

The wheels have been aligned, but it still happens. Just a lot of rocks flying around down there.

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