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Old 07-06-2014, 07:29 AM   #29
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I don't need lower guards because I have an Avion. They're anodized & the aluminum doesn't seem to dent as easily as the Airstreams do. Also, I'm trying to be a bit less anal with this trailer than I am with my Bambi II. Unlike Airstreams, the money you put into an Avion doesn't really recoup when/if you sell it (generally). The windows are unobtainium if they crack...I can live with a rock dent in the aluminum if it happens. I had lower rock guards on my '86 Airstream and really liked them!


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Old 08-04-2014, 05:45 PM   #30
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I changed my mind in what to use to secure the rock guard down. The kind I was going to use looked huge, so I opted for some stainless rope guides that I zip tie together before travel. I used the trailer for 2 weeks & the rock guard worked like a charm.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-16-2015, 09:12 PM   #31
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Quick update....I took the Avion about 2,000 miles & the rock guard held up just fine. No problemos :-)
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:12 PM   #32
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This is what the factory used ... mini rubber hold downs .

I believe Vintage Trailer Supply has them.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:14 PM   #33
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Very nice! I just finished cutting .063ga sheet Al to size, bent the vertical radius and started the polishing process for mine. Its not bulletproof like yours, but will keep the rocks away from my window.
Thank you for the pics too.
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:56 AM   #34
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Guess who just bought a 1984 Avion 30R with a boring black not see through at all rock guard? Me. I can't believe I stumbled upon this I am just in love with your rock guard!! We had a huge windstorm here and I was bummed about having to have the rock guard closed because the trailer got so dark (since it was overcast anyway). I'm adding this to my must do list! Simply amazing!!! Thank you for all the detailed photos!
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:59 PM   #35
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Mine is still hanging in there after a year (my daughter's is too). I don't even have to open it because I can see through it. Hope you have had time to make yours!
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:14 PM   #36
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I think it's plexiglass in the original ones. They're not drilled anywhere. I think Lexan could slide in just fine
Good to know. A rock cracked mine on the summer trip last month. I would like smoked lean. Do you know the thickness of the plastic Airstream uses in their rock guard. i would like to "slide my warped, cracked piece out of the frame and replace it with this stuff. I just have a single piece on the front with no bends, only rounded corners.
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #37
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Build your own rock guard...you can do it!

Sorry I missed this before. Late on the compliments (as with all your work), but genuinely so.

I'd like to do something like this on the giant rear window of my SS (same size as front), but it was in again researching interior storm windows that I found this thread. And it's applicable!

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Old 11-28-2017, 12:21 AM   #38
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I think I'll be borrowing this idea. Does anyone think I could get a similar radius on the aluminum angle by using a shrinker instead of cutting so many notches? I've been thinking about getting a shrinker/stretcher for our renovation, but haven't used one before.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:34 AM   #39
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I think I'll be borrowing this idea. Does anyone think I could get a similar radius on the aluminum angle by using a shrinker instead of cutting so many notches? I've been thinking about getting a shrinker/stretcher for our renovation, but haven't used one before.


Yeah, I think you can, just make sure you get a set of jaws made for aluminum.

I have a pair I use for steel, I never bought the aluminum jaws, I know I could make that radius in steel.
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Shrinker stretcher is very easy to use.
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Build your own rock guard...you can do it!

I used a shrinker and a stretcher to recreate the C-channel that goes around the back of the trailer. They are great tools to have. Click image for larger version

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I used a shrinker and a stretcher to recreate the C-channel that goes around the back of the trailer. They are great tools to have. Attachment 299930
That is one tool I'm fairly ignorant about. How did you do a piece of c-channel in that plane? I would think you'd only be able to put the side walls of the c into the device. I guess I'd better hop on youtube.

What's the difference with steel vs aluminum jaws? Will the jaws intended for steel mar the aluminum? Or will they just not grip it properly?
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