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Old 05-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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Front window rock guard rubber... are they seals?

I have 3 dark rock guards over the 3 windows on the front of the trailer. Two curved and one flat. On the surface of the edges that face the trailer, there are thick rubber seals-gaskets?..... I don't know what they are called.

Actually, I don't know if they are seals or simply bumpers. I say this because the curved pieces do not seal. These rock guards do not 'appear' to be deformed or tweaked, but at the top and bottom corners they don't even come close to touching the trailer.

My problem is that I don't know what they looked like or how they fit when they were new. Additionally, I live far from any place where I could easily check to see what other trailers look like.

So, should the rubber seal-bumper make contact with the trailer all the way around or does mine sound normal?

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Old 05-30-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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It's readily available from dealers.

Here is an example from one dealer:

Rockguard Seal 685351 [685351] - $2.29 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart

The seal follows the edge of the windows all the way around except for the hinge area at the top of the window.

I'm sure someone can post a picture of the three piece unit.

I only have the single piece unit.

You can also watch the install of one on youtube:
YouTube - Airstream Restore DIY 08-4 Rock Guard
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...So, should the rubber seal-bumper make contact with the trailer all the way around or does mine sound normal?...
hi dan

normal

it might be NICE if they sealed in really cold/hot weather but they don't.

bumper/cushion is a better term and unless they've been chewed by sasquatch...

it's unlikely they need replacement at 3 years...

open (or LIFT OFF) the curved sides 1 at a time during calm weather

and clean them, lube with silicone and call it a day.

there is a small ridged PIPING used to keep the smoked guard IN the frame...

i find these need to be TUCKED back in (especially near the corners) 2x a year.

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Old 05-30-2010, 02:36 PM   #4
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Hi, I/we have the same situation with the front rock guards; we bought our trailer new in 2002 and it was/is that way....gaps.

Leaves, needles, dirt, all get in between where the rubber gasket does not seal with the trailer's windows. I took this to be "normal" and never did complain to Dillons in Apache Junction

In the last couple of years I have had the problem of the rubber round seal coming loose at the corners....like it shrinked. By the by, I am still getting pieces of paper out from between the aluminium frames and the dark plastic.....think the paper was used in transit from Jackson Center to Phoenix, most probably.

I am afraid to bend anything--like the hinges on the corner rock guards--for fear the "fix" will be worse than leaving it alone.
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:27 PM   #5
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Folks, thank you very much.

2Air', I appreciate you looking out for me again and thanks for the extra tips. There's one less 'normal' thing for me to worry about. ;>)

Cheers... as we remember our Fallen brothers and sisters and the reason we remain free.

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I am afraid to bend anything--like the hinges on the corner rock guards--for fear the "fix" will be worse than leaving it alone.
I can sure relate to THAT. The small curved compartment doors at the bottom edge on the road side don't look like they close as 'straight' as I would think they should. So the other day, I started to bend one to make a better fitment when I decided that it probably looked better now, than it would broken off... so I decided to leave them alone. Today we are installing new weather stripping and walking away. LOL
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But it tows well!

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But it tows well!

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