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Old 05-02-2005, 06:43 PM   #15
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If you pull the spline does the plexiglass come out w/o dismanteling the frame?

Also, do you know which way the upper channel goes that the rock guard slides into. Open end up or down?

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No you still have to dismantel the frame, a couple of pop rivets and it's not too bad, you would have to pry gentley to get it apart.
I not sure what your'e asking about the upper channel.
My lexan is in a U-channel which makes up the frame. Then that is mounted to a hinge which is kind of weird, frame side up, trailer side down.
Not sure if that helps.
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Old 05-03-2005, 12:24 AM   #16
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Yes! That's the answer. Thanks.

So, like you I have to remove the original hinge and hang the new one with the open end down.

Thanks!

BTW- I checked the cost of just getting a piece of solar gray lexan the size I needed and was quoted $139. I'd still have to shape it and mount it myself.

So I decided against getting new lexan for now. I cleaned it up and now I believe that it was fairly new because the aluminum is very clean and the rubber gasket looks perfect.

I think they cracked it when they mounted the hold down clamp near the bottom. That is where the crack orginates and runs up diagonal for about 6 inches. I purchased some black plastic and acyrlic cement and glued a small patch on the back.

After I get it installed I may put my AIR sticker over the crack


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Tim,

Does your original track look like the first picture in this post?

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=15315

This is what was on my '71 Tradewind. I think it was for the original clear rockguard. When we installed the new rockguard we removed this track and filled the holes.

The new hinge track is oriented in the same position shown in the third picture - open end down. We installed it with out separating the two halves of the hinge.

Started out by drilling holes in the hinge piece for the mounting rivets. Placed a bead of Vulkem on the backside of the hinge. Then we aligned the rockguard top-to-bottom and as close as we could left-to-right. Drilled a hole for the center rivet (through the existing hole in the upper hinge piece) and riveted it in place. Rechecked the alignment and finished the drilling and riveting.

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Old 05-04-2005, 08:04 PM   #17
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I need the location of the triangle bracket on the divider bar between the wrap and center windows. It looks like it should go about 4 inches from the top.

Could someone check this measurement for me please?

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Tim,

The measurements are using the original "triangle brackets" that I reused with my new rockguard. Obviously very carefully measured! Measurements are from the top or bottom to the edge of the bracket.

Top
L - 5.75
R - 5.5

Bottom
L - 17.75
R - 18

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Old 05-05-2005, 09:08 PM   #19
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Thanks Mark! That's just what I needed to get 'er done

Adding the rock guard sure does make a big difference in the apperance. As soon as I finished I had a neigbor come by and said it makes it look more modern. I guess thats a compliment.

Here are some photos. The last one shows how the rubber handle attaches. It appears to be different from all the others I have seen. The brackets were already on so I am just going to leave it.

Thanks everyone for their help. I think this is going to be a nice improvement.
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Your rock guard looks just like my installation of a rock guard. I bought it from Inland RV. It had good instructions. Went on easy with rivets. It does save the front windows.
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I found the rubber hold down broken today. If you look at the last picture in post 19 you will see my hold down bracket.

I think it is incorrectly installed and puts too much stretch strain on the rubber handle.

Can someone post a detailed picture of where this bracket is supposed to go? Including the rivet locations?

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Safari Tim.

Your right. That installation is not correct.

See the attached photo.

Check out the change in color from one side to the other of the stripes.

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Thanks Andy.

Only one rivet is needed? It's placed in the center of the bottom frame?
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Safari Tim.

One rivet is enough. It is in the center of the bottom frame.

A word of caution.

Don't hit the plastic with your drill bit. It could crack the plastic.

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That is how I got this rock gaurd.

Someone put them on wrong and put a six inch crack in the plastic!
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Not too big of a problem.

Take the Rockguard off. Level it where the crack is located.

"Carefully" inject into the crack, a plastic solvent, such as IPS # 4, using a small syringe and needle. Use a very small amount.

Do it 3 or 4 times. Let it set up overnight.

Invert the Rockguard, and do the same thing on the opposite side.

That will fuse the plastic back together, and will look ok.

Most importantly, it will stop the crack from spreading without having to stop drill it.

Ah, such is life with an Airstream.

Always something to do.

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