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Old 04-17-2010, 10:29 PM   #21
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Is there a reason why these covers and the OP's covers only protect the side windows? Does the center window never catch rocks, being protected by the TV?

I'm new to Airstreaming, and trailering in general. We've only towed ours home, about 100 miles, and broke a side window on the way, wouldn't you know it.

I'm looking into making covers like these (my ordinary sewing machine has managed 4 layers of Sunbrella as long as the needles are sharp), but I was planning to make it cover the whole front window set. Should I reconsider?
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:35 AM   #22
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Is there a reason why these covers and the OP's covers only protect the side windows?
Using one's rear view mirror in the tow vehicle one can view directly behind to see following traffic that is too close behind to view in one's side mirrors, by looking through the central flat window. The central flat glass would be comparitively simple and cheap to replace.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:14 AM   #23
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thanx for the info....my trailer got hit by hail and busted out the 1970;s windowcover on the front...we kept the frame to figure something out and the foam/canvas idea sounds great....thank god im crafty..saves me alot of money...good ideas! thanx nick
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Good luck with the project, Dimples. I hope you and your covers will be very happy together.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #25
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Thanks Nick for this good idea.

I had my pair made by a well known mother and daughter canvas making team near my small Ontario town.

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I asked Vince to help me install the stainless thumb-turns. Riveting took about a half a day; the second window going much faster than the first

The window protectors fit perfectly and look cool. It takes less than a minute to take one off or put it back on.

The canvas work cost $375.00, including pattern making.

Out of interest, I got these quotes for rock guards in 2008:

Oasis RV: $685.35- plus $225 drop shipping from JC

Andy: $650 plus shipping from JC

Out of Doors Mart, NC: $620.64; guessed the shipping was $300. Three BIG boxes.

Owasso: $645.64 plus install

Ottawa RV: 672.00 plus drop shipping from JC ($168.00) - $950

Can AM: $1488.88 plus $250.00 installation. !!!!!!!!!


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Old 10-10-2010, 10:42 AM   #26
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Sergei.

Rockguards also let light in, canvas does not.

Also, rockguards protect the windows, within reason from rocks, canvas does not.

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:03 AM   #27
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Thanks Andy.

Rock Guards let a certain kind of solar tinted light in and they completely change the appearance of the trailer.

I like that I can have the original clear-view look of the curved windows and that I can take the covers off or put them on in 2 minutes.

The canvas maker says that she thinks the dense foam used will deter stone damage or breakage and nobody using this method has reported a problem with them.

For all of these reasons I choose to take a chance with this different approach.

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:56 PM   #28
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Came upon this on another rock guard thread here today:

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I am pleased with the guard but my wife hates it. She says "now instead of having a great looking old airstream we now have what looks like a crappy looking newer airstream". __________________
I think like Mike's wife too.

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Old 10-12-2010, 11:19 AM   #29
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The covers look cool, Segei! I am certain the foam will provide some protection from rocks. Definitely more protection than having nothing at all. And I love the idea of being able to remove them completely to reveal the unencumbered, full wraparound look, which is one of the great benefits of your model Argosy.

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Old 10-12-2010, 02:58 PM   #30
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The very dense foam that is used for camping mats, and is in our window covers, has protected our window glass for several years and thousands of miles of towing. I have confidence that the foam is suited to the task. I, too, would not want the fixed covers. I can remove our foam-filled fabric covers in a few seconds, as there are just 4 clips on each cover.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:01 PM   #31
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Seems like a nice idea

I like the idea of the canvas concept. Just to be safe though rather than padding the inside I would likely use some type of heat and form plastic. Their are many types on the market including medical device suppliers such as Sammons Preston. The plastics can be manipulated with nothing more than a heat gun. This plastic could be cut oversized just as the canvas is so that in the end it lines up with the aluminum frame thus protecting the window well. I did notice in this post that one price for the actual rockguard was a bit over 600 at out of doors mart. I looked on their website but could not find a 3 piece rockguard ,only a one piece. Could this price have been for the one piece guard.

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We bought our 3 piece rockguard in May for $945.00, not including shipping. Ouch.

However, it's a much smaller Ouch than having to replace a curved window!


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Old 12-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #33
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Rock Guards

I built this rock guard in my shop. Total cost $210.00.
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Aluminum flat stock
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Another Approach

After stone on AZ 74 shattered the left Panorama glass on our Argosy as we were returning home from Death Valley NP, we took it to Oasis RV who billed the Insurance company $1500.00. Yes, my wife opted for the comprehensive coverage for $10.00 more a month which included no deductable glass replacement. (God, I love that woman!) I decided that I didn't want to do that again. So, armed with photos from previous posts on this thread, I visited the local upholstry shops. I was quoted prices ranging from $225.00 to $600.00. I chose to go with the $225.00 job. I did supply the Common Sense Fasteners that I got from Sailrite at a very reasonable cost. I am very pleased with the results. Living 70 miles from Mexico does have its advantages.
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Very good job, Gatorboy, and a great price. Mine have lasted perfectly for several years now.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:39 PM   #36
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Just to weigh in as a recent convert, I ordered a set of the same ones that smokelessjoe has on his Argosy. The company, Hornsby Canvas in Tillsonburg, Ontario had retained the pattern when they made his, and it was a simple process to order a set. I had my choice of fairly extensive list of Sunbrella fabrics so they should be very color-stable and resistant to weather. The price includes the set of Common Sense fasteners I'll rivet to the trailer to attach the covers.

Once I have those fasteners installed, I think I'll make my own storage cover of Reflectix (or a similar product) since my trailer stores with its nose pointed into the afternoon Texas sun, it's covered but not fully enclosed. Those fasteners will make a convenient attachment point, and I don't have to make the Reflectix durable enough to stay on while driving, just enough to handle wind in the storage shed. I'll post pictures when they arrive, and if I have the patience for it I'll do a photo-essay of the installation.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #37
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another choice, maybe

Since having my protectors made ( post #25 above) I've used another canvas maker in the same town for other stuff.

Half the price of Hornsby with no attitude.

If anyone is interested I can ask them if they can use my set to make a pattern for others - and what they might charge.

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Thanks Nick for this good idea.

I had my pair made by a well known mother and daughter canvas making team near my small Ontario town.

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I asked Vince to help me install the stainless thumb-turns. Riveting took about a half a day; the second window going much faster than the first

The window protectors fit perfectly and look cool. It takes less than a minute to take one off or put it back on.

The canvas work cost $375.00, including pattern making.

Out of interest, I got these quotes for rock guards in 2008:

Oasis RV: $685.35- plus $225 drop shipping from JC

Andy: $650 plus shipping from JC

Out of Doors Mart, NC: $620.64; guessed the shipping was $300. Three BIG boxes.

Owasso: $645.64 plus install

Ottawa RV: 672.00 plus drop shipping from JC ($168.00) - $950

Can AM: $1488.88 plus $250.00 installation. !!!!!!!!!


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Thanks for the rock guard quotes ...... am buying a set for the Argosy 24 we are restoring. Saved me a little research.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:56 AM   #39
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Orlop,

If you talk to any of the members who've followed the Nick Crowhurst path to making easily removable padded protectors I think you will find that they prefer his better looking, better working solution - that costs half the money, or less.


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padded window protectors question

I have a question for those of you who have the padded window protectors- why do you need the canvas cover for the padding? I was thinking about using the padding alone-- stitching binding to the edges of the "camping mat" padding for strength and edge protection and attaching to the windows with fasteners sans canvas covers- why is the canvas cover important on top of the padding?

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