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Old 03-05-2013, 09:52 PM   #57
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I just ordered a pair like in post #52 from Hornsbycanvas.com.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:17 AM   #58
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I had Mine custom made at, BACA Upholstry, 2100 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-622-2898. He may still have the pattern.
If you're close to Atlanta, check with some upholstry shops. I took pics from this thread, blown up to show the fasteners, along with an estimate of the dimensions.
Everyone was able to give me an estimate from this info. Good Luck!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:33 AM   #59
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Thanks for the info guys.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:52 PM   #60
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My wife just finished our set and we took them out to the trailer to mark where the common sense fastener bases need to go.

Looks a little tight -- fasteners actually need to go on the window frame. So, the question is, does anyone know how far in from the outside edge of the window frame can I drill the pilot holes without hitting the glass?

Might nerve racking setting a drill bit on those frames...

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Old 03-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #61
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If you keep the pilot holes in line with the rivets, you'll be safe. The rivets don't go through the glass. That's what we did on ours and so far, so good.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:54 PM   #62
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Thanks, Barbie
That is what I needed to know.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:32 AM   #63
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I just pm'd nickcrowhurst asking for the thickness of the foam he used in between but just saw it was 1/2" and plain as day in his first post. I've reposted here so that others, after reading all these pages don't forget like I did that it was already mentioned.

thanks everyone, I love this idea and plan to find someone to make one for me too. any opinion of what hardware is best: lift a dot, snaps or thumb turns?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #64
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Thumb turns are fastest on and off, safest. See post #25 above for a clear picture.


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Old 06-18-2013, 11:55 AM   #65
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247 stream, I've just received your email. Whichever you use for fasteners, they should be able to resist high winds and corrosion from spray from roads treated with chemicals. I therefore chose the same fasteners as used on the cockpit canopy of our sailing yacht. These have to cope with salt water spray and high winds, which is why I chose them. They are A4 grade stainless steel lift-a-dots. I can take them on and off in a few seconds. Probably 4 seconds to take one cover off, and ten seconds to put one on, but I have had plenty of practice in the past 12 years! Best wishes, from Nick.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:53 PM   #66
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Latches for homemade rock guard

We just bought our first airstream, and argosy, this past week. I guess we were lucky to have made it home after a 4 hour drive without breaking out a front window, since we have no guards. However, we did have a shattered side window once home. Now that I've been really reading the forum, I see the need for a rock guard. We are going to have these made to save money. My husband doesn't like the idea of drilling two holes per latch for the thumb turn latches. What other latches would work? Plus, do these latches have to be ordered? We didn't see anything at Lowes that would work. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:24 PM   #67
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We just bought our first airstream, and argosy, this past week. I guess we were lucky to have made it home after a 4 hour drive without breaking out a front window, since we have no guards. However, we did have a shattered side window once home. Now that I've been really reading the forum, I see the need for a rock guard. We are going to have these made to save money. My husband doesn't like the idea of drilling two holes per latch for the thumb turn latches. What other latches would work? Plus, do these latches have to be ordered? We didn't see anything at Lowes that would work. Thanks!
The tried and proven, may cost more, but it's reputation stands out.

Guess work, is just that. It might and it might not work.

Those front windows cost almost $ 800.00 each, sitting in a box.

There is no way in the world that you can attach a 'rochguard" to the front, without a few holes.

That's just the way it is, especially for permanency.

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:37 PM   #68
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The thumb twist latches we used for our home made rock guard used only one hole each. We bought them at West Marine boating supply. They use a special drill bit that fits over the latch and rotates the whole thing to drive the screw in. They've worked like a charm.
WEST MARINE Canvas Fasteners - Steel Tapping Screws at West Marine
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Do you have to have that special drill bit?
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:10 AM   #70
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We bought the same single screw post for our thumb turn hardware from sailrite. the instructions online say you can get the special drill bit or use an adjustable wrench.

Common Sense Fastener Cloth-to-Surface Complete With 5/8" Screw Stud

We also bought 5/8" foam padding made by alps from here

Alps Mountaineering Foam Mat XL 625 Grey 7554011.

I'll be using a heavy duty marine canvas. Initially we thought to go with marine vinyl but then thought if a rock did hit that, it would likely nick the vinyl layer and then not look good.

Now I'm just waiting for my upholsterer to come make a template of my windows and then sew it up. Our plan is for the 2 side windows like Nickcrowhurst had made. Hopefully I will be proudly displaying my new protectors within 2 weeks.

(argh, I now see that sailrites turns aren't SS...thankfully I have a local west marine store)
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