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Old 08-19-2013, 08:29 AM   #81
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I have been watching and reading everyones trials and efforts in making clothe window protectors, usually using some foam material covered with fabric. I suspect the finished product is about 1" thick , maybe a little more.

One question I have is whether this material will actually protect the window from being broken when hit by a rock? What experiences has anyone had with this?

I sincerely respect everyones efforts and skills but does this really work?

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Cloth works well for very small stones and sand.

But I don't think it works at all for rocks.

The force of the rock will easily penetrate the cloth.

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I have been watching and reading everyones trials and efforts in making clothe window protectors, usually using some foam material covered with fabric. I suspect the finished product is about 1" thick , maybe a little more.

One question I have is whether this material will actually protect the window from being broken when hit by a rock? What experiences has anyone had with this?

I sincerely respect everyones efforts and skills but does this really work?

Thanks in advance
Remember that the curved panos are safety glass, so they should be about as tough as an automotive windshield. The canvas and high-density foam of my covers both reduce the force a given stone can exert on the pano AND spread it out over a broader area, since for small stones (the kind most likely to be kicked up by another vehicles tires, etc.) whether it cracks a windshield is often a factor of whether it strikes with a flat or sharp portion of the stone.

If someone throws a brick off an overpass, it'll take out your pano (and would possibly have enough mass to get through the plexiglass Airstream rock guards as well) but I think the canvas-and-foam covers improve my odds in the real world.
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The original poster states he has 11 (?) years and thousands of miles behind him with this design. It was enough to convince me that this idea can work and besides the cost I really don't care for the style of the ones you purchase. (perhaps if they too were clear?) I did decide upon and finish my 3rd panel. i'm very pleased with the outcome and especially the patterned fabric since it will hide bugs :P
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:01 AM   #84
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The original poster states he has 11 (?) years and thousands of miles behind him with this design.
Thirteen years now. Nice work with the pretty colors, BTW.

Scientists amongst you will know that the answer to "does it work", can only be answered by inductive logic. In the Philosophy of Science, the standard example is :
"All the swans I have ever seen are white, therefore all swans are white........... Then I went to Australia."

So, I don't know if foam padded window protectors "work".

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P.S, before I fitted the protectors, my Airstream lost the passenger side curved window to a stone. Not good. Very messy, very expensive.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:23 AM   #85
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Nick,
Can you tell me about the fasteners for the window covers? Is there a thread that takls about them? Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:40 AM   #86
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Lift-a-dot fasteners

These are the ones I used, and are used on ocean going yachts for their spray hoods:


DOT Fasteners, Lift-The-Dot® Fasteners, Sockets, Back Plates, Studs, Washers, Screw Studs


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Looking at having a pair of these made with 1/16 lexan plus the foam padding.
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Looking at having a pair of these made with 1/16 lexan plus the foam padding.
Are your windows double curved, as they normally are in the front quarters? If so, will the Lexan cope with that?
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The front windows in our '71 are not compound curves.
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Nick, Which way did you face the "dot" on the lift-a-dots? Vertical, toward the front, or to the rear?
Thanks for the info on your covers!
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MiIKO, I placed them with the dots towards the outside vertical edges. That way one naturally peels away the dot and the edge of the cover. If you face the middle of the cover you remove the left side dots with the left hand and the right hand dots with the right hand, with all movements towards the centre, naturally easing any tension in the cover..
Removing a cover takes a few seconds.
I hope you find the covers as useful as I do.
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Miko,

i am following nick's plan to make my covers and found lift-a-dots on ebay at a fair price and free shipping. Jim west at north west tarp and canvas was a big help and i highly recomend him.
His ebay name is northwesttarpandcanvas. Just type lift-a-dot fasteners in the search bar and look for his posts.
Good luck with your project and i'll post photos of mine when i'm done.
Nick has been a big help to more members than he knows. I consider him our expert on the best window protectors for the cost anywhere.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:06 AM   #93
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Link for fasteners

Loren, you're very kind. Here's the link you mentioned:

Lift The Dot Fastener Socket Backing Plate Stainless Screw Stud 10 Pieces | eBay

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In our version of Nick's great idea we used another type of Common Sense Fastner, the Marine Style Eyelet and Stud, also available from the same man:

10 Piece Marine Canvas Eyelet Stud Turn Button Common Sense Fasteners | eBay

It costs a few cents more. I don't know what the difference between the two is or if one is better but the Eyelet and Stud, like Nick's, takes SECONDS to take off and a minute to put on.
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Just wondering if any member has gotten comfortable enough making these for other members? I am located in central Florida and would rather take my business to a member and someone who has specifically made these window covers. Or if someone from the central Florida area has used any canvas shops or upholstery shops to have them made. Thanks for any input and love the way they all look.
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I can make your window protector but I would need a pattern from your trailer. Would you feel comfortable do that?
I'd recommend the sun tells fabric but its your choice.
Pm if you'd like and we can talk specifics.
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I pm'ed you earlier. I actually used the "common sense" twist fasteners, not the lift a dots. I think they work better in my opinion.
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I know this is a years old thread, but I'm DROWNING in information, a lot of which I can barely understand (yes, I'm a little bit slow, but I'm working on it! ��).
I just bought my first Argosy (a '76 Argosy 22), and a new Airstreamer friend said that the most important purchase I can make for my new baby is a rock guard for those beautiful pano windows.
I can't find one anywhere - even the $1500 ones at out of doors mart are sold out.
Is there anybody out there who still follows this thread who knows where I can get one of the ones y'all are talking about made? I'm in Georgia, and would like to try to have one made and picked up or shipped before the Labor Day rally next month. I'd try to tackle it myself, but my sewing machine is wimpy, and my skills are lacking.
Thanks so much, y'all!
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I've had mine since 2012 and they still work great.
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