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Old 12-02-2004, 12:01 PM   #15
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The front window rock guard on our 2003 Safari is probably much different. Ours is cheap looking, flat, flimsy, and the smoked plastic is already wavy/warped from sun. If it broke I would not buy a new one from Airstream for $350+. I would just get a new piece of plexi and cut it to fit. Also, I have had good luck in the past bending plexi using a household oven.
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:01 PM   #16
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The front window rock guard on our 2003 Safari is probably much different. Ours is cheap looking, flat, flimsy, and the smoked plastic is already wavy/warped from sun. If it broke I would not buy a new one from Airstream for $350+. I would just get a new piece of plexi and cut it to fit. Also, I have had good luck in the past bending plexi using a household oven.
Those of you who have replaced or built your own rockguard...a picture "would be worth a 1000 words". If you could post them or email me at cetcra@alltel.net.
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Old 05-12-2006, 02:37 AM   #17
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Any PM luck??

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Any PM luck?? Perhaps, if there was success, you could add to the collective joy by posting here?!

Thanks, and hope that this regenerates some interest in something that is VERY current for me and my trailer - SilverToy.

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Old 09-24-2006, 09:59 PM   #18
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Hi,

I'm trying to make a decision regarding putting some kind of a rock guard in the front of my '67 as well.

I have the top and sides of the frame that held the previous rockgaurd, but there's nothing else. It's still attached to the trailer. I was debating just getting a piece of Lexan or plexiglass to put in there but the price might end up being just as much as the solar rockguard for sale at Inland RV.

Another option would be just to take off that frame thing since we're getting Lexan for the front window anyway. How worth it is it to get solar in the front window rockguard? Is it "solar" meaning it prevents a lot of heat from coming into the trailer, since it's near the dinette? Any info or ideas would be appreciated
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:12 PM   #19
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Rock Guard

I believe that the Rock Guard is not a solar guard per se. It is tinted so it will act as a sun awning when raised on the trailers. It's main purpose is to deflect rocks headed for your front window. Plexiglas nor Lexan is the best to replace a glass window with.... less ability to seal properly and they both will scratch eventually. You can get Heat tempered flat glass with pencil sanded edges, and rounded corners, from a glass shop for around $50.00 per window as I did for my trailer. I bought two (Front and Rear) That is much less than the new Heat Tempered flat glass from some vendors that is priced at $149.95 per window. So before buying a new flat glass or a rock guard from Airstream you would make out better to check a glass shop as I did. Boy am I happy I did... and saved almost $200.00 on the price of (2) new flat glass windows to replace the plexiglas the PO had installed on my trailer. Ed
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:17 AM   #20
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Thanks

Thanks, Ed, I also read your PM. You get flowers this time!! For $50 I can get the window and not worry so much if it breaks, and afford to get the guard, too.

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I believe that the Rock Guard is not a solar guard per se. It is tinted so it will act as a sun awning when raised on the trailers. It's main purpose is to deflect rocks headed for your front window. Plexiglas nor Lexan is the best to replace a glass window with.... less ability to seal properly and they both will scratch eventually. You can get Heat tempered flat glass with pencil sanded edges, and rounded corners, from a glass shop for around $50.00 per window as I did for my trailer. I bought two (Front and Rear) That is much less than the new Heat Tempered flat glass from some vendors that is priced at $149.95 per window. So before buying a new flat glass or a rock guard from Airstream you would make out better to check a glass shop as I did. Boy am I happy I did... and saved almost $200.00 on the price of (2) new flat glass windows to replace the plexiglas the PO had installed on my trailer. Ed
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Old 09-26-2006, 06:35 PM   #21
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Cripes!!

BigEd, I was just now quoted $110 for the same thing!! This is the same window place that didn't know what bedding tape was. I had to explain, and promise and really swear up and down that I didn't need anything but the glass pane The guy kept saying "Well it has to attach to the vehicle somehow" and I said "Oh believe me, I know that" and I did my best to explain that it slides into a clamp and that I've installed 6 others of these and so...couldja just tell me how much it would cost...

I have some shopping around to do!!

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You can get Heat tempered flat glass with pencil sanded edges, and rounded corners, from a glass shop for around $50.00 per window as I did for my trailer. I bought two (Front and Rear)
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:56 PM   #22
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Since this thread has resurfaced from more than 9 months ago, I feel obliged to apologize to azlantco for being gruff in my response (post #11). I was just trying to express that the “take it to a glass repair shop” response is a waste of time based on my personal experience with this rockguard. I didn’t just take the broken rockguard to my local glass shop, I took the whole trailer and was told “no way”.
All of we vintage owners have experince with various projects and I only meant to convey my first-hand eencounter. I still have the flimsy original 1971 rockguard hanging in my shed and will send it for shipping charge only to anyone who can convince me that they can make it work. The only positive result I have seen to this point is someone who laboriously fabricated an extruded aluminum pane to fit in the original frame. It served the purpose but was quite unsightly IMHO.
To further illustrate my sincerity of apology, I have granted karma points to the offended party which can be applied to the purchase of an airstreamforums t-shirt such as was promised years ago but is just about as likely to reach fruition as replacing the original flimsy plastic pane in a 1971 rockguard.
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:49 PM   #23
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Yikes! That's not right! I hope that business you went to isn't trying to gouge a woman! I can't believe the prices could be that much higher in California than here in the mid-west. I will check this price again tomorrow for you and let you know. I bought mine after I got the original price on flat windows from VTS. Now I am waiting to see the actual price from Inland on there exclusive made for Airstream glass. In fact I am going to their wrebsite after I post this. Ed
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:01 AM   #24
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hmmmm...

You could be right, but my theory is that they don't cut the glass there so it's a special order. It's a little place that started out doing just locks and keys and they went into replacing auto glass on a basic level. I need to go to a better place. This is the same place that didn't know what bedding tape was, or Lexan for that matter.

I have plenty of choices out here where I live and I plan to exercise my options!! I'll keep you posted!!

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Old 08-06-2008, 05:47 PM   #25
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I have a 16 foot Bambi 2004. The rear window fell out when I tried to open it while in Canada. No one in Canada would work on it. My airstream dealers here at home are over 100 miles away. Local glass shop said they could put in tinted plexiglass. I am new at all this. Should I go with the dealer or local glass company?
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I have a 16 foot Bambi 2004. The rear window fell out when I tried to open it while in Canada. No one in Canada would work on it. My airstream dealers here at home are over 100 miles away. Local glass shop said they could put in tinted plexiglass. I am new at all this. Should I go with the dealer or local glass company?
Duct tape soem plastic over the window, and take it to the dealer. If you don't want to tow it there, they can probably ship it to you. Installation is pretty easy if you want to tackle it yourself.
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thanks for the advice. i think i will just take it to the dealer. AC insaillation and duct tape held up pretty well. everyone says it looks like a real Texas redneck trailer now, just leave it alone.
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The front window rock guard on our 2003 Safari is probably much different. Ours is cheap looking, flat, flimsy, and the smoked plastic is already wavy/warped from sun. If it broke I would not buy a new one from Airstream for $350+. I would just get a new piece of plexi and cut it to fit. Also, I have had good luck in the past bending plexi using a household oven.
i just noticed that my plastic rock guard that i thought was flat when i bought it is also looking warped from the az sun. i took delivery begining of june and it is now, well august. what did you do to yours if anything. it is still functioning perfectly but because it is still under warranty do yu think it would be something as would cover to replace? no very tuff this stuff they make i guess.
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