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Old 11-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #71
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That is why I recommend both wheel well TV mudflaps AND Rocktamers. Rocktamers protect about from the beltline down to and including the banana wraps. The body of the truck protects up high for most of the front of the AS....BUT...if you install the RTs and stand behind and examine the protection, if you can see tire tread between your eye and any portion of the AS behind you, it is exposed to rocks. You will find that where the body of the truck rolls under behind the rear wheel you will see exposed tread which will dent right where you describe. A good wheel well flap closes off that exposed tread for complete (direct) stone throwing. You can still get minor nicks from rebounds and ricochets, but it's those direct throws that kill.

Not sure this makes sense...need a pic.

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I looked in my pic library, and although this pic doesn't show directly, if you can imagine standing directly behind the right top corner of the RT and looking down at the point where the tire meets the road, you would see a somewhat triangular portion of tread about 6 - 10 square inches in area. draw an imaginary line from that exposed tread through your eye and out the back of your head and where the "line" intersects the AS skin is vulnerable.

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Old 11-08-2013, 06:05 PM   #72
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Dzn - thanks - makes since

Reminds me of the "Swiss cheese model" concept in error prevention
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #73
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Yeah, and I apparently am now blind in one eye and have a 10 sq. in. hole in the back of my head!
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #74
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Wow! I like that, much simpler and easy to build than I had in mind! Mind if I copy the idea for my own use?
Royce, copy away!
I know they work. When we travel in the rain you can see the water spray go out around the trailer for the most part.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:26 PM   #75
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I had thought I'd make my own out of a rubber farmer's wide belt:-) But I'm getting lazy and I like the quick removal feature.
I have an SOB that I use occasionally for my work. I was traveling on some unpaved lease roads and needed mudflaps in a hurry. Took about 2 hours to build them, just pull 2 pins and they come off the hitch. They seem to be working, I haven't noticed any damage from rocks.
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I have an SOB that I use occasionally for my work. I was traveling on some unpaved lease roads and needed mudflaps in a hurry. Took about 2 hours to build them, just pull 2 pins and they come off the hitch. They seem to be working, I haven't noticed any damage from rocks.
Those look nice! Thanks for posting the pictures!


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I like mine we'll worth the little extra cost to save maybe a window or the odd chance of getting dings
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I like mine well worth the little extra cost to save maybe a window or the odd chance of getting dings

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Old 11-09-2013, 07:05 AM   #80
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Nice looking setup there dutchie !!
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Here's my version. Mounts directly to the truck frame independent from the ball mount yet easily removable for off season storage. Heat shield deflects hot exhaust gas off to the side.
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I just bought a stainless steel extension that puts the heat out past the flap.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:48 AM   #83
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Cool - good points

I don't find such measures in the realm of "the slippery slope" - or an attempt to prevent any or all damages - but it presumably would prevent some dings or broken window over time

Invoking the slippery slope (an informal logical fallacy) only makes sense if it lead to more broad obsession to protect your stuff that are extreme or silly - gmw photos described a buddy that would barely ride his motorcycles because of fear of them getting wet and dirty

An AS should be used - I plan on it often - dings will happen - no biggie - some may be prevented but not all - because we cannot prevent all does not stop attempts to prevent "some"? It need not be a dichotomy.

Now - I'm off to prep a bunch of plastic to put on all furniture
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Protect a tow

I use the Protect a Tow system on my Motor Home. It does a great job and is easy to install and remove and store when not in use. It is also available for travel trailers. Its another option

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