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Old 10-03-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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Poor Man's Rock Guard

I wonder if anyone has thought of this before. I was thinking that a cheap rock guard would be the suction matts you put in the bottom of your tub. They stick with suction cups so they should not come off and if you only use then when you are on the road they should not mess up the finish. You could just put one at each corner and go. Eventually I will come up with something better but for the short run it seems like it would work.

So what do folks use for rock guards anyway?

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Old 10-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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Are you talking about the "segment protector" metal guards over the lower curved panels at the nose? Or the rock guards protecting the windows?

While not nearly as cheap as suction-cup tub mats, for about half the cost of the conventional Airstream rock guards for the windows I've bought canvas covers for the panos that are filled with high-density foam and attach with Common Sense fasteners originally designed for use on yachts. It was originally SmokelessJoe's idea, and I had mine made by the same company that made his. I'm having the Common Sense fasteners installed this week, but you can see his installation here.

One advantage that I appreciate is that I'll still be able to see through the trailer in my rear-view mirror.
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I am trying to prevent dents on the lower curved sections. The ones that get rock dents. I have seen newer Airstreams with what looks like some sort of glue on stainless steel rock protectors for the lower front panels.

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Old 10-03-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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Here's a link to the ones I designed 9 years ago:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f469...ors-46690.html
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That is really cool! Great idea on the tub mats, too. Hmmm, Really good ideas....
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I am trying to prevent dents on the lower curved sections. The ones that get rock dents. I have seen newer Airstreams with what looks like some sort of glue on stainless steel rock protectors for the lower front panels.

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What you're talking about is what Airstream calls "segment protectors." Apparently they're hinged, and the hinge is applied to the Airstream with rivets.

Here's a thread about them.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #7
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Yeah a poor man's version of that. I am going to try the suction cup bath matt and see what happens. The more stupid it looks the better. Maybe I can find some in hot pink or turquoise. Actually at some point I thought of making something that is supported by the frame and does not touch the skin at all. Maybe something out of stainless steel. I have some of that I could use.

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I don't want to be the guy behind you when your suction cupped bath mats detach and and go whipping behind you. IMHO, that would not be a pleasant surprise and would be potentially dangerous to the traffic behind you.
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Well it will have to undergo some testing.

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I don't want to be the guy behind you when your suction cupped bath mats detach and and go whipping behind you. IMHO, that would not be a pleasant surprise and would be potentially dangerous to the traffic behind you.
I would write a violation ticket if I found such a contraption on a vehicle or trailer. Anything on the exterior needs to be securely fastened... suctions cups are not secure, and I guarantee with the amount of dust and shaking that goes on right behind your rear bumper, they wouldn't stay on long.

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Here is a link to a trailer-mounted canvas rock deflector. I bought one for my Basecamp after we lost a window due to a rock on the Alaska Highway. Worked well... was about $500.
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