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Old 11-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #1

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Rock Guard Repair

Has anyone taken their rock guards apart and replaced the smoke colored plastic inserts? My rock guards have done their job well but have incurred some damage in doing so. Any information would be appreciated.

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Old 11-13-2015, 05:15 PM   #2
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The corner rock guards on our '83 Excella had several cracks where they had been hit when we got the trailer six years ago. I removed them and placed them outside down on blocks. I used used a diabetic syringe to apply acetone to the inside of the cracks, being very careful not to apply too much so as not to remove the clear shine. Those small cracks have never spread.
The rectangular center section had become, over time, concave. I removed that panel from the coach, removed one of the long sections of the frame. I then slid the plastic panel out, turned it over, and reinstalled it placing the convex side out. I'm so I reassembled and reinstalled the guard. That was a year and many miles ago, and that panel still looks great. Slightly convex looks good. Concave just looked old and misshapen.

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Old 11-13-2015, 07:53 PM   #3
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Polycarbonate (Lexan) replacement would be more impact resistant and likely cost more. You would need to find a vac former with the proper molds or use slump forming. Original ones are acrylic (Lucite or Plexiglass) and prone to crack when struck.
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