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Old 02-20-2006, 04:16 PM   #1
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Rock guard replacement

I want to replace the front window rock guard insert on my 64 Safari. The original angle aluminum frame is fine (kinda hokey but original). The original green corrugated fiberglass material is faded and cracking at rivet mounting holes. What have others used to replace this? New fiberglass corrugated greenhouse type roofing, Lexan, corrugated metal roofing etc.

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The correct Airstream Rockguard for your trailer, is the center piece of the standard 3 piece rockguard. It is 26" x 47".

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Old 02-21-2006, 12:19 AM   #3
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What material is used?

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Old 02-21-2006, 10:49 AM   #4
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I have no idea what type plastic Airstream uses in their rockguards.

I suspect it's probably Acrylite, since it does break.

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Old 02-21-2006, 05:41 PM   #6
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Can I tag on your thread? I have 87 25' with cracked curb side window guard (smoke). Any source for plexiglass replacement??
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Plexiglass must not be used when it can be exposed to the sun, especially colors.

The colors will bleach out.

Plexiglass is cheap, but very inferior to Acrylite. Plus, you will more than likely break it when you attempt to bend it.

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Old 02-21-2006, 06:38 PM   #8
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any sources for Acrylite? What method is used to cut?
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can we cut it ourselves or have to have it done commercially?
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Best sources for Acrylite is a plastic shop or center. Home Depot, as an example, does not handle it.

Cutting plastic can be a problem. As your cutting the plastic with a sabre saw, or table saw, DO NOT allow it to shake. Go SLOOOOOOW, when cutting. If not, you more than likely will crack it.

Use sharp blades. Make smooth cuts. Take your time.

When bending Acrylite, make sure it's warm to the touch. If it's cold, it will more than likely snap.

If you have installed a new rockguard, let the sun heat it up, so that you can adjust each end gasket, to rest on the aluminum, by bending the aluminum frame to match the shape of the shell.

DON'T BE IN A HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I want to replace the front window rock guard insert on my 64 Safari. The original angle aluminum frame is fine (kinda hokey but original). The original green corrugated fiberglass material is faded and cracking at rivet mounting holes. What have others used to replace this? New fiberglass corrugated greenhouse type roofing, Lexan, corrugated metal roofing etc.

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I have the same issue with my 68 Trade Wind, I would rather keep the fiberglass than go with the smoked lexan. The current gaurd has one major crack and is faded. I havent ever used fiberglass, however, what is the argument against adding a couple more layers to fix the cracks and to restore the color?
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I have the same issue with my 68 Trade Wind, I would rather keep the fiberglass than go with the smoked lexan. The current gaurd has one major crack and is faded. I havent ever used fiberglass, however, what is the argument against adding a couple more layers to fix the cracks and to restore the color?
Since this item is not a safety item, I would say none. This is an option I hadn't thought about but is workable. And when you start talking about repairing a fiberglass panel, then I definitely recommend looking at TomW's site. Good idea.
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Since this item is not a safety item, I would say none. This is an option I hadn't thought about but is workable. And when you start talking about repairing a fiberglass panel, then I definitely recommend looking at TomW's site. Good idea.
I love his site, it is amazing what the talented folks here have done with their rigs. Makes me feel like a major poindexter for not having done more with mine..... Thanks again for the input, between checking out my Trade Wind before I bought it and all the help you have given here, you are looking at a major dinner on me when we finally bump into each other on the road!
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