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Old 05-16-2003, 05:45 PM   #1
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rock guards segment protectors

Ok, Everyone talks about the stainless "rock guards" or "segment protectors". These are great products! Where the heck do I get them? I think that we should all have them, but where do you get them?
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Old 05-16-2003, 08:55 PM   #2
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www.inlandrv.com carries them.
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two sets on eBay...

In case you haven't seen them yet, there are two sets of segment protectors on eBay right now, BIN $150.

The pre-1970 segment protectors are this auction: Item # 2175445185

The 1970-1979 segment protectors are here: Item # 2175444545
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Sprayed protector

While at the computer rally in Zavalla, I noticed a number of units that had segment protectors sprayed on, using the Rhino pickup bed lining material. They were all black, which didn't look the best to my eyes, but they said that for some additional bucks, the lining could be made silver (or most any other color). They went as a group and got a good price since there is a minimum amount of material that can be mixed,

Not the most esthetic solution, but it sure does a great job of protection.
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If you've ever looked at a Mazda Miata close-up, the area below the bottom of the door and between the front and rear wheels on each side is painted with a thick coating of chip resistant paint. You don't even notice it until you're up close, and it does an excellent job of protecting that vulnerable part of the car.

Do AS really pick up that much rock damage? I just wonder because to me it's like putting a bra on the nose of your car to protect the paint. You protect the paint, but then you have this ugly black bra on it and you can't see the paint you're protecting anyway.
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Old 05-19-2003, 11:10 AM   #6
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Yes Pahaska,

I remember you telling me about that back in March. Not a bad idea that I am still debating. The segment protectors on Ebay look homemade, something I could do myself, just some aluminum with the edges wrapped. I would prefer to have the factory styled ones but will cost me $$!! I guess the number one thing on my want list is window awnings.

Steph,

Yes, they do take a beating! After every trip I can see a new ding here or there. I really need to get my mudflaps on. The only thing is since mine is a 74 it has plenty of dings already so it really doesn't hurt to get a few more. Additionally, I went to a more of a hiway tread on my tires so the rock pickups have decreased.

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Damage

Even the stainless ones get dings. A friend with a 34-footer has towed all over the continent. His segment protectors look like someone took a ball pien hammer to them.

I damaged one of mine when I hit a small animal in the rain and darkness on the way to Zavalla. The bottom rim was depressed about 2". I used some wood blocks, a body hammer, and a big C-clamp to pull it back to contour. I have to look twice now to se the damage.
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stainless steel is the way to go

These cost me about 150 dollars to make.
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Those look very sharp. How do they attach? Any tips on how you made them?
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Look here

This link may shed some light


http://www.airforums.com/forum...&threadid=1950

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Smiley.

You have a rivet problem on the right side of the front hold down plate.

It indicates vibration from a heavy duty tow vehicle or from lack of proper running gear balance.

I noted the enlarged circles on at least 3 rivets. It appears that they are 3/16 inch pops, or some sealer has been added to them.

There is a way to reduce the shearing of rivets in that plate.


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Old 05-20-2003, 11:38 AM   #12
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Sealant

Ahh, The eagle eye of Andy is sharp as usual.

You are correct, that is sealant.

I have since moved into a different trailer and I must say, the 71' model is definitely built better than the 79' that I have now.

But you know what they say......"They dont make em like they used to".
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Training, training, training. What can you say. Or should I say the "polish eagle eye?"

The 79's actually is a better built trailer than the 71, except for the stupid windows.

Story has it that Airstream planted that engineers remains inside of an "axle."


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Old 05-20-2003, 01:06 PM   #14
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all right. what the heck are you guys talking about?? LOL!

what is a "front hold down plate"? I'm not seein' it.......but my curiosity has been peaked.....
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BRUSH GUARDS

THOSE ARE SOME VERY NICE LOOKING SHIELDS, YOU SAY THEY ARE STAINLESS? DID YOU BUY IT BRUSHED FINISHED? BY THE SHEET? WHERE DID YOU BUY IT? DID YOU PUT YOUR ORIGINAL MOLDINGS ON THE EDGES? IT REALLY HAS GOOD CONTRAST WITH THE RIG, PROBABLY A LITTLE STOUTER THAN THE SOFTER AIRSTREAM ONES . DID YOU ROLL THEM ON AN ACETYLENE BOTTLE TO SHAPE?
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Dimensions and shape

I bought the sheet cut to my specifications (Rectangle) and I cut the corners with electric shears.

Dimensions were 3' x 5' each

I shaped them by bending them aginst their selves. What I mean is that I set one end on the ground and bent the steel over until I reached the desired shape. I took a few tries but just take it slow and check it against the trailer often. It is difficult to bend but it will bend.

I trimmed them with some chrome molding from an auto store.
I had intentions of putting factory molding on them but the 1971 rub molding is not available. The molding is important because it provides for a stiffener. The shields will vibrate as you roll down the highway. The wind will make them "flap" and work the rivets loose. It is VERY important that you have fastened them tightly and eliminate any movement.

You will need a very good drill bit to drill holes into the stainless steel.
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how many rivets did it take to fasten those stainless panels on there they look great
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Rivet count

This segment protectors actually swing out for cleaning and maintenance.

You cannot see the number of rivets because there are rivets holding the hinge assembly onto the body of the Airstream.

I would say that there are approximately ten rivets that hold the angle bracket to the trailer and ten more that hold the angle bracket to the hinge and ten more that hold the hinge to the segment protector. (Each side)

Then there are eight rivets per side that hold the the closing bracket to the skin of the trailer.

All said that would total about 72 rivets

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I've seen a number of Airstreams with fabric on the front - anyone familier with that? - What kind of material - how its fastened?

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I have never seen or heard of this application.

Are you certain that you are not referring to a bedliner substance that is painted onto the front of the coach?

I am haveing a hard time seeing any cloth providing protection to the skin. A rock or other debris traveling at 55 miles an hour can unleash a great amount of damage to anything in its path.

I know that bikers wear leather to minimize abrasion but it does not stop the bruises.

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