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Old 05-11-2017, 09:31 PM   #1
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Rockguard: Fix or Replace

Hey everyone-

I'm new to trailer RVing and just purchased a new to me 2006 AS Safari 25ft. Its a beautiful trailer and was meticulously maintained. As I was trailering home on the highway tire debris hit my rock guard square on the left side and left a really big dent.

Not a huge deal but it kinda bummed me out.

So my question is can I have this repaired and banged out to almost look like new or does it make more sense to buy a new rock guard all together?

What have others done in this scenario?

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Old 05-11-2017, 11:01 PM   #2
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Howdy.. sorry for the hit... but, that is what they are for... to be sacrificial.

I would leave it.. use it until you can't stand it.. or maybe ready to sell one day...

Our AS is a 1999 and has over 80 'dings'/hits.. doesn't bother us...

We reduced the damage by using Rock Tamer rock deflectors..
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:04 AM   #3
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They are stainless steel and hinged so the can be swung open for cleaning behind them and dents pushed out. If it is not creased, it may very well be pushed out or even pulled out with a suction cup tool available from automotive stores.

If you travel much at all they will likely be hit again, the roads are full of junk. As Channing has pointed out, they are sacrificial...and expensive.
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:42 AM   #4
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Every few years, I remove mine and use a body dolly to roll out the road rash. As said above, that's what they are for...they are sacrificial guards which die to save the front shell panels....celebrate them doing their job!
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:49 AM   #5
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To avoid confusion, the Rock guard is the plastic thingy that protects the window, the segment protector is the stainless thingy that protects the aluminum. You can pop a simple dent out or hammer out small impact dents but stainless is pretty tough stuff. A new set costs $800+.
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:51 AM   #6
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BTW, RockTamers drastically reduce the amount of damage to the guards and front of trailer.
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:15 AM   #7
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We wear the dents in our segment protectors (the lower, stainless swing out panels) with pride. If I could record where we got each one I'd label and date them like growth marks for the kids on our kitchen door frame. When a stone broke one of our rock guards (the upper, smoky plexiglass ones) two years ago, I replaced it. If there is a next owner of our trailer (it's not for sale) they can decide whether to spend $1,000 for new stainless.
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:27 AM   #8
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Our 2006 23 foot Safari's lower 'rock guards, aka segment protectors' were frosted with sand and small stone impacts after 8 years. A dent or two dozen more would not make any difference to the two panels. It looked sand blasted, at best and is serving its purpose.

In 2008 I purchased a replacement left and right 'segment protector'. Obviously prices have gone up, since my purchase at Jackson Center. When I sold the 2006, I kept the pair in the event I wanted to replace them when I sell the 2014 International.

Everyone notices the pitting on the front of the two panels. Some of these panels do not fit well and the lower inside edge will catch and hold small rocks that could grind into your aluminum trailer panels. Look down from the top and check for rocks. They can 'drill' into your trailer panel(s).

This is the air space between the panel and your trailer's aluminum skin.

The fit will vary from one trailer to the next just from the factory installation. My 2014 has enough space for any stray rocks to drop out of the lower panel.

While you are at it. The frame from the hitch to the propane tank catch a lot of impacts and knocks the paint off the frame. I wrapped ours with duct tape to take these impacts. If you do not protect this area, it will begin to rust and pit.

Never too old to learn new preventative measures for our Airstreams...
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BTW, RockTamers drastically reduce the amount of damage to the guards and front of trailer.
X 3 on the Rock Tamers. And yes the segment protectors are sacrificial. When they get to look like swiss cheese, maybe replace 'em and thank them for doin' their job
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Howdy.. sorry for the hit... but, that is what they are for... to be sacrificial.

I would leave it.. use it until you can't stand it.. or maybe ready to sell one day...

Our AS is a 1999 and has over 80 'dings'/hits.. doesn't bother us...

We reduced the damage by using Rock Tamer rock deflectors..
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BTW, RockTamers drastically reduce the amount of damage to the guards and front of trailer.
Emphasized ....RT will save you bucks in the end ...
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:41 PM   #12
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Rock Tamers Forever

We recently put on Rock Tamers, and they do an amazing job protecting the Airstream. Our segment protectors were dented from previous travels around Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The question now is to repair/replace them, or leave them as a badge of honor.
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Fix them up and use them. Replace them to sell or not if your repairs and use don't kill them. Most important, go. Pat
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My Rock Tamers

Rather than advertising for Rock Tamers, I had a guy cut these on a plasma cutter in stainless for $60 for the pair.

I agree they stop a ton of stones from hitting the trailer.
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