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Old 04-30-2016, 04:51 PM   #1
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The $236 homemade Rockguard!

I could not justify to my wife the 1500$ US for a factory rockguard for our 1974 argosy....that would be more than we payed for the trailer! But i still had to find a solution as i didnt like the soft window protector that came with my trailer.



So, this weekend, i went and got a sheet of lexan 3/16 4X8 and with a few screw, washer and a aluminum cylinder that i cut into small peices....i found a way to make my own rockguard!






-i wanted it clear as i love been able to see inside the trailer and through the rear window when driving....it gives me a good view of the traffic behind me when driving.





-it is very strong...i could through a baseball right on it and the window would never be touch....




-monday, i should have time to finish the center peice....on hinges so it can be lifted to open the window!


-took a good 6h to make....figuring out a system and the shape of those window was the most complicated. next time...it would take perhaps half the time to make a set


should be interesting to see how it age in the sun. the lexan as a UV protection so hopefully it last a few years!



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Old 04-30-2016, 05:44 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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Wonderful - and I love the color of your trailer!!!
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:02 PM   #4
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Very nicely done. Looks professional. And yes, ditto love that happy color.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:22 PM   #5
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Only question left is does the tow vehicle match the AS color? If so it would be a real eye-catching rig!!!


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Old 05-01-2016, 04:45 PM   #6
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Tow vehicle is Black....

My daughter wanted a Lightning McQueen trailer so I got 28$ of rustolum paint and a roller and did this one weekend! Cheap and quick and no one believe me when I say I roll it on!

The Lightning McQueen sponsors and decals coming soon.... It s very flashy look in the street!
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love it. Many guys have rolled their cars that way...
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:49 PM   #8
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I could not justify to my wife the 1500$ US for a factory rockguard for our 1974 argosy....that would be more than we payed for the trailer! But i still had to find a solution as i didnt like the soft window protector that came with my trailer.



So, this weekend, i went and got a sheet of lexan 3/16 4X8 and with a few screw, washer and a aluminum cylinder that i cut into small peices....i found a way to make my own rockguard!






-i wanted it clear as i love been able to see inside the trailer and through the rear window when driving....it gives me a good view of the traffic behind me when driving.





-it is very strong...i could through a baseball right on it and the window would never be touch....




-monday, i should have time to finish the center peice....on hinges so it can be lifted to open the window!


-took a good 6h to make....figuring out a system and the shape of those window was the most complicated. next time...it would take perhaps half the time to make a set


should be interesting to see how it age in the sun. the lexan as a UV protection so hopefully it last a few years!





How did you bend the material and shape it? I assume heat?


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Old 05-01-2016, 07:18 PM   #9
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Lexan can be cold bend by hand as long as the radius is 100x the thickness of the material. So 3/16 thickness with a radius of 27+ inch ( curvature of airstream windows) .... It should be safe from cracking as the material isn't stress. It was very easy to bend once I had attach one part of it.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:45 AM   #10
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Great job!! Pure genius! Re the paint color, I guess you're not too concerned about the sun/heat in the camper? But a great job. jon
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You might consider the front window as well. Rocks, etc. Like to bounce many directions. It didn't look like you did a cover for the center window. Still just a safety and possibly saving you money in the long run.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:15 PM   #12
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Nice job!


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Lexan comes in colors. I see possibilities!!
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Well done, excited to see your center hinged one!
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