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Old 10-27-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Where to get segment protectors

So where does one get these segment protectors and how much do they cost? Do you have to butcher your Airstream to install these things? They look to be made of stainless steel.

If these things cost as much as I paid for my Airstream what is the point?

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Old 10-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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If your rig isn't worth much then you might not want to pay the cost. They are made of stainless steel, and are bulky to ship so finding a local dealer may help keep your cost down.

ODMRV has them on sale right now.

Stainless Steel Wrap Protectors 1982 and Prior SKU9795 [9795] - $536.58 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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found mine on ebay, but they were still $300 plus shipping. That is still better then a hole from a rock in my lower segment!
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I had them on one of my Airstreams, had them put on at the factory. I was disappointed that they dented up like the AL panels, and over time looked no better. They looked nice when new, however. So, my opinion is they add cost, weight, and clutter, for no real advantage. If you want to dress up an old battered front, maybe. At least they will look good for a while, but they do dent.

Like putting slip covers on a sofa, to save it for some other person? Grin.
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I had them on one of my Airstreams, had them put on at the factory. I was disappointed that they dented up like the AL panels, and over time looked no better. They looked nice when new, however. So, my opinion is they add cost, weight, and clutter, for no real advantage. If you want to dress up an old battered front, maybe. At least they will look good for a while, but they do dent.

Like putting slip covers on a sofa, to save it for some other person? Grin.
Not so much to preserve the looks, but to protect the skin from possible holes from stones. Stainless steel will dent, but it's much harder to pierce it.
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Hi Perry. Any Airstream dealer can order these for you. This should cut the shipping costs if you can go pick them up. Airstream.com's dealer search at the top of their page shows dealers in Montevallo, AL, Anniston, AL, Louisville TN and Alpharetta, GA.

Be sure to tell them the year of your trailer -- Airstreams became 6" wider in 1994.

I've dented up my segment protectors -- would rather have the dents there than on the actual trailer skin.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:56 PM   #7
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Well I think putting some mud flaps on the truck will help some. Most if not all the rocks that are going to hit that area are from the truck tires. This is why they are so low down on the corners, maybe no higher than 1ft above the belly band. Any higher than that and they would hit the bottom of the truck instead of the trailer.

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I had them on one of my Airstreams, had them put on at the factory. I was disappointed that they dented up like the AL panels, and over time looked no better. They looked nice when new, however. So, my opinion is they add cost, weight, and clutter, for no real advantage. If you want to dress up an old battered front, maybe. At least they will look good for a while, but they do dent.

Like putting slip covers on a sofa, to save it for some other person? Grin.
BUT, because they are removable and stainless, the dents roll out very nicely with a body dolly. Pulled mine off this summer and worked them. From 5 feet away you can't see any dents. Up close you can see the "pocks" where metal had been displaced, but NO dents!

Also, if they get bad, they are A LOT cheaper than replacing the segments!
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Perry,
New Market, huh? I lived in Hazel Green for a few years...still have friends there...

An alternate reason to install Segment Protectors is to cover existing damage!

Anyway...It's just a few screw holes in the front for the hinges...the side mounts are pretty important...they are riveted stand-offs and If ya only install 1 per side (Like my '91 had)...it's possible that they will rip out.
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I have seen some on the newer trailers that looked like they were made out of Lexan.

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New Market, huh? I lived in Hazel Green for a few years...still have friends there...

An alternate reason to install Segment Protectors is to cover existing damage!

Anyway...It's just a few screw holes in the front for the hinges...the side mounts are pretty important...they are riveted stand-offs and If ya only install 1 per side (Like my '91 had)...it's possible that they will rip out.
Yeah, 2 standoffs per side is necessary.
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Well I think putting some mud flaps on the truck will help some. Most if not all the rocks that are going to hit that area are from the truck tires. This is why they are so low down on the corners, maybe no higher than 1ft above the belly band. Any higher than that and they would hit the bottom of the truck instead of the trailer.

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I pull a 25 year old trailer witout the segment guards. The trailer has taken a beating. One hole, several more near punctures, big dent that required removing and re-sealing the bottom band. If you have a fairly new trailer I would reccomend the segment protectors. I choose not to add them to an old one that already had dents. I have the full width mudflap on the truck. It does not keep stuff from hitting the trailer. The bigestst dent came from a piece of wood, like a 2x4, in the road. Saw it, but could not dodge it. Mud flaps did not stop it. End on into the trailer.
I think segment protectors cost about $800. More important, I think, are the rockguards for the curved window on front.
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Segment "Wrap" protectors

I ordered my Segment "Wrap" protectors from Out of Doors Mart for my 1976 31' Sovereign and they arrived today. They had the best price that I could find even better than ordering from an Airstream dealer or shop.

I will post some pictures of the install and finished project.
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