Originally Posted by J. Morgan
My answer to panel guards....
Not for everyone I am sure, but since my panels already had about 100 small dents per side the bed liner seemed like a good idea for cover and protection.
Cost was about $50 for the liner and materials and perhaps 90 minutes of my time all inclusive.
Great idea! We traveled many gravel roads and the stainless steel took the brunt of the grit and gravel. Looked like buckshot and the lower end of the frame was "hammered" where the details of the frame was absent.
In 2008 I picked up a spare set of stainless gravel guards while having a final warranty work list finished and bought a pair at Jackson Center. In the $700 to $800 range, as it would take me too long to find the receipt. Seemed like a lot at the time, but I am sure they have not gone down in price. I would have sold them with the sale of our 2006 not long ago, but I would have wanted my $700, or maybe $750 for them, so kept the pair for replacing the 2014's rock guards if we ever need to. Otherwise, I am sure we will be able to sell them in the future for the price of a new home, or even a cabin next to a deep creek in Colorado...?
This would work on the front of the hitch, below the propane tanks that get their share of gravel pits and road debris. And you can probably add another coat in a few years if necessary. Great idea. Would be interested in hearing how it held out on strictly paved travel and if anyone has tried this idea on dirt and gravel road.
Added: You will get those occasional small rocks thrown up by 18 wheelers when passing you or in an asphalt construction area. Those stones pit your windshield and hit the TOP of your Airstream, above the window "shield". Our window shield had one stone put a good sized star crack in it years ago, but held together well. I took some clear packing tape and stuck in over the spot to keep it "solid".