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Old 09-22-2014, 10:48 AM   #15
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Considering Stone guard upgrade, would like opinions.

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.

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Old 09-22-2014, 11:15 AM   #16
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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.

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Hi J. Morgan

Thanks for the post, was there any damage up higher, as in on either side of the windows on the curved aluminum? That is there my dealer is recommending protection, not down below.

I would like to do it if it is needed for protection, but I don't want to change the look of the trailer.

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Old 09-22-2014, 11:55 AM   #17
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Considering Stone guard upgrade, would like opinions.

Strangely enough, even on a forty year old trailer that saw A LOT of use, there is no damage (none) above the bed lined area.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:44 PM   #18
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So I have decided to skip these guards.

The biggest reason is because I don't want to make the trailer look different. But I can't help feeling nervous that it will get damage, it would be just my luck.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:47 PM   #19
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Sure beats spending $700 to $800 for stainless!

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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.

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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".
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:56 PM   #20
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Proper names can help.

The metal covers for the lower segments, are called "segment protectors".

The solar gray covers for the front windows are called "rockguards".

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Old 09-22-2014, 08:48 PM   #21
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Considering Stone guard upgrade, would like opinions.

I think I might just break down and buy a rock guard tomorrow, I have been trying to make a unique one today, but my wife keeps telling me I should buy one.......

If what I am doing doesn't look better in the morning..... Well, I will be making a purchase in the PM tomorrow afternoon Andy....
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I just recently purchased a 2017 Flyingcloud 30' FB and it only has the single window in the front. I've watched on some Youtube videos of a dealer recommending the solar wrap protection (rockguard) be placed over the sides to protect the aluminum shell on both sides of the window from stone damage. In reviewing the replies I'm sensing that its not required. I would appreciate some additonal feedback from what the posts are for more recent experience. Many thanks!
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I am the one who started this thread and was in your situation.

Now after crossing the US twice and traveling up and down the east coast 3 times, I can honestly say I have dings in the aluminum and somewhat regret not opting for the guards.

However, I do prefer the look of the trailer with the stock single center guard.
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