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Old 03-12-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Rock Tamers Mud Flap System

Does anyone have the Rock Tamers Mud Flaps? Last year we got stuck going on a Wyoming road that was under repair. They had stripped the pavement down to the gravel/mud subsurface. After 5 miles of this mess the front of our trailer was covered in mud. After cleaning it up we also found several dings. I'd like to prevent future occurances and would like to see if the Rock Tamers are effective in keeping rocks and debris off the trailer.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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I have the Rock Tamer mud flaps. They work. I've had them for almost three years and will always use them. I know a number of other Airstreamers that have them too. Search the forums and you will find quite a bit of information that people have posted.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:54 PM   #3
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I have the Rock Tamer mud flaps. They work. I've had them for almost three years and will always use them. I know a number of other Airstreamers that have them too. Search the forums and you will find quite a bit of information that people have posted.
Thanks for the input. They are a bit pricy and I wanted to see if they work before ordering.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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I had an older version, that I bought about 7-8 years ago, and then got one of the newer versions about 3 years ago. The older ones were far superior in my opinion. However, I'm sure the newer ones, although more cheaply made, will still keep a lot of the road debris off your trailer.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:20 PM   #5
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We have them, and we learned the hard way like you. After our first summer, our brand new trailer was covered with dings. The next year, we got Rock Tamers. They've really improved matters. We also added regular mud flaps to the tow vehicle. Unfortunately, nothing stops the flying stones coming off the transport trucks we pass. We have a couple of star cracks on the window covers -- but that's what they're there for. The Rock Tamers were worth the price.

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:02 PM   #6
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Got 'um, love 'um. Check Harbor Freight, they have sales on them now and then. Well worth the cost. EBAY has used sometimes, just remember, the length of the flap is user trimmed and may need new flaps which are costly to replace.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:24 PM   #7
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This is good link on Rock Tamers.

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Old 03-13-2011, 08:10 PM   #8
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Ordered a set through Amazon last week, $167 frt. prepaid for the non-chrome, black powder coated version...

Headed to the desert at the end of the month, and the rock Tamers look like they will be a big help!
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... Last year we got stuck going on a Wyoming road that was under repair. They had stripped the pavement down to the gravel/mud subsurface. After 5 miles of this mess the front of our trailer was covered in mud.....
Wow...we were right there with you! MUD and grumpy "follow me" drivers...

Yeah, we have rock tamers...one of the tricks to installing them is to forget about trying to make them 'look' right...keep them tight against the bumper and imagine rocks coming from the bottom of the tires...where will they whack the 'stream?...adjust the tamers so they are in the way!

Mine stick out the side a bit and look kinda funny but they keep the hard stuff off the stream...mud spray is a different issue...
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:00 PM   #10
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I got my rock tamers at costco several years ago and they work great. I have oversize wheels and tires on my big 4X4 truck and they are easy to adjust and place the flaps exactly where you need them.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:12 PM   #11
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I am a DuraFlap fan and on all of the forums I attend, there is no question that Dura Flaps are among the best. The "Airstream" of mud flaps. All pre-drilled and VERY heavy duty.

Mud Flaps For Pick Up Trucks SUVs
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:58 PM   #12
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Second on the DuraFlap's - 12" wide front and back (I'm not going with any wider tires) with the standard 9" length up front - extra long 14" length in back to protect the 'Stream.

Solid weights up front & King Ranch logo weights in back.

Just arrived today, I will install them this Saturday before maiden voyage of the new Airstream I'm picking up next week.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:30 AM   #13
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I like the RockTamers. Because they are way back by the bumper, it allows you to really reduce the throw angle from the tire/road interface to the AS. Also, I use several different tow vehicles, so one set hanging on the hitch is perfect for me. They are very easily and quickly adjustable.
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After looking at this picture of my TV, I'm thinking I need flaps on the front besides the DuraFlaps in back.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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I have Dura-Flaps both front and rear; none better IMHO.

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Old 04-09-2011, 05:53 AM   #16
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Used the Dura Flaps (front and rear) - working good! Too bad I can't get them to hang perfectly level on the back no matter how hard I tried - still look good to everyone else...
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We all call them "mud flaps", but really they are rock flaps whose real purpose is to stop rocks which are thrown up from the tires, from hitting the front of out trailer.

While the DuraFlaps may very well be good quality, and even attractive, they don't go low enough, or mount far enough back on the tow vehicle to stop rocks from hitting the trailer.

If you don't believe me, take a long straight edge, put it under the rear tire and then up against the bottom of the DuraFlap, and see where the other end of the straight edge is pointing....that is how high the tire will throw rocks.
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Just got back from a 2-week road trip, including over 50 total miles of travel on several rock/dirt/gravel roads in Nevada...

Our new Rock Tamers saved the day...we don't have protective stone panels up front, but I haven't seen any new 'dings' in the front of our AS after our off-road adventures, this trip!

We drove on some sharp crushed gravel-type roads, that are prone to flinging rocks and chips all over the place - at speeds up to 30 MPH!

I adjusted the RT'er flaps wih just a couple of inches of road clearance in a attempt to provide the best protection - it worked great!

As mentioned above, the RT'ers don't help much with 'spray' of mud and dirt! Our route over the Sierra Nevada Mts today, through the melting snow runoff, cinders, and wet 'grime' sure did a 'job' on our AS! I'm going to have to fire up the pressure washer to get er' clean and shinning again!
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While the DuraFlaps may very well be good quality, and even attractive, they don't go low enough, or mount far enough back on the tow vehicle to stop rocks from hitting the trailer.
Fingers crossed - the Banana Panels should protect the rest
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You can get longer and wider Dura-Flaps, just look at their web site. I have the shorter ones and they work fine for me but there are longer ones available along with wider ones for duelly's.

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