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Old 05-19-2024, 08:32 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle - Mud Flaps/Rock Guards

I have a Ram 2500 with a 2” lift and slight offset. I’m considering adding a wide mid flap / rock guard mounted at the hitch receiver to avoid potential rocks flying into the AS I’ll be picking up soon. Anyone else running a similar setup? Which make / model flaps should I consider?
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Old 05-20-2024, 02:00 AM   #2
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I have a Ram 2500 with a 2Ē lift and slight offset. Iím considering adding a wide mid flap / rock guard mounted at the hitch receiver to avoid potential rocks flying into the AS Iíll be picking up soon. Anyone else running a similar setup? Which make / model flaps should I consider?

Get rid of the lift and You will have fewer problems and more things will fit and line up correctly.

I see daily several brands or styles of rear flaps that span the back of the bigger trucks, but when you lift it, it reduces the effectiveness. A 2 inch lift at the wheels translates to several at the rear bumper.

In my view, you have one or the other, a tow vehicle, or a lifted truck, not both.
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Old 05-20-2024, 10:20 AM   #4
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Rock Tamers for us

Our late model F350 and now F250 are somewhat "tall" from the factory so wheel well mounted flaps are inadequate. Learned the hard way attempting the Denali Highway during the first year of ownership. Picked up dents in the protectors and one crack in the plastic window shield.

Been using Rock Tamers since and no new damage, even traversing the common areas of highway construction that are part of life here every summer. There are other interesting solutions, but at the time the Rock Tamers were easiest and reasonable cost.
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Old 05-20-2024, 11:31 AM   #5
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No extra lift on my F-150 but have Towtector setup and it worked great on nasty Montana country roads. But must say I have not used it since those trips. It slips on rather easily and seems to help, maybe, a bit more on kkeping the dust down than the traditional "mud flaps".
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Old 05-20-2024, 12:51 PM   #6
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Interesting thread. Wish we had installed Rock Tamers earlier than we did. Hoping they help us in Alaska this summer.
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Old 05-20-2024, 04:18 PM   #7
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I also wish I had rock guards before I went too fast down a recently prepped gravel road. I looked at Rock Tamers but went the DIY route.

Superstrut from the big box store, bolts, washers and some used conveyor belting.

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Old 05-21-2024, 01:33 PM   #8
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Those towtector look nice, unfortunately it sounds like they will not work with my setup without extending the hitch further from the truck, which I'd rather not risk changing my tow dynamics. Looks like I may go with some rock tamers instead. The only dent we got in our last trailer was probably too high up and in too awkward a location (right between the rock guard and the window guard) to have been from the rear wheel, but still, I don't want to have to make another insurance claim like that one.
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Duraflaps work great. The extra long, extra wide version is equally effective vs rock tamers.

We have them on our F350. Lots of dirt and gravel roads and boondocking behind us and our Airstream and truck has zero damage.
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Duraflaps work great. The extra long, extra wide version is equally effective vs rock tamers.

We have them on our F350. Lots of dirt and gravel roads and boondocking behind us and our Airstream and truck has zero damage.
I was looking at those too: would be a lot more ideal… I hate the bulk of the rock tamers.

How was the install?
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Old 05-22-2024, 05:59 AM   #12
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I was looking at those too: would be a lot more ideal… I hate the bulk of the rock tamers.

How was the install?
Install wasn't difficult. Took a few hours though, mostly because I was taking my time and being careful.

We have over 8000 miles of towing with the Duraflaps and have nothing but positive things to say about them.

We originally decided on the Duraflaps after 2 different airstreamers on a recent Alaska caravan reported better protection from the Duraflaps than others on the same caravan experienced using the rock tamers. Basically they had no damage on their airstreams while using the Duraflaps, but the same wasn't true for the others using rock tamers. Nothing wrong with rock tamers, but I am satisfied with the Duraflaps.

The F350 diesel has so much torque that if you try and start moving on loose soil or gravel, your rear wheels frequently break loose and send a shower of debris rocketing backwards. The extra large Duraflaps have intercepted 100% of this debris so far. Last note: We have towed at least a thousand miles on dirt roads in Colorado and Utah so far. Exceptional performance from the Duraflaps.
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Install wasn't difficult. Took a few hours though, mostly because I was taking my time and being careful.

We have over 8000 miles of towing with the Duraflaps and have nothing but positive things to say about them.
Awesome! Iím sold! And Iíd love not to deal with tamers on my hitch.

Question about the weights. Do they add any value other than looks? I couldnít find any reviews specifically talking about the weights on any mud flaps or rock tamer-style flaps.
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Awesome! Iím sold! And Iíd love not to deal with tamers on my hitch.

Question about the weights. Do they add any value other than looks? I couldnít find any reviews specifically talking about the weights on any mud flaps or rock tamer-style flaps.
The weights aren't necessary at all. They look better with the weights though, so I decided to waste the money to improve the esthetics a little bit :-)
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The weights aren't necessary at all. They look better with the weights though, so I decided to waste the money to improve the esthetics a little bit :-)
LOL, I kinda figured. They didn't seem big enough to add much to the heavy rubber. But what do I know? I may order them without the weights, I can always waste even more money later and get custom weights.
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We have had the Duraflps on our F-150 for a year now and they seem to work great. You can order with wide width and longer length to get extra coverage if desired. They will customize them for your offset. Installation was easy, uses stock holes for the bolts.
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Reporting back, I ordered the Duraflaps, and somehow they arrived within a couple days! I was surprised. Took a long lunch break and installed the two on the rear tires today. Seems like a very solid install. Can confirm I'm not sure what the "weights" could add from a functionality standpoint. These are quite rigid rubber/plastic/whatever they are made of. I got the long and wide ones, and they more than cover the back of the tire and go to within 6 inches of the ground. I imagine with the trainer loaded, they will be an inch or two closer. They look nicer and will be much less of a hassle to deal with than rock tamers. I'll look forward to see how they perform. I'll probably work on the front ones this weekend. Hopefully the combo will help protect our Airstream.
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Reporting back, I ordered the Duraflaps, and somehow they arrived within a couple days! I was surprised. Took a long lunch break and installed the two on the rear tires today. Seems like a very solid install. Can confirm I'm not sure what the "weights" could add from a functionality standpoint. These are quite rigid rubber/plastic/whatever they are made of. I got the long and wide ones, and they more than cover the back of the tire and go to within 6 inches of the ground. I imagine with the trainer loaded, they will be an inch or two closer. They look nicer and will be much less of a hassle to deal with than rock tamers. I'll look forward to see how they perform. I'll probably work on the front ones this weekend. Hopefully the combo will help protect our Airstream.
Can you share some photos?
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I had Rock Tamers for a few years and they seemed to have worked well. I got tired of taking them off and on so tried DuraFlaps. I like the mud flap design a lot better. They also help prevent dinged windshields on vehicles behind me when running around town at home. Either way, they both help prevent dings.
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