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Old 11-11-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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Wink Let's keep the cr@p out...

I know, I know little things bother me...........but!

I just got tired of seeing all the cr@p behind the tinted plexi....

Went to Home Depot, picked up a tube of hot water line insulation,(3/4" copper, 1/2" iron). Slipped it over the upper weathrstrip and.....

one more "little thing" eliminated.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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We use some of this too. The rock guard on ours has a little bit of play in the locking pin, as such the rock guard vibrates slightly as we ride down the road. We stuck a piece of this foam in between the rock guard and the window to eliminate the buzzing.

I didn't think about how it helps keep the crude build up at bay.

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Old 11-11-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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Nice job!Can you use either size(3/4 or 1/2") does one size work better? or do you need both sizes?
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
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That is just too cool! Can't wait to go to lowes. Who would of thought that something that easy could remedy a problem that has bugged me since we got the trailer! Thanks Bob
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:03 PM   #5
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Nice job!Can you use either size(3/4 or 1/2") does one size work better? or do you need both sizes?
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Kim,

It was am impulse buy today at HD.

I just saw them while walking the plumbing isle and the light bulb turned on.

Didn't really know what size would work so I got a couple, (.98 & $1.18). The copper and iron pipes both have the same OD, the 3/4-1/2 is the one that seems to work the best.

Nice soft stuff, shouldn't mark the aluminum at all.
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A word of caution: the foam rots in sunlite and will stick to whatever it is wraped around. Don't ask how I know.
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nice idea rc...

this fit issues bother me too (whenever i OPEN the rock guards for cleaning)

i think the pipe foam would be OK parked...

i use a quarter round of pool noodle (more uv resistant) in pink or blue or green...
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but during TRAVEL/TOWING i take the gap reducers OFF

to AVOID friction related WEAR on the clearcoat and window framing.

and to avoid these loose bits of foam FLYING off the trailer.

during travel at 60-75 mph the protectors seem to 'snug up' a little from air pressure.

we are all towing at THAT speed, right?

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:01 PM   #8
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and to avoid these loose bits of foam FLYING off the trailer.
And hitting your Ford Super Duty?

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during travel at 60-75 mph the protectors seem to 'snug up' a little from air pressure.

we are all towing at THAT speed, right?
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back up FAST and never use the brakes...

that's my motto!

so do those PUSH from behind a/s models...

come with headlights now bob?

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:47 PM   #10
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nice idea rc...

this fit issues bother me too (whenever i OPEN the rock guards for cleaning)

i think the pipe foam would be OK parked...
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Parked it is..

When I did the winter thing I opened them up and thought I had a critter nest in there...by Spring they would have been full.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:38 PM   #11
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We have a 200-year-old deciduous oak tree in our yard. When it dumps its leaves once a year, their favorite place to land is in our next-door neighbor's pool; their second favorite place to land is between the rock guards and the windows! Thanks for the great time-saver idea....
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:28 PM   #12
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I'm gonna get me some of that there stuff! Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:15 PM   #13
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Pool noodles sound great and a good solution,, leaves are my nemisis too,,, thanks 2 air,,, d
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:45 PM   #14
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I use pool noodles on our awing supports - helps to soften the blow to the noggin when I'm not paying attention...
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Hello, a great idea.....I'm headed to Lowe's.

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Hey Bob, Do yours have the strip of self ashesive on them? I've used those before on exterior home pipes. The sun does do a number on them though, have to re-wrap every few years.

I do like the idea of the noodles for the awing braces, Thanks Mexray.

Could be used for open windows as well I guess.
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I addressed this problem several years ago by just "working" with the rock shield aluminum framing. The factory makes no effort to "conform" the shields to the body but the shields (on my 2002 ASCL 31') can be carefully bent to perfectly conform to the body if one wants to spend the time (took me about 1 hour each). My shields OEM rubber seals now press against the body around their ENTIRE perimeter.

An added benefit of this tight seal is that it creates an insulative "dead air space" for these front windows which helps in cooling and heating.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:43 PM   #18
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Unreal, I just thought my solar rock guards were the wrong size or something...Great fix and good to know I am not the only one with the issue. I kept looking at the connection points (installed by PO) and thought "Well, that is the only way he could have done it, so what the heck is wrong...?"

I might also point out that there are not many "solutions" offered up to problems on this site that are this cheap!
Thanks!! But I have to admit, the title to the post drew me in, and this was not what I expected. You got me...
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I don't think I that JC ever intended for the rock guard to fit properly. I have yet to see a perfect or close fit. What is up with that?
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FWIW, I have found that the “closed cell” foam works better. No water absorption.
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