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Old 12-19-2016, 10:52 AM   #1
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Rear Rock Guard on 67 Caravel?

Is it a good idea to have a lexan cover over the rear glass window similar to the front?
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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We have never had one on our 67 and have never seen evidence of need.

Front window is (obviously) different in this regard. It would also be nice to have lower segment protectors left and right of the propane cylinders. You find that out in spades when you start polishing those segments.

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Old 12-19-2016, 02:17 PM   #3

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UV Polycarbonate is as clear as glass and half the weight. It can have twenty times the impact resistance as tempered glass. It's reported that most Euro-caravans have plastic windows.

1967 Airstreams, depending on month of manufacture, may have a serviceable glass-bar, meaning you can take the screws out of the glass clamp/header and easily(??) replace the glass. Easier than most Airstreams.

If one were inclined to “save/protect” the original Corning glass, simply remove it and put it in safe storage. Then install UV Polycarbonate. This would eliminate the need for unsightly, cumbersome rock-guards and not inhibit the intentional see-thru design that the older trailers enjoyed.

Perhaps dumb luck, but my 68GT hasn't broken its unprotected original front Corning glass since 1968. I can differentiate a Peterbuilt from KENWORTH in my Tow Vehicle's rear-view mirror. Better yet, I can watch a tail-gater, and know which direction he swoops to pass before he appears in my side mirrors.

I would replace the front Corning glass with Polycarbonate, and leave the rear original Corning. Being able to see through the trailer's cabin from the TV adds safety. I have become very reliant on this feature, night and day. It really does make driving more comfortable.

If you have not re-taped your glass-bars, It is more likely that the original foam will disintegrate and your window will mysteriously fall out someday, than to lose it from impact. There are a few posted accounts of this happening on the Airforums website.

Your work looks great. Takes a while, doesn't it? Looks like you're having fun with the rebuild/restore/refurbish/re-manufacture/re-engineer… Whichever “re” you're inclined to identify with on a particular day..

Happy to see a '67 Caravel in competent hands...
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