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Old 04-30-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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The $236 homemade Rockguard!

I could not justify to my wife the 1500$ US for a factory rockguard for our 1974 argosy....that would be more than we payed for the trailer! But i still had to find a solution as i didnt like the soft window protector that came with my trailer.



So, this weekend, i went and got a sheet of lexan 3/16 4X8 and with a few screw, washer and a aluminum cylinder that i cut into small peices....i found a way to make my own rockguard!






-i wanted it clear as i love been able to see inside the trailer and through the rear window when driving....it gives me a good view of the traffic behind me when driving.





-it is very strong...i could through a baseball right on it and the window would never be touch....




-monday, i should have time to finish the center peice....on hinges so it can be lifted to open the window!


-took a good 6h to make....figuring out a system and the shape of those window was the most complicated. next time...it would take perhaps half the time to make a set


should be interesting to see how it age in the sun. the lexan as a UV protection so hopefully it last a few years!



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Old 04-30-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:26 PM   #3
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Wonderful - and I love the color of your trailer!!!
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #4
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Very nicely done. Looks professional. And yes, ditto love that happy color.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:22 PM   #5
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Only question left is does the tow vehicle match the AS color? If so it would be a real eye-catching rig!!!


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Old 05-01-2016, 03:45 PM   #6
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Tow vehicle is Black....

My daughter wanted a Lightning McQueen trailer so I got 28$ of rustolum paint and a roller and did this one weekend! Cheap and quick and no one believe me when I say I roll it on!

The Lightning McQueen sponsors and decals coming soon.... It s very flashy look in the street!
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:01 PM   #7
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love it. Many guys have rolled their cars that way...
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:49 PM   #8
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I could not justify to my wife the 1500$ US for a factory rockguard for our 1974 argosy....that would be more than we payed for the trailer! But i still had to find a solution as i didnt like the soft window protector that came with my trailer.



So, this weekend, i went and got a sheet of lexan 3/16 4X8 and with a few screw, washer and a aluminum cylinder that i cut into small peices....i found a way to make my own rockguard!






-i wanted it clear as i love been able to see inside the trailer and through the rear window when driving....it gives me a good view of the traffic behind me when driving.





-it is very strong...i could through a baseball right on it and the window would never be touch....




-monday, i should have time to finish the center peice....on hinges so it can be lifted to open the window!


-took a good 6h to make....figuring out a system and the shape of those window was the most complicated. next time...it would take perhaps half the time to make a set


should be interesting to see how it age in the sun. the lexan as a UV protection so hopefully it last a few years!





How did you bend the material and shape it? I assume heat?


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Old 05-01-2016, 06:18 PM   #9
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Lexan can be cold bend by hand as long as the radius is 100x the thickness of the material. So 3/16 thickness with a radius of 27+ inch ( curvature of airstream windows) .... It should be safe from cracking as the material isn't stress. It was very easy to bend once I had attach one part of it.
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Great job!! Pure genius! Re the paint color, I guess you're not too concerned about the sun/heat in the camper? But a great job. jon
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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You might consider the front window as well. Rocks, etc. Like to bounce many directions. It didn't look like you did a cover for the center window. Still just a safety and possibly saving you money in the long run.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:15 AM   #12
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I love creative innovation!

Nice job!


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Lexan comes in colors. I see possibilities!!
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:21 PM   #14
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Well done, excited to see your center hinged one!
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Well done. Do you have mud flaps on the TV for added protection?
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:32 AM   #16
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Outstanding!

Did you screw it directly into the skin? Are the aluminum spacers sitting on the skin or did you put a rubber isolator? What tool did you use to cut the lexan?

Can you detail the process? Did you use a template (Luan perhaps?) and then cut the lexan?

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Old 05-04-2016, 08:39 AM   #17
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Very nicely done. I'll be stealing your idea somewhere down the line :-)
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Outstanding!

Did you screw it directly into the skin? Are the aluminum spacers sitting on the skin or did you put a rubber isolator? What tool did you use to cut the lexan?

Can you detail the process? Did you use a template (Luan perhaps?) and then cut the lexan?

Thanks for the share!


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it is screw to the window trim....that is itself attach to the skin so it s a much ticker aluminum attachment than the skin only. it does take a lot of force to screw into it. absolutely no way the attachment will ever come loose or unscrew.

I started by cutting larger rectangle lexan using a skill saw and a very fine new metal blade. the cut is clean and very easy. i then put the lexan against the window and screw it directly to the window without any spacer. i had the predetermined holes drilled in the window trim.

To screw the lexan..i first used a fine bit to make a hole....it s safe and dost crack...then, i increase the hole size as much as needed so the screw will never touch the lexan once i finish the installation with washers...

Once my rectangle was attach to the window, i simply use a black marker to trace the shape i wanted.... unscrew everything and cut to final shape with skill saw making sure i tape everywhere on top of the lexan to not make any scratch with the saw.

finally...reinstall everything with the cylinder spacer and the lexan is trapped between 2 spacer. using 3/16 thickness lexan...it became very clear after a few attachment point that the structure would be extremely stiff and solid. there is no give or movement....i can put all my weight and push on the rockguard and it barely give in a few mm....so i feel pretty confident it can stop any rocks.

i have some final trimming to do plus installing the middle piece. i might go ahead and add some small rubber washer between the washers and lexan to give it even more float movement for expansion/shrinkage during hot cold weather.

from the inside....you simply cant tell there is a rockguard... it s 100% invisible so i m happy about that...i like the panoramic view from the bed!


PS: your idea of using luan to make the proper shape would be very good...i should have though of something like this. i tried with cardboard but it was too flimsy. it s hard to use the lexan to find the perfect shape when you want to avoid any scratches....
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Lexan rock guards

Newbie Argosy owner here. I been learning and watching for months while working to get my trailer road worthy.
Great cost saving protection for the curved glass! I too have a 74 Argosy and I love to know what screws and spacers you used to attach the lexan?
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My concern might be the inside getting dirty after even the shortest road trip. Is there enough space with the spacers to get your hand behind it to clean them?


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