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Old 01-25-2016, 09:04 PM   #11
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Spray on bed liner is a solution that would work good, though quite permanent. I have considered doing it. It may happen at a later date, not sure though.

I almost certainly am going to get 3M protection done, and have it done by the guys that did my truck. They did a great job. Yours lifting at the edges is common with other owner performed jobs. The stuff is tough, and not too difficult to remove if needed. I talked to the shop when I got my truck done, and they said it would not be very expensive at all to do.

My opinion on the vinyl ones that Escape provides is that they are fugly.

Scott, do you have any photos of the aluminum diamond plate installed. This idea sounds interesting to me.

Jim, Iíll post pictures this spring after I get the trailer out of covered storage. It figures we got no snow, should of left it out in the driveway. Right now I just have my beta version, which is just a couple of Home Depot diamond plate sheets held on with some U bolts. I plan on bead weld some angle iron on the frame for the plate mounts and bringing them out 3 inches or so to help keep crap off the steps and awning arms. My test version worked great this summer, kept the trailer clean and no new rock damage. I do plan on having the auto film cover applied to the front corners and the front nose for added protection. Our previous camper was a Northern Lite fiberglass truck camper and over the years the nose of the camper got dinged from rocks and discolored from bug hits even though I faithfully washed and waxed. The film should help on the nose. I thought the thing would look kinda Mad Max beyond Thunderdome but itís pretty subtle and tuff, real easy to clean.

Iím also interested in what others come up with.

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Old 01-25-2016, 09:11 PM   #12
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I am liking the idea of diamond plate, especially if it doesn't qualify your trailer to be in the Mad Max sequel. I look forward to the photos in the spring, and to seeing what you come up with as a permanent solution.

I really don't want to use one of those receiver mounted road sweeps either.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:25 PM   #13
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Jim, our summer mountain bikes. Carcross and Whitehorse have wonderful mountain bike trail systems. The bike cover is by Formosa and it fits the 1 Up rack with two bikes perfectly. We went on a month long trip this summer over the Top of the World Highway, up to Tombstone Territorial Park and back home with lots of dirt, mud and rain and the bikes stayed in immaculate shape, nice smooth drive systems.

Once again thank you for the bamboo shower mat idea. Send your snow north, 40 degrees and melting. Scott

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How does cover work out with taillight visibility? We have 1Up on our 21. Love to keep the salt off headed South.
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We use the 1Up rack and bike cover from etrailer....the top taillights make the difference.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:40 PM   #15
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How does cover work out with taillight visibility? We have 1Up on our 21. Love to keep the salt off headed South.

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We tried every cover out there, this was the best and the cheapest. Fits the 1 Up with two bikes like it was custom made for it. And yes you can see taillights even if you don't have the upper lights through the clear section. Scott

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We tried every cover out there, this was the best and the cheapest. Fits the 1 Up with two bikes like it was custom made for it. And yes you can see taillights even if you don't have the upper lights through the clear section. Scott

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Gotta get it. Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:52 AM   #17
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I would like to start a thread for rock/stone protection for the 5.0 and the 5.0 TA.

In an earlier thread I made the comment that after two seasons of camping here in Alaska, the Yukon and a couple of trips up and down the Cassiar Highway to Washington that we were getting some stone dings on our trailer. I know, I know some here call the dings beauty marks but at this time our trailer is beautiful enough and couldnít be much prettier.

So far the ideaís that I have heard from other forum members:

Spray on bed liner

Auto film protector

Fabric stone protector

Factory vinyl stone mats (Not available for the 5.0 TA)

This may not be a big deal for a lot of people but we plan on keeping this trailer for a long, long time and I like to keep my things nice. A lot of you have driven the ALCAN, Cassiar, Denali, Top of the World and Dempster Highway so you know what Iím talking about.

During the winters the highway departments use a small pea gravel/sand mix for traction during the winters and during the perpetual road construction they use something similar before they lay the new asphalt. These small rocks are the perfect size getting caught in the tire treads, then thrown into windshields, hoods and trailers.

Almost all of trailers that you see up here, even the ones hauling snow machines and four wheelers all use some form of metal plate up front for protection from the rocks, gravel and mud. What Iíve done so far is mount two 12Ē X 24Ē sheets of diamond plate from Home Depot using U bolts on the front frame. I left about 3Ē overlap with a 45 degree bend to the outside; this really helps on keeping mud and tar off the trailer. My plans for this spring are to spot weld a couple pieces of angle iron with either holes or some sort of bayonet type mount for easy removal of the rock shield for cleaning and waxing of trailer.

So far Iíve tried the auto film protection, I used a do it your self kit, mud got in the edges, discoloration and got some marks in the gel coat from larger rocks. May try the film over the front cap, professionally installed this time. So far with Rock Tamers on the truck, (they ugly) and diamond plate on the frame I have had no rock damage and the trailer stays a lot cleaner on muddy roads. Here is a picture of my set up now, (if you zoom the image you can kind of see the back of trailer rock guards).

I'll try to post better pictures of the finished product this spring, unless the great minds on this forum come up with better ideas. Scott

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Is that a RAM 2500 you are using to tow? I'm interested in upgrading, not sure the 5.0 ta can be raised high enough for the 2500.
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:51 PM   #18
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Is that a RAM 2500 you are using to tow? I'm interested in upgrading, not sure the 5.0 ta can be raised high enough for the 2500.

Ram 3500, left over from the truck camper days. Escape raised the kingpin one hole, lowering the pin box. (Hope I explained that right) Trailer rides perfectly level. Scott
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:25 PM   #19
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Ram 3500, left over from the truck camper days. Escape raised the kingpin one hole, lowering the pin box. (Hope I explained that right) Trailer rides perfectly level. Scott
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Sounds like I could make a 2500 work. Thanks!
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Ram 3500, left over from the truck camper days. Escape raised the kingpin one hole, lowering the pin box.
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Trailer rides perfectly level
Presumably it also has the suspension mounted in the spring-over-axle-tube configuration (the high setting).
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