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Old 01-25-2016, 06:48 PM   #1
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5.0 TA rock guard ideas

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 couldn’t be much prettier.

So far the idea’s 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 I’m 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 I’ve done so far is mount two 12” X 24” sheets of diamond plate from Home Depot using U bolts on the front frame. I left about 3” 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 I’ve 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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Old 01-25-2016, 07:18 PM   #2
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What is in the rear bag, bikes or motorbike?
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What is in the rear bag, bikes or motorbike?
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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Old 01-25-2016, 07:48 PM   #5
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E-mail ETI to day about extra wheel well protection this was their reply.

The Extra Wheel Well protection is available, called Linex (Rock Protection). It comes standard on the storage box, and also there are two standard pieces that can be snapped on to the front of the trailer, on the driver's side and the passenger side. The Linex is an additional charge of $300, and it is sprayed onto the wheel wells of your trailer.
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Nice looking rig and beautiful country.

Have used a rock guard that mounts to the trailer hitch when towing boats on gravel. It helped quite a bit and kept things cleaner as you suggested. Haven't towed the 19 on gravel roads much, but even though have a front box I think I may add the auto protection film on exposed edges. Had it on a previous vehicle and it worked well - professionally installed.
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Need something for the forward side of the step and it's bracket too, gets chipped up pretty quick and rusts.
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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.
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Putting vinyl on the gelcoat with snaps reminds me of all the car bras in the 1980s... that thoroughly trashed the paint. Not for me, but the spray on bed liner may be in the future under the loft of Ten Forward if I run into rock chip issues.
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I remind you that the spray-on bed liner does not leave a smooth finish. And, even on a smooth finish cow crap is a real PIA to clean off.
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