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Old 08-02-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Rock guards vs shields

I assume it is all but impossible to avoid chips in the gel coat finish from flying road debris. I would think that most of the damage would be caused by the tow vehicle itself. What is the best method to minimize the potential damage? There are various products from 'grass skirt' flaps to actual shields. What's been the experience on this forum? One or both methods? One idea I had was to fabricate a vinyl panel that you could attach to the front of the trailer with the snaps they use on boats. That would mean screwing them to the trailer and penetrating the wall, not something I would want to do.

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Old 08-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #2
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I believe the snap on pads is what ETI does with their rock guards on lower front. It is shown on the list of Exterior Features.
The other option they offer is the Front storage box. The box comes standard with a painted on rock guard protective coating.
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Mud flaps on the tow vehicle helps considerably.
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The optional front tool box protects most of the front of the trailer.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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We started using these mud flaps years ago before the roads through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore were paved pulling a A-liner. They work very well.
Amazon.com: Roadmaster 4400 RoadWing Mud Flap: Automotive
Mud flaps in the rear wheel wells of the Tundra did not stop a lot of the small stone used to make the road bed.
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:57 PM   #6
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The optional front tool box protects most of the front of the trailer.
And for a 5th wheel?
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Anyone ever heard of or seen these used these before? Opinions? Supposedly protects the trailer better than any mud flaps -- but expensive.

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I believe the snap on pads is what ETI does with their rock guards on lower front. It is shown on the list of Exterior Features.
The other option they offer is the Front storage box. The box comes standard with a painted on rock guard protective coating.
I can see that front rock guards are shown as a standard feature for trailers but not for the 5.0. What do they look like?
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Anyone ever heard of or seen these used these before? Opinions? Supposedly protects the trailer better than any mud flaps -- but expensive.

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From what I've seen, there are numerous similar "grass skirt" products. Looks like they should work fairly well as they would still allow some airflow vs a solid flap. But how well they prevent or trap the big chunks from getting through is the question.
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From what I've seen, there are numerous similar "grass skirt" products. Looks like they should work fairly well as they would still allow some airflow vs a solid flap. But how well they prevent or trap the big chunks from getting through is the question.
Thanks for the feedback. What I found interesting is that the brushes actually contact the ground. They claim to have a heat absorbing strip at the top so the brushes don't burn from the heat buildup caused by the road friction. Another interesting feature is the exhaust ports. You'd attach one end of their hose to your exhaust and the other end to the port, so that the vehicle exhaust is not affected. Anyone wanna test it? ....
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