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Old 11-04-2015, 10:36 AM   #41
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The reason we had the underside of the trailer sprayed with foam insulation is primarily to protect the fiberglass from rock chips. We drive plenty on logging roads.
I'd prefer not to fix rock chips anywhere but especially the trailer bottom.
Of course, this insulation will make it more work, if I have to repair anything on the underside.

And the added bonus is the floor seems warmer.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:07 AM   #42
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The reason we had the underside of the trailer sprayed with foam insulation is primarily to protect the fiberglass from rock chips. We drive plenty on logging roads.
I'd prefer not to fix rock chips anywhere but especially the trailer bottom.
Of course, this insulation will make it more work, if I have to repair anything on the underside.

And the added bonus is the floor seems warmer.
My 19 did many 100's of miles on gravel roads, and the underside was actually in very good shape. The wheel wells had a bit of chipping, but the worst was the front of the trailer, as I did not have Line-X on it, nor a storage box. Still these areas with the chips were not really all that bad, a minor gelcoat repair.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #43
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My 19 did many 100's of miles on gravel roads, and the underside was actually in very good shape. The wheel wells had a bit of chipping, but the worst was the front of the trailer, as I did not have Line-X on it, nor a storage box. Still these areas with the chips were not really all that bad, a minor gelcoat repair.
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I drove myself batty this last spring trying to fabricate a rock shield for our trailer. Even though our tow vehicle has a substantial set of mud guards I was getting rock dings on the front of our trailer.

For my first attempt I purchased 2 sheets of the thin diamond plate that they sell at Lowes and Home Depot and used VHB tape to stick them on the front corners. They worked okay but were really tacky looking. So back to staring at the trailer…

For my second attempt I made an appointment at a custom sheet metal shop. I thought it would be sweet to have diamond plate wrapped around the front of the trailer. No more worries about gravel and mud. The sheet metal guy looked at the trailer for a long time, shook his head and said “No way”. (Too difficult to bend the sheet metal with the step down and the radius of the bend of the trailer shell).

What I ended up with, is a set of Rock Tamers for the tow vehicle. For the trailer I purchased four square U brackets at ACE Hardware and four sheets of the thick diamond plated at Lowes. Just slid the brackets over the frame in front and bolted on the sheets of diamond plate. This coming spring I plan on welding on a couple of pieces of angle iron with holes on the front frame for large single piece of diamond plate that will be cut so you can still access the propane compartment. This way you can take the shield off to wash and wax behind the shield.

Sorry no pictures, the trailer is in storage for the winter. The rock tamers on the truck and rock shield on the trailer worked very well this summer. Kept off a lot of the mud and no new dings.

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Old 11-04-2015, 02:57 PM   #44
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Just curious -- to do its work does a rock guard have to be metal? Mine are vinyl, factory installed. Haven't checked but think they are also removable.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:05 PM   #45
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My vinyl ones did a good job on the Alaska Hwy. stopping the rocks from chipping the f.g. The only negative is that road tar stained them and they're not pristine looking any more. A stain is visible even after a good cleaning. When I get around to spraying my propane tank cover I'll probably spray the rock guards also.

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Old 11-04-2015, 03:19 PM   #46
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This is back side of my vinyl rock guards after some six years of service. Foam has broken down some, but they still work.
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Ah, I thought so. Snap buttons, right? Good to know.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:32 PM   #48
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Yup snaps. I apply some clear bike grease to the snaps before reattaching them.
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Myron that looks like it would do the job. Didn't even think to ask about something like that when we picked up our trailer. I originally tried auto body film but even that looked cheesy.

I did not even realize that rock guards were a option. That would have saved alot of time and effort. Who Knew?

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This is back side of my vinyl rock guards after some six years of service. Foam has broken down some, but they still work.
Originally that is what I was looking for. Now I wonder why that was never a option on our build sheet? I wonder if we could have those installed next time we travel down to Washington. That way I could also get ride of the Rock Tamers.

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