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Old 11-06-2015, 06:03 PM   #71
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I had a thought (yes, that happens sometimes ). Why not use the 3M Protective Coating used on the front of vehicles, to protect against rock chips. That stuff is real tough, and would not cost very much to have done. Easy to remove if needed too.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:35 PM   #72
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I had a thought (yes, that happens sometimes ). Why not use the 3M Protective Coating used on the front of vehicles, to protect against rock chips. That stuff is real tough, and would not cost very much to have done. Easy to remove if needed too.
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Tried the film. (Do it your self style, a professional would most likely have better results). It was just a little to thick to make the bend near the bottom corner without getting a wrinkle. Just like when I do drywall, I can see every seam but it looks good to everyone else.

So far the Rock Tamers and my ACE hardware guard looks and gives the best results so far. I just find it hard to believe that I have the only 5th wheel that's getting chewed up in front by the gravel roads. I'm running standard all season tires, nothing big or fancy.

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Old 11-07-2015, 01:52 PM   #73
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Why not use the 3M Protective Coating used on the front of vehicles, to protect against rock chips. That stuff is real tough, and would not cost very much to have done. Easy to remove if needed too.
That makes sense, and I think it was already mentioned by another name. I have this type of film on the front of my motorhome, and I find that it gets stained in little spots of interesting colours by bugs - even when the bug is removed and the surface is smooth, the colour is still there. Since fiberglass (whether an Escape or the moulded front of my motorhome) doesn't rust where it is chipped, I don't find it to be of a lot of benefit.

It would certainly be harmless to the trailer to try it, which is more than I can say for spraying something like Line-X or installing mounting hardware for shields.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:15 AM   #74
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The 3M Coating does not discolour at all, nor does it stain. I have had in on a few vehicles now. I just pulled it off the Pilot a few weeks ago, after over 7 years of being in place, and it did show a few scuffs on in, but no discolouration at all, but sun or by bugs.

On both front fender corners it had suffered some bad abrasion with resulting small dents in the panel, but when I removed the 3M, I was blown away by how good it looked underneath. There was no harm to the paint at all, and you had to see the wee dents in the right light to tell they were there.

Seeing it will likely cost less than $100 to do, and can fairly easily be removed and replaced if needed, I think this is the way I will go. One of the shops here in town said it would be real easy to do with a smooth moulded trailer body.
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:08 PM   #75
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will add the extra insulation and thermal windows but skip the spray foam and just go with a nice rug as Myron suggested. I'll have to check with ETI on the external solar jack.

My concern with the water tanks was simply one of accessibility. I was concerned they were buried in the belly of the beast and might need to tear up the floor to get at if a problem arose.

We still have a long time, well, a year anyway before decisions have to be made so there's time for consideration. I appreciate the help you folks give on the forums. So much to learn.
Last week we toured ETI and I asked Dennis about the benefit of spray foam. He said when parking in hot climates the heat from the earth underneath will radiate up into the trailer floor.
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The 3M Coating does not discolour at all, nor does it stain.
Good to know. I can't tell you what brand to avoid, since I don't know which one was used on my motorhome.
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The 3M Coating does not discolour at all, nor does it stain. I have had in on a few vehicles now. I just pulled it off the Pilot a few weeks ago, after over 7 years of being in place, and it did show a few scuffs on in, but no discolouration at all, but sun or by bugs.

On both front fender corners it had suffered some bad abrasion with resulting small dents in the panel, but when I removed the 3M, I was blown away by how good it looked underneath. There was no harm to the paint at all, and you had to see the wee dents in the right light to tell they were there.

Seeing it will likely cost less than $100 to do, and can fairly easily be removed and replaced if needed, I think this is the way I will go. One of the shops here in town said it would be real easy to do with a smooth moulded trailer body.
Jim I disagree my 2013 Pilot (recently sold) had the full front and mirrors 3 M protected from new. Like Brian I had a fair number of yellow stains where bugs had hit and this was the residual stain left after they were removed when completing a trip. I tried all kinds of methods including a fine cutting paste even methanol without success. My legacy to the new owners of the Pilot.
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Jim I disagree my 2013 Pilot (recently sold) had the full front and mirrors 3 M protected from new. Like Brian I had a fair number of yellow stains where bugs had hit and this was the residual stain left after they were removed when completing a trip. I tried all kinds of methods including a fine cutting paste even methanol without success. My legacy to the new owners of the Pilot.
Hi: David H... Good old Baking Soda on a wet/soaked sponge works on my new "Mosquito catchers". As a mater of fact it works on the front chrome bumpers and grille too. Alf
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Maybe Calgary bugs are so staining, 'cause I never had an issue.

I left it on the mirrors, just checked, and other than one scuff, they look like new.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:47 PM   #80
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Good old Baking Soda on a wet/soaked sponge works on my new "Mosquito catchers". As a mater of fact it works on the front chrome bumpers and grille too.
In this case, I think that the baking soda is just acting a mild abrasive. That's good for hard surfaces, but doesn't help on a soft film.
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