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Old 11-02-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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Rock Guard Rain Strip, I Removed Mine

The rock guard over the front window on my Escape trailer has a rubber strip that runs along the bottom. The rubber strip is there to keep water from flowing under the rock guard when you are driving in the rain. This is necessary because the front window slides opens and water can be forced under the rock guard and into the trailer via the sliding window seals. The ventiliation from the large from window is great, but the rubber strip chafes the trailer gelcoat. Some tow vehicles divert the rain enough that water intrusion would not be a problem, my Jeep Cherokee is apparently not not large enough to disrupt the airflow adequately.

Since I don't expect to drive in the rain very often, I drilled out the rivets holding the rubber strip in place and removed the rubber strip. I put the rubber strip in a baggie with a set of screws, washer and nuts of the same size. I included a spare set of hardware in case I drop something. I only install the rubber strip when I drive in a significant rainfall. When driving in the rain without the rubber strip installed, only a little bit of water made it into the window track.

Another possible option is to use 3-M Anti Squeak tape applied to the fiberglass under the rubber:

This the same topic discussed on on this link.

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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Re: Rock Guard Rain Strip, I Removed Mine

I have a real problem with rain coming in my front window in a hard rain with the stock window and guard. I think it needs more sealing and plan to add a full 360 degree seal using some kind of stiff foam rubber. The hinges and hold up arms will make this a little tricky.

I believe there is a pressure build up that forces water through the window seals and up into the bottom vents.

My suggestion to Escape: build a form fitting Lexan shield like Airstream uses.


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