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Old 10-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #11
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

line-x may do the job but it doesn't look all that great. If it came in white it might be more appealing.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #12
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

Agreed. However, in looking at their website (http://www2.line-x.com/nw/xtra.html), they have addressed that limitation. ..

Specifically from the website it says, "You Asked, We Listened...... Here's Your Answer. LINE-X XTRA "Color-Coded" Spray-On Composite Truck Bedliners with DuPont Kevlar is the next generation of bedliner technology, available at selected LINE-X Locations."

There are pics showing examples of a variety of colors used on various trucks, construct equip, rv's, etc. I didn't see a white but would imagine they do that now as well.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:46 PM   #13
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Re: Small chips in the shell...


I think white is probably the most difficult "color" to match. The variation from cold to warm tones is huge. The best solution would likely be one that is a color variation of the trailer graphics, perhaps a lighter tone. But, it's a large area to cover and is pretty hard to disguise.

I'm just going to live with small chips, a patina as described earlier.

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:17 AM   #14
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

If I remember correctly (which is rare) the cost was around the $500 (Canadian) mark or less. I don't think you would need any other protection, it's pretty sturdy (and true, not that pretty, but protection was important for me - it matches the duct tape holding my vent cover on).

In a testament to it's protective abilities - I've recently pulled the trailer all the way to Eagle Plains, Yukon, and back down to Vicksburg Mississippi - on the way there have been many gravel roads, a wicked snow storm and accompanying gravel/salt/ice combos on the roads - all of which have stripped the paint from a number of spots on my truck. The trailer is perfectly fine (although the paint is gone from about 1/3 of the tongue - the next thing to solve).
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:24 AM   #15
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

I would imagine the Line-X would be a good solution to the trailer hitch as well. Trailer hitches, as well as frames, always seem to take a real beating.

One other idea would be to do the Line-X the same colour as your graphics. The local Bigfoot dealer (before they went out of business) put it on every new Bigfoot, and the colour seemed like a very close match. Of course these were new, and had yet received any punishment.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:31 PM   #16
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

I asked about doing the frame, but unless you did the whole thing, and made sure there was absolutely no oxidation started anywhere, then it would possibly be worse (since oxidizing bits would bubble, and would likely not dry).
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:15 PM   #17
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

I don't even like to look at the title of this thread....

I cringe at the thought of rock chips in my baby.

I haven't noticed any yet, though I'm sure it will happen, even though we don't go all over tarnation like Dirk. I'm sure it will be easier after the first... our Casita was riddled with them.

Then again, we have the factory rock guards and perhaps they have special powers...
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:53 AM   #18
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

This post from another RV forum might be another idea too.

"I was looking for a way to keep bug splatters, road
tar and rock chips from nailing the front. Even though I've got good sized
rubber mud flaps on my van - and a long overhang - a lot of stuff still gets
through. Small rocks are a big culprit here in the desert southwest.

I bought a 4X8 sheet of white, 4mm thick Coroplast, then trimmed it to cover the
entire frontal area. If you've never seen Coroplast it looks exactly like
corrugated cardboard - but is made from plastic. Check out www.Coroplast for
more details. It is commonly used in the sign business.

I chose Coroplast for several reasons:

1. It gives on impact, effectively spreading out the force from a stone hit.
While it will leave a mark on the surface of the Coroplast it will completely
protect what's underneath it.

2. Inert - no worries about water.

3. You can wash it.

4. Its highly flexible so it can follow the curve of the front.

5. Easy to cut with a utility knife.

6. CHEAP! A 4X8 sheet was $20.00...

7. Easy to install with small squares of 3M OUTSIDE double sided tape cut from
a roll. I installed them about 18" apart around the entire perimeter, and put a
few in the middle as well. Did I mention use OUTSIDE double sided tape?

8. Easy to remove - just heat up the tape with a hair dryer and pull hard.

9. Extremely light - I would bet the entire piece I used weighs maybe a pound.

When and if I ever sell my trailer that shiny new front - free of stone hits and
bug splatters - is sure to increase the value. ;-)

It took me about an hour from start to finish, make sure you clean the mounting
surface thoroughly from any wax or grime. I used a strong solution of Dawn
dish-washing liquid to strip it, followed by a wipe down with alcohol and a new
microfiber towel."
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:57 PM   #19
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

Can you post a picture? I think it's a great solution..
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:40 PM   #20
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Re: Small chips in the shell...

IT was just a message board with no photo for a conventional travel trailer (not fiberglass). Google images for Coroplast will show the material. It's that cheap, but tough sign material. Thought it might be food for thought. I don't know if that 3M OUTSIDE double sided tape would damage the gelcoat or not. Take care.
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