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Old 08-29-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
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Smile traveling on gravel roads

We are in the process of looking to order an Escape 21 feet from the factory. Anyways, looking at options. We like to do recreation camp which means at times traveling down gravel roads. Being a fiberglass unit we want to know if anyone has found something to put around the wheel wells and areas that gravel may be a issue. I know there is the off road package which makes the Trailer higher. We do other camping as well, but at times do do the rec sites as we live in Campbell River,BC and there are many really nice spots but require to go down a gravel road to get to them, Thanks any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:12 PM   #2
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I've done nothing to protect the wheel wells. Been driving down gravel roads for 10 years. If it ever gets to be an issue, I will perhaps coat the wheel wells with Rhino liner or something similar.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
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Thanks, appreciate that, What size escape do you have.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:34 PM   #4
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Traveling gravel roads

I see you have a 17. Did you have the off road on it like make it highier.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:38 PM   #5
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I have the high lift axle, but since the RAV4 has to go first, I don't think I need it.
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:40 PM   #6
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I go as slow as I can, but where I notice the rock chips is on the front of the rear bumper. Loren
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:51 PM   #7
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Traveling gravel roads

Thanks, new to fourm, Loren that mentions the rocks can nick the rear bumper, do you have the high axle on your unit. We have a F150 so not sure with hight, will ask Hubby.

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Since we live on a gravel road, we decided to go with the underneath insulation. This in order to protect everything below. So far, so good.
Also important is to get the storage box. It protects the front from rocks being spit up by the tow vehicle.
We drive around 50km/hr when on gravel.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:14 PM   #9
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We traveled Top of the world highway and received rock chips in the rear bumper and some on the front frame. I have just sanded them out and repainted the bumper with gloss black Tremclad paint. Looks brand new again.
I have yet to finish getting the tar out of the wheel wells yet but I have not noticed and rock damage yet. I’m going to extend the trailer mudflaps with a strip of 3” aluminum and see if that helps the back bumper.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:22 PM   #10
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Traveling gravel roads

Thanks , love this fourm, great replies. Very helpful and common sense. We too want to travel up to Alaska so all good info.
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