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Old 22-04-2009, 12:27 AM
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Default Camper Trailer Stone guards

What sort does your trailer have??
http://www.campertrailers.org/stone_guards.htm

few options here.. going to make one for mine soon.. (vince... the welder will finally get a workout)..
Should you have the shadecloth tight or loose??

I like this one but the tube looks like it doesnt protect that much.. Maybe Im expecting a bit much?



Do you really need them to go right around to the guards?


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As long as is angles the stones away and not through your back window. I think the best thing is a removable full width mudflap on your truck. Stops the stones hitting your camper and then bouncing forward onto your truck.

Also if you do get stone guard on the trailer, you will want a substntial frame as you WILL end up using it to manouver your trailer.
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The first is not worth the paint it’s painted with. It has too many hard surfaces for stones to bounce off and you would need to buy 20 large packs of cable ties to replace as you go along.

I did trip across the Plenty Hwy a few years ago and wrapped shade cloth around the spares (that laid flat on the draw bar) and went back to the front corners of the camper. Worked OK but still peppered the back doors once it started to fall apart.

Next time will try and hang a heavy rubber strip under the rear bumper to dampen the larger stones as well.

I know some people don't like these, but I would give it a go.
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The first is not worth the paint itís painted with. It has too many hard surfaces for stones to bounce off and you would need to buy 20 large packs of cable ties to replace as you go along.

I did trip across the Plenty Hwy a few years ago and wrapped shade cloth around the spares (that laid flat on the draw bar) and went back to the front corners of the camper. Worked OK but still peppered the back doors once it started to fall apart.

Next time will try and hang a heavy rubber strip under the rear bumper to dampen the larger stones.

I know some people don't like these, but I would give it a go.
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I agree with you on the first one shown above, but like the idea on #2, but also think that would do jack as it stands there... or am I wrong?

Hmmm..
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Next time will try and hang a heavy rubber strip under the rear bumper to dampen the larger stones as well

I know some people don't like these, but I would give it a go
I think if it works, its a good idea!
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G'dy Truckster
If you are going to build a stone guard make it the full width of your trailer. Also if you can make it so that the base on the sides is level with the bottom of your drawbar this will alow you to run some rubber along it hanging down to further stop any stones. I have experimented a bit with different types of product and one of the cheapest and most durable was black vinyl from Bunnings( lasted for an entire Cape and Gulf country trip of approx 8000K).
Another important aspect is to have it mounted so that it angles forward, unlike the first photo which is straight up and down. This will deflect the stones down and not up into your rear window.
Hope this helps

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PS For any more thoughts or ideas there are a few photos of different types at Myswag.org
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This is ours Truckster, when we first got the camper it was straight across, but i got my uncle who is a canvas worker to change it so it goes around the sides. For me if it protects it even a smidge its good. I'm thinking of resale value. It has mudflaps on the bottom of it too and i have made mudflaps that run across the back of the car, which are only on when towing and i disconnect them when we arrive.

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am about to make one for ours and have not made my mind up which way would be best
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What someone needs to make and market is a car-bra for the rear. All nice and padded and made to fit each door so you can still open them.

I wouldn't even mind if you can't see out the back as I use my side mirrors mostly any way.
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Nice find
but are the windows that much to replace?

Their prices:
Single windows from $750 to $2250 -
Dual windows from $650 to $2800
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Whatever stone guard you use, DO NOT stretch the fabric that tight! Makes the stones bounce off real good. You want it virtually just hanging ... not so bouncy!
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I have one like the first that is pictured and I have loosened it as well as it was too tight. It works a lot better now.

Another worthwhile investment if travelling on a lot of dirt roads is one of them clear polycarbonate rear window savers that are advertised in the 4wd mags.

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The way we make ours are just loose canvas kind of netting material just wrapped around a 12mm round bar frame, bolted onto the draw bar and mudflapshangin underneath, havnt had one come with broken window yet and to us seems to work well.
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The way we make ours are just loose canvas kind of netting material just wrapped around a 12mm round bar frame, bolted onto the draw bar and mudflapshangin underneath, havnt had one come with broken window yet and to us seems to work well.
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www.barteltrailers.com, should be some there, they are quick easy and work
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Follow this link for a DIY project (rear window saver for under $100 or thereabouts).

http://www.campertrailers.org/rear_window_protector.htm


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Has anyone used this stuff? http://www.autoskin.com.au/index.htm

Windows are only half the issue. The rear door paint work can take a hammering and is a lot harder to fix under insurance.

If you could get a thick enough build of layers it might work OK.

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Had amate with a Trak Shack camper deflector put a stone off the deflector thru the rear window pain in the *$@e .I made some mud flaps on pins & welded these on to the bottom of the towbar on my Patrol.angle iron,conveyor belt amd they fitted right accross the rear of the truck in two peices,stopped the stones before they even get close to the trailer.JMO cheers MO
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