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Old 10-17-2016, 09:54 AM   #1
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Front plastic shield

I have a 1997 Country Coach Affinity with a large plastic shield mounted on the front of the coach. I do not know the company name that makes this shield. Does anybody know of a manufacturer that still makes this type of shield. Mine has a small crack at the bottom and I would like to have it repaired or replaced.

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Old 10-17-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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The one on mine was made by a company called Coach Armor. They are out of business. There was another company back east that was reproducing them up until recently (don't recall their name), but they no longer make them either. I went through this earlier this year when I was trying to find a replacement lower section for mine.
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i yanked mine because it became yellowish, ugly. that was a few years ago.
the newer models of cc don't have it, and all other makes don't have it. why we really need it?
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Even though the companies that made these are no longer in business you can still buy the product. Lexan polycarbonate sheeting is still being made, as I have seen it at Home Depot. Maybe using your old one as a template a glass shop may be able to cut and smooth one out for you. Just a thought, as I have no experience with this.


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I removed mine about 5 years ago.

It did its job of protecting the paint except on the lower front "bumper".

Depending on your paint scheme, you would spend about $1,000 having it repainted every so often, or do it yourself for about $40.

The complete shield cost about $1000 in its day.

I found the shield to be hard to maintain and irritating when I needed to get to the nose slide out for the Generator.

Mine made it very difficult to clean the backside of the shield or the front of the nose with it mounted.

I am much calmer with it removed......
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You can stop the crack from getting larger by drilling a small hole at the end of the crack.

I have the coach armor and every couple of years, I attack it with Flitz and a power ball to clean it up and take out small scratches. Takes about 30 minutes for both sides
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I removed mine about 5 years ago.
That's probably what I'm going to do with mine as well. I've found it to be more of a PITA than its worth. Question to you and others who have removed them, what did you do with the holes? I don't think I want to bite off the task and expense of filling and re-painting just to cover the bolt holes.. I wonder if some stainless button-head bolts in the holes wouldn't look too hokey.
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That's probably what I'm going to do with mine as well. I've found it to be more of a PITA than its worth. Question to you and others who have removed them, what did you do with the holes? I don't think I want to bite off the task and expense of filling and re-painting just to cover the bolt holes.. I wonder if some stainless button-head bolts in the holes wouldn't look too hokey.
The stainless steel bolts could be a solution that I did not try.

I filled all the holes. On my rig most were in the teal green bumper which I repainted myself (amateur) three years ago. It still looks like the picture.



I tried to paint the filled holes in the clear coated gel coat white, but could not get a good color match. So that problem remains.
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I'm not County Coach, but American Coach. I have the lexan shield made by Summit Stainless if it helps. Mine is 12 years old and still looks new. Maybe Summit can help. I have seen one sprayed with black bed liner for pickups, didn't look too bad.
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I'm not County Coach, but American Coach. I have the lexan shield made by Summit Stainless if it helps. Mine is 12 years old and still looks new. Maybe Summit can help. I have seen one sprayed with black bed liner for pickups, didn't look too bad.
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Where?....What?....Who?.... is Summit Stainless?
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I'm thinking of taking mine off also, I feel it makes the coach look "dated". I read a post somewhere that a fella took his Coach Armor off and noted an increase in fuel mileage.
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Where?....What?....Who?.... is Summit Stainless?
It is actually Summit Products in Altoona,IA. They build some really nice stuff.

I raided their scrap bin once and got some really nice scraps for other projects. They usually come to the FMCA international conventions

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I'm thinking of taking mine off also, I feel it makes the coach look "dated". I read a post somewhere that a fella took his Coach Armor off and noted an increase in fuel mileage.
the change on mpg may not be significant, but it does weigh about 50 lbs or more (i felt it's pretty heavy then). dropping it will help fuel economy for sure.

from another angle to see this, those million $ tour buses like prevost and its marathon conversions, don't have the "armor". wouldn't that tell us something?
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"..........from another angle to see this, those million $ tour buses like prevost and its marathon conversions, don't have the "armor". wouldn't that tell us something? "


Yes it does. It means they have more money than we do!
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