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Old 08-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Summit stainless armor on Allure

When we were coach shopping at Tom Johnson's RV in NC, DW saw several coaches on the their lot (Newmar King Aire, Mountain Aire, and American Coach Eagle and Tradition) with mirror polished stainless trim on the bottom. She fell in love with it (women like bling ) and suggested we put it on the Allure we had just purchased. I checked on the price with their parts folks and suggested to DW that we pass and use that money for other things.

She persisted (I liked it too but had a limit I'd pay for it) so I checked with Summit Armor in Iowa and discovered I could DIY and save a bundle. I did some careful measurements, sent them some pics, and my mirror polished stainless steel arrived about 2 weeks later. I ordered their 6" premier armor which is made to wrap around the bottom of the bay doors.

Installation was time consuming but not difficult. Each piece (except the very small pieces) had one piece of 3M VHB tape at the top. The tape is primarily designed to hold the piece on until the Sikaflex 252 adhesive you apply to the rest of the piece cures. There is a lot of careful measurement required and fit testing of the pieces to ensure they all line up properly. I had to 'adjust' some of the radius at the bottom of a couple of bay doors to ensure alignment along the tops of the trim (I used a rubber hammer and there was little re-shaping required). I spent the better part of a full weekend getting the stuff installed but was very pleased with the results.

For sure, it is primarily 'bling' but the trim does provide some protection for the lower portion of the bay doors and body panels. I also ordered the entry step kit which covers the face panel and both steps. The kit includes two nice non-skid pads that you apply to the new stainless covers for the two steps.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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Gary, looks nice! Gotta love Bling..
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Gary;

As usual you have done a great job with your project. Thanks for posting the pictures. I am anxious to see your coach and touch it if you will let me.

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I think the DW's insist on all this bling because they just enjoy watching us guys working to keep everything polished up real spiffy.

Looks great Gary!

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Gary: Looks super. New nickname will be "BLING"
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Summit is an excellent company to work with. Their products are first class and you will have no problems with them.

I have seen a earlier model CC with the bling covering all of the basement doors completely. It was a little over the hill.

Nice touch on your coach.
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Summit is an excellent company to work with. Their products are first class and you will have no problems with them.

I have seen a earlier model CC with the bling covering all of the basement doors completely. It was a little over the hill.

Nice touch on your coach.
Summit has pics on their website of some that are 'over done' IMO. They tried to talk me into their 8" premier armor but I wanted to keep it as under stated as possible. 4" was my preference but their premier that wraps under the doors is not available in 4".

I have 4 pieces that had small dents/dings from the factory. These were not revealed until after installation and removal of the heavy plastic shrink wrap protective covers. Summit will replace those pieces whenever I get thru their area. We will be heading out west next summer so will be stopping in Altoona, IA to get that done. They offered to send the pieces to Tom Johnson RV in NC for R&R but I'd rather have it done at Summit since they advise removal of the trim is a rather 'delicate' process.
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Looks GREAT !!!!! Nice job as usual and I am sure that the DW is very happy with the end results.
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