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Old 06-16-2016, 08:17 AM   #1
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Looking for an idea to protect the radiator without sacrificing the necessary air flow. 2013 Fleetwood Storm Thank you, the wanderer
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Why do you need to protect the radiator any more than it already is?
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:53 AM   #3
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If you had the Storm you wouldn't need to ask, why? It's scary how open and exposed it is. I bought some "hardware cloth" metal woven material from a hardware store. The openings are about 3/8"-7/16" and didn't restrict air flow. Attached it with nylon tyraps, also sold at hardware store.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:21 PM   #4
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I used heavy window screen. My problem was the grill would start whistling at 50 MPH. No noticeable change is cooling performance and no bugs imbedded in the various radiators also. Not going to be easy to fill the wide open spacing of the grill on a Strom.

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Sure hope you don't have to follow someone down a dusty, dirty, gravel road. How much could it have cost Fleetwood to put some screening on?
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:54 PM   #7
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Looking for an idea to protect the radiator without sacrificing the necessary air flow. 2013 Fleetwood Storm Thank you, the wanderer
Sweetbriar had a great idea, look @ his installation, very nice. Material & attachments are available from several sources such as Ace Hardware, Lowes, as well as Home Depot Good luck.
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I had the advantage of a 1/4" mess grill work as a backer for the screen. The grill was easy to remove and hot glue the screen to the out of sight edges. If you look closely at the image you can see the outline of the grill. Might still work on the Storm just not sure how to attach.


A screen behind the grill work will hide the very visible radiator. It's a nice design but they missed one addition that would have made it better. The Bounder line isn't much better. Same wide open grill. Lots of air but lots of potential road debris.
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:34 PM   #9
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I'd fabricate some stand offs in front of the radiators and use 1/4 inch screen material. Keeping it back away from the back of the grill. Paint it black and it wouldn't show to much. I have 1/4 inch material behind my grill and no over heating problems.
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