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Old 01-10-2016, 02:43 PM   #1
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Chip guards

Will be pulling a 5th wheel to Alaska and was wondering what others have used or done to the front end (under the hitch vertical front wall) to help eliminate rocks chipping their gel-coat all to pieces. I know you can put rock guards on the truck but have anyone tried something else?

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Old 01-10-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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Take a look at this 3M product. I used a similar spray by Armorall on the front of my toad on our AK trip and was really impressed. For some reason, I don't think Armorall makes it any longer but it's worth checking out.

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Thanks for the info. Will take a look at it.
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I think your best bet is a large set of mud flaps.
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Old 01-10-2016, 04:43 PM   #5
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We did not have issues with chipping on the lower part of the RV in the gelcoat but the side of the steps have road rash and need repainting. We did get hit by a rock when we were on good road about 30 miles past the start of the Alaska Highway. A truck hauling rock lost one and it hit the hood of the truck, the windshield (nice crack), and put a dimple in the front cap of the 5th wheel. The dent and windshield were repaired after we returned to the lower 48 and we did not get the dimple in the front cap repaired because the repair would have looked worse. Other than that, we had no issues at all. We drove slower than most people and used pull outs to get out of the way. I think we washed the RV 5 times on our trip. I mean we could not even see out the rear window of the 5th wheel. We will be returning in 2017. So worth it!
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:52 AM   #6
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Myself and some others have sprayed Rhino liner. the same as truck bed liners. They can match the color of the front in most cases. It has worked great for me. Also a good set of mud flaps that cover the whole tire on the TV
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:18 AM   #7
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Good idea Shane. Forgot about that. When we last traveled to Alaska and during the time I had a Motor Home, I sprayed the front end of my Jeep with bed liner. Looked like a frabric material bra. Worked well. I will check the local shop and see what they can do.
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Old 01-16-2016, 10:45 PM   #8
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:27 PM   #9
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Done Alaska 3 times now. First time went all out with the chip guard routine. Taped bubble wrap around basement front. Effective. Next trip taped cardboard. Also effective. Third trip did nothing. No chips out of gel coat.

The truck has wide low to the ground mudflaps. Very effective.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:12 AM   #10
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If your mud flaps behind your tires are within 7" of the ground and wide enough to cover your tires with at least an extra .5" on each side, you do not need the extra mud flap on the back. They will catch all the rocks before they have a chance to hit your truck or your trailer.
If you still want the mud flap across the back, make sure it is no closer than 5" of the ground to keep from it hitting the ground and throwing rocks at your toad.
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Thanks to all for the good idea's and info.

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