Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Beyond
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-22-2022, 01:09 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2021
Posts: 19
Rock Tamers for Alaska

I've heard some people say that Rock Tamers type mud flaps are a must for driving to AK. We have a 5th wheel and will be driving north on the ALCAN and south on the Cassier Highway next summer. I'd rather not get them if they aren't necessary, but also don't want damage to my rig. Anyone have experience using them or not using them and not having issues?
Nomadic23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-22-2022, 05:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 17,200
I had to look up what they were.

We had a motorhome and had the heavy mudflaps behind the tires. We didn't get any damage for rocks flying on our towed Jeep.

We have seen folks actually removing their full heavy mudflap midway up the Alaskan Hwy. on the the rear of the motorhome as they traveled to Alaska and talked to them and saw the damage to their towed car and windshield. There was actually a layer of heavy rock laying at the base of their windshield of the towed vehicle.

I also zeroed in on opposing traffic going through Salt Lake City one rainy day. The stiff mudflap across the rear of motorhomes was throwing an arch of water on top of the hood and into the windshields of their towed vehicles. That convinced me that I didn't want one of those flaps.

Now..... you're talking about on the rear of your truck but just behind each tire; not all the way across. Hopefully, someone will reply on that set up. I just thought I'd let you know how having a stiff flap on the rear of a motorhome doesn't protect the car.

If you have a good flap behind your tires already, I would say you don't need the additional, expensive Rock Tamers.

Have a great trip!!
__________________
Full-timed for 16 Years . . .
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2022, 05:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Flyer15015's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: On the continental divide
Posts: 1,386
Here is what I did to protect our toad.
Mudflap extenders and a hula skirt for the rear.
Four trips to Florida and no trash on the toad, and no chipped paint.

Mike in Colorado
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	002.jpg
Views:	7
Size:	243.6 KB
ID:	381387   Click image for larger version

Name:	004.jpg
Views:	8
Size:	234.8 KB
ID:	381388  

Click image for larger version

Name:	003.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	299.6 KB
ID:	381389  
__________________
2004 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37c, 8.1 gasser, (Jezebel) Ultra RV ECM / TCM and rear track bar, PPE deep Tx pan, Bilstein's, Sailun's & Sumo's all round, pushed by a 2014 Chrysler T&C, on a Master Tow Dolly.
Flyer15015 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2022, 07:14 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
jdw1's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 216
I believe if I was towing a 5r or bumper pull types and planning on running any length of gravel road I would actually try and devise some way to attach a length of rubber belting across the front of the trailer 24 to 30s in width or height if that makes sense. We ran the Alaskan hwy in 1976, 1200 miles of gravel and 7 flat tires! I realize its different now!
__________________
05 Dynasty Platinum IV
19 Jeep JL Rubicon
Its the journey not the destination!
jdw1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2022, 10:52 AM   #5
Member
 
1Blue78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 96
I run Rock Tamers and they do a good job of keeping rocks and mud off the trailer. Note that if you have a diesel with all the emissions equipment intact you may need to put a heat shield on to protect the rubber from melting when in regen mode. My Duramax spits out pretty hot gases when in regen...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	25 (2).jpg
Views:	7
Size:	460.1 KB
ID:	381657  
__________________
2020 Arctic Fox 25Y
2017 GMC SRW 3500 CC SLT L5P
1Blue78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
alaska



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rock Tamers FL420 Gear and Product Discussions 0 10-29-2019 09:01 PM
Alaska Alaska Alaska tom chelbana Newmar Owner's Forum 11 02-04-2019 10:02 PM
Rock Tamers and 5th wheel with Dually Truck jimbonnet 5th Wheel Discussion 12 11-10-2018 10:12 AM
To rock or not to rock? bomberchamp 5th Wheel Discussion 11 09-03-2013 10:45 PM
Rock Tamers Jonjam Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 2 12-13-2010 01:21 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.