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    Default How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    I have two options: Chekerplate to the front facing parts or Rhino Lining coat of polyurethane on those parts. Cost wise is about equal.

    Apart from looks (both are not very pleasing) which will be more durable?

    Methinks the chekerplate. What would you do?
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    The Rhino Lining doesn't last, best (I found) is to buy a tin of bakkie liner from Chamberlains or whatever hardware store (doesn't have to be the best) and just re-coat annually depending on usage.

    Checker plate will last, but after a while doesn't look great from all the chips.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    I have been doing these custom made for a while now.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    How about heavy duty mudflaps? I have been thinking of that as a solution for some time, to protect the trailer but also sills on the car. My idea was to not have them attached permanently, but have not come up with an elegant solution for a car yet. On a bakkie it should be easier to do.


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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have been doing these custom made for a while now.
    This looks like an interesting idea, tell us more about how it works to accommodate movement between the trailer and tow vehicle?


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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Play View Post
    I have two options: Chekerplate to the front facing parts or Rhino Lining coat of polyurethane on those parts. Cost wise is about equal.

    Apart from looks (both are not very pleasing) which will be more durable?

    Methinks the chekerplate. What would you do?
    Neither of those would protect the rear window of the tow vehicle. Have you considered stone protectors, like they use on many Australian trailers? It's like a fence, angled slightly forward, sitting on the A frame.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Commander View Post
    This looks like an interesting idea, tell us more about how it works to accommodate movement between the trailer and tow vehicle?
    Well I can tell you they work and work well. Easy to fit and remove. Vehicle and trailer operation not compromised.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    The ones I have see the shade net gets attached to the trialer and the other side with bungee cord to the vehicle bumper

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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    For a normal caravan on a tar road, the shade net is fine. On a dirt road? Mine lasted 600 km. Mudflaps. Biiiiig mudflaps! They work!
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    Neither of those would protect the rear window of the tow vehicle. Have you considered stone protectors, like they use on many Australian trailers? It's like a fence, angled slightly forward, sitting on the A frame.
    I've lost three rear windows on three different vehicles due to trailers. One long mud flap on the rear bumper seems to be the simplest and longest lasting solution. Looks like @#$% but works.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Geen skade sover op enige van my waens weens klippe nie. Het net langerige flappe agter die wiele.

    'n Sponserige bekleedsel (travel blanket) oor die voorkant van die wa kan ook help. Die spons om te keer vir klippe wat terugskiet venster toe.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Geen skade sover op enige van my waens weens klippe nie. Het net langerige flappe agter die wiele.

    'n Sponserige bekleedsel (travel blanket) oor die voorkant van die wa kan ook help. Die spons om te keer vir klippe wat terugskiet venster toe.
    Ja, dit help baie!
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have been doing these custom made for a while now.
    Pete where did you get these from?

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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Half-Pint View Post
    Pete where did you get these from?
    I have a small business and make them and other custom stuff.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have been doing these custom made for a while now.
    Very nicely done Pete.
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have a small business and make them and other custom stuff.
    Ja I still need to order some one!!! Drop me a mail Pete please. Let me know what you need in terms of measurements!!!
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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    A shout out to Sneaky Pete - he made me some colour coded covers for the Bush Lapa sides. His quality was excellent. I have no vested interest in his business…

    Nys, I have used a blanket between the tow vehicle and the caravan since inception. I use HUGE mudflaps as well. It looks like shite but between the travel blanket and the mud flaps, I have very little damage to the front of the caravan. I think the big flaps are preventing most of the damage and that the travel blanket is preventing window strike backs but I’m not 100% sure.

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    Default Re: How to protect your trailer from stone damage?

    We have used only mud flaps front and back wheels on the Suuz and before that on the Ranchero.
    Only once ever lost the front facing window on the caravan that we had at that time (Our very first ever towing experience).
    Yes we do get minor stone and DUST damage but firstly I drive carefully and slowly (No doubt to the irritation of some others) and secondly after every trip or before the next, I recoat the lower front areas, a-frame and wheel arches (Trailer) with that black gunge that is used in bakkie load bays. Iwill do the same now with the Slipstream - no wheel arches to worry about now.
    I am a bit concerned about the low position of the Slipstream front window ...
    On the other hand it has lasted there for many years use by the previous owner(s) judging by license stickers dating back to late 1980's which I eventually managed to remove. So it was the original glass in there after some 35 years.
    I will take my chances for now.
    In my opinion large mud flaps totally essential and prevents most damage even to the towing vehicle itself.
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