Broken rear windows

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 21:15
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I came across this yesterday which may be of interest to caravan and camper trailer users. Certainly not cheap, but could reduce stone damage and broken rear windows.

http://www.rocktamers.com.au/

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 23:02

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 23:02
G'day Kim


Yerr....may be OK for the Birdsville Track and Tanami Road but come the first serious bush creek crossing and those things are history....lol


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bevan (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 01:53

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 01:53
yeh i cant see them lasting on step rutted out buggy tracks
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 08:51

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 08:51
Hi Kim,

A few years ago I made myself up a similar design from conveyor belt rubber.

It sort of worked, but I found that when I was travelling in wheel tracks they swept rocks up from these and made the situation worse.

I did not do any heavy 4WD stuff with the and if I had say, used them in mud, I think they would have been totalled pretty quickly.

I have seen these Rock Tamers ones at the Penrith Show. They do look great , but are very expensive .

Willie.
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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 19:18

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 19:18
In my opinion the only real answer (proven time and time again by us) is to cover the rear window - and the best stuff is a uv impervious product called Tuffex - 2mm thick - does not crack in the sun like perspex - ours lasted years - we attached it initially with velcro - but dust, rain and heat is a problem, so we got some suction caps that have a screw fitting, drilled holes and put them on - never had a problem after that. There is a mob sometimes mentioned on here called "obeys outback" O'Briens or something like that - they supply them with velcro attachments.
jules
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 20:36

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 20:36
I did 19,000km through Central Australia without a single stonechip on the rear door.

I attached shadecloth to the front of the trailer and to a bar that attached to the rear bumper. Each edge was cable-tied to an occy strap to stop the edges sagging down.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 09:29

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 09:29
G'day Mike,

Do you have pictures? Trying to understand the non dragging bits when turning.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 09:41

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 09:41
I still have the net, but I don't have any photos of it in place - I don't have the campertrailer any more. I really need to take a photo of the net though !

I hooked on two occy straps from the outer ends of the bumper bar and the front of the trailer - long enough for when in a tight turn.

I then used cable-ties every 10cm to attach the shadecloth to the occy strap.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 12:42

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 12:42
Hi Mike,

So the occy straps would need to be no longer than the shortest distance on an inside turn? I was wondering if they were "special" occies of sorts? I can't imagine the ordinary types lasting getting stretched that much.

Kind regard
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 13:19

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 13:19
They're just standard Occy-straps with metal hooks.

Keep in mind that the drawbar supports the centre of the shadecloth.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 21:15

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 21:15
Also see these topics for stone guards Topic 64795 and Topic 64541
RodN
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