Well, in my urban exploits, I've heard the rock guard serve as the last defender of the trailer hitch assembly.
I knew that a new solution was going to be required. This project was expedited when I managed to tear half the rock guard away from the mount...
....SO... I ordered new brackets from Future Sales RV that ARE DESIGNED TO FIT A RIG WITH A TRAILER HITCH and I think I'll have enough material on the original to cut the midsection to allow for the hitch... so the mounting bars will be these:
...and the rock guard will be modified to sorta resemble THIS:
I also installed a pair of these:
Amazon.com: Ultra-Fab Products 48979017 Hitch Ball Mount: Automotive
Hopefully wheels will hit before the guard winds up sandwiched. I'm going to hopefully hang it higher than it was and see if I can improve the situation.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm ready to quit working on this thing and hit the highway. Leave for Colorado the 15th then Wyoming around the 24th.