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Old 08-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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wheel well protectors

i am tossing some things around to sheild my wheel wells from shrapnel from a blown tire
i had a bad one in my coachman a few years back
my 36rlts has a real dangerous right side area just behind the rear tire. there is a bundle of wires that provide power for the slide, tv, concertone and puter desk
i am looking at alum sheet .040 thick to sort of create a scattered shield
with two legs coming down to conect the side with the frame and provide some for and aft under belly protection
i removed the wheel trim to help get a better view and i guess next is the tires t gain good mechanical access
hopefully in a few days i can get to town and get some sheet stock
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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ok i dug around the shop and found some stainless steeldid some cutting and grinding and i think i have a workable sloution. i will add two alum extensions for the last 6 " to help with strenght and rigidity at the ends
now to remove the wheels and get to drilling and tapping for hardware. might do that tomorrow
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:47 PM   #3
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I like your idea. I had a class c motorhome that blew a tire and the tread came off and really did some damage to the wheel well. I think I would consider using heavier material (as in steel plate, maybe 1/8 inch). I know it is more expensive and more weight, but if you saw my motorhome you might want more protection.

Just my thoughts. I don't know what I could do with my Flagstaff. The tires are under the slide out on driver side. Haven't even looked at the trailer to see what might be done. Now you got me thinking about it. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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i have some test specimens i beat the shiiiitee out of to test penatration, i think the ss wil hold up, it may strecth but it shouldnt come off
i have the one over the rear tire put in, just needs black paint, my left side is under the main slide so it wil be a piece of cake to lay in a sheet of metal,
i used 10/32 screws tapped into the main frame on the inboard side and ss screws into the lower alum and wood on the out side.
i still need to add one more support to the lower rear edge, but he main wiring bundle is completly protected now, \\
i did not like lifting the rig to pull the tire, i get nervy under 12k lbs hanging in the air by a few jacks
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:30 AM   #5
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I overlooked the "stainless steel" in your post. I like that, no rust, no paint, just keep on trucking! You can do mine when you are finished
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:21 PM   #6
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i finished the right side this afternoon, but did manage to spray em flat black to sort of clean it up some
the left is going to be easy, but i need to run to the metal getting store

pictures came out pretty bad so i need t wait till the sun moves around
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