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Old 06-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #1
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Angry Back end scraping the fiberglass on my Mirada 2013 29 DS

As you know the back end of these puppies don't "swoop up" on the bottom rear like most RV's. I've been scraping the fiberglass on the back left and right corners no matter how slow I go across gas station driveways. On my own driveway going really, really slow I clear about 1/2". The back end has no structural support at the corners, its just fiberglass. I'm thinking of putting "hockey puck" type bumpers under the left and right corners or maybe 1,000 pound rated rotating steel caster wheels on the bottom of the tow hitch, about 18" on each side of the tow hitch itself, so as to keep the ass end from scraping. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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I think I found exactly what I'm looking for. Castors that bolt onto the hitch bar.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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I'd be interested in the out come. Since I have the same MH and have also encountered the scraping issue. Once I had to replace half a dozen screws that popped (actually were forced) out with larger ones.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:57 PM   #4
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I think I found exactly what I'm looking for. Castors that bolt onto the hitch bar.
I would do that and to protect the corners they also sell triangle shaped brackets with rollers at the apex and two connections to the channel frames on either side. Set the height to just longer than the corner contact point. These are all for low speed contact, having them doesn't remove the risk of contact.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:05 PM   #5
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I bought these.

Hitch Bar Mount Swivel Skid Wheels

Looking at corner brackets or something as well.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:10 PM   #6
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I bought these.

Hitch Bar Mount Swivel Skid Wheels

Looking at corner brackets or something as well.
That's good, you'll quit gouging peoples driveways and aprons...
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:43 PM   #7
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Yeah, like I'm really worried about some ARCO station getting a few fiberglass scrapes from my RV. I contacted a Coachmen dealer and they are sending me the matching rear vinyl stick-on for the entire rear end for $12 plus $9 shipping. So rather than trying to match the vinyl with paint, I'll cut a small piece and stick it on over the scrapped areas. A little 220 grit sand paper over the scrapped area and you probably won't even see it.

Still researching some kind of teflon skid plates for the rear corners. I'll post pics and report back on the anti-bottoming out wheels for the 2-1/2" trailer hitch that I've ordered.

I noticed that Coachmen for the 2014 models "swoops" up the rear to help prevent bottoming out.
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