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Old 04-27-2016, 01:36 PM   #11
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Amazon has an assortment of sizes for aluminum diamond plate. A 4' x10' piece is 15 lbs, so no significant weight.Not really that expensive.

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3-M tape. This tape works and looks so much better than screws. Our 14 yr old cargo trailer was constructed with the 3-M tape holding the panels. No rusty screw, no ripples. This 3-M tape is also available on line. The below is a liquid bonding panel adhesive.

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Old 04-27-2016, 03:29 PM   #12
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Why diamond plate?

my question is why diamond plate? One option that I have seen and believe it to be better looking than diamond plate and appears to be stronger and more flexible is spray on bed liner material. It comes in a wide range of colors and textures, adheres to just about anything out there, absorbs impacts, many times without deforming, is easy to touch up, and seems to last and last. Just another option that doesn't weigh very much. Happy camping!
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:32 PM   #13
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Great point, and idea... I think I'm just using that term (diamond plate) to describe the function I'm concerned about. Any material that might work is worth considering. Just didn't want to have the front end get beat up. I live in a fairly well paved area, but already have 8 reservations this summer and plan on putting some miles on it. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:46 PM   #14
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What about mud flaps on the TV?
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:45 AM   #15
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What about mud flaps on the TV?
Mudflaps at the wheel wells offer some advantage. The full width rear bumper mudflap like the hula skirt would work the best. We have to consider that other vehicles are also contributing to flying road debris. It's the most common cause for broken windshields.

I just took some measurements. Our TV has OEM plastic fitted mud guards on all four wheel wells and we have step rails. The rear guards have 12" clearance to the pavement, a considerable gap for rocks pitched off the rear tires. We tow a cargo trailer with a 16" diamond plate across the lower front. The trailer has one small, but noticeable, rock dent above the diamond plate. Not bad for pulling a 7' wide wall for 36,000+ miles over a 10 yr period. That's including a lot of construction zones and some gravel roads.

I do believe that the diamond plate has done a remarkable job of protecting the bottom 16". Considering the trailer frame is 12" off the road surface, the diamond plate it protecting the trajectory zone of anything off the rear TV tires.

I refinished the trailer a year ago. There were a lot of minute chips across the entire front, probably from bugs. The only real way to prevent this is to park it in a garage. And that's not going to happen.

Our 2500TS has mudflaps that are not as wide as the duallys. We tow a 23' boat trailer. Our goal this year is to change out to wider mudflaps to protect the underside of the RV and a hulla skirt flap across the rear bumper to protect the boat or future toad.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:42 PM   #16
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my question is why diamond plate? One option that I have seen and believe it to be better looking than diamond plate and appears to be stronger and more flexible is spray on bed liner material. :
Palomino Solaires with the Eclipse package have that spray on bed liner-like stuff. Looks good, seems it would serve the same purpose as diamond plate.
But, based on several reports, it is abbrasive enough to tear a cover to shreds in a very short timeframe.
Just food for thought.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:43 PM   #17
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I believe Rihno Liner is more rubbery with less abrasive grit than LineX or Herculiner.
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:09 PM   #18
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Also the spray-on bed liner material has a habit of fading after a few years.
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:43 PM   #19
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Some have UV protection. I have a Geo Tracker painted Herculiner Red and is ok for a single coat, 6 years and never cared for the exterior. One thing that I noticed... i do not see a dent from hail and that thing went from "hail" and back several times.
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