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Old 03-30-2016, 07:41 PM   #11
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Your racecar trailer just had them hanging there and were not backed up by anything. We had one just like it. Adding the fenders to a fender well is a completely different animal. After all, you are not going to drive very far if you use your mirrors and keep glancing back.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:06 PM   #12
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1/4 inch plate with lightening holes...
At 10.2 lb/sq ft, it would have to be like expanded metal to not add at least 150# min to each wheel well.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:33 PM   #13
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At 10.2 lb/sq ft, it would have to be like expanded metal to not add at least 150# min to each wheel well.
Probably too heavy for most trailers, I only have 1500 lbs of CCC.

Hmm, back to 3/16 maybe with aluminum angle reinforcement. Getting pricey now haha
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At 10.2 lb/sq ft, it would have to be like expanded metal to not add at least 150# min to each wheel well.
If you think so that's fine, but I seriously doubt you need that much material for it to be effective.

But please do continue.
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Has anyone fabbed up or considered some sort of protection for their trailer from tire blowouts (other than slowing down, a good TPMS, and checking tires at every stop)?

Looking under my TT, there is only what looks like a synthetic tarp material covering the underbelly above the tires. Not much protection there at all.

Some 3/16 steel plate would do nicely, though on one side on mine the slide would have to support that weight.

Any thoughts or opinions?
After two blowouts on the same wheel with a total of $3,150 0f damage, I had my local RV dealer build a "scatter shield" to protect the unit is it ever happened again. It's 1/8" steel and mounted with bolts, not screws.
Due to poor engineering and design, the wiring harness, propane line, hot and cold water lines were all ripped out from a flogging tread. All were in the same location just in front of the right front wheel.
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After two blowouts on the same wheel with a total of $3,150 0f damage, I had my local RV dealer build a "scatter shield" to protect the unit is it ever happened again. It's 1/8" steel and mounted with bolts, not screws.
Due to poor engineering and design, the wiring harness, propane line, hot and cold water lines were all ripped out from a flogging tread. All were in the same location just in front of the right front wheel.
Thanks for posting. Do you have any pics of the shield in place?
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No pix as you can't tell it's there. It was coated with bed liner paint [thick] and it all looks stock. If you didn't know the mod had been done, you wouldn't see any difference than a stock wheel well.
I don't think most folks understand just how much damage that "flopping treat" can do. In our case, if it hadn't finally turned loose before we could pull over, it would have torn out the bottom of the frige.
All the damage was done in the very few seconds from blowout to pull off from 60 mph. If we hadn't had the TPMS and didn't know it had blown out, it would have torn the entire side off. This has happened twice.
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Probably too heavy for most trailers, I only have 1500 lbs of CCC.

Hmm, back to 3/16 maybe with aluminum angle reinforcement. Getting pricey now haha
That's only 25% lighter at 7.65#/sq ft. Better to go to NT and get a set of fenders and modify. They are already formed and should only take a minor amount of modification.
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That's only 25% lighter at 7.65#/sq ft. Better to go to NT and get a set of fenders and modify. They are already formed and should only take a minor amount of modification.
We all don't have your talent, what is easy to you would be major to me. They add those screw on flairs to your wheel well knowing quite well it will take it out. Just a question but why can't they make it like a car or truck wheel well OC ?. That is really not that heavy of material.....
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What about Rhino Liner or such products? They end up being up to 1/4" thick and take quite a beating. I've had a tranny let loose at the tailgate and slam against the front of the bed and it only dented the metal. Didn't hurt the Rhino one little bit.
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