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Old 03-30-2016, 06:34 PM   #1
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Wheelwell Blowout Armor

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?
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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I was thinking of the same thing earlier today. I hope someone has done this and chimes in.
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3/16" is a little too thick and heavy. Why not just go to Northern Tool and get a set of tandem axle fenders and mod them?
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3/16" is a little too thick and heavy. Why not just go to Northern Tool and get a set of tandem axle fenders and mod them?
Good idea but that would be only slightly better than what is already there. I had a blowout on my tandem open race car trailer and the tire shredded the metal fender.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:51 PM   #5
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3/16" is a little too thick and heavy. Why not just go to Northern Tool and get a set of tandem axle fenders and mod them?
I have a friend who did just that, but, he has not had any problems to see if it worked.
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1/4 inch plate with lightening holes.

Have it covered with one of the many spray in bed liner products.
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I think Ol Coot has a great idea. Not sure how much modifying the NT fenders would require, but that inner slick surface would probably work well. The thick steel plate along with mounting hardware would add to much weight to most campers. A heavy plastic material would be nice, although it would probably become sacrificial from a blowout,...just depending on how quickly the trailer was slowed down. It would be really nice to have "something" to protect the plumbing, electrical, and fiberglass sideing from damage though.
I've experienced several blowouts with my old Durango due to crap Greenball tires, but I experienced no damage outside of the tire itself. I'm not sure the 29RE would fare as well. Way more "stuff" under there.
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Blackhat6mike added custom steel plating to his wheel well after numerous blow outs. Here is a picture. Maybe he will be on later to elaborate.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:21 PM   #9
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1/4 inch plate with lightening holes.

Have it covered with one of the many spray in bed liner products.
I like this idea. I would also tie it into the trailer frame with brackets due to the weight. Maybe make it a bolt-on affair to allow any maintenance access if required.

The pre-fabbed tandem fenders may look gaudy on mine as I have no fender skirts. I would prefer it to be a stealth install. Plus, as Teamfour knows, they don't offer much in way of protection.

Someone has to have done this already!

EDIT: Oops posted to slow! Maybe Blackhat6mike will see this and post
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Good idea but that would be only slightly better than what is already there. I had a blowout on my tandem open race car trailer and the tire shredded the metal fender.
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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