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Old 05-20-2016, 06:47 AM   #1
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Trillium front rock guard

I'm in the process of repairing my front rock guard (more on this later).
As you know, it's 3 FG panels in an aluminium frame.
The slots where the FG panels slide in are about 3/8".
The previous owner of my trailer used foam strips and lots of silicone (what else ) in the slots to secure the panels in place. How was it originally? There needs to be a spacer of some sort for the panels to stay flat against the aluminium frame.

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Old 05-20-2016, 09:25 AM   #2
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In my rock guard, there are round wood sticks pressed into the space, they come loose every now and again and they fall out when I open the guard up. Easy to press back in, I just worry that one day I will lose it on the highway. Sorry, I don't have any pictures at this time.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:13 AM   #3
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LOL ! I see you're not in a better situation than I am!
Let's see what others will come up with. I think you'll need the fix as much as I do!
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I have never seen one, so this is just AWAG, but would the rubber-like strip that is used to hold screens in place in aluminum frames work?
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I have never seen one, so this is just AWAG, but would the rubber-like strip that is used to hold screens in place in aluminum frames work?
It would be too thin.
On my trailer, the previous owner used foam "backer rod", which I think wasn't a bad idea, as it is closed cell foam, lightweight, durable and... cheap! But he also put a lot of silicone on top of it, probably to prevent it from sliding off the frame like brendadave's wood sticks.


I might just use the same thing, but I'm curious as to how it was originally.
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For a bunch of pictures of how two of my rock guards are put together:
Trillium Rock Guard Dimensions
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Thanks Dave.
I see in your pictures 2 different designs for the rock guard, and mine is different from both of them.
I can't really see in the pictures what kind of shim - if any - is used to tighten the panels in their channels.

I'll eventually have pictures of my whole rock guard restoration process. I had to repair the panels, one had a large tear and both had corners broken off. Turned out pretty good. I resealed the front window today, including new wood frame, and reinstalled the rock guard framing, no panel yet.
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Hi the rock guard on my '76 Trillium had hard plastic U shaped strips wedged between the FG panel and the frame itself. They were white and had small ridges along the edges that pressed on the sides of the frame. Friction held them in place. I believe they were originals. Duane
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Ok thanks Duane.

Like some sort of edge trim?



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Old 05-22-2016, 06:56 AM   #11
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Your answer about how to put tension against the panels is in this video, it is done with spring tension clips.
Interesting, I'll look into that for sure.

I wonder if such clips would hold in place when used in a rock guard in front of a trailer, with the wind, vibrations, etc, it's nothing like a picture frame just hanging on a wall. I'll look it up anyway and thanks for that.

This is the only issue I really have with my rock guard. Otherwise all the framing is original, in good condition, and since I cleaned and polished it, it looks quite nice. I had to repair and paint the FG panels, and now they look pretty good too.
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I resealed my front window and reinstalled my rock guard yesterday.
All that's left to do is find a way to secure the FG panels into the frame (thanks for the suggestions here), otherwise this job is done.
Pictures on my 5500 thread (click here), showing the differences between a 5500 rock guard and those in Dave's pictures.
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This is too late for you Carl.
I was going to suggest the foam used to stop drafts. One side is sticky and it come in varying widths and thicknesses. Like the stuff you put under a cap on a pick up box.

Something like this: Foam Tape | RONA
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Thanks Roy!

No, it's not too late yet!

I think that foam is "open cell" foam. It would suck water and dirt and eventually veggies would grow in there.

What I'd like to find is some sort of plastic strip, thick enough to fill the gap, and that I could secure in place with a tiny screw or pop rivet. That way I could easily take the panels off again if I have to, in another... 35 years or so!

I like the foam idea because it's compressible, and it pushes the panels tight against the frame so they don't move or vibrate when travelling. Also it would adapt to the thickness of the panels, and mine have varying thickness since my repairs. But unless it's sticky foam or glued in some manner, I think a simple foam strip would eventually fly off.
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