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Old 02-06-2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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I was just made aware of the Enkay mud flaps - you can see them at mudflaps.com - man do those look nice, but they aren't cheap. Perhaps fabricating a homemade one would make a cool project that I might tackle this summer - has anyone ever made a removable mud flap unit like this? Cheers, Alec
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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I think mudflaps would be better than some funky rubberized coating smeared all over the front of the trailer. But, that's just me.
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:42 AM   #3
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Enkay flaps are GREAT!!!!! I've never used them, but plan on buying them when I finally get my trailer. I've known several people who've used them with great satisfaction. Nice thing is that they are easily removed when not pulling the trailer.
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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I have not made my bracket yet, but I need to do this for the brush-type flaps which I bought last year. The Enkay design appears to be well constructed, but I have two concerns with it for my use:
  1. the system mounts to a 2" drawbar (standard for Class 3 and higher); I have a Class 2 hitch and thus a 1.25" drawbar
  2. the whole system looks hefty (e.g. 3/4" solid steel rods the width of the flaps); I plan to use hollow aluminum extrusions
Even if their system was lighter and available in my size, I would need to check if I have the required length of exposed drawbar available for mounting, since I keep the ball as close to the van as possible.

Since there is some interest in this area, I'll try to remember to post my setup when I finally get it together.
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:20 AM   #5
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I made my own mud flaps, and permantly attached them to the inside of the hitch.On my GMC there is a 2" gap between the hitch and the spare tire. Keeps all the road debris off the TT and my boat.
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:24 AM   #6
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I made my own mud flaps, and permantly attached them to the inside of the hitch.On my GMC there is a 2" gap between the hitch and the spare tire. Keeps all the road debris off the TT and my boat.

Pictures?
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:01 PM   #7
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I`d made up a set of flaps for my `90 GMC for when we used to tow my son`s car around on a trailer.....they are in two pieces that slide into the 2" hitch laterally from each side and latch together. I took some pics, but for some reason am having a problem putting them in a folder out of the camera so I can post them....oh well, maybe later....Benny
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Old 02-15-2006, 03:17 PM   #8
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Donna,

I don't know how to give you a picture, but here's a link: http://www.mudflaps.com/ Oops! I just realized you meant a picture of David's setup. Sorry.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:55 PM   #9
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Still trying to send pics of my homebrew flaps.......trailer side view of the 2 halves connected.....Benny
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:03 PM   #10
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truck side view.....showing the metal structure on the unseen backside...the only thing that holds the 2 halves together is a half of a lock hasp and a hairpin or presto clip....also made a couple different GMC emblems, either of which, to put over the hasp before the clip does on, but can`t locate them right now.....takes about 10 secs to put the flaps on or remove......the rubber is 1/4" or so reclaimed rubber,(old tires).......Benny
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:33 PM   #11
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I have the Rock Tamers by Enkay and love them. On smaller vehicles they might be too wide since they can only adjust down to 70 inchs of width I believe. Installation calls for the mudflaps to line up with the outside sidewall of the rear tires.

I leave mine attached to the ball mount and when I store my Casita I just slide the whole unit out as one piece.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:33 AM   #12
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I tow with a small 96' Toyota Tacoma truck. There were factory brackets for mud flaps behind each rear wheel. I bought oversized flaps and cut them to just above road level and about twice as wide as each tire. Total cost for me was $30 and I leave them in place. They work great and are lightweight. The factory vanity flaps were really only for looks and maybe a small amount of mud but certainly would never have worked to keep rocks from hitting my trailer.
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Old 02-17-2006, 10:36 AM   #13
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i love my rocktamers. Because they are mounted to the reciever and are adjustable you can take it form one tow to another in a snap with that said use a lock on your reciever
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Old 02-18-2006, 02:03 AM   #14
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I have some mud flaps similar to what you are speaking of that slip over the draw bar. Mine were called Roadwings and made by a fellow in Redmond, Oregon. He sold out to someone else and they are distributing the mud flaps through Camping World.

When I purchased mine the fellow made 3 different sizes depending upon the width of the tow vehicle. Campng World just carries the largest size and at a very large price. I only paid $75.00, shipping included, for mine.

When I bought my trailer I thought mud flaps would be a good idea. I subsequently found that my Jeep Cherokee doesn't throw as much stuff onto the Scamp as I thought it might. I can also feel wind drag when the mud flaps are on, so I haven't used them for a long time. I've found them annoying going in and out of driveways, they drag even though I've shorten them.

However, the mud flaps will be used this summer when I go to Alaska. Might be handy on the Alaskan Highways. I think I'll be glad I have them.
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