Mod #26: Diamond Plate Rock Guard
Submitted on: 06/30/08
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If you have a travel trailer or toy hauler, you know that rock chips are a continuing problem for the front of your RV. Even using mud flaps or a protective guard on your tow vehicle, debris can still get through. The diamond plate rock guard mod can help drastically reduce the damage caused by not only rocks but other sorts of debris you can encounter while traveling down the road. Most RV manufacturers offer a diamond plate rock guard as an option and more and more trailers are coming with them standard. But for those that don’t, you have a few ways you can accomplish this mod.
There are many colors, thicknesses, styles, and materials diamond plate can be obtained in. Some travel trailers are curved at the bottom of the front cap. In this case, you should consider the thickness of the plate. The thinner the better as it will bend much more easily than thicker plate. It will also be easier to cut if you happen to buy a larger piece of plate than necessary.
Fastening the diamond plate can be done by either using screws or glue. If you choose to use screws, use countersunk finishing washers. They really help give this mod a nice professional look. Using glue can give a cleaner look but consider that you only get one chance to get the plate fitted to the front cap. The glue you need to use sets up pretty quickly so make sure you do a dry fit first. I know this mod is so exciting that you just can’t wait to fit that shiny new plate, but have a little patience and you will be rewarded with appealing rock protection for the long haul.
ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
Aluminum - Diamond Tread - Alloy - 6061 T6 - 0.1 x 2×8′
Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive 16.5 Oz.
#8 x 5/8″ Chrome Trim Screw w/Countersunk Washer 15 Pack
#6 Stainless Steel Finishing Washers (100 Per Package)