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Home made mudguards with a gap for air flow. The ones on the left are from converyor belt type rubber whereas the ones on the
right are a lighter rubber and may not stop large stones.
Note the clear plastic on the windows at the back of the Patrol on
Shade cloth stone guards at front of caravan, sloping slightly to deflect stones to the ground and away from the rear of the
tow vehicle. The one on the right has an additional section connected to the original stone guard to prevent stones coming up
from the rear tyres of the tow vehicle.
Underslung stones guards. The one to the left is simply attached to the draw bar and secured to the tow vehicle with long springs,
whereas the one at the right is attached to the tow vehicle with a series of pulleys from maximum unimpeded turning. These are
also home designed and made.
Photos of different concepts in stone guards taken courtesy of a number of different inventive travellers
These mud/stone flaps were made from woven steel wire floor matting to allow for air flow and the exhaust to flow through. See
the full details of this traveller's invention at Our Tow Vehicle.
The wrap-around shape was needed due to turning circle with a previous tow vehicle. A forward slope would be a more effective
deflector but the design was changed to allow for the turning circle.
The stone guard pictured at right has been made from shade cloth glued around the frame with Contact Cement. This makes it easy
to replace the cloth when worn, or patches can be glued on.
There are a number of ready made alternatives to these designs available on the market.
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This stone deflector rear guard at made from anti-fatigue matting as sold through tool stores. This material allows plenty of
airflow. The muffler turns to the right side of the vehicle so does not conflict with the matting. Thank you Kate Dukes
for sharing your idea and photograph.
This innovative guard is placed to deflect stone in the area most of them hit. Made out of truck mesh (as used for radiator
protection) and tensioned with stretch cord. Not being too taut, it absorbs the impact of the stones without bouncing them back
to the tow vehicle. Thanks to the inventor for sharing this photo.