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MikeJinCO

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Posted: 01/21/22 09:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm going to put a wind deflector on the truck overhang of our Host Mammoth. Does anyone know if it is a Azdel of luan panel? Do I need to predrill the fiberglass oversize to prevent the fiberglass panel cracking? I'm using panels of fiberglass about 1/8" thick that I laid up as not a lot of plastic sheeting is available around here.

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Posted: 01/21/22 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't know the answer but am interested in seeing a picture of the result, as well and any impressions on what it changed. Been thinking of this myself.


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Assuming you are looking for better fuel mileage?
I don't know of a way to calculate the stress you will put on the camper.
Just my opinion but the small gain would not be worth the possibility of doing expensive damage to the camper.
edit add...I'm not understanding the oversized predrilled holes. Will you be pulling off the interior wall covering to put washers & nuts on the interior sides of the bolts? If so, making the holes oversized would reduce the holding power of the bolts. Or, are you thinking of just screws with no nuts?
If I was going to do something, I would think about a spoiler mounted on the rear of the roof to reduce the negative pressure behind the camper. Maybe bolted to a luggage rack, not screwed in the roof.

* This post was edited 01/21/22 09:56am by TxGearhead *


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Before you bother, you might want to check some studies to see if it is likely to make even a slight improvement in mileage. The only results I have seen were on YouTube and the deflector made no detectable improvement in mileage. (The YouTube video was from Marion Blair.)

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Azdel should have a sticker announcing same near your door.

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I'd not be expecting much difference in mileage, but would be looking for a reduction in wind noise in the cab, and maybe a reduction in bug count.

None of the videos by Blair seem address the truck cab/camper gap, other deflector on other type RVs.

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I would expect Zero improvement. The gap between the truck and camper seems to be a total dead zone. I have never seen bugs, dirt or water enter that area regardless of speed or conditions.

I have little or no significant wind noise due to my camper. If you have wind noise, I would look elsewhere. Start with protrusions and irregular areas. I would look at the gutters, running lights, vents, and similar.

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And the winner is HMS Beagle. When you have a fiberglass shell with a wood backing and you want to put a screw into the backing an oversize hole should be drilled thru the fiber glass only because the higher temperature expansion rate of the steel than the fiberglass will cause the fiberglass to split. So the question is wll the same thing occur with these composite skins?

Many years ago we had a member named Sleepy who figured out how to do these wind deflectors out of plastic gutter covers. They worked quite well to prevent the air steam from hitting and flexing the front of the camper shell quieting down the ride in the cab and also deflecting the insects that get almost embedded to the camper wall. The holes in the gutter cover also prevent a low pressure area forming behind the wall which can be an issue.

When driving a barn door down the road, the only thing that I know of that helps fuel mileage is keeping your foot out of the turbo. The closest "big" town is 12 miles away and with a road that appears almost flat is 1300 feet lower and when the road west of the driveway heads up 3000ft to Monarch Pass. Staying out of the turbo is impossible. On the other hand when I roll 4000 ft down hill toward Canon City my fuel range drops by about 6-8 miles in 60 miles.

The design is really quite simple. Following Sleepy's concept my front panel will be 16" wide fastened in the center to the front bottom seam of the overhanging bed then taper back about 18-20 inches to the edge fastened up to the underside of the camper. The panels are pop riveted to some 1x1 LW aluminun angle then fastened to the camper with VRB tape and #8 screws. I'll leave the panels about 2" clearance from the cab of the truck to prevent any interference problem due to either movement of the camper or flexing of the truck.

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HMS Beagle wrote:

I'd not be expecting much difference in mileage, but would be looking for a reduction in wind noise in the cab, and maybe a reduction in bug count.

None of the videos by Blair seem address the truck cab/camper gap, other deflector on other type RVs.


Consider Air Tabs?


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Posted: 01/22/22 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

HMS Beagle wrote:

I'd not be expecting much difference in mileage, but would be looking for a reduction in wind noise in the cab, and maybe a reduction in bug count.

None of the videos by Blair seem address the truck cab/camper gap, other deflector on other type RVs.


Consider Air Tabs?


Have you used them Don, I have been wondering about them for both the back of my camper and the 5th wheel ro get rid of the drag zone behind the unit.

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