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Goaltender1
06-01-2018, 09:43 PM
I am getting a new 5r and would like some input on the best rock guards to protect it. Have a Sierra 3500 with a 2 1/2 inch receiver. Thanks in advance.

wingnut60
06-01-2018, 10:29 PM
Some of it depends on what you want it to look like vs protection--
RockTamers may do the best for stopping MOST of the rocks from hitting the fiver, but always some will find their way thru. They also are somewhat ungainly-looking (my opinion) and tend to rock up/down without some type of stablization. As for dually fender guards--Gatorbacks work as do DuraFlaps.
I have WeatherTech dually mud guards on my 450--so far, almost no rock dings in about 15k towing.
Keep in mind that some of the tires extend outside of the fenders and will throw rocks past the flaps...
I think Duraflaps offers some wider models, but when they extend past the fenders, well, doesn't add to the beauty of the truck--but certainly do a better job against rocks.

Notanlines
06-02-2018, 06:44 AM
Most of us tend to support the particular piece of equipment that we own, whether it is the best or not. I'll use 5th wheel hitches as an example. Most members will go down fighting claiming their particular setup is the very best.
Goaltender, I'm going to take a neutral stand on your rock guard subject and just tell you that we use Rock-tamers. It was a fair price, it does a more than reasonable job, and it has held up well, still looking like new.
That being said, is it the best? It depends on who you ask. Does it look manly and high-tech? Prolly not. But it is removable in about 15 seconds, is installed in about 25 seconds (two bolts and jamb nuts to tighten on the hitch/receiver) and is not particularly unattractive. This is a short video showing the actual use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIm8ovwyE-s
Oh, it comes in a really nice cardboard box and takes one about an hour and a half to assemble. YMMV

Mtntrek
06-08-2018, 11:43 PM
Weighing in with a third entry, DuraFlaps on four corners. No complaints.

I'd expect all product to perform better than nothing. More of a personal preference.
Happy trails.

Tenbrooks
05-06-2019, 10:03 AM
FYI, in Texas, all dually trucks (by law) must have mud flaps installed on the rear wheels. Every new dually truck sold in Texas has rear wheel mud flaps (similar to the DuraFlaps) installed by the dealership regardless of the brand - Ford, GMC, Chevy, Ram. I have them on my F350 and have never had a rock chip problem with my 5th wheel. If you drive a dually in Texas without mud flaps, you will be ticketed.

Hanr3
05-11-2019, 10:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIm8ovwyE-s
Oh, it comes in a really nice cardboard box and takes one about an hour and a half to assemble. YMMV

Great video! Always nice to "see" how the flaps will move while traveling.

I'm also in the process of deciding on mud/rock flaps. I care more about function than appearance. Actually, if the product is functional then I like it's appearance. If it's purdy, but doesn't do it's job, then what's the point of owning it?

Traveling Home
05-12-2019, 12:37 PM
Another option is to have the lower front part of the 5th wheel Rhino lines or Line-X'd. They both can do color matching.

Stripit
05-12-2019, 06:35 PM
Another option is to have the lower front part of the 5th wheel Rhino lines or Line-X'd. They both can do color matching.
I purchased a bed liner material and rolled it on the front area to protect from the rocks/stones damaging the painted surface. I believe it cost about $50 in material and my labor. Held up for 8 years and never failed, easy to clean and looked good.