At least this time the trucker honked!!!

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Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
No
So happy to leave Yakima, WA and head east and excited to get to Coeur D'Alene I've been wanting to see for a long time. Didn't sleep well last night, up early, 30 minutes into the drive I was struggling. I got my 8th wind and felt better after getting more caffeine installed, pressed for the 4 hour drive. Approaching Coeur D'Alene, about 15 minutes away a trucker paces me on the left side, honks, gives me the rear pointing thumb signal. Oh great, my new bike is gone!!! I looked at the rear view camera, I see bikes, I think!

I immediately exited the highway (or freeway) whatever it's called here on I-90. I pulled off on the exit ramp and went back to see what's going on. I expected a flat tire, basement door open or missing, something with the bikes. I'm not seeing it...wait, I see it, the ROCK GUARD is dangling down on the right side dragging on the road. Stupid Newmar crap rock guards, they are made of vinyl or something, not sure. The right side had given way from the top bracket that the material slides into. I haven't had issues like others with the rock guard so I left it on, others removed it as it was the cause of rock issues for them...not me.

So now I have to figure out how to remove it. I know it's two nuts but the right side is right next to my exhaust which is 2.2 million degrees centigrade! This is going to be fun. Luckily I had a wrench large enough, 3/4" crescent. I got the left side off but was sure I was going to get plowed by ramp exiting drivers, figured this was it! Should I put my orange cones out? Naaah, just keep doing what needs to be done. Right side was more difficult and yes I accidentally slipped and tested the temperature of the exhaust, instant blister, but very small, lucky! Right side was tough but got it off.

The dang rock guard has been a pain dragging on curved roads while parking, where I was the past few days it was compressed under the rear when not aired up and leveled using air leveling. So I'm not sure I will replace it and knowing the price is north of 1K I believe that's pretty much a NO. I like waiving the Newmar banner ad but I don't think it's necessary so we'll see how things go without it. I feel naked but so be it, I'll get over it.

Interestingly enough one of the bike locks from the kuat rack was missing off the end of the cable. 99% chance I didn't secure the cable lock properly, my bad. But the cinch straps on both bikes were not tight, I don't know what happened there, I pulled down on those for sure when loading so be sure to pull down on yours from time to time if the bikes have been sitting on the rack as mine have been the past few days.

Not as bad as I thought it was going to be...but had to share. Goodbye rock guard, it was a good four years until the crap you are fell apeart.
 
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WA, MT or somewhere else!
RV Year
2018
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Newmar
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Mountain Aire 4047
RV Length
40'
TOW/TOAD
2020 Lincoln Nautilus or 2014 Honda CR-V
I dunno, @Neal; maybe the acquisition date for an Essex needs to be moved up from 2027. Sounds like the 2017 VentEssex may not make it to 2027. Glad the problem was not as bad as it could have been. Safe travels from here on out. Will you be swinging by Polson on your way east? We’ll be here until June 10 and then will he headed back west to get our awning and windshield issues resolved.

TJ
 
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Location
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Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
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2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
No
Sadly not making it to Polson in the 8 wheeler but maybe the 3 wheeler hopefully end of July.
 
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TGO Titusville FL
RV Year
2015
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutchstar 4369
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43
TOW/TOAD
2014 Honda CRV
removing the NEWMAR rock guard was the first thing I did. It was like new and sold it for $250. Have been towing for 4 years without it and don’t miss it one bit.
I think that advertising board does more damage than good.
 
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Messages
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Location
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RV Year
2018
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Mountain Aire 4047
RV Length
40'
TOW/TOAD
2020 Lincoln Nautilus or 2014 Honda CR-V
Sadly not making it to Polson in the 8 wheeler but maybe the 3 wheeler hopefully end of July.
We plan to be back at Polson around July 1 and hope to stay until late September.

If you find find yourself stopping anywhere near Missoula on your trip east, let us know and we’ll run down for a quick visit.

TJ
 
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Location
Prince William, VA
RV Year
2020
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Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4326
RV Length
43
TOW/TOAD
2020 Ford F-150
If I needed to replace mine, I would just Google a metal shop with a laser cutter, send em dimensions and be done. $250-300 tops for a nice stainless or rustproof anodized aluminum one
 
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Messages
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Location
Fremont, California
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4018
RV Length
40’
TOW/TOAD
Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Fulltimer
No
Sadly not making it to Polson in the 8 wheeler but maybe the 3 wheeler hopefully end of July.
You can literally land in Tj’s front yard!
 

JRS

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Newmar
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43
TOW/TOAD
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Took ours off and don't miss it either...
 
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Newmar
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Demco KarKaddy 460SS and VW Passat
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No
Too bad you don't have a bolt cutter. They would snip that chain in no time
 
Joined
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Messages
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Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
No
Too bad you don't have a bolt cutter. They would snip that chain in no time
I did want to leave it intact as well as keep the nuts in the event I or a future owner bought a replacement.
 
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