Alpenlite Trailer Fender Skirts
In 2004 I wiped out a fender skirt on a spruce tree that attacked me in the back country. I tried to find a replacement skirt and could not find anything that matched. Various RV supply shops indicated that they could order "close" replacements, but that I would have to buy a pair of them. The prices were exorbitant - around $200, so I decided to make my own.
A quick trip to Metals Supermarket netted some nice aluminum diamond plate. Metals Supermarket is a little more expensive than the scrap yards, but they have clean metal, know their products and can custom cut almost anything.
I did not take photos of the fabrication process, but it was easy to do, and anybody with basic tools can build a nice set of skirts in an afternoon.
1) I laid the aluminum sheet out on sawhorses and used a Sharpie pen to trace the outline of the old skirt on it. The skirts were mirror images, so it was easy to do this.
2) I then used a saber saw with a fine metal cutting blade to cut out the new skirts. The saw easily cut the aluminum.
3) I then dressed off the edges of the cuts with a fine file.
4) Next I used the old skirt as a drilling template to drill mounting holes.
5) I mounted the skirts to the trailer using stainless steel screws and washers. On the bottom edges I drilled additional holes and bolted through the skirt of the trailer.
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