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regularman

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Just filled up the truck last night for the first half of the trip. Gonna load and strap down the car this week end to the trailer and then back the trailer into the garage so its just hook up and go. Been thinking about a way to protect the windshield. I got an E-mail from someone here warning me about the posibility of a busted windshield while towing.
 
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I've almost got the UglyBug ready. I still need to calibrate my fuel gauge (although it is usable as-is), install my top and tonneau, rebuild some sidecutains, install the fresh air tube and defroster tubes, and some other assorted things. However, I finally got the electronic speedo and cruise control to play nice together. Also, I need to put together my spares and tools. I'm sure I won't need them, but somebody else might. :wink:
 

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Kim,
I believe the possibility of something hitting the windshield is remote at best; certainly not nearly as possible as when following other traffic in a Spridget.

Most of the gravel and debris your tow vehicle encounters will simply be run over and at most move slightly. If you do get a stone thrown back, the angle will likely cause it to hit the underside of the trailer. To get a stone to arc up at such an angle as to hit the windscreen is quite unlikely.

My experience over the years is that the majority of stones that contacted my vehicle did not come directly from the vehicle in front of me but rather on the second or third bounce. Falling back a bit helps.

Ray
 
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I had a rock hit me in the head while driving the midget. It left a big knot on my forehead, but it was certainly less of a headache than replacing the windscreen. :wink:

BTW it was on the third bounce and I really thought it was going to go over me. Next time I'll duck faster.
 

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Trevor Jessie said:
I had a rock hit me in the head while driving the midget. It left a big knot on my forehead, but it was certainly less of a headache than replacing the windscreen. :wink:

BTW it was on the third bounce and I really thought it was going to go over me. Next time I'll duck faster.

Good outlook on it. Sacrifice the body! People heal, Spridgets don't. :wink:
 
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mccalebr said:
Kim,
I believe the possibility of something hitting the windshield is remote at best; certainly not nearly as possible as when following other traffic in a Spridget.

Most of the gravel and debris your tow vehicle encounters will simply be run over and at most move slightly. If you do get a stone thrown back, the angle will likely cause it to hit the underside of the trailer. To get a stone to arc up at such an angle as to hit the windscreen is quite unlikely.

My experience over the years is that the majority of stones that contacted my vehicle did not come directly from the vehicle in front of me but rather on the second or third bounce. Falling back a bit helps.

Ray
Oh, yeah. I never tailgate. That is just stupid, you never know what someone in front is going to do or what they are going to run over, or when/where your brakes might fail on any vehicle. Best to leave some following distance and you will get there just as quick. Stay away from big trucks especially, they throw crap all the time.
 
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Trevor Jessie said:
I had a rock hit me in the head while driving the midget. It left a big knot on my forehead, but it was certainly less of a headache than replacing the windscreen. :wink:

BTW it was on the third bounce and I really thought it was going to go over me. Next time I'll duck faster.
I had a gravel hit me in the face shield once on a motorcycle real hard. Glad I had and always use a full face helmet even with my windshield. The worst I ever had on the bike was a tire weight hit me in the chest, full on. Thought I was shot. It cut me through a leather jacket and a sweater underneath (cold day thankfully), that one hurt me for a loooong time.
 
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