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#1 L.K. Graham

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:52 PM

I thought the black water pipe guard by Orbital Machine Works looked like a good idea, but when I tried to order one, they advised they are no longer available. It seemed like cheap insurance against expensive road damage. Has anyone experienced damage to the drain pipes, or is this not worth worrying about?  


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#2 clairemr1

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:29 PM

OMW will be producing them later this summer. Check with us in a few weeks.............


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#3 brsedwebt

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:54 PM

I can tell you from personal experience - get one. 


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#4 Jerrybob

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:39 PM

We have travelled thousands and thousands of miles over the years.....never felt the need to have a guard on the pipes.......if you do a lot of off roading....maybe a good idea.......otherwise.....I wouldn't worry about it.   Safe travels. 



#5 Hot Toddy

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:48 AM

I was going to give the same advice as Jerrybob. I have only been "off-roading" twice with our trailer and although the road shook my teeth loose, there was nothing to hit. I believe the one from OMW is made from hard plastic so should you hit something big enough or hard enough, that too will succumb to the road hazard.

 

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#6 clairemr1

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:47 AM

several owners, myself included, have inadvertently hit something laying in the middle of an otherwise perfectly good highway (truck tire remnants, etc). i'd much rather hit debris with the sewer guard on than hit it with my precious casita plumbing.one perfectly timed hit could wipe out the casita plumbing and delay/ruin an otherwise great trip. it's one of the mods i intend to install when we get back to manufacturing the guards, as i feel it is one of the things that protects my trailer, a highly valued addition, IMHO....


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#7 NASA42 B

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:06 AM

Toddy.....

 

I was under the impression that OMW had replaced the plastic version with a steel model about 2 years back. 

 

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#8 brsedwebt

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:29 PM

Yes it is now metal - very stout. I have 2 plastic ones - one for a spare. Jim really helped me out getting these (Thanks again Jim).  I wanted plastic because I did not have to drill to mount it. I look at them as sacrificial and I did hit a block of wood on the interstate while it was on - no damage to the protector and the black pipe system but I did loose the unprotected gray outlet pipe. I called Larry and he quickly shipped me out the fast gray parts that were damaged. It was a quick fix with Larry sending the parts. I tried to piece it together with parts from a hardware store but found out it was not that simple. 


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#9 Jerrybob

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 11:18 AM

If it brings you a sense of comfort or security.....I say go for it.   Like I said.......I have pulled our Casita thousands of miles and other trailers even further.......never felt the need for this protection.  You can over worry about many things......this is one I choose not to.  Whatever you decide.......have fun and safe travels.    



#10 campnagle

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 03:21 AM

I did the skid plate thing a few years ago out of metal.

I put a goat sticker on it.

 

 

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 06:54 AM

I myself am patiently (yes we are OMW) awaiting a pipe guard. It could be that we could pull the StayPuft hundreds of thousands of miles w/o issue but... Given the rocks and ledges we traverse or the gators lurking on the highways, it just seems prudent like the skid plate for the oil pan.

#12 bikedawg

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 05:23 PM

We just recieved the black water guard from OMW and our StayPuft from the local trailer shop where "MacGyver" performed a LHC recommended and specified axle swap and local engineered frame strengthening. I have yet to install the guard but even with the new height and exposure I'm still glad to have it.

Last year we started with the OMW's 3" lift w/their shock kit on a "high lift" axle, it was very well engineered, a snap to install and improved the ride program smartly.

However, when Larry mentioned if I had installed all the OMW's offerings including the tongue extension, our axle was likely overloaded and indeed he was correct as he seems to be always.

So, to remedy we went with his reccomendation of a 5200# axle on leaf springs conversion with shocks and significantly reinforced the frame in hopes to avoid the bending issues others had reported on this forum.

While I understand this height might not be for everyone it'll serve our purposes of roaming up onto Western Mesas with more piece of mind that comes with the heavier axle, bigger bearings, brakes and E rated LT tires.

I've yet to get it back on the CAT scale, but previously loaded with water and four bikes it tipped 3800#'s, my guess now is it'll be closer to 4200#'s.

The other result from this nifty conversion besides the additional clearance, is that I have the OMW's lift and shock kit along with three 235 x 75 x 15 D rated tires that racked up a one trip 5000 miles and the old slightly used axle to find a new application for.

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#13 tentstake

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 09:32 AM

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You are absolutely set up for a trip to Inuvik.



#14 JerryC

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

A piece of 6 inch corrugated black drain pipe from a farm or ranch store fits around the drain pipe perfectly. Slice it with a hacksaw blade or grinder, slip it over the pipe and it won't come off. Add a few tie wraps if it makes you feel better. Not as tough as steel but will add lots of protection from rocks and flying debris.
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#15 bikedawg

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 06:21 PM

Rattlesnake,
We've never been north of Park City yet, but that sure looks like some fun gravel grinding to us.