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    Car trailer vibrations

    I have a Aluma open car trailer. I installed a factory accessory rock guard to my trailer. It towed fine all of last year without the guard. Now I that installed the guard and I get varying vibrations and all different speeds. It will do it then stop and start agian for no rhyme or reason. And ideas. I hate to have to remove a $500 rock guard.

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    Maybe something to with air flow around it causing a harmonic vibration or it changed the wind load on the trailer frame causing a harmonic vibration? I'm only guessing and throwing out a theory, it's been a long time since NVH training. When you say it comes and goes, that's what makes me think of harmonics.
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    I agree. That is what I thinking also. I sent a email to the manufacturer to see what they have to say.

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    I remember way back when, during the truck bug shield, roof visor and "racerback" era of the '80's and
    90's, and trying to explain to customers why one, or worse, a combination two or all three caused all sorts of noise and vibration concerns, due to the air flow being disrupted. As I said though, just a theory on what's causing your vibration.
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    I don't know how it is mounted to the trailer but it may help to put some stress on it with some strong bungee cords or something similar to see if it stiffens the guard up to see if the vibrations go away.
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    Did you ever find out anything with the vibration?
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    Well 79, I haven`t used it since. I was suppose to use it a couples weeks ago but plans changed. I emailed the manufacturer and the said "Thank you for choosing Aluma Trailers! We have had some issues with our rock guards/air dams causing some vibration due to the wind while transporting. You could also try balancing the tires and see if that gets rid of the vibration as well. If the trailer was sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, that could cause some flat spots in the tire. Please let me know if you have any other questions." So basically they offered no help. I will use it again making sure the tongue weight, tire pressure etc. is correct and cover all the basics and try again before trying to remove the guard. Annoying for sure.
    Mopars1, The guard is very well mounted and very strong not like some flimsy ones i have seen .

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