Is a Deer Guard worth it?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Kenworth6969, Jun 6, 2024.

  1. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    Is the protection worth the sacrifice you're making with added weight and reduced aerodynamics reducing fuel economy?

    What do you think?
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  3. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Experienced mx13 execrator

    Sep 16, 2016
    Yes yes and absolutely yes. All you need to do is hit a deer ONCE without one and need to pay the repairs for it to pay for itself and all the extra weight and fuel.

    Also mine saved my front end when a prime truck hit and ran me, and my new one saved my hood last night when a moron backed into my rig and only left scratches on the hood and mild bend in the guard rather then a crushed hood and headlight.

    They are worth every #### penny the weight and .1 mpg loss and then some.
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    I had moose guards on the trucks I drove out West. I feel they are necessary. That plastic hood won't survive impact with a dog. The cost of the moose guard is less than the repair bill if you hit deer, elk, etc. There is a lot less down time having one installed than down time having truck repairs completed, plus a tow bill.
  5. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    For a quality cattle guard it will be an issue for some trucks that are only rated for 12k on the steers.
    A truck like mine can handle a big boy guard rated for hitting a large moose.

    Are they worth it? Absolutely if you get a good one.

    Insurance covered every hit but the financial loss goes way beyond just the actual damage.

    Your insurance will take a hit upon renewal and the down time loss of revenue for a single truck operation can be devastating.

    3 times I wish I had one. Hit a cow in OK at 65mph dead center in the grille was costly for my boss and the truck was down 2 months.

    Hit a small deer in Oregon with a T-680 I owned. Pushed the grille in and cracked the hood a plastic bumper. I didn’t put a claim in and just traded it in a few months later.

    Last was a large Mule Deer up on I-90 in SD.

    Truck (389) was literally brand new with 4K on the odometer. Put a claim in and the truck was in the shop for a month. Lost revenue and a big hit on my insurance. The guard I need for my truck is around $8k and would have paid for itself X 4-5.
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  6. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    Oh yeah, didn't even think about it for trucks that back into you. There's probably more risk from Swifty than Bambi.
  7. Knightcrawler

    Knightcrawler Heavy Load Member

    Apr 10, 2017
    Mpls, Mn oops Ocala, Fl.
    I cant get one. My steer is 10,800 as it is now, but I talked to a gal that was fueling next to me one day that had one. She said sometimes they work and sometimes they dont.

    I guess if you have room for the weight they may be worth it.
  8. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    I wouldn't buy one now. Rates suck, just wait until after November. Unless you find a used one on the plethora of bankrupt former O/O's

    Seriously, they're worth it. Every time
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  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Depends on the brand or style.

    Animals maybe..but an actual crash. Don't count on it.

    The last company had a pickup turn right in front of him and it crumbled like a toothpick. And he wasn't going very fast.
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  10. sbaumann14

    sbaumann14 Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Rhinelander, WI
    Rate suck so can u afford to b sitting 4-6 weeks waiting to get repaired?
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  11. KDHCryo

    KDHCryo Light Load Member

    Sep 14, 2023

    they inhibit the driver from doing a proper pre-trip...getting out of the truck these days when its not flip=flop weather is a red flag

    minimal mitigation from any crash protection, not beefy enough

    Beefy enough one's over weight the steers
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