Is a Deer Guard worth it?

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

  1. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Nope...

    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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