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A word was clued, then split into three fixes, which three other dudes clued. The clues are:

I'm a sailor dude,
I'm a generic dude,
I'm an original dude,
I'm used on road trips.

Inspired by Just a bunch of dudes

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  • $\begingroup$ Inspiration just keeps going :-) $\endgroup$ May 3, 2020 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Rand, I meant to subvert the riley by disordering the clues, then on posting review, ordered by length, and by happenstance this ordered the riley correctly! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    May 3, 2020 at 18:49

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After a little thought, could you be:

TARMACADAM? (Usually shortened to 'tarmac'...)

I'm a sailor dude,

TAR is another word for sailor, often used in cryptic crosswords.

I'm a generic dude,

MAC is a common nickname or moniker by which a man may be addressed.

I'm an original dude,

In religious circles, ADAM is the name given to the first ('original') man.

I'm used on road trips.

TARMACADAM (tarmac) is what a road surface is made of - it actually is the road!

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    $\begingroup$ Ah, yes, that makes more sense. Well done! $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    May 3, 2020 at 18:54
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I think the answer is

Tarpaulin

I'm a sailor dude,

Tar = a sailor

I'm a generic dude,

Paul = a common male forename

I'm an original dude,

In = fashionable or original (the "in" thing)

I'm used on road trips.

Tarpaulin = heavy-duty waterproof cloth, often used outdoors on trips.

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    $\begingroup$ Just pipped me to the (quite literal!) post - nice work +1 :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 3, 2020 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv & hexomino , excellent as always, but there's a different answer. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    May 3, 2020 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom No way! I was utterly convinced this was it. However, I'm sure when someone finds the true answer I will be even more convinced by that, as usual :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 3, 2020 at 18:44

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