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Old 02-09-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Do drip clips work?

Just got a new MH and before it's get all stained and streaky from A/C run off, I wanted to get some advice on the best ways to prevent that. I was told to just stick a clothes pin on the gutter and thats the best thing. I also see a bunch of spouts you can install, but it seams they would get blown off or knocked off while driving. So I am putting this out there for all you experts to share advise with the "new guy"

Thanks in advance. Dave
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:34 PM   #2
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The std drip clips help, but they are still a little short, depending if they are above an awning. ALSO, if your not level, and the RV is leaning to one side, it may still drip on the side of the RV.
I am in the process of making some extensions to help the length problem.
I have heard that they can whistle while traveling...then there is the possibility of a tree branch knocking them off.
So it is a mixed bag.

I sometimes wonder if it would help to run a large bead of silicone along the top of the roof (front to back) near the sides...but not visible from the ground. Maybe 3/8 to 1/2" high. This could force the water to run off the back of the RV...and not down the sides.

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Old 02-09-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
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I tried a couple of different versions of those gutter attachments that you see at Camping World or Wal Mart, and none would fit my current or prior RV. I haven't tried the trip string because I view that as a pain for weekend travels.

My current "solution" is that I've installed some of this stick-on gutter (Amazon.com: Esssentials BL01002 Black 10' EZE RV Gutter: Automotive) on the trim above my driver's-side window where the most offensive A/C drips seem to be. When water drips down that window, it clouds up the view as well as the paint, and I just couldn't stand looking at that all of the time!

It's not really a fantastic solution, but it does funnel the water down to a smaller swatch between the leading edge of that side window and the front windshield. Some have used this stick-on gutters for the entire length of their RV, which may be a better solution.

If you find something better, do contribute your solution!
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I bought the clips only because they were on a closeout table. But they do work to some extent and don't blow off or at least not up to above 90 mph.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:44 PM   #5
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Hi dkrobath,
I installed the gutter extensions and cloths pins to extend the drip farther from the coach. The cloths pins need to be replaced a couple of times a year due to the wood beginning to discolor. Go to Clothes Pins Extend Gutter Down Spout - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery to see both the gutter extensions and the cloths pin extension. This is one of the few modifications that is cheap, easy and it works.
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Still can't find the original post but there was one that used custom cut pieces of clear plastic from a Coke bottle and then glued into place with a dab of RTV Silicone. I have this on my "To Do" list before spring rolls around. When finished, I will post some pics and a review. Sounds like a good solution so far anyway.

Only con is that you won't get your recycle deposit back on the Coke Bottle.
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I installed modified CW drip extenders on my Forest river FR3 motorhome this fall. I had to retrofit them. They are designed to mount on the side wall under the gutter but over the rubber roof. I didn't want to fiddle with the seal on the factory short drip gutters so I cut off the square backing with a hack saw and siliconed the extensions in nested under the factory drip extensions for total of about three inches.

As mentioned in a prior post, they work as long as the coach is level. No more dark water stains to clean off!




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I have the spouts on my gutters, but didn't think they were putting the water out far enough. Saw a motorhome in FL. that used a piece of small PVC pipe slid over the spout. Sent the water out about 3-4ft. away from the coach. I took one of the spouts to Home Depot and found some PVC pipe that would snugly fit over the spout. Had them cut it into small sections. I only put them on when I'm staying somewhere for a length of time. They work great.
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The diverters installed on my new FW came with it. Don't know who makes them, but they are about 3-4" long and based on last nights heavy rain they work very well, and the rain hits the ground about 1' away from the corner of the rig.
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Streaks are often chalky dirt from the roof. If it's an EPDM rubber roof, this is hard to stop for more than a few weeks, but if metal or fiberglass you can largely eliminate it by re-painting the roof. TPO roofs generally don't have streaky run-off unless there is an accumulation of dirt on it.
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Just got a new MH and before it's get all stained and streaky from A/C run off, I wanted to get some advice on the best ways to prevent that. I was told to just stick a clothes pin on the gutter and thats the best thing. I also see a bunch of spouts you can install, but it seams they would get blown off or knocked off while driving. So I am putting this out there for all you experts to share advise with the "new guy"



Thanks in advance. Dave

I went to Wal-Mart and bought a pack of wooden clothes pins for less than $5. I find they last for 1-2 months and I've got over 35 left after 1 year. So simple to use and they work better than the gutter extensions that I had on my older MH.
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I bought the clips only because they were on a closeout table. But they do work to some extent and don't blow off or at least not up to above 90 mph.
Solution; duck tape will insure they will stay on above 100mph.
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I had a two foot piece of awning like material made that would slide in the street side awning track. Level with front or rear slightly down on street side. then just slide it in awning track to water runoff point. Stiff material gave about a two inch standoff from side. Material lasted over three years and almost 40,000 miles. If you see someone throwing an old awning away - cut a 4 -6 inch wide strip off tube end and you will have enough for all your friends. Once I found a good setup I used the leveling system calibrate function and from then on the mini awning stayed in one place and auto level put a'cond runoff right at the mini awning. Sorry sold that coach so no picture and haven't got around to it yet with our new "A"
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