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Old 12-04-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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AC Drip Solution - No More Paint damage!

During the Hoots gathering, I had my coach waxed. This was the 5th application of a paste wax since purchasing my coach new in March, so I was very surprised to see that there were spots that the wax was not adhering. At the four corners where the AC drains, the hard water that was dripping down the side of the coach was wearing away at the finish.

I had newmar buff this out while I was in for service. They used a 3M compound #06060 with an orbital buffer. This fixed the clear coat, and wax was able to again be applied with no problem.

Newmar suggested that I purchase RV Gutter extenders. I ended purchasing a set from amazon (Camco 42123 RV Gutter Extensions - Pack of 4 : Amazon.com : Automotive) Camco 42123 RV Gutter Extensions - Pack of 4 - $8.16 for the set.

These came in stock white, and I painted them with vinyl black paint. I could have ordered newmar paint to match the color there, but the black looks like all the rest of the accessories on the coach. Here is a closeup:
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and another shot from a distance. My parking lot (aka driveway) is looking rather full in this picture. It was wash day, and had to bring all the cars out of the garage.
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and a shot of the the "worst" color match location, which is not all that bad.
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I am pleased to say that these are working very well. I have been running the AC now for a few hours and there is NO STREAKING on the paint. This is a good cheap fix, that will last until FLSteve can figure out a way to get roof drains installed for me.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Looks great! I have them on mine and they sure help. No internal a/c drain lines?
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:13 PM   #4
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Looks great! I have them on mine and they sure help. No internal a/c drain lines?
Not on the Dutch Star, at least not yet. Newmar does use internal a/c drain lines on the Mountain Air on up.

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Old 12-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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You know....what I don't understand, is why that condensate water appears to be so hard. It's not coming out of the ground, from a limestone matrix where it is picking up minerals...it's condensed humidity out of the air, about the same thing as rain water...makes no sense.

Oh we'll, thanks for the tip, I just ordered a set!
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You know....what I don't understand, is why that condensate water appears to be so hard. It's not coming out of the ground, from a limestone matrix where it is picking up minerals...it's condensed humidity out of the air, about the same thing as rain water...makes no sense. Oh we'll, thanks for the tip, I just ordered a set!
Great question...I assumed that the water was having a reaction similar to RO water, where it is attracting minerals from other surfaces. Nothing to prove that theory, just a wild thought
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That's great, thanks! One more thing I can check off the OCD checklist.
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The condensate water is probably worse than environmental rain. Consider all the oxidized copper and aluminum it's running across before it gets to the drip pan and out onto the roof thereby dragging even more dust and particulate with it before it makes it way down the side of our coaches :-)
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Lucky you--they work. I purchased for my Fleetwood discovery but my gutters won't accept those camco extenders. :(

Anyone found gutter extenders that fit Fleetwood's? Mine is a 2013 Discovery 40G
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In addition to the extenders, I added cloths pins to get the run off even farther away from the coach . Go to Clothes Pins Extend Gutter Down Spout - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery to se the solution.
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Glad to hear they work as designed, Ron. Added to my list.
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In addition to the extenders, I added cloths pins to get the run off even farther away from the coach . Go to Clothes Pins Extend Gutter Down Spout - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery to se the solution.
Do you drive with those clothes pins on? Does it truly follow out to the edge of the pin before it drips?

There is one spot where the water is hitting a bit of trim. Much better than before, but I would like to resolve that 'spot' too!
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Lucky you--they work. I purchased for my Fleetwood discovery but my gutters won't accept those camco extenders. :(

Anyone found gutter extenders that fit Fleetwood's? Mine is a 2013 Discovery 40G
I will tell you that I thought these would not fit my coach either. The gutter had a factory installed end on it that looks like a shorter version of this extender. I was going to remove that end, but didn't like the idea of removing anything. I started getting a little rough with the ends and noticed that it would bend/flex a bit and then snapped right into place. A very tight fit, but it did actually go. The first one took about 1 hour to do. The other 3 took 3 minutes total..moving the ladder taking most of the time. Basically, once I worked up the courage to force it on, it went on.
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I put mine in hot water first for a bit...........easy job then with the added flexibility.
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