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Old 09-24-2022, 03:16 PM   #1
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Gutter Drains

I have a 2021 Newmar Ventana 3709 and I am cleaning out the tubes from the gutters. While cleaning out the debris from the tubes while under the coach I found one drain tube in the front left and right and one in the left rear. However I seem to have two drain tubes in the right rear. Anyone know why I have two on the back right?
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Air intake drain.
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Old 09-24-2022, 04:08 PM   #3
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The drain on the left rear is for the air intake. The two on the right side are for the left and right roof drains
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:33 PM   #4
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The Newmar tech told me to clean the drains from the top down. Use a piece of copper wire or a fish tape.
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Old 09-24-2022, 08:22 PM   #5
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Thanks. Figured that the left must be the air intake when I put water in the gutters and it all came out on the right side no matter where I put the water.
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Thanks. Did bottom up today and that seemed to work just fine.
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I was under the impression that you should blow into the drains with compressed air from below. Is that not a correct way to clear the tubes? It had worked in the past.
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I don't have a way to get to my roof so I use compressed air from below. Only found two at right (curb side) rear near engine exhaust.

Had water from AC dripping down exterior side prior to air blast. After a few blasts and lots of dirty water running down my arm all is good.
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Thanks. Did bottom up today and that seemed to work just fine.


I am curious, if you are cleaning from the bottom, how does the debris exit through the screened cover?
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I am curious, if you are cleaning from the bottom, how does the debris exit through the screened cover?
IMO Thatís why you need to flush from the top. Tried it once from the bottom..debris stayed inside the tubeÖ.
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I clean with a shop vac from the bottom. This assumes the clog is in the line and not debris on top of the screen on the roof. We just finished a trip down I-95 so I assumed all roof debris would be blown off. Got on the roof and checked - all clear. Quick hit with shop vac below and water started flowing immediately.

But I am curious. The water is just a steady thin stream. It is not coming out anywhere near that diameter of the drain tube. Maybe it is still partially blocked? What do other see?
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Hmm, good question.

I only had dirt. Hoping by blowing air up it pushed leaves away. Maybe I'll do this monthly until I get a barn built
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I made some really fine screens for my Dutch Star to put over the drains on top. They get clogged pretty quick but at least no nasties make it into the tube to stop it up. I have a small wet or dry shop vac I strap onto my belt with a velcro tie strap and crawl up and vacuum the screens about once a week. It takes me less than ten minutes to complete and I haven't had a stopped up tube in almost a year now.


I should have said we are full timers so we're always out where we can get debris on top to stop it up.
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We remove the screens at the top and blow them out from below. Use a blower with a cone and go up behind the rubber duck bill. That will clear it all.
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