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Old 06-02-2015, 07:26 AM   #1
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Question Gutters For Front and Rear Windows?

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I have been observing the rain running down the ends of my trailer and then, if the window on either end is open, (or closed) water pours off the ends of the channel that holds the window itself (a la a mini gutter) and into the open window. It seems to me that some sort of gutter, extending past the 'very edge' of the window, might be a good thing?

Has anyone ever addressed this problem? If the water could be diverted just one more inch either side, it seems that it would help. I'm thinking some sort of gutter that perhaps could be put on at the campground that would divert the rainwater that pours off the ends of the trailer so it doesn't pour into the open window?

I've even been thinking about, somehow, using a Rain Chain. Not sure how to implement it though:



Thank you for any input!
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I've never had this happen....are you talking about rear and front side windows or the end windows...like flat windows between panos?

Pics might help to compare to others with similar setups.
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Do you have rear awning? They extend substantially beyond the window and their "gutter" drains the water at least 2" beyond the window frame....but our fronts should be the same?
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Hello,
I'm talking about the flat windows in the middle of the Panoramic ends.....both ends.
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I don't have awnings but this would be a good reason to get them!
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The only time I get some water in the front window frame between the glass and screen is if driving in a downpour, but that's water getting blown past my seal, haven't addressed that one yet, other than adjusting the clamps.
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How about a pic of that corner where the front rock guard hinges and the glass "gutter ends on each end?
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Pictures will be forthcoming a little later.
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Back Picture

Here's a picture of the back window. If only the gutter above extended, even 1", further out.
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That's the normal length of my front track....just to the seam between the frames. I retract my awning comment. I just went and looked, and while the awning extends beyond the frame, its track does not, and dumps onto the eyebrow gutter. But I don't have rear panos and the gutter curves down on each end to match the round corners of the glass.

All that said, I don't get water in the window frames??????????
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Best bet is to close the windows in the rain and put vent covers over the Fantastic Fans which allows them to be left open (and running) in rain.

That aluminum channel inside the windows can pool a little water if the wind is strong forcing it through the rubber window seals. That channel has a seam at the ends which is not sealed, and water can find its way down inside the wall into the plywood subfloor. Not good. On a dry day, open the window and seal the end seams of that channel. It is possible that enough water in there can rise and get past the holes for the window lock mechanism, not often but we've seen it and haven't figured out a seal for that yet, but we will.

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Best bet is to close the windows in the rain and put vent covers over the Fantastic Fans which allows them to be left open (and running) in rain.

That aluminum channel inside the windows can pool a little water if the wind is strong forcing it through the rubber window seals. That channel has a seam at the ends which is not sealed, and water can find its way down inside the wall into the plywood subfloor. Not good. On a dry day, open the window and seal the end seams of that channel. It is possible that enough water in there can rise and get past the holes for the window lock mechanism, not often but we've seen it and haven't figured out a seal for that yet, but we will.

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The channel in mine is welded at the corners. I remember that discussion some time ago. I filled mine with water while chasing a leak to the floor a couple of years ago. Mine holds water indefinitely and does not drain. Has to be mopped up when some rain water gets in.
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on some sob's i've seen folks use clothes pins. maybe you could paint them silver? :-)
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[QUOTE=ckottum;1630954]Best bet is to close the windows in the rain and put vent covers over the Fantastic Fans which allows them to be left open (and running) in rain.

That aluminum channel inside the windows can pool a little water if the wind is strong forcing it through the rubber window seals. That channel has a seam at the ends which is not sealed, and water can find its way down inside the wall into the plywood subfloor. Not good. On a dry day, open the window and seal the end seams of that channel. It is possible that enough water in there can rise and get past the holes for the window lock mechanism, not often but we've seen it and haven't figured out a seal for that y
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