Dealing with condensation

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  1. sallugo

    sallugo Member

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    I recently saw someone use a rain gutter for condensation...anyone know what they used? Or can use? It looked great and would seem it would do the job.
     
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    I am going to assume you mean the drainage from the roof mounted air conditioner. If so you can use vinyl J channel or pool noodle/foam pipe insulation
     
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    "I am going to assume you mean the drainage from the roof mounted air conditioner. If so you can use vinyl J channel or pool noodle/foam pipe insulation"

    Yup, that us what I mean...Thanks!!
     
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    swordfish Well-Known Member

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    I just bought some vinyl J channel for this. If you go to the gutter section in Home Depot you will find it.
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    I don't intent to make it permanent because I cover my pup in the winter. I will make a track for the J-channel to slide in when in use.
     
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    When you set up, I would love to see a pic!
     
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    Oh, by the way...I work at Lowe's so I think I will go there instead [emoji6]
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Vinyl sliding J moulding. Cut the nailing strip off with a scissors and attach with 3M outdoor mounting tape. Worked great in yesterday's heavy rain.

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    Thanks Raycfe! That's the photo I was looking for...glad it works!!! Do you have it slightly angled for run off?
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    No .... I can adjust the pup to have it run off one corner only.
     
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    That's what I thought! Great mod!!
     
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    My pup has the aluminum roof, hence there are corner caps. First, I need to flush the edge surface with a <1/4" thick corner moulding (the blue part in the pic) glued to the roof wall, then the PVC cap molding which is acting as flashing. I then can slide in my J-channel leaving a foot out when in use. Everything except the J-channel is permanent; nothing sticking out while towing or under the cover. This is only a concept on paper.

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    It will work unless it doesn't.
     
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    It turns out to be exactly as shown in my drawings.
    Here is the gutter track
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    With J-channel gutter inside the track
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    swordfish Well-Known Member

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    That looks awesome swordfish!! Definitely using this idea! Thanks for the follow up and photos!!
     
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    What kind of glue did you use?
     
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    swordfish Well-Known Member

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    Silicone caulk. It allows me to adjust and add a bunch of clamps. Hardens after 3 hours.
     
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    Extremely nice!! Will you do the front of the pup as well?
     
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    You don't have to glue anything to your camper. Just slide the J-channel over the lip of the roof.

    The canvas keeps it in place. make it about 6" longer so it doesn't run down you canvas.

    I put about 1 degree of tilt on the camper to direct the condensation to the corner I want to run off. This way you only need one gutter.

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    I will start using it by jacking up the front a bit to see if the water follows my command. Hope I can do without the front gutter.
    I have considered at jrclocks' design, but I wasn't able to envision adding the J-channel while I raise the roof. Looks like you need the Sheppard's pole up to jam the J-channel under or by the slits? Do whatever works for you to keep AC drain off the canvas.
     
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    On the 2006 Sun Valley, it fit snuggly over the center section of the roof edge and stayed in place while finishing setup. On the 2008 Niagara, I wedged a piece of foam in the center of the J-channel to keep it in place til finished set up. Could just use a piece of velco in the middle like many have used to attach their Gizmos to the underside of the roof.

    I try not to make permanent mods that can't be easily undone.
     

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