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Post by Beagle on Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:14 pm

Although this sounds like a song title it's actually about rainwater running off a (closed) awning.  For some annoying reason the awning casing on the roof has been positioned with its left end right above the middle of the hab door.  So when the van is a bit nose down on a slope, perhaps also leaning down to the left a bit (ie. our driveway), the rain fairly streams down the middle of the door.  A free shower every time you go in and out is bad enough, but sometimes the volume of water defeats the door seals and you get a puddle in the footwell of the step.

I'm getting the seals looked at, but have been wondering about a better solution.  Such as a piece of plastic or some such on the roof, to channel the water further forward before it runs off.

Anyone had similar experience or got bright ideas?
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Post by steamdrivenandy on Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:24 pm

A lot of caravans have a straight, or curved mini gutter above the door, often with LEDs as an awning light. That would at least part the waters either side.
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Post by daisy mae on Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:41 pm

I have curved mini gutter on mine. perhaps AS thinks new is improved. smile!

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:24 pm

Hi Beagle, by awning do you mean sun or full awning. If it's a sun awning I had the same problem, there was a small gap between the awning casing and side of the van. You can buy a rubber strip to fill this gap, or seal it with a filler  as I did, which I spread right along the gap. No further problem.

Hope this is a help.
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Post by gef on Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:24 pm

As do a modification which is a curved channel plus a light which I had done after delivery as I was fed up of cold showers!
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Post by KMRTOPAZ on Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:03 am

It would be helpful to know what vehicle you have ?
Without that information, can I risk suggesting that you move the awning to the left. They are usually mounted on two brackets with pop rivet fastenings. I'm not suggesting moving the brackets, just the awning.
I did this on a VW Topaz because it made sense to have an awning that covered the door opening when it rained.
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Post by Beagle on Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Thanks for all the ideas, chaps.  Am looking to go for a bonded-on strip that will channel the water elsewhere.  

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