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Old 12-18-2015, 04:31 AM   #1
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I purchased 3 rain guards from Vintage Trailer for my 1972 Boiler. My plan was to install them with 2 way sticky tape 3M. I don't want to put holes in the trailer. The small window above the sink will work but the 2 side windows is where the trailer starts to curve making the application difficult. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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If the rain guard is plastic, try heating it with a hair dryer or low power heat gun to make it flexible enough to conform to the contours of the trailer.
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:16 PM   #3
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If the rain guard is plastic, try heating it with a hair dryer or low power heat gun to make it flexible enough to conform to the contours of the trailer.
Tape down the guard (over the top of it) as best you can where you can without pressure, then use the heat gun to form the rest about 6-12 inches at a time. Hold each newly formed section in place as it cools, tape that section down, then proceed until the whole piece is pretty well shaped. Use a pencil to make a mounting guide/line above the reshaped guard. Remove the whole piece, add the 3M VHB exterior rated tape, and put it in place.

I work with heat forming a LOT of plastic!
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:37 PM   #4
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I purchased 3 rain guards from Vintage Trailer for my 1972 Boiler. My plan was to install them with 2 way sticky tape 3M. I don't want to put holes in the trailer. The small window above the sink will work but the 2 side windows is where the trailer starts to curve making the application difficult. Any suggestions?
I guess I should have mentioned they're aluminum.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:36 AM   #5
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I guess I should have mentioned they're aluminum.
Now that is different - you don't want to end up with any kinks in it, so first try to match the curve in place. I would protect the gel coat with paper, duct tape or something, so the aluminum does not rub off on it. Since it will spring back somewhat, you need to bend it a little more by hand to get a good match. Then apply the VHB tape. If the shape is not matched well, the steady pull may overcome the VHB tape. I do not know if this channel is U-shaped, in which case a small radius bend might close up the channel.
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:00 AM   #6
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I can't help you with solutions to bending aluminum. Other than suggestion a bit smaller size? And even though you've already made the purchase (can you return?) perhaps a different product is what you need. Perhaps like this: Essential Products RV & Marine - EZE RV Gutters


Truthfully, your windows shouldn't leak and if they are you should fix that first. Any kind of gutter is a bandaid if the windows leak.
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I agree, return the aluminum gutter and replace is with plastic. Form it with heat, as others suggested. (And check the windows and their channels and weep holes.)
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:51 AM   #8
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I tried the EZ RV Gutters on our Uhaul as a quick fix for window leaks. Didn't work. Finally replaced 3 of the 5 windows and fixed the leaks. What Bev has may work if riveted on, but know she was trying to avoid doing that. Maybe the plastic window guards for cars if the right length could be found. They may be more flexible. Another Uhaul owner did it on their trailer, but I don't know the results.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #9
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Are you adding these rain guards for A) Cosmetic appearances or Because the windows leak?


If "B", have you removed the entire window and resealed with an RV Putty Tape product?
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:05 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your comments. Much appreciated.
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:50 AM   #11
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Ohhh, I like this idea. We also have a problem with our bathroom window so I'll be watching this thread as well as investigating the rain guards for that issue.
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