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Old 04-27-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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Fix Gap Between Trailer and Awning

I'm sure this is addressed somewhere in the forum, but I couldn't find anything.

On a Casita what is likely the best method to close the gap between the trailer and the awning? I need to prevent rain from running through this area. I'm thinking of using 3/4" PVC and caulking on the top side. What caulking or adhesive should I use? Is this adequate to hold the PVC in place or should I use some mechanical attachment to the awning brackets as well? Or, are there better solutions for this?

All recommendations are appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2017, 10:52 AM   #2
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My Scamp had the area between the awning and the roof sealed , my Casita does not . The seal on my Scamp did stop water from running done the side of the trailer but it also trapped dirt and leaves , which if you don't constantly clean left stains in the gel coat which were impossible to remove .Our Scamp seal also was badly deteriorated from UV damage . I also had a rivet break under the seal and it was a b__ch to replace.
My Casita without the seal allows for the water and dirt to run off the roof and I can clean and wax the area.
I have heard of people using pool noodles to seal the area .
I would not glue a permanent seal in place but if your only objective is to stop the water flow then have at it
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:20 AM   #3
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Ron, we used a flexible rain gutter that Camping World (I'm sure others also sell) sells in white and off white, that is a peel and stick application. This was just what we needed, worked out great, and looks like something the factory installed. You can also apply this over the windows so there isn't rain running from the roof, down the sides, and into your windows.
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I'm sure this is addressed somewhere in the forum, but I couldn't find anything.

On a Casita what is likely the best method to close the gap between the trailer and the awning? I need to prevent rain from running through this area. I'm thinking of using 3/4" PVC and caulking on the top side. What caulking or adhesive should I use? Is this adequate to hold the PVC in place or should I use some mechanical attachment to the awning brackets as well? Or, are there better solutions for this?

All recommendations are appreciated.

Thanks,
Hutch
here is a picture of 3/4" pvc installed on my scamp use kitchen & bath caulk since it has mildew killer in it...
It has worked well for more than a dozen years so far...
the second picture is on a different project trailer but the same application shown from above.
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:17 AM   #5
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A clear vinyl tubing, that is flexible can be stuffed in the gap, allows for variations in the gap. Then use a clear silicone caulk. It will get black over time with dirt and leaves. I do like the idea of the white "gutter".
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:36 AM   #6
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Ron, we used a flexible rain gutter that Camping World (I'm sure others also sell) sells in white and off white, that is a peel and stick application. This was just what we needed, worked out great, and looks like something the factory installed. You can also apply this over the windows so there isn't rain running from the roof, down the sides, and into your windows.
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Just what I need for my leaky windows
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Gutters

I so have the stock on gutter and we like it.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I will decide soon on how I want to proceed with this project.

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