Fiamma drip strip / mini gutter

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  1. golly

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    I fitted this guttering last year on an A-class. One section above the driver's door, the other above the passenger's sliding window. It works fairly well but if you are in a serious downpour, or there is a lot of water left on the roof after rain, the flow of water off the roof will overwhelm any guttering of a size that can be fitted to a motorhome.
    I think it was worth doing. I set it at a gentle slope downwards towards the back.

    n.b. Available in various lengths from John Cross with Funster discount - that's where I got mine.
    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/fiamma-drip-stop-75cm.html
     
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    Thanks for that, it's only really a problem when opening sliding door when raining, cold water down your neck certainly wakes you up. I think its worth a try, do's it bend easily to direct the flow ?
     
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    Hi, Golly, yes we had a problem with drips when we had our Elddis Autoquest and fitted one over the habitation door. I was a bit tricky to get it to stick, but warming it up slightly made a difference to it's flexibility(y)

    It did help a bit, but as Jean Luc says, not much help in a serious downpour. We recently saw our Elddis for sale in Oaktree and it made us smile to see the "drip strip" still in place after two years.
     
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    I fitted this to my PVC. It is brilliant. I couldn't get the door to line up properly and was getting small water leaks inside. This cured the problem totally and also stopped the problem you mention.

    I would advise storing it somewhere warm before fitting and ideally do it on a hot day if possible.
     
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    My suggestions for fitting:
    • Hang it with a weight, or at least lay it out flat for a few days before you start in order to minimise the natural curve from packing (it comes rolled up)
    • Do it on a warm day
    • Clean the surface very thoroughly with methylated spirit or isopropyl alcohol
    • Work out the line you want to follow and draw a guide line in light pencil on the van
    • Make sure you get the measurement right, including the correct radius for any bends (at the ends)
    • Cut it to length before fitting - hard to trim once it is in place
    • It will follow quite a tight curve but take your time and pre-bend it as you fit in place to reduce the pressure on the adhesive
    • The adhesive strip sticks like the proverbial s**t to a blanket - it is almost impossible to reposition once in place.
     
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    Our PVC came with a drip strip over the sliding door and it works very well.
     
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    I used this as water deflectors 30 cm each length each side of the roof so the rain water is deflected onto the windsheild and not the the body support pillars thus eliminating the so called black streaks ..warm them up first either in hot water or use a heat gun, as said elsewhere make sure you clean the receiptant surface first
     
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    Thanks for all the advice, I will get some ordered and wait for warmer weather to put it on.
    Thanks , John
     
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