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I was reading a few posts about the weep holes and how they don't always drain well.   I am not an engineer,  but I would guess that if they could be made larger to allow water to pass through the holes and not be blocked by surface tension along with some treatment to the weep hole area to make them more hydrophillic,  that that may help drainage.   I would imagine that OTT is aware of the problem.   Has anyone tried to enlarge the weep holes?   The thought of buying an expensive trailer with this issue is a bit troubling.   I live in an area that has light rain for the most part.   A heavy day in Oregon is 1/2 inch in 24 hours!   An inch and we think we'll all be flooded. 

John and Debbie, Beaverton, Oregon,  2017 Ford Expedition EL 4x4 with heavy duty tow package. 

Present trailer, 2003 Coleman tent trailer

Oliver Elite II is on my wish list

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I’m assuming you’re talking about the window weep holes.  Ours drain fine.  We just spent the last couple of months in the north east and had plenty of rain, no issues.  It’s important to keep them clean, something I do after every trip.  Some put pipe cleaners in theirs with part of the cleaner hanging out to provide a wicking effect.  I haven’t had the need to try that.  I wouldn’t consider it a big issue.  Mike

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Indeed, if you are talking about the window weep holes - simply keep those window tracks clean (easy to do but also easy to forget about) and try to keep your Ollie as level as possible.  We get in excess of 70 inches of rain per year and I've never had a problem.

The other "weep holes" on an Oliver are the "scupper holes" on the bottom of the trailer which allow moisture to escape from between the two shells.  I do not recall of ever hearing of an issue with these.

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Two weeks ago, we had 12 inches of rain in 28 hours. No issues with the weepholes, perhaps because a few weeks before we a had had a brief rainstorm,  a clogged weep wept a little into the side wall, and I cleaned them all. For the second time this season.

Imo, This isn't really an Oliver issue. It's an rv window manufacturer issue, and not a huge one, just a pesky maintenance issue.

I wouldn't enlarge the weepholes. I'd definitely add the vinyl gutter over the windows, as many of us have done.

 

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I'd admit that light rain may be a bigger issue with surface tension. That's where the inobtrusive gutters keep you very dry.

Or, pipe cleaners...

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17 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

 

I wouldn't enlarge the weepholes. I'd definitely add the vinyl gutter over the windows, as many of us have done.

 

I second the vote for vinyl gutters.  They do help.  Mike

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3 hours ago, SeaDawg said:

Two weeks ago, we had 12 inches of rain in 28 hours. No issues with the weepholes, perhaps because a few weeks before we a had had a brief rainstorm,  a clogged weep wept a little into the side wall, and I cleaned them all. For the second time this season.

Imo, This isn't really an Oliver issue. It's an rv window manufacturer issue, and not a huge one, just a pesky maintenance issue.

I wouldn't enlarge the weepholes. I'd definitely add the vinyl gutter over the windows, as many of us have done.

 

Do you have the name of that vinyl gutter?   I think that I have seen a reference to that before.   It sounds like that gutter goes over the top of the window to direct water away from the windows. 

John and Debbie, Beaverton, Oregon,  2017 Ford Expedition EL 4x4 with heavy duty tow package. 

Present trailer, 2003 Coleman tent trailer

Oliver Elite II is on my wish list

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The product is EZE RV Gutter.  Use the search function for the term gutter and you will find more information than you need.

Mossey

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