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All our previous RVs had swing out windows that we could leave open in the rain. That meant we could leave the campsite, sleep, etc. with open windows without worrying about rainstorms. Since the Ollies have sliding windows how do you ventilate them on rainy days? I know the Maxxair can run in the rain, but it needs another opening to pull fresh air in through. How do you manage that?

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Stephanie and Dudley from CT. Tow vehicle: 2016 GMC Sierra gas dually. Current RV: Rockwood Signature fifth wheel.

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Open the bathroom vent and the small window there. Open and secure the bathroom door. Use the main vent on exhaust to draw air from front to back. I very seldom camp in rain, I live in a very arid climate, but that is my method. You can add RV rain gutters which help in a light drizzle, but they won't stop water entry in a major storm.

An alternative is individual small awnings on the windows.

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Spokane WA

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So the rain goes in the bathroom window and ultimately into your gray tank? Sounds like an issue if dry camping in a rainy climate.

Stephanie and Dudley from CT. Tow vehicle: 2016 GMC Sierra gas dually. Current RV: Rockwood Signature fifth wheel.

Oliver LE2 on the way in July!

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Just open your awning about a foot and it will shield the curbside window.  That's SOP for us when we set up camp.  Works great, and at 12" the awning isn't extended far enough to catch any wind, so you can leave camp or sleep without worrying about it.  One of the main reasons for opting for the second awning IMO is to be able to do the same on the street side.

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2 hours ago, Steph and Dud B said:

So the rain goes in the bathroom window and ultimately into your gray tank? Sounds like an issue if dry camping in a rainy climate.

We’ve never had more rain come in through the bathroom window or vent than a paper towel could handle.. 

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We keep both vents open which is generally enough.  We’ve had the bathroom window open during rain and it’s not really a big deal, like Mcb said.  EZE gutters around the windows also help.  Mike

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Thanks to all for the replies. I think we're really close to pulling the trigger on purchasing an Ollie. Going to see one tomorrow. Just going through the mental exercise of looking for potential issues so we can make an informed decision. Very different beast than our "stickie" rigs have been.

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Oliver LE2 on the way in July!

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The bath window is small and only opens upwards a few inches. I would worry more about a kid peeking through the little gap than the tiny amount of water that could enter. Some people put a little curtain there. Or buy the optional shower curtain track. I use neither, I am not shy😬. Or just leave it closed as suggested above, the bath vent is big enough by itself. Remember that water entry is nearly a non issue, the only thing that might happen in the main cabin is damp bedding. Though having a LOT of water drip down onto the electrical stuff along the street side lower cabinets through the access hatches would not be good. The hull structure and frame itself would never be harmed by water trickling in…. Unlike your stickie.

Enjoy your tour, it will be a little overwhelming, find the time to just sit quietly inside without the owner, if he is amenable, to contemplate the space. It is very different, you will either love it or hate it. It is so much like a nice boat, rather than a wood paneled Rv with faux electric fireplace, acres of empty floor space  and outside entertainment center.

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Spokane WA

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If it’s a gentle rain you can deploy your awning and open your curb side window. If you have double awnings your can deploy both and open windows. Personally from experience, I find the Ollies sliding windows provide much better cross ventilation than the swing out windows. 

 

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We left the  bath  vent open when Fred swept through Western North Carolina several weeks ago.  We measured a foot of rain in 24 hours. The rug in the bath got damp, not wet. Not a big deal, at all. I took the rug out and dried it in the sun after the storm, and wiped the floor with windex and a paper towel.

We do have ez rain gutter on the windows. We have the same Maxx Dome vent that Oliver uses now, but never had much of an issue with the Ventline vent either, until the seal failed. That was more than 10 years in. 

 

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30 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

wiped the floor with wine and a paper towel.

Perhaps you could explain that technique? 😃

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25 minutes ago, Steph and Dud B said:

I don't know. Maybe the wine isn't such a bad idea?? Will add it to the essentials list!

I do consider wine to be essential. 😁 therfore, not to be wasted cleaning the bath floor.

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