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- March 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm #162659
Last fall during heavy rains at the Cherokee Rally, I had water coming in on the bottom of side windows of the trailer. When I went outside the surface tension was so strong that no water was exiting from the weep hole. You could drain the water by probing with a knife (I did not have any pipe cleaners then). I had previously been in heavy rains with no problem. The rubber seals had just been removed and cleaned. However I did use a different wax. The wax manufacturer said that the chemicals used to make water roll off the surface would also increase surface tension. Could there be a connection between the wax, inoperative weep hole, and my water intrusion ?? Just some food for thought.March 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm #162665
(Sigh) sometimes, I just think it’s a result of a perfect storm. Just the right angle of the trailer, the slits all the windows have, and the type of rainstorm.
I like the rv gutter to keep the heavy runoff out of the path of the weeps. If you decide to use it, get the bright white, not colonial. The bright white is an almost perfect match.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12March 4, 2019 at 11:13 pm #162674
I can see how that could be the case. The weeps are certainly small enough for water to bridge if it can’t adhere to the surface. I guess the way to test is to fully strip the wax from one window and see what the effect is. You’d probably have to take the window apart again and clean inside the weeps since its about impossible to keep from getting wax in there. If the weeps do drain better afterwards, then it might be good advice to cover the weeps with some masking tape before waxing.
I’d say that some anti fog spray might increase the weeping action, but I don’t think that stuff lasts long – I think it’s mostly soap. They do make some permanent hydrophilic coatings for the medical world, which I once wanted to try on my windshield until I found out it cost $50 an ounce.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorMarch 5, 2019 at 8:16 am #162686
Yep – I agree with Sherry (unfortunately). Either the gutters (they actually do help but are not bullet proof) or awnings (better but wind can be a problem) can reduce this issue a bunch.
Overland – During my “heavy” motorcycle days (inside of face shields on full face helmets) and triathlon days (inside of swim googles) I tried just about any “anti-fog” on the market. None really worked very well. However, I never tried the $50 and oz stuff!
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 5, 2019 at 9:16 am #162690
It’s neat stuff, if you could find something that lasts and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and I’m sure it would make the water flow…
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorMarch 6, 2019 at 8:07 am #162791
One sure could buy a bunch of pipe cleaners for that $50!
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 6, 2019 at 11:48 am #162806
I have already bought all the pipe cleaners in NC (about 100). One polish manufacturer indicated that i might use a different wax they had, above the windows, that had a lower water cohesion factor. I am trying to collect some data before I get back with them and try that approach. As a last resort I will get my Saws All and enlarge the weep holes. Just kidding!March 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm #162810
If you enlarge your weep holes, then you’ll need larger pipe cleaners.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorMarch 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm #162828
Nah – just stuff as many pipe cleaners as you can into that larger hole. Given that he bought out the entire North Carolina stock, he should have plenty.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"June 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm #173759
On our last trip to SE Oregon, we encountered terrific thunderstorms with incredible downpours. As I watched our window wells fill up with water, I remembered this post. But had no pipe cleaners. But I did have 1/8″ paracord! I cut off a bunch of 3″ pieces and worked them in the weep slot of our windows. They worked beautifully with steady drips coming off the end of the cord and dry window wells! Another good use for paracord. Thanks for the idea.
Edit: I see now that the original post was started by Mossemi, thanks again!
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1 user thanked author for this post.June 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm #173773
Would this work as well as pipe cleaners? I have not tried any window weep ideas yet, but need to add to my travel list
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1 user thanked author for this post.June 8, 2019 at 6:54 am #173783
Don’t see why not – Mike’s original idea was to use something that would simply wick the water out of the window area. Pipe cleaners, paracord, plant watering cord, whatever…..
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"June 8, 2019 at 8:28 am #173797
As others have posted, there is a variety of products that will wick water from the window tracks through the weep slots and I am sure there are others items we haven’t thought of yet. But I will say that although the Ream-N-Klein pipe cleaners do rust after months of use, their ability to stay in place while on the road at highway speeds is amazing. We put new cleaners in place for our trip to the rally and when we got home after 2100 miles, they were all still in place. They have been so dependable that we don’t even think about them anymore.
You can test the effectiveness of any wicking product whenever you wash your Ollie.
Good luck and happy wicking,
Mike and Krunch
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