Mod #27: Drip Rail Extensions

Mod #27: Drip Rail Extensions

Submitted on: 07/01/08

     Category: exterior
Mod Rating: 12345

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Mod Description:

Don’t you just love those unsightly black streaks on your RV from the water dripping off the roof and running down the sides? This is caused by two things: the dirt and grime accumulated on the roof over time that is washed off by water, and the drip rails where the water is channeled which by design don’t allow the water to drip far enough away from the side of the RV. Cleaning the RV is already a pain and you don’t want have to spend extra time scrubbing those stubborn black streaks. Oh what to do? The drip rail extension mod!

Mod Difficulty:

This mod is so easy, one wonders why RV manufacturers don’t just include them as standard. Maybe the black streak cleaner and drip rail extension manufacturers pay the RV manufacturers to conveniently forget to add them. Who knows? But you can make sure you’re not part of some grand conspiracy by just installing them yourself.

There are many names for the drip rail extensions: drip rail extensions, gutter spouts, drip spouts, gutter extensions, etc. They are all pretty much the same. I’ve taken it upon myself to make the official name “drip rail extensions”. They come in a pack of four and are oriented for left-to-right and front-to-back installation. But don’t let that confuse you. Just make sure when you snap them on to the ends of the drip rails, you pay attention to which one goes where as they should be marked.

The hardest thing about this mod is getting the ladder out so you can reach the drip rails. And while you’re up there, scope out the roof. It might need some cleaning.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
CAMCO Gutter Spout With Extension - 4 Pack
RV Drip-Guard Gutter Spout Extenders - Set of 2

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12 Comments For This Mod

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  1. jmt

    Did this in 20 minutes. Very easy and very effective especially in climates with a lot of rain.

  2. Bob Vaughn

    These attach real easy so it is easy for tree limbs to pull them off….a couple of spares would be a good idea……I really like not having to scrub black streaks…

  3. Bob Vaughn

    I really like these…
    http://community.webshots.com/album/570450425gYVRKt

  4. tvman44

    Our 5er came with these, worth their weight in gold.

  5. curtcoffee

    Fine and good with the extenions but what do we do when the drip rails get clogged with leaves and such or when the rails split or come apart allowing water to run down the sides? I’ve tried claking, it doesn’t work.

  6. Coquiloco

    Did this mod! My wife thinks I’m a genius! Don’t be afraid to do it.

  7. Joe

    i tried this also - not easy on a 6 year old unit. the drio channel does not come loose easy and the rubber bummper is hardened so you can not get at screws under it.

    also a major point is the point on the spout, will it cut thru the camper cover when you have wind action?

    not as easy as you might think

  8. Fritz_H

    After having a couple swiped off the trailer by branches, I attached the replacements with a gob of caulking between the extension and the old gutter spout. None lost so far.

  9. Liz

    My husband just put these on yesterday. I am looking forward to not having to clean those streaks off anymore. I just read a couple of comments to my husband about caulking them in place so they don’t get torn off by trees.

  10. Ross

    Left my 2006 C class parked for 3 months, returned to find 2 had disintegrated. Vandalism not likely and I would have noticed them broken when I washed the RV before parking. should last longer then 4 years but yes, I’ll replace them

  11. Joe Crash

    I did this mod but I used plumbers putty to pack between the new spout and the old to better hold it in place. Worked like a charm. Recommend this mod highly.

  12. NaturalStateReb

    Black marks are a problem, but if you have certain types of camper covers, these can rub holes in the covers, particularly if there’s anything even the least bit pointed or abrasive. They’re not very weather resistant, so expect to replace them in 2-3 seasons.

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  1. 10 Low Cost Mods You Can Make to Your RV

    [...] 7. Drip Rail Extensions - Don’t you just love those unsightly black streaks on your RV from the water dripping off the roof and running down the sides? This is caused by two things: the dirt and grime accumulated on the roof over time that is washed off by water, and the drip rails where the water is channeled which by design doesn’t allow the water to drip far enough away from the side of the RV. Drip rail extensions help solve this problem. They are very simple to install and cost around $8 for a pack of 4. Here is an example: http://www.modmyrv.com/2008/07/01/rv-drip-rail-extensions [...]

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