Sunline RV Forum
Sunline User Photos

Go Back   Sunline Coach Owner's Club > Technical Forums > Modifications
Click Here to Login

Join Sunline Club Forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-06-2015, 06:18 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
vcrt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 789
SUN #37
vcrt
Raindrops keep falling in my storage compartment

OK, that would never go as a remake to the old song, but I was wondering if someone has a way to stop water from dripping into the storage compartment when the door is lifted. Sometimes, we all end up camping in the rain and as soon as you lift any of the horizontal hinge type storage doors, water runs down toward the hinge, around and through the hinge and into the nice, dry storage area. I have an idea for a way to help this, but if something is already available, I'd like to know about it.
Thanks,
Rich
__________________

__________________
1992 T-2470 (now residing in South Carolina)
Current Sunline-2007 Solaris 2499
2018 Silverado 1500 w/Max Trailering pkg.
vcrt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2015, 07:28 AM   #2
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,162
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Hi Rich,

I have done something similar that "might" work or at least give you something to build on.

Basically install a drip edge along the top area of the frame to break free the water tension and let the drips happen in a different area. I have seen this on some entry doors, they even sell a door trim piece to do that. I think I have seen it on some Jayco's

In the cargo door situation, odds are high this will need to pull the door unit out of the camper insert the new drip edge, then seal it back up.

Here is how I made mine to deflect water off the bottom of the slide floor.

Start with extra wide house drip edge. This gives me a hemmed white aluminum strip easy.




To cut it, score with a sharp sheetrock knife one side. Then flex back and forth and it will split off clean. Use this score and flex trick on house siding all the time to trim out around windows out of roll stock.




Then create your drip edge configuration for the cargo hole. You might want to leave the 90 deg bend on it to mount to the side of the camper. The curved ends you may need tweak to fit. And this does not need to stick out very far to be in the way, just over the cargo door hinge area

It does work. See here with me pouring water down it.






Now no more water ever gets under the slide.

Hope this helps

John
__________________

__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2015, 07:05 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
vcrt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 789
SUN #37
vcrt
Here's one idea I had. I used a strip of low voltage wire mold to attach near the top of the storage door with the intention of catching the rain water as it drains off the door.




In theory, it catches the water and lets it run to the ends where it can drip away from the opening. The first difficulty I had was with the adhesive. It stuck like mad to the door, but peeled away from the plastic so water leaked into the compartment anyway.
I'll see if I can get a good 3M foam tape to replace it if I don't go with my second idea to turn the entire door and frame upside down so it flips down instead of up. I know that way it would catch rain water on the inside of the door which would be tossed into the storage compartment when closed, but with the slide out I'm building (like Scottk's)the door would be under the slide out when I'm using it, so it would be covered. The slide drawer would get wet, but that's another invention in the making.
Anyone have any input on this idea?
Rich
__________________
1992 T-2470 (now residing in South Carolina)
Current Sunline-2007 Solaris 2499
2018 Silverado 1500 w/Max Trailering pkg.
vcrt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2015, 08:59 PM   #4
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,162
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
I have an option, maybe not a good one but a thought.

The door in this case is hinged on the wrong side. Even if you flip the hinge to the bottom, the inside of the door can get wet laying down.

This might be a little radical but would help greatly reduce the problem. Place the hinge on the front "side" of the door. The door hinges open on the side. The large flat panel then is not as directly exposed to the rain, only the ~ 5/8" thickness of the door. I say put the hinge on the front so as driving down the road if for some reason the locks come undone, the wind blows it shut verses blowing it wide open.

This option would most likley need an extra twist/turn latch on top to hold the door tight agasint the gasket.

If you ever get anywhere near the Elkhart IN area, there are many surplus places where cargo door units cost only ~ $10 to $15. The last entire glass crank out window I bought was only $20. Brand new, just had to find the right size. If you experiment with the inexpensive cargo door, if it does not work out, you put the original back in.

Hope this sparks an idea

John
__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2015, 06:02 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
vcrt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 789
SUN #37
vcrt
John,
I did consider that, but I thought the door would not be as stable with so much width hanging on a short hinge. I thought it might sag.

I'll have to work with my door though as I probably won't be getting out Elkhart way for the foreseeable future (that's funny come to think of it, how much of the future is foreseeable?)

But you're right, rain water would be no problem at all with that set up, just like the "shed" door, but that's hinged on the long side.

Being one who works with vinyl, my mind tends to gravitate to that route, so I'm wondering if a strip of vinyl under the top hinge to seal out the water that goes through it would work if I was able to extend it past the sides of the opening and still close the door. I did try a piece to check clearance and found that the hinge closes so tightly, it moved the door down enough to interfere with the frame when I tried to close it.
I'll keep trying as I get the time.

Thanks,
Rich
__________________
1992 T-2470 (now residing in South Carolina)
Current Sunline-2007 Solaris 2499
2018 Silverado 1500 w/Max Trailering pkg.
vcrt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front storage compartment seals Mellow Yellow Repairs and Maintenance 10 10-27-2012 02:42 PM
storage compartment trim j52wf Repairs and Maintenance 2 04-25-2012 07:43 AM
Found water in storage compartment, what caulk to use? jsms264 Repairs and Maintenance 8 04-30-2009 10:36 PM
Insulating the Cord Storage Compartment emam Modifications 4 07-24-2007 03:19 PM
Front Storage Compartment gets Wet. PTHutch Introduce Yourself 5 12-12-2006 01:27 PM


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sunline RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:34 PM.


×