Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Make your own RV rain gutters, avoid black streaks

Tired of black streaks rolling down the side of your RV? It seems like RV cleaning product manufacturers like them – they must sell barrels of various nostrums to remove these evil streaks.

Some folks curse and scrub, others ignore, still others try and stop the streaks before they get started. One way to do that is to install a gutter of some sort up near the top of your sidewall to catch and redirect the flow of water from the roof, preventing the water that cascades off your roof from “polluting” your sidewalls.

One enterprising RVer has come up with his own method of creating his own inexpensive RV rain gutters. Using Schedule 40 PVC pipe, anywhere from ¾” to 1 ½” in diameter, he recommends ripping the stuff in half with a table saw. Several of our friends recommend real caution when ripping with a table saw – they have one or more shortened digits to prove that putting your finnies in the wrong place at the wrong time can be sanguinary.

Once the pipe is ripped in half, you’ll find that the slot in most awning rails is just the right width to slide the raw edge of the newly-cut PVC pipe into. Slide the pipe from the open end of the awning rail to the far end of the coach, and use appropriate (we recommend stainless) screws to hold it in place. You can attach a “downspout” of sorts, made of a non-cut length of the pipe, glued on at an angle, to redirect the rainwater away from your rig.

Here’s a video that shows how this project can be accomplished:


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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