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Bank of Dad

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I have a 6 year old 23ft Puma Aluminum travel trailer. I live in South Florida so I use it all winter and then cover it for summer and leave it on the storage lot. The cover keeps it clean and minimizes sun damage. Usually an ADCO cover.
But every year, even tho it is padded and no sharp edges, I get holes from the gutter spouts. I have used pool noodles, small light weight plastic balls, tennis balls, bubble wrap and foam on those spouts. Even if the padding stays on all summer, which doesn't always happen, the padded spout eventually wears and tears thru the cover. I am lucky if a cover lasts me two seasons. And yes, I buy the correct size. It is very windy here all summer and fall and the cover shifts no matter how I tie it down.
So now I am thinking of just removing those spouts. They came attached with the trailer, and seem to be attached with just the caulk and putty around the seams.

Has anyone taken their's off, and how did that work?

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I have replaced a few of these and almost every one of them had one screw that had to be removed. It was usually located under some caulk or under the plastic edging that covers the awning rail screws. A little prying was necessary to wiggle the gutter spout out from under the metal edging.

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It's usually held by one screw each at both ends and slips in a runner and can be pulled at one end.

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Yosemite Sam1 wrote:

It's usually held by one screw each at both ends and slips in a runner and can be pulled at one end.


Sorry, you might have different design.

Mine is just a strip of rubber/plastic folded upwards to catch flowing water off the roof.

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Slightly off topic, but maybe consider having a 'patch' /reinforcement seen over affected areas. Maybe have these patches, mods shapped or cupped to accept the spout tennis ball.
I would think that a good tent maker, could do this for less than the costs of a new cover. They could be made to match or compliment your cover.

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Posted: 04/02/20 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If not one screw, cut them off.


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If you remove them you will probably end up with dark streaks down the side of the trailer where the water runs down.

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Do not remove them. The water will run down the side instead of being pushed away from the trailer. This will eventually wick its way into the seam and start rotting it. I always used bubble wrap on the corners of mine and it never wore through.


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Cover the water deflectors. Cut a hole in a tennis ball.

go to youtube
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Just shorten them with a hacksaw.


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