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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-30-2001, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Rear drip rail

I've been looking for years for an extruded aluminum "J" that I could attach to the back of my campershell to drain water from the roof away from the rear glass, sorta like VentShades do for the door glass. Well, I found one (in anodized gold) at a flooring supply house &, after spending a couple of hours cutting, bending, & fitting it, it was ready to go to the powdercoater with a large pile of other stuph. The next day, I found a tan PVC one at Lowe's for the same price and I installed it last night. It's not as long as the aluminum one, but it's long enough to do the job and it's already the right color. The only drawback is a thin red line (of glue, I guess) that's visible, but I plan on covering it with the same tan silicone I used to attach it. Now I can leave the back window cracked a little without worrying so much about a little rain. If anyone's interested, I'll post some pics in the next few days.


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Re: Rear drip rail

Cool!
That sounds like a great idea.
I'm wondering how it would work with a wind deflector though.
You can just barely see mine in the sig-pic.
Looks like one or the other, but not both.


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yea, i would definatly be interested in seeing how that turns out, and also how well it works for you.

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Sounds interesting Steve

looking forward to pics, if you find the time

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Ya, the sloping back of the shell certainly isnt made to keep rain and crap off of it thats for sure. Here in the pacific northwest you learn to keep windows closed because of the meteres of rain we get every year. One cool idea would be making up some rear side windows with motorized vent windows ala the expedition. But that would be one ambitious project.

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Re: Rear drip rail

or rig up some rear wiper/washer arms... kinda tricky b/c the window opens but man on cold and/or wet mornings that would be NICE, especially with tinted windows that I can't see out of in the first place. if they were mounted to the top itself and were spring loaded to where they could stick straight back when the window/tailgate is open, that might not be too bad of a setup. definitely have to run duals though because that window is wide and not very tall.


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OK, Here are the pics:




It's a little lighter shade of tan than the campershell, but I'm hoping a few months of NOT washing (as usual[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]) will darken it some. It hasn't rained or fallen a heavy dew since I put it on, so I don't know yet how well it works. The aluminum one was 12' long when I bought it, and 9' after I cut it to fit - it went all the way down both sides. This one goes a little less than halfway down each side.


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looks cool! any thoughts on the wiper/washer setup just for fun?


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Yeah, as a matter of fact, I've been considering that for even longer than this. I have an Explorer rear wipe/wash switch just for it if it ever happens, but the big problem will be finding an application for a motor thin enough to fit between the outer t/g skin & the glass with the right mounting angle, the right stroke, and a suitable arm. The best solution for storing the blade is to use a ramp stop like Explorers have that lifts the blade off the glass when the motor stops. Now that you mention it, though; duals might be easier since the motor could be located to one side so not to interfere with the rear glass regulator. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...


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Looks effective Steve

How's the wind noise, is there any at hwy speeds or in a crosswind ? Do you think it will work in conjunction with a spoiler over top of it or would their wind channeling effects fight each other ? What was the tan strip originally for at Lowes, carpet or flooring ?

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