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Leer camper shell back glass water diversion

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Espinoza700, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. Jul 23, 2018 at 7:42 PM
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    Espinoza700

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    I have a Leer (not sure the model) camper shell, and am having one problem: when I have the back glass open while it is raining, the water runs into the bed. My old topper (some $75 craigslist special) had a hinge that ran the entire width of the glass preventing water from running in. Not the case on the Leer.

    I saw a couple posts on expedition portal suggesting a drip rail or an exterior rubber piece, but no pictures or sure solutions.

    Anybody have the same problem and/or a good fix?

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  2. Jul 23, 2018 at 7:58 PM
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    Mine is the same. I've used string as a 'drip line' to guide the water out, or tie the glass so it can only lift so far and is still angled downward to drain the water.
     
  3. Jul 23, 2018 at 8:06 PM
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    Iconstg 2, aal, 285/70/17 bfg's ko2 on 17x9 methods stampede deflector, auto vent visors, delta black diamond plate tool box pelfreybilt front bumper......?????
    I have the same issue with my 180 looking for ideas!
     
  4. Jul 23, 2018 at 9:27 PM
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    Same problem with ARE. I have been thinking about a solution since the last camping trip.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2018 at 1:11 AM
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    Sounds like it may be a fairly common issue, hopefully someone out there has a fix!
     
  6. Jul 24, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    Add a rain gutter. https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Products-BL01002-Black-Gutter/dp/B009IGEM06 It'll divert the water to the edges of the glass which, being narrower than the opening, will mean your stuff can still get wet but it's not getting the stuff in the middle. You might be able to run strips down the sides of the window opening as well to help keep it out of the back. Alternately you could mount a piece of aluminum angle onto the window that was wider than the window and diverted it outwards.

    When I'm camping I have a tarp that I attach to the Yakima bars and it covers the opening but that obviously doesn't work when you can't set it up.

    On my first Tacoma I glued a piece of rubber over the hinge with contact cement; even trimmed up it looked kind of ghetto but it kept rain from coming through the hinge.
     
  7. Jul 24, 2018 at 10:56 AM
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    This gutter system is what I was looking at doing, but it would be great if I could completely eliminate water getting inside the cap. This may be the best compromise between looks and function. Thank you.
     
  8. Jul 24, 2018 at 12:03 PM
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    Given the difference in width between the top (narrower) and bottom (wider) of the glass/hatch and that it's then inverted when it's open there's not a lot you can do unless you want something sticking out on either side. I mocked that up using a piece of aluminum angle and it looks pretty goofy with the angle sticking out- it just doesn't lay right.
     
  9. Jul 24, 2018 at 12:36 PM
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    If you run a piece of taught string between the tailgate corner, up and over the hinge to the other tailgate corner, water will run down the string to the tailgate vs dripping into the bed near the gate.

    Doesn't matter if it's pissing rain, stuff gets wet anyways but it helps when tailgating in a drizzle or unloading/loading gear in the rain.
     
  10. Jul 26, 2018 at 5:51 PM
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    I am going to use the drip line as a backup plan, but for now I ordered this:BF28D1B9-D90A-438A-8864-BE2AB66CCF5B.jpg

    I may try to drill it and add small spouts on the sides to divert the water to the sides. If I am camping, I could install temporary tubing on the spouts to divert the water. I will post whatever I end up doing.
     

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