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Rain Protection with Back Hatch Open

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Taco*Sauce06, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. Jul 20, 2021 at 8:26 PM
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    Taco*Sauce06

    Taco*Sauce06 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have an ARE MX shell on my '06 and if I have the back hatch open in the rain it drains directly into the bed and on my sleeping platform. What is everyone doing to mitigate this, if anything?
     
  2. Dec 16, 2021 at 5:02 PM
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    I think this is a problem with all caps . My "solution" is just be quick about it:pSeriously, I would love a solution. Maybe a small tarp over the gap, but then you have wet tarp to deal with. Following with interest.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2021 at 8:17 PM
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    Yep, if you can't set up a tarp be quick. I glued a piece of rubber along the hinge on my old Tacoma but that just directed it to the side; of course the top of the window is narrower than the bottom so you still get water running to either side and in- plus it looked kind of ghetto.

    If I'm camping, I have an awning that attaches to my rear Yakima bar and has two poles; I've also got an ENO tarp that I use in a similar fashion sometimes.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2021 at 10:45 AM
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    My Snugtop has sort of a rain gutter built into the fiberglass window frame. It works well. I'm not sure what the window frame of your ARE looks like. If there's room, put a piece of self adhesive weather stripping around the edge of the fiberglass to create kind of a drip edge/rain gutter.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2021 at 1:13 PM
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    The bigger problem is the water runs down the window when it's open and runs into the hinge where it goes through and drips into the bed. I've thought about buying some of the adhesive vinyl drip rail and sticking it just below the hinge, positioned upside down so that it captured water running down the window when it was open, and directing it off the sides. They make gutters for the ends but I'm not sure how they're work or if they'd last in that application.

    Example (just the first one that popped up on Amazon, there are other manufactures and sellers): https://smile.amazon.com/RecPro-Plastic-Adhesive-Included-Flexible/dp/B09DQ983DD?crid=BCI31YBTZ8W1&keywords=rv+drip+rail+vinyl+molding&qid=1640121011&sprefix=RV+drip+ra%2Caps%2C84&sr=8-6&th=1
     
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