Your RV is your home away from home when enjoying the great outdoors. You take care of it as if it was your stick-and-brick home. When things break, you fix them. When it needs updating, you go on Pinterest for inspiration. And when you see areas that need improvement, you put on your handyman apron, grab some tools, and get to work. Well, if your RV does not have rain gutters, then it is indeed in need of improvement! Without rain gutters, your RV can be subjected to water damage and black streaks. Luckily there is an easy fix that’s also inexpensive (bonus!). You can make your own DIY RV rain gutters with the following materials. If you want a permanent solution, choose the PVC pipes. For a temporary fix, go with the foam pool noodles. Either way, you and your RV will stay drier with newly installed rain gutters!
PVC Pipe Gutters
- PVC piping (measure your RV to determine the length you’ll need)
- Table saw or other means of cutting the PVC pipes
- Screwdriver (manual or electric)
- Cut the PVC pipe to the length you’ll need for gutters (for both sides of the RV).
- Using extreme caution, cut each PVC pipe in half lengthwise using the table saw.
- Slide each PVC pipe into the existing groove on your RV where the roof meets the sidewall.
- Using your screwdriver, affix the gutters with screws on each end and possibly one or two near the middle.
- If desired, add a downspout onto each end by gluing or screwing a small angled piece of PVC. This will direct the flow of water wherever you want it to go.
Pool Noodle Gutters
- Foam pool noodles (enough to cover the length of your RV on each side)
- X-acto knife
- Duct tape
- Cut each pool noodle in half lengthwise using your X-acto knife.
- Wedge the noodle halves into the RV groove so that they will catch the rain. Use duct tape to secure them if desired (as long as it won’t damage your RV’s exterior).
- Remove before packing up and traveling to your next destination, as these are not meant to be a long-term solution.
If you’re admiring your new rain gutters and notice that your patio awning is in need of a cleaning, check out these awning cleaning tips. Do you have a fun DIY RV project you’d like to share with our readers? Tell us about it in the comments below! Or, better yet, if you make these rain gutters, take a picture of them and share it with us on our Facebook or Instagram pages.