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Posted: 10/12/19 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've done both. I don't bother with a cover any more. I do, however, religiously clean and caulk(that spreading kind) every year at least. If it looks like **** in between cleanings, who cares? Only a trucker is going to see the roof anyway, at best.

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Posted: 10/12/19 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Heard all the arguments in another thread about how covers are stupid.
They’re not. They will preserve the RV better than uncovered but the owner mustn’t be stupid about the cover and it will last a long time and serve the purpose it was intended to.


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Posted: 10/12/19 11:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Heard all the arguments in another thread about how covers are stupid.
They’re not. They will preserve the RV better than uncovered but the owner mustn’t be stupid about the cover and it will last a long time and serve the purpose it was intended to.


Unless the full Alabama sun hits it all day. After about 4-5 years the cover becomes so brittle from the UV rays that you can easily poke a hole through it with your finger without much effort. Which, lets me know that it is doing its job by being a barrier to the camper from the damaging UV rays. But yes, when placing a cover on a camper, you must not get in a rush and yank and pull on it. And you must ensure all sharp corners are covered/cushioned to prevent premature tears and rips and the cover is tightened properly.


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Posted: 10/12/19 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been using covers since we bought our rv in 2002. We get intense sun here in central California. I have found the best covers that last the longest are the ones that use the white Tyvek as the top material. Our rubber roof is still in good shape and all of our decals still look great!

* This post was edited 10/12/19 12:06pm by Fresno Tundra Driver *


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and after reading these posts for additional information search this Forum for `RV cover' and read on and on....


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Since the OP is from MN, his friend asking, likely is too. IMO, using a cover for Winter, but not Summer, is doing it backward. The Summer sun is more harmful than Winter cold and snow. On a $3,500 trailer, I'd just do the proper maintenance prior to Winter, park it, wash it in the Spring and use it. In a few years you'll still get most of your money back, when you sell it and upgrade.

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As I indicated before, I am pro-cover but I wouldn't spend $400+ on a cover for a $3500 trailer.


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As I indicated before, I am pro-cover but I wouldn't spend $400+ on a cover for a $3500 trailer.

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I had a DP stored outside for 14 years in Denver and just did yearly roof maintenance w/ no real problems. In the 12th year we got hit w/ a bad Hail storm and I had to replace the rubber roof complete including 2 new A/C's. Also repainted 2/ side of the MH.


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In Southern Arizona you MUST cover. Otherwise it will be destroyed in just a few years. Spent a good chunk of change building a steel trailer cover 17’ high, 14’ wide and 40’ long (room for a larger TT) to insure Mother Nature is held at bay.


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