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Posted: 10/16/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My last RV (a 33' motorhome I sold 5 years ago) I used to cover for the winter. Now I have a new 28' Travel Trailer. I'm wondering if I should cover it. I remember that water used to penetrate the side material and it was always a pita to install and remove it. Any opinions on the pros and cons of covers??

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Posted: 10/16/20 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pros, it protects your RV.
Cons, you don’t have an excuse to get a new one sooner because the old one got hammered by the sun and weather.


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Pretty much only one "Pro" - the cover protects it better. You already know the Cons, you had one. It's up to you to decide if its worth it or not.

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I used to cover my truck camper, but dealing with the wind was terrible plus the cover broke the gutter ends. Now with my trailer I don't use a cover.

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A cover helps protect your new TT from sun damage, even in the winter.

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Think about how you roll up the cover. Easier IMO if you roll carefully about 60% and then in a second roll the other 40%. Then strap it together well. Mark it so when you reinstall it can just roll out one at a time from the same place.


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Posted: 10/16/20 10:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sometimes we just deside to take off. One winter we wanted to hit the road and it took a couple days to get the cover off because of ice and snow on top of the cover. We haven't used a cover since.





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I used to have one on my class C, every place it touched a corner, wore a hole when the wind blew, after two winters it went in the dumpster.
Now I know we don't all have the same options, but if you have the option, I'd build, (or have built) a metal car port, (or RV Port if you wish), mine is 20x40, no longer worry about sun, rain, or snow, best investment I've ever made for the RV.


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For previous posts search this forum for `RV Cover' and read on and on. In summary, some do and some don't. We use a sunshield tarp as posted previously many times.


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Covered for years without issue until we had extremely damp winter and spent many hours cleaning up mildew on roof and interior.

Fast forward.....we now leave trailer uncovered, plugged up, slides out, furnace set at 40* and rub 303 on roof and exterior every 2 months.

Trailer stays fully stocked so we can take off anytime, much much better.

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