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Posted: 05/31/22 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, I have a question about rv covers as to how good they protect roofs? I looking to get a another trailer either new or used, I haven't been able to find a covered lot space and on waiting list at several sites. I know it would be a pain maybe to put on take off, with that said to they protect roofs from the elements, sun, hail, water etc..
anyone have actual knowledge they could pass on? Thanks

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Posted: 05/31/22 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TT covers are a pain but I like the protection covers give. Current favorite is the Goldline cover sold by nationalrvcovers.com.


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Agree, not handy for frequent off and on changes but they work. I cleaned the grungy roof on a 4 year old trailer we bought last year. It looks good after being covered for the last 8 months and rain most of the time.


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I have used rv covers for the past 17 yrs. Mostly adco brand which I have found to stand up a little better to weather in general. Cover goes on in late OCT and off in early april. I think it helps, makes a barrier between snow & ice and helps keep the trailer cleaner. IMO

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we have a community RV lot. It's real easy to know which trailers have had covers on them when not in use for an extended period of time. Decals aren't all wrinkled, trim isn't yellow, sides are still reasonably glossy, not many black streaks....
yes, they are kind of a pain to install and store, but do help keep the trailer looking good. And in the summer it does help keep the interior cooler


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Your worst enemy is going to be chafe. Add an extra layer on corners by taping folded terry towel over the corners to protect from the rubbing.


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Covers can do well to protect your RV under certain circumstances. It's a sacrificial layer but not without their cons. They are a pain to put on and worse to take off especially if they are wet. They can rub paint and contact points can scratch. And storing them while you use your RV is challenging, and again, worse when wet. I used one for a while until it tore and became too much of a hassle. Too many times I wanted to use my RV and there was snow on it or it was wet and then the problem eclipsed the advantages. Frankly I find it easier to wax my rv every 6 mos and maintain the roof. Plus where we live in the coastal South, covers do more to attract mildew, bugs and tree frogs under the cover than they do to protect the RV. To each his own. I bet there are more folks out there who tried covers and gave up than people that continually use them.

And they won't really protect from hail. They are a paper thin breathable material.


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Thanks for the info, I should be clear that I will using them not only during the winter but all year long. My current trailer has a roof leak, I only wanted something to help prolong the life of roof when a under covered spot.

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scout dad wrote:

Thanks for the info, I should be clear that I will using them not only during the winter but all year long. My current trailer has a roof leak, I only wanted something to help prolong the life of roof when a under covered spot.


quality covers are NOT waterproof, they "breath" both ways. you want moisture to escape and trying to get a cover that won't let water through to the "inside" would be prohibitively expensive. It will keep down the amount of water going through but it won't stop it.

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scout dad wrote:

Thanks for the info, I should be clear that I will using them not only during the winter but all year long. My current trailer has a roof leak, I only wanted something to help prolong the life of roof when a under covered spot.


You should fix your roof and not have to rely on a cover. Cover's aren't waterproof anyway. They breathe. While I have no idea what sort of leak you have, Dicor is cheaper and easier to apply than a cover. And you don't have continually put it on and take it off.

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