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Old 01-27-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Cover or not to cover motorhome

I purchase a new cover yesterday for my new Ventana 3634. After I got home, I have second thoughts on the idea. I was wondering if I would end up not using the cover because of the hassle of it. I house has a lot of wind but is shady 75 % of the day due to trees and our 2 story house.
It may take a lot of the fun out of the coach if I have to cover and uncover it all the time. We do a lot of weekend trips.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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my opinion is , if u always on go. i wouldnt use it, unless alwasy in sun, but if u get fall season with leaves falling i may use it
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:23 PM   #3
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This is kinda like a gas vs diesel, motorhome vs 5th wheel, Ford vs Chevy debate. Some people swear by covers, and some people swear at covers.

I have one, and use it during the winter and remove it in the spring. For me, a cover is great. It's really nice to uncover a clean motorhome in the spring.

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I purchase a new cover yesterday for my new Ventana 3634. After I got home, I have second thoughts on the idea. I was wondering if I would end up not using the cover because of the hassle of it. I house has a lot of wind but is shady 75 % of the day due to trees and our 2 story house.
It may take a lot of the fun out of the coach if I have to cover and uncover it all the time. We do a lot of weekend trips.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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I have a cover and have had since my MH was new. The things people do not like about them is that they rip, they chafe, and they require being put on and taken off. Some claim they trap moisture but a good cover breathes and is vented. Every claim has some truth mine rip, I repair, mine chafe but not much and I rub it out, I get mine on and off by myself, moisture has not effected my MH when under the cover.

I am a seasonal user so I use the MH then clean and wax it and put it under cover. It remove it from storage maybe four times in a year. If I had to install and remove a cover on a frequent basis it might just change the dynamics for me. It would be a nuisance even though I do not consider it an especially difficult job.
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Geez, when you look at all the motorhomes on lots around this country and none of them have them why do you think you need one. Kind of like the A/C covers, you never use them probably 9 months out the year, why put them on for 3 months. Sounds like a lot of extra work and money spent. Just my opinion though.
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I would only use one if storing for off season. The recurring on/off would be too much hassle during times of use.

Got room for an RV carport?
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We are fulltime. It cannot be covered! We did cover it in snow season before that.

Turn yours around once in a while. It will gain and evenly applied layer of value adding patina.
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Geez, when you look at all the motorhomes on lots around this country and none of them have them why do you think you need one. Kind of like the A/C covers, you never use them probably 9 months out the year, why put them on for 3 months. Sounds like a lot of extra work and money spent. Just my opinion though.
There are multiple factors here and so it is difficult to generalize. My MH sits in a lot with about twenty other MH's. Out of the twenty, two are covered, the others look old beyond their years.

I'm glad I cover mine it protects it quite well but again I am a seasonal user and store about as much as I travel and for long periods. If it was affordable most of us would have our MH's indoors would we not?
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Part of the answer depends upon where you live. We live in the pacific North"wet" and most "experts" don't recommend covering in this climate due to winds, rain and continuous moisture that results in moss and mildew. Covering only exacerbates the problem. A sunny or snowy climate would be much more cover friendly.
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I bought one for a trailer I had years ago.

Used it a few times and decided it was more of a hassle than it was worth.

I can't imagine putting one on my Class A. Just not for me I guess.
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The hassle and the chafing is enough for us not to use one.
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To Cover or Not to Cover, that is the question

Well when I bought my Class A Used, it came with a cover. I spread it out to see what it looked like and if it was something I could install and take off by my self as my wife is handicapped.

Yeah I think I could handle it, but I folded and rolled it up and put it in the storage bag, and put it in the garage and there it sits untouched since that day.
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We cover our MH; pretty easy for one person to do if you remembered to fold it up correctly after the end of the previous storage. But it sits from November to March under a bunch of trees (birds, leaves, sap, etc). Don't use the cover except in the off-season. \ken
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