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Old 08-21-2015, 08:40 AM   #1
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Question Coach Cover ?

We want to purchase a cover for our Alpine.
Problem is, there is no ladder attached to the back.
Any ideas on how to put a cover on with no roof access?
If you have one, may I ask where purchased?

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:05 AM   #2
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I use a "Little Giant" clone or a standard extension ladder to access the roof for resealing, cleaning etc. The roof is plenty strong to walk on.

As to where to buy, I'm subscribing to the thread so I can find out too. I finally built an RV pad and will have to cover ours for a winter or two before I can cover it.

The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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Ok, covered storage is better, because nothing is "trapped inside or on the roof/side" that cannot evaporate. A cover can trap water and it then leads to mold or possibly other problems. With that said, a neighbor has his Monaco covered, it's very lose, and he puts large blocks of foam to keep the cover off his roof. We get lots of wind around here, so he has several ropes around the whole thing to keep it from blowing off. Getting the cover up onto the roof is another thing, it must weigh a couple hundred pounds, and manhandling that weight up a ladder is dangerous at best. Give the cover idea some thought before you purchase. Camping world sells them, but check summit products and Prompt RV Sunscreen websites before you purchase. It must come in sections so it can be installed easy.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:19 AM   #4
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I have been kicking around the idea of covering my MH. I have a brand new in the box cover that came with it. My other MH was never covered the whole time I owned it, 10 yrs, it had full body paint, and I had very little fading. I am leaning towards not covering this one either.

The lot that I store mine in is surrounded by agriculture and light industrial businesses so it is a pretty dirty environment. Very secure, but dirty. I am hesitating because I don't really want to deal with a filthy cover that weighs 75lbs or so. There is also a storage issue with the cover once you take it off. So, I'm still thinkin, but leaning towards not using it.

I have one of those telescopic ladders, in fact I just bought a new one from Amazon. It extends to 12 1/2 feet weighs about 25lbs and stores easily in a bin. Retracted its about 32" tall and about 24" wide, I can't remember the brand at the moment, but it has nice release latches and seems well made. I can look it up if you'd like the name. It can also be partially extended for window washing etc.

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Old 08-23-2015, 08:25 AM   #5
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My only thought is that if you rely on the solar panels to keep the batteries charged while stored, then you'll be covering those up and thus negating their use. I considered using a cover when we lived in Colorado but covering the solar panels would've become a problem. If you keep the coach plugged in then there's no solar panel issue.
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Terry, if you do find out what brand ladder you have please post cause im looking for a good ladder to get. Thanks
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I bought the XTEND & CLIMB 770P telescoping 12 1/2' ladder. Got it on Amazon, there are several brands, lengths, duty ratings and prices.

I don't have it here right now but I believe its 32" collapsed and about 24" wide. Fits flat on a shelf I added to the bin in front of the passenger side rear tire on my 40'.

The latch releases that let the ladder collapse are very nice and there is very little chance of smashing your fingers between the rungs.


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