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Old 11-24-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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Cover a motorhome or not ???

Because of my age we figure we have just purchased our last motorhome ( a diesel) and want to keep it as new as possible - we probably have 7 to 10 years left to travel God willing.

I know using a cover would probably protect it best but being a disabled vet and not wanting my wife up there alone we are questioning a cover....just how necessary is it.

This coach is 36' and when we had out 32' that cover was a struggle. I could probably do it but my physical challenges would make it hard.

We spend 8 months in Arizona and 4 in Oregon. Renting coved storage is not in our budget.

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Old 11-24-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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I cover our rig and it has made a difference.......As for not being able to put the cover on and off.....I would think if you paid a neighbourhood teen to put it on I think folks would likely help you out. If you were my neighbour I would put it on for you.

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Old 11-24-2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Fred1609 View Post
If you were my neighbour I would put it on for you.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for your service, Ditto and I would bring the beer too.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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A lot would depends on how you want to use your MH. In our case we basically spend half year in it and half year out. So putting the cover on and off only happens a few times per year.

If you want to hop in the MH and go, say twice per month then the cover goes on and off many times. That may put a crimp in asking for generosity (even though I would be glad to help as well). I understand you may feel a little sheepish at asking so much, or at least I know I would.

So finding a person who would apply and remove the cover on call would seem to be a good idea if you could find it and it was affordable.

We cover ours and have since new and it has paid off in how nice it looks. I still do it myself but as noted maybe four or five times per year.

A good coat of wax does a lot to preserve appearance. I wax mine twice per year. Even that is a big job but it is easy to find people to wax about anything. Cost may vary, I would hazard that it is much cheaper in Arizona than Oregon. It is an alternative however.Alog with some window covering and tire covers you are pretty well protected.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:30 AM   #6
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I cover mine to protect from the rain, rain, rain, and occasional ice in Portland. If you spend 8 months in Arizona I assume its during the winter, so not so much bad weather.. then you spend 4 months on Oregon, I assume that is during our wonderful summers... You are missing all the bad weather.. Just wax it and donnt worry about the cover. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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Just wax it and donnt worry about the cover. Just my opinion.
Kinda' how I feel. too. If you don't wash it before you cover it you will find the cover acts like sand paper. Buy a MH with clear coated paint and have it washed occasionally.

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Old 11-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by donhoward49 View Post
Just wax it and don't worry about the cover. Just my opinion.
My opinion (and practice) as well.
P.S. And I have a cover that has been stored in the basement (never used) for 4 years.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:29 AM   #9
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I like the idea of paying someone to put the cover on for you. But if you have a diesel, I'm guessing you will be starting up the diesel monthly so that means the cover needs to come off so you can drive the coach for a short trip. I plan to do it when I purchase my coach since covered storage is either not close enough or double/triple the cost of open storage. That also gives you the opportunity to check over the coach and keep it ready to go.

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Old 11-25-2014, 07:32 AM   #10
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Cover, dont cover is a huge debate. Lots of people on both sides have their opinions. Wash and wax it often and dont cover it is my philosophy.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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I didnt see where you live. I live in Colorado and would definitely cover the motorhome. Sitting out in the hot sun,rain,hail,wind,snow is brutal on your motorhome. The covers they make now are pretty hi tech and breathe well. Sounds like you need some help getting the cover on, hopefully you can get a little help. Also, if you cant cover it, i'd be sure to wash it frequently to keep it clean. That will go a long way. Good luck.
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:14 PM   #12
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Interesting debate. I covered my MH this year. My 4th unit but the first time I have covered it. I washed and waxed it before covering it. I thought it was just as important for roof protection as it is for the paint and finish.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:42 PM   #13
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Had a cover for my first RV, class C 29 foot, lasted two years, but wind did it in. My dealer pointed out that covers wear out the edges of the roof, rubber roof, due to wind movement. Store my new class A, 34 feet, in covered storage, winter time only. Rest of year, outside. Keep washed and waxed, watch the roof.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:19 PM   #14
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We cover our 37' RV anytime it will sit unused for over 2 weeks because of the severe Southwestern sun.
We have covered it since it was new to us to protect the graphics and TPO roof most of all.
Covered storage is too expensive in these parts and there's no room plus HOA rules at the studs and stucco house prevent a shed being built at home

Wind is no issue because the cover fits pretty well...and has tie-downs all around the bottom edge. See pictures here:
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There is a zipper for the door to allow entry and corner zippers to make install/removal easy.

Install is easy for 1 person -IF- you fold it up properly when removed...sides and ends go up, then the cover is folded to decrease the width on the roof, then finally rolled-up. Install is just the reverse with gravity helping. Easy for an old fart like me. Hoisting the cover on yo the roof is done with a short rope to prevent a fall off the ladder.

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