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Old 02-28-2014, 11:25 AM   #15
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You are in WI. The freeze/thaw cycles are murder on the roof, etc.
cover it and do it carefully!
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:10 PM   #16
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I secured a roof cargo carrier to the roof. I put the cover in it when using rv. Works great.
Also if you buy a quality cover on problems with scratches.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:38 PM   #17
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Yeah... and make sure you give her constant instructions on how to do it too. They love that....
Now that's funny!
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:03 PM   #18
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Send the DW up, you'll be much safer. Oh, am I in trouble!
Actually, in or case, DW prefers to be in the roof (she is lighter). We position the cover next to the MH and I feed it up to her from the ground using the ladder and a pole sending the rear up first but working front to back. Once she has it up there, she positions it and drapes the right side panels. She finishes the back as she comes down the ladder.

She tries to minimize the amount that she walks on the cover. We store it in a Rubber Maid deck storage container. That is all a could find that was big enough. Forget the bag they include.

Once it's on, I do the straps, etc.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #19
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Camping world sells a manual winch that attaches to the top of the ladder for this purpose.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:24 PM   #20
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My 35' motorhome cover is 75lbs. I store cover in a tub. With front in last. When installing I set tub with cover in it at rear of motorhome. Tie a rope long enough to reach motorhome roof to front of cover. Climb up on roof. Using rope pull cover up onto roof a little at a time. This way you should only have to lift less than half the weight at a time. When cover is on roof. Spread it out its full length front to rear. Then start pushing sides out and down moving front to rear. Helps if 2 people do the install.
This is how I did mine before I got the idea to use the front end loader on my tractor. Much easier to do by myself.
X2, if you don't have a front end loader. Of course a 35 year old son in law is a major asset too.
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We have an 80 lb Sunbrella cover. I set it up like a sausage at the rear of the coach, grab the front edge and climb the ladder. At the top, I pull the rest up over the rear edge, pull it to the front and spread out the sides over the edge. Takes 15 minutes but no grunting. And it does not scratch the paint... It is really soft.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:07 PM   #22
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X2, if you don't have a front end loader. Of course a 35 year old son in law is a major asset too.
I have a 30 year old son in law...it will only cost me two beers. Great idea !
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Have used a cover for much of the last 2 years...RV is just over 37' long...cover is really big and pretty heavy. But, it is well worth it for the sun protection.

Here's my basic rules:
1. Avoid putting the cover on the ground -keep it a clean as you can.
2. Don't climb a ladder with it.
3. Try to have a helper to keep the cover from blowing over a side before tie down.
4. Once the cover is aligned, use a folding system making it easier to install/remove.

I use a line to hoist the cover on and off the roof.
I fold the cover like a burrito, so it always goes on and comes off the same way.

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:23 PM   #24
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I have used cover since brand new over ten years now. I am glad I do. Much of the criticism of covers (chafing ripping) is justified but I have mitigated it pretty much by being careful and rubbing out chafing which is minimal.

I have always had an ADCO designer series. They last three to five years. I can get it on and off by myself. I don't think it weighs fifty or seventy five pounds but it is unwieldy because of bulk. Care when rolling it up makes it a neater package. I heft mine to a stand about half way up the rear of my MH with a rope around the middle then get on the roof. It is an easy lift from there. It does help to have a ground person who will help pull the sides down when you push them over. Needless to say be careful on the roof with the cover spread out, watch your step and take you time.
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Triatik.......I bought a $1200.00 duck cloth cover from Adco several years ago. It was HEAVY. Because of the material and quality, it didn't damage or chafe my paint, but it was a bear to get on the roof.

Here's what I did and can work for you since it sounds like you park it at home. I had a 5' wrought iron fence behind the coach. I bought a plastic garden storage box (approximately 4' x 3' x 2') from Home Depot. It comes with a hinged lid. I added some additional metal to the top of the wrought fence and a couple of extra legs, creating a raised mount, about 7' in the air for the box. The cover fit nicely into the box and could easily pulled out and dragged onto the roof.

Basically, you do the same thing as others posted, pull the cover up onto the roof by the front of it, but you don't need a rope. The cover is easily pulled up from such a short distance.

When I took the cover off, I would fold the sides inward until I had a sausage shape down the center of the roof and then start the rear of the cover back into the box, zig zagging it back in. It worked great.
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Thanks again everyone for your ideas and suggestions. This is the cover I am thinking of getting.


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You know, in the old days I'd go up a ladder with 90-180 pounds on my shoulder.. . Of course I was much younger back then.

Just wrote a letter to my Nurse from back then (If you can't figure out why I needed a nurse back then..... Well.... There is cause and effect).
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Haha. lol. Mine now fits nicely over the gen exhaust. The hole makes it unnecessary to make sure its not covering the exh pipe. It was once a new cover.
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