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Old 10-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Motorhome cover

I have a 2004 35 e Fleetwood Bounder. I am wondering about putting a cover on it for the winter. I live in Illinois so it gets pretty cold here in the winter.I would like pros and cons from some that have done this.


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Old 10-02-2015, 10:47 AM   #2
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I used to live on the prairies and store my coach outside so I know where your coming from. The last couple of years I used a cover I bought from Camping World. It saved a Lot of work in the spring as far as clean up. I would wash the coach before putting on the cover and it was ready to go in the spring.
The only downside was wind. You need to pad everything the has an edge or the cover will be full of holes. The first year I padded everything on the roof and forgot about the rear ladder. Well, for every rung of the ladder, there were holes.
If installed properly, a cover is great protection but it is needs some effort to prep before its installed.
To install it, the first time I hoisted the bundle on the roof and spread it out according to the write up that came with it. But, come spring, I bought the largest (45 gal) garbage bin I could find with wheels. From the roof, I pulled the sides up onto the roof and then with the bin at the back and a helper, started feeding the cover into the bin. No hassles to store it for the summer.
Then in the fall, tie a piece of rope to the cover, crawl up the ladder and with the helper manning the bin, drag the cover forward and drape it over the sides.
So, in short, is a cover worth it? IMHO, YES.

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Old 10-02-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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The first time you put the cover on set up a bunch of lawn chairs and ground blankets, invite your RVing friends and neighbors over and sell tickets for seating. You may be able to make enough to pay for the cover.

The first time is not an enjoyable experience for the installer. Be sure not to try if there is any wind. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:45 PM   #4
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Snow makes the best cover ! Was the RV covered for it's first 10 years ?
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:12 PM   #5
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I covered mine for 1 summer season and had the same experience as dutch. I threw it away. I am now looking at a steel cover. You could drive it south and stay for the winter saving the cost of the cover.
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:24 PM   #6
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I'm in VT so we get plenty of winter weather here. I find that it's a personal choice. Pretty sure ours was never covered by the original owner but my feeling is that the more care I offer it, the better off it is. The exterior gets some extra protection from the harsh winter elements. When it comes off in the spring it doesn't take as much to get it clean. You really do need to be aware of edges though. Pipe insulation works good on some of the sharp edges. After year one you'll be aware of all the ways NOT to install the cover !!!
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:59 PM   #7
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Don't cover it in snowy climates if you plan to leave before spring. We covered our last MH then tried to take off in February only to find the cover frozen and stuck to the roof. Turning up the heat inside fixed it but almost ruined the cover when we finally got it loose.

On the next RV we tried it again and found like others you need to pad anything that might rub a hole in the cover. Tennis balls on stuff and a big plastic storage bin over the air horns stopped it but the damage was done.
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If you park and store your rig under trees or if trees are near by, you might want to consider a cover. The sap, pine needles, twigs, acorns, pine cones, leaves will make a mess that the cover will protect. The big draw back is the mold that will grow under the cover. It will do a lot of damage quickly. The cover will also trap more moisture inside the coach, as well. If you live in a dry climate, you can cover it with confidence. If a damp climate, better off uncovered.
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I have used a cover for the past 3 years. From my experiance all the info you above is spot on. Cover in calm air watch adco you tube video first, pad chaffe areas, secure underbelly straps. For the effort now a lot of time will be saved in the spring. I store mine in our back yard man to keep chassis moisture to a minimum I stake down plastic tarp underneath.

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