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Old 09-28-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Outside Storage Question

For those of you that store your motorhome outside, how is it holding up to the elements? I know the Sun and Rain and keep a killer on any vehicle's paint and waters leaks can happen over time. Anyone using any sort of cover or waterproof tarp?

I ask because I've noticed a lot of RV's in those outside storage places with no protection from the elements except internal shades.
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Definitely shield the tires from UV sunlight as much as possible. I once had a neighbor would carefully shaded his RV windows but never bothered with his tires.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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I use a cover, most people do not. The main arguments against are that they can rub the RV surface and cause some scuffing and they rip in the wind. I am glad I cover mine but I am a seasonal traveler basically gone half a year and stored half a year. If I traveled every weekend or perhaps every month then taking a cover off and putting it on might deter me a bit. I put mine on and take it off by myself. I'm seventy years old and very careful.

I have no doubt the covering has protected my MH from the elements. They last three to five years, they do deteriorate (rather than the RV) and rip. I patch mine by sewing every so often.

I use ADCO Designer series and have found it nice for the price about $400. I get them at Camping World.

The fact that most people do not cover says something, it just does not say something to me. So I have covered mine since new and it looks pretty new right now. I also wax at least once per year and sometimes twice. When I remove my MH from storage it looks exactly like it did, wax and all when I put it under cover.

I would not use water proof tarps, covers breath and have vents and prepared openings allowing access. Water proof just traps moisture and defeats the covers effectiveness.
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I also cover my 30' Thor ACE 29.2 with an Adco cover for most of the winter. Yes, it is a pain to put on and take off, but it does protect the paint. I agree about the wheel covers. I park facing west, so really only the south tires need to be covered from the sun.
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Cover if it works for you to get in on/off
Best is a carport or similar if possible
Southern and western sun is the harshest - often you will see a MH with paint or graphics faded on one side and not the other

And most important, IMO, is a good annual roof inspection and corrections as needed.
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This is what I use




I think this will help the old HR live longer.............

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Yes, if you are in the Western states with long dry high temp seasons, the paint exposed to sunshine will fail during a 10 year period. Mine did.
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I think this will help the old HR live longer.
How much does something like that cost?
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How much does something like that cost?
In Artesia New Mexico it cost $2250.00 installed....

It 31 ft long
18 ft wide
14 ft tall.....

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We used a cover for the 1st 4 winters. After that we built this:

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After that we built this:
Looks great, but why is it open on the sides?
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Looks great, but why is it open on the sides?
Ohio air conditioning.
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And no hookups Lori?
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Looks great, but why is it open on the sides?
We wanted it that way.

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And no hookups Lori?
We've got w/e. Don't need sewer because Dave's Dad's house in just about 100 yds away.

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