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Old 09-03-2016, 01:55 PM   #1
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Winter cover or not?

I want to cover my class A through the snowy winter months from November to March but some people tell me I have to start up and move the rig at least once a month or it will seize up. With the snow I won't be able to remove the cover. Is this true? Any advise?
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:14 PM   #2
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I want to cover my class A through the snowy winter months from November to March but some people tell me I have to start up and move the rig at least once a month or it will seize up. With the snow I won't be able to remove the cover. Is this true? Any advise?
Never heard of that just make sure you put in fuel stabilizer run motor for a while so it get in the line's maybe take out battery's so they don't freeze squirt mistery oil in cylinder cycle motor so it loobs cylinder walls and cover it. that's what I do to my boat.
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Prior to building our RV port, we covered & never moved our coach from Nov-Apr. So long as you have gas stabilizer in the engines (coach & generator) you will have no problems.

I know many members here start & exercise their coach/generator monthly during winter storage, but we've never done it. I prefer not to introduce any possibility of condensation in the system by leaving it alone (except for checking the batteries as we do keep it plugged in) for the entire storage period.

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Haven't been doing this a long time, but got a cover, used fuel stabilizer, have had no issues. I don't start it during the winter, but do have it plugged in. I'm in Maryland so we do get plenty of below freezing weeks. Tiffin says a fully charged battery won't freeze, and that's certainly been my experience.

My cover, an Adco brand, has zippers that let me enter the coach fairly easily. I do go in and check things periodically and check the battery charge and i do check the battery water levels before covering for the winter.

I have a gas coach. My friend has a diesel which he would start every few weeks and run for a 15 - 30 min. When he took it out to start his trip to Arizona, he had an issue with volumes of white smoke and no power for a while. I think it was condensation from warming the engine up a lot but never reaching sustained operating temps. It cleared and he had no more problems, but I don't run my motor for that reason until I'm ready to drive
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Gibby, ok. Where are you at, Nome, AK. Gas and diesel engines go years without seizing up over winters. Things you have to worry about are the water/waste lines in the RV. Look up winterizing the RV on the net. Lots of tips on here, very good advice,but the search function sucks. Easier to look up on the internet. Opinion, most reviews on RV covers are that they don't last more than one year. ADCO etc are a rip off. Better to get a large, serious multi ply tarp and tie it down once you winterize your RV
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My adco has been through three rainy winters in Oregon. going to use it again this year. The old timers say a tarp will trap in moisture and cause problems.
My opinion is worth what you paid for it, maybe less.
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I use a ADCO cover for rainy winters in Oregon. It works great.
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No cover for me - the winter wind whips the material and can cause chaffing/rubbing on the finish. I cover the air conditioners with covers and leave the rest of the unit uncovered. Winterize, remove batteries if not plugged in, and wash in the spring with dawn liquid detergent on roof, and a good car wash soap on sides.

I do not start or move the rig in the winter months, nor add stabilizer to fuel. Cold weather does not weather gasoline.

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Don, I sit corrected. Life of the Adco covers does reflect the UV exposure as well as other environmental factors. Anyone buying them should read Amazon reviews and reports, since they are a fairly large body of data. I have maybe a biased feeling about Camping World reviews. That said we have received good service with the Adco tire covers we have, and I know of houses with tyvec covers that will last two or three years more before the rot is apparent in the fiberboard.
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Good advise. Thank you all
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