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Old 12-10-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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Winter Covers

Recently purchased a 2003 and am useing a genaric cover that came with the deal. I am in the Buffalo NY area and want to know if it is worth buying a new cover next year. I have noticed about 90% of stored RV's are not covered. Would it be just as effective to just clean and re-apply protectant each fall before storeage. Everyone I have asked says a cover will probably tear before it's so called life expires, (say a 3 year cover). I was told just to get an AC cover and that was suffient. Any thoughts from the northeast owners.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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The cover will rub the paint off as it blows in the wind. More harm then good. As for the AC, I never covered the one on the fiver and it set outside for 14 years. Was still working like new.
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I'm in the Northeast. Too bad there's such a lack of affordable indoor storage around here (esp in the NJ area).

Ours will be outside with only the tires, mirrors and wiper blades covered for the winter.

I've read much about covering vs uncovered, and you'll likely find about equal numbers on each side of the fence there.

Also different views on to start/run, or to leave completely idle all winter too. We will likely be on the 'start/run' side of the house, so having it covered would make that a lot more difficult.

Hope that helps!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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The cover will rub the paint off as it blows in the wind. More harm then good. As for the AC, I never covered the one on the fiver and it set outside for 14 years. Was still working like new.
I totally agree with the above. I have ever only covered the wheels and nothing else on all our RVs over the years. Never any issues.
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The 1st year I left it uncovered and in the spring, it was a mess. It amounted to just washing but the roof in particlar was covered in dirt and took a lot of cleaning.

This year I put a cover on and I guess we shall see what things look like in the spring. Going out tomorrow to check on it at the storage lot so I'll report back.
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We covered our coach for 3 seasons. Just when I thought I'd covered/protected every possible protruding piece that could damage the cover, another one would pop through. It did keep the elements & UV rays off the coach & it was as clean when we took the cover off as the day we put the cover on, but it was a hassle to get on/off (must be dry & no wind) & a pain to store. Got tired of patching the holes too, so we built an RV port instead.

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We covered our coach for 3 seasons. Just when I thought I'd covered/protected every possible protruding piece that could damage the cover, another one would pop through. It did keep the elements & UV rays off the coach & it was as clean when we took the cover off as the day we put the cover on, but it was a hassle to get on/off (must be dry & no wind) & a pain to store. Got tired of patching the holes too, so we built an RV port instead.

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I can see where the wind will reek havok all right. I did not find it hard to install with two people and when I go to take if off, I am thinking I will pull up the sides and feed it off the back into a big plastic garbage can (2nd person on the ground) rather than trying to roll it up into a bag.
You are of course correct about the shed being the answer but I have mine in a storage lot and don't own the property. Limits what can be done.
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