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Old 10-23-2005, 08:02 AM   #1
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Well mice got into my stored camper cover and messed it up so I'm thinking of replacing it. I got it from J.C. Whitney who still has them for around $150. Camping World sells ADCO brand for around $100 more. Is there a qualitative difference? Any other recommendations as to what kind to get and where?

Also, sizing is usually 8-10ft and 10-12ft. The latter fits rather loosely on my 10.6 camper and I'm considering going down a size. Anyone done this? Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:02 AM   #2
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Well mice got into my stored camper cover and messed it up so I'm thinking of replacing it. I got it from J.C. Whitney who still has them for around $150. Camping World sells ADCO brand for around $100 more. Is there a qualitative difference? Any other recommendations as to what kind to get and where?

Also, sizing is usually 8-10ft and 10-12ft. The latter fits rather loosely on my 10.6 camper and I'm considering going down a size. Anyone done this? Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:15 AM   #3
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Hello, we "had" an adco cover for about 4 years until last year when one of the FL hurricanes ripped it to shreads; anyway here it was on our bigfoot.

Currently we cover the unit with a "blue tarp". The original adco cover was pretty good but a bit more difficult (and heavey) to place on the camper.



You can see some comments and more images at:
http://duedall.fit.edu/yellow/adco_cover.htm


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Old 11-24-2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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We use 2 39.00 20x30 tarps from princess auto and old tarps for bulk on the roof.They usually last 2 years and this method is the best for us .
Camper is dry and well stored we're right on lake huron normal wind speed is 60km/hr
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Old 11-24-2005, 10:58 AM   #5
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All the checking I did last year indicated that a good fit and good material (Sunbrella) would give the least rubbing and damage to camper from rubbing.

I found 3 manufacturers. Two would have given me estimates once I got the camper and could measure.

In the meantime, Capt. Caper posted at rv.net, TC Forum, that he had made one (roughly in July 04).

I bought the sunbrella from Capt. Caper, but got too much snow to complete the dummy fit before while I had time to work on it. I have a semi industrial machine. Camper is still on my truck, but I'll get back to it soon.

If I have time tonight, I'll go search my posts from last year and at least get you the other manufacturers. ADCO would not deal online. No such thing as a snug fit from ADCO.

Re. mice. Tips that I've had elsewhere are: bounce sheets, moth balls, cat scent - like a batch of used kitty litter.

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Old 11-24-2005, 12:52 PM   #6
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Ok, here's what my search brought up.

Capt. Caper's Thread on Homemade Camper Cover


Where my post from 7/26/04 is
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I don't have my camper yet, so I don't have a cover yet. However, I have been searching under subject 'covers', from about Jan 15 through April 15. Every one says for a cover to really work and to last it has to fit snugly.

ADCO covers sells only through dealers, which includes Camping World, which doesn't seem to have a good track record shipping this way. Unless they think your a dealer, they won't answer e-mail

There have been several positive references to CalMark Covers. There is a website and e-mail is: info@calmarkcovers.com To quote for me they want exact measurements once I get the camper.


In an issue of Trailer Life I found Covercraft. E-mail is:
JJegelewicz@covercraft.com They too want me to have the camper before I sent them measurements.

Both will send samples of fabrics and answer questions re. their recommendation for a fabric for your conditions. Both agreed on Sunbrella for me. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Capt. Caper's pictures are no longer at the Webshots link. IIRC I have them on my hard drive. Again, if I can find some time, I'll post them here.

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I contacted Capt. Caper and he's reloaded the pictures Webshots link

For those who aren't webshots members, I'll post pics here later.

Capt. Caper adds this: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Mine has held up well. I put a clear panel in for the solar so the batteries will be topped off in storage.

3 1/2 years and has held up well. About a 1ft. of snow on it now. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Ok, with a little bit of luck, here are the pictures





IIRC the camper is a Lance.

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I live in the high desert country. If the wind (breeze) isn't coming from the North it is comeing from the South. I just figure that the dealers leave the things out all winter uncovered. It has been out there for two years now. Still looks new. Of course waxing and cleaning helps a lot.
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