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Old 11-08-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
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Question Best way to cover fifth wheel

So as stated in another thread, we are going to pick up a 2004 wilderness 245, wife wants it tarped, or a shelter built, but I am wondering about these covers they make that fit and are supposed to breathe also, what is the best way to cover a fifth wheel, here in our province of B.C. Canada, it gets lots of rain here on the coast and snow some years.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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I think covers just trap moisture inside the rig. Also dirt gets under it and when it moves on your rig it sands the finish off. A tarp just over the roof is not as bad as a complete cover IMHO.

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Old 11-11-2010, 10:14 PM   #3
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I used a farm tarp to cover/protect our last 5er for 12 years. Actually 3 tarps, they would sun-rot after about 3-4 years. I never discovered any wear spots on the 5er in those 12 years. I did add about 12-14 extra grommets to the tarp, and used elastic cords to secure the tarp around the 5er, about 30 in all. I bought tarps that would cover the 5er down about half-way to the ground on all sides. I think a 20'X40' poly farm tarp cost around $50 in 2002.
The air conditioner and luggage rack railing held the tarp away from the roof enough to allow air circulation, and permit opening the roof vent a little for interior circulation when needed. I would not hesitate to cover our present 5er with a tarp if needed.
a good side-effect was in the spring, when I removed the tarp I found a clean and shiny 5er, just like it was when covered the previous fall.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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If you plan on RVing for a good while and assuming you have the space, I would suggest a steel shelter, not necessarily fully enclosed, but a roof and partial side walls to keep the elements away. Costs more than a tarp, but only a fraction of what a rig costs.

If you do go that route, be sure to take into consideration the possibility of getting a larger rig in the future and build a big enough structure to start with. That includes length, width, and height. We started with a 20x30' and had to extend it to 20x40'. Almost ran into a height problem with our current rig but the inside center peak of 13'8" allows just enough clearance. While not a necessity, the 20' width is convenient to allow the slides out while stored.
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I tried the tarp, and didn't like it for the following reasons. Heavy and a pita too get up on the roof. Lots of wind here so the ropes were wearing the sides. When I wanted to get in the 5er the tarp was in the way of the door..Found myself not wanting to check out or fix items because of the tarp..Since building a roof I have never been happier. It is big enough I can run out the slides any time I want..jmho.
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