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Old 12-21-2015, 09:13 PM   #1
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Being a little tight on cash after buying my used 5er, I opted to cover it with a blue tarp and put damp dri moisture collectors inside for the winter here in Maine. I opened the roof vents and cracked a side window that the tarp covered. Just now I read that the tarp can cause more damage with inside moisture than leaving it uncovered. Has anyone experience with the blue tarp, good or bad. I used one on my truck camper for years with no problems but it had an aluminum roof, not a rubber one. I am concerned not only with moisture damage inside but mold on the outside. Is it better to just leave it uncovered?

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The manufacturers do show a real concern for moisture build up in their owner's manuals. I blue tarped a motor home in the past without a problem. I think, in part it depends on how tightly it is sealed, but now I use a vented cover or leave my RVs uncovered.

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I've had all sorts of equipment and trucks and would never seal any unit up with those tarps, if it doesn't leak I'd leave it open, just my 2 cents! Bobby
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:59 PM   #4
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Well, I got my answer. I checked inside the camper and there was a little too much moisture for me, even with the vents and a side window open. I removed the tarp today and found the previously white rubber roof, was now a little blacker so I am assuming mold. Cover will remain off. Any suggestions for removing the black mold from the rubber roof?

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Ya good call I would never use a tarp for an rv it can't breath like the rv covers i only cover mine in the winter with an adco cover.. Look on Craig's list for a used one if not an rv cover just leave it uncovered. Try the dicor roof cleaner and follow with the protectant
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Thanks to all for your input.

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A few years ago I covered my 5th wheel. Spring I took it off and the top was covered with mold. Had t wash it with bleach and water to get it off.
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A few years ago I covered my 5th wheel. Spring I took it off and the top was covered with mold. Had t wash it with bleach and water to get it off.

With an rv cover you had that problem ?
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