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Old 09-16-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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New TT and need a cover

We just purchased our new TT, a Coachmen 25 footer. We don't have a place to store it in for the winter so it will be outside. We need to purchase a cover for it but I want to make sure we get one that lasts but I don't want to pay a fortune. Does anyone have any suggestions to websites I can research?
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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TT covers

Here's a few web sites, you may want to check out.

Travel Trailer Covers | National Discount Covers

RV Cover Reviews | RV Cover Review Specialist

Travel Trailer Covers at Tarp & Cover Superstore
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:32 AM   #3
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Thanks Dakota! I'll check them out.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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Personally, I use a tarp. Having read several reviews for TT covers a couple of years ago, I determined that unless you spend a small fortune for a cover it's not going to last much more than 2-3 years. I.m on my 3/rd year for the tarp, it will probably need replaced after this season, maybe.

Also, the things are difficult to put on & take off. I have a method of putting on the tarp that requires 2 people, & 15 minutes of time & doesn't require a ladder or getting on the roof. Let me know if you want more info. My method should work for you, I have a 22' TT
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I just get the upper line ADCO covers and they do OK.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:00 AM   #6
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I didn't realize they made tarps that big
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I didn't realize they made tarps that big
Tarps are made in many different sizes. I don't recall the exact dimensions of mine, but it covers the entire length of the TT, front to back & down each end & leaves about 3' exposed on either side of it. I purchased mine from Harbor Freight along with tire covers. If I remember correctly the tarp was about $38 ( with coupon ) & the 4-tire covers were $10. The tire covers are canvas & I treat them with a UV spray. I secure every grommet along the side of TT & fold the ends in, securing tightly. I have never had a problem with the wind or the tarp coming loose.

Harbor Freight Links:

http://www.harborfreight.com/19-ft-x...arp-60452.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece...nch-93715.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece...set-47302.html
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Our used rig came with a cover. The damned thing must weigh 70 pounds or more and has to be draped from the roof down. Our owner's handbook says "DO NOT walk on the roof". Why does it have a rear wall roof access ladder, then?

After looking at the logistics of trying to get that thing up on the roof and spread out to drape down the sides. with only the rear access ladder and a 6' stepladder, I decided I din't need to cover the rig!
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:07 AM   #9
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Shrink Wrapping the TT

After researching the cost to buy a cover, my sweet dear husband says he can shrink wrap it. He has shrink wrapped boats before and believes he can do the TT too. Has anyone ever done this and does it protect the TT during harsh winters as well as a cover? I'm so concerned because we just bought this beautiful rig and I just know winter will be as bad as last winter which was a record breaker here in the Detroit area.
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From what I've seen personally and read, covers cause more damage than they prevent due to wind and holding moisture in. Yes, some claim to be breathable but they really aren't that breathable. I opted for no cover. I just wax it with UV protectant and call it good. So far everything is great. I live in WA state so rain/mildew/wind are factors. In the summer it is in the sun for 3 - 4 months straight without issue.
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Cherylmac,

Maybe you should consider your primary reasons for wanting to cover the TT. If it happens to be to protect the exterior finish, I don't think shrink wrap is a good option. Primarily because of UV rays & I'm pretty sure being breathable is important. I cover mine, really for a single purpose & that is "ice". I leave the top vents & 2-side windows slightly open when covered.
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