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Old 08-29-2011, 06:58 AM   #1
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Starting to think about outside winter storage for my new 35' TT in Central Michigan. Wondering if I should buy a Trailer Cover? If so, do you reccommend a certain brand?

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:13 AM   #2
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That's a good question as I don't have a covered storage. That said, I remember a thread a few years ago that mentioned that the constant flapping of a cover.. even if bungied down caused wear thru the gel-coat. Now, that would be ugly.

I'm interested in this topic.. maybe should be in general discussion rather than TT discussion... for wider view.

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Old 08-31-2011, 03:51 AM   #3
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I was wondering myself if I should buy a cover, put a tarp over it or if it was best just to leave it uncovered
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:24 AM   #4
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I use a cover---I will stop short of reccomending one because I have read about so many problems others have had. I can only say I have not had the same problems. I think much has to do with your location. Wind is a huge factor and causes chafing---in my case it chaffed the cover and caused holes and seam splits. Sunlight deteriorates them and any material basically. MIne also rubbed the end cap caulking down and it needed to add caulking and do some buffing. It was not that big of a deal for me.

Had my rig 10 years and am now on my third one (cover). This is the best one I have had. It is from Camping World and called their designer series---cost about $400. I expect it to last about five years.

This particular cover has a Tyvek roof material and has been redesigned to have this material ovelap and run down the side of the MH. This solved the problem with my others which was the roof seam split after about three years and I spent time patching them.

The cover is not difficult for me to get off and on by myself---I'm 69 years old---but I am extremely cautious when spreading it on the roof---easy to trip and all the roof projections are covered so difficult to see.

My location is protected by flanking RV's---so I get some natural barrier for wind and sun. I am glad I have a cover--- we use our motor home for about half the year and store it the other half. We do not take a lot of weekend trips etc. So I am not always having to take it off and on; which I do about four times per year.

Our weather here is not subject to extremes of wind, sun, rain, etc; we have occassional burst of it all but it is the exception. I can imagine if a person is sitting in upper Michigan with winds off LAke Superior that a cover would not last a long time and it would chafe. I have a friend that stores his in the desert and when he was considering it he was warned to not use a cover---because of the wind and the brutal sun just deteriorates them quickly.

I was suprised by all the negetive comment the first thread I read about covers---but I have no reason to doubt the concerns expressed. I do not have the same issues is all.

MY situation may be optimal---I am glad I have a cover and feel it has protected my rig and has been worth it--but you have to consider your weather and how you use your rig.

Do you see a lot of covers used in your locale? MIght be a good indicator to you.

Not sure if this will help but it is my experience----good luck.
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I should add to my earlier comment---where I store my rig I and one other person are the only ones with covers---out of about twenty rigs.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:39 AM   #6
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I thought about an RV cover myself. I decided not to do it after hearing several people say that the constant rubbing would damage the RV finish. I can tell you from personal experience that I used to cover my truck and stopped because that's exactly what was happening to my truck paint. My solution to protect both the truck and RV is to keep both highly waxed. It's a lot of work but not only does it protect, it keeps both looking great all the time.

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