Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-29-2011, 06:58 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 17
Trailer Cover

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?

kamperken is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-29-2011, 09:13 AM   #2
Senior Member
GreatWhite's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 370
Send a message via Yahoo to GreatWhite Send a message via Skype™ to GreatWhite
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.

Bill Splaine, Santa Rosa, CA N6GHG
2016 Winnebago Vista LX 30T, Recumbent bikes n trikes, Brewing, Woodcarving, Woodturning & Ukulele
GreatWhite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 03:51 AM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 62
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
jhamihvfd21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 05:24 AM   #4
Senior Member
njs42's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Federal Way, Wa.
Posts: 2,901
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.
I do all my own stunts
03 Dolphin LX 6355, Workhorse W22, 8.1 vortec, 04 CR-V, Blue Ox, Brake Pro----Norm, Barb and
Doc(He's a PhD)
njs42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 05:30 AM   #5
Senior Member
njs42's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Federal Way, Wa.
Posts: 2,901
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.
I do all my own stunts
03 Dolphin LX 6355, Workhorse W22, 8.1 vortec, 04 CR-V, Blue Ox, Brake Pro----Norm, Barb and
Doc(He's a PhD)
njs42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 06:39 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 222
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.

ajlcal is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kit Kamper Projects - Project #10, A/C Cover RedneckExpress Vintage RV's 1 06-04-2008 06:27 AM
Trailer Brake trouble....... Mark Rios Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 9 02-04-2007 06:36 PM
New truck and trailer Bearman New Rig Show-Off! 2 06-02-2006 02:02 PM
Monster trailer is almost ready. jab3143 Toy Haulers Discussion 14 10-11-2005 02:30 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.