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Old 02-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Any discussion Pros or Cons on RV covers? I own a 38' Newmar and am considering purchasing a cover to protect it while stored in my yard. Anyone have recommendations, thoughts?

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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I would rather just make sure the rig is washed and waxed regularly. A cover will eventually scratch it as the wind blows it around- to mention nothing of how labor-intensive they are to put on. Just my opinion.

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Old 02-06-2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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I have used a cover for the entire life of my coach. The storage area is somewhat protected and we live in Seattle where the weather is not too hot too cold and occassionally windy.

I am a seasonal user so basically only access my coach only four times per year on average to remove and replace the cover. I can cover and uncover by myself but it is easier if two people do the job.

I am on my third cover in ten years---the others ripped and deteriorated. Tehy cpost me from $350 to $400. They all rip and they all deteriorate. They can chafe the finish at the corners, mine have not but they rub the caulking on the front and rear caps.

In the lot where I keep my rig only two people out of about 15 rigs cover theirs.

I am glad I cover my rig it has prolonged it's exterior life by quite a bit. My ten year old rig looks very nice, people comment on it and ask how I do it. I do wax it at least once per year. My graphics are in great shape and my tires lasted ten years and still looked good when I replaced them this year.

If you get one get a good one---cheap is cheap.

The complaints I hear are; too hard to get on and off if you travel frequently, chafing and deterioration in the heat and wind.

Most people do not buy covers, I do.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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If you can afford it and find one, covered storage is the way to go. None of the hassles of a cover and totally protected. My rig is in a 'garage' located at a boat dealer...it's 50' x 20' with power.
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I like my cover....and use it...its nice to see it dry after a rain storm and nice to keep the UV off the paint and weatherstripping etc. Never any streaks or debris when uncovering in the spring. I keep my enclosed race trailer which is white covered as well. It never has any streaks either
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:19 PM   #6
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If you do a search on RV covers here, you'll find a lot of threads discussing the pros/cons of having one (some I've posted to).

You can see photos of the issues we had with ours in my photo album. It did keep our coach clean & protected during winter storage. It just didn't hold up well & we obviously didn't pad enough of the sharp - or blunt/round rubber for that matter - projections that did a number on it.

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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I bought a cover for mine last year and it was very good for keeping the elements off, but I found that it is not so good for the spur of the moment trips on a long (or short) weekend. Next year, I am going with a metal canopy. That will allow me to come and go at a moments notice.
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I have a cover, also store in a shed that is open to the south. I put the cover on to keep the pigeon Sh*t off the MH. Works great for the cause.
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We keep ours covered. Keeps it dry and clean.

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