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Old 05-18-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Should I cover my rv when it is not being used? Sould I cover my RV in the winter?
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Most people that have bought covers find out that they are hard to put on dry and even harder to put on wet. They also find out that if the cover isn't tied down good it will rub and leave marks on the paint.

After reading about all the hassles I don't.


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Old 05-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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I covered ours from jan thru mid march. It has otherwise been uncovered.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Although it costs more, covered storage is the best option.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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Was all ready to put this "cover" with roll down door over my coach. Sadly, city has height supplement to their setback rules. 3' needed up to 8' tall then add 2' for each additional 1' above that 8' standard. For a 15' tall garage that's a 17' all around setback, which I cannot come close to meeting. Which would you choose? This:

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Or a 40' gift wrapped box eye sore? Now limited to standard cover or none at all.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:32 AM   #6
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I cover mine and have for ten years. I am glad I do; I am convinced it has protected my rig very well. However, I live in Seattle a fairly temperate climate. Mostly it is covered in summer because we are winter travelers. My storage place is somewhat protected from winds.

I am a seasonal traveler. Basically store the unit then take one big six months sojourn and then store it again. So I do not take it off and on put about four times per year.

I get my cover on and off by myself. I am 70 years old (be careful up there). Covers last about 3 to five years and they all tear and deteriorate. This last cover, my third, is a Premier ADCO brand from Camping World, the best one I have had. I purchased replacement insurance and have been told that I can go in a replace it once only when it rips. If that is true then the combination will keep me in covers for eight years for around $600.

They will chafe corners even if tied down a little hand buffing has resolved the chafing for me nothing serious. If a painted rig might pose more of a problem in that regard.

If I had space at my home I would build a permanent cover but my guess is few of us have that situation.

Most people do not cover their rigs. In my storage area of about ten rigs I am the only one covered.

I can say that my ten year old rigs looks basically new (I also wax). Not sure I can say the same about the other nine.

So it is a mixed bag with no resolution and no real definative answer; try one see if you like it maybe? If not then you have spent $350, $400 experimenting. Good luck on your decision.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #7
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We covered for 3 winters. I wouldn't cover between trips, only for extended periods. Pros: inexpensive, kept it clean, kept the UV rays off. Cons: bulky & hard to handle, definitely a 2-person job, need to find a LARGE box to store it even when rolled/folded up, prone to tears from even the slightest projection, rubbed finish on lower bay door corners & roof edges (see pics in my photo albums).

Granted, it's better than nothing, but only you can decide if it's worth it. We chose to build an RV port after 3 winters of use.

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Old 05-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #8
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We had a 2009 outback 5ver it was stored outside
in two years the sun was very hard on the decals,
the front cap decals started pealing off.
We sold the Outback in 2011 brought a Cougar and
found covered storage for it no more sun beating down
on it cost more, went from $66 a month to $150.
I know covered storage is better for the roof also.

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