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Old 03-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #1
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We're newbies wanting to cover our 99 Winnebago Chieftain. It's always been under cover by the previous owner so it looks great and we want to keep it that way.

We live in Arizona so sun is our big concern. Reading the claims of the manufactures often sounds to good to be true. Please share your real world experiences and recommendations. We also wonder how hard they are to install.
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This link will give you opinions and insight:

Covering my RV with No Help

I always had ADCO covers, for all the right reasons. But, now fulltime, no cover.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:05 AM   #3
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Thanks CD, that link give us lots to think about. We decided to check into having a carport built and end the constant hassle. If it proves above budget we will re explore the cover option.
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I built my own cover for my 1998 Bounder and its still like brand new condition . I also own a Class B Pleasure Way and its under a ADCO cover as is my Jeep. Things cost too much to let Mr Sun rot them !
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:30 AM   #5
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I used one for 1 yr. back in 2010 and it was not fun to put on.Here in Kansas its windy and it got ripped up in the winter.It went to the landfill in spring.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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Giant pain in the pocket book. Fell off the ladder and broke my wrist installing (my fault).
Had a RV carport installed recently.....nice so far. Mine is 14 wide by 41 long. 16 wide allows for slide deployment and storage door access. Alas, I was out of room.

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Like AZ, the SoCal sun requires we use a cover. It's a big pain to install/remove, but the alternative is peeling stickers/faded artwork, advanced sun damage to the roof, etc.

Also, you need to be sure your roof is made to be walked-on.

AND, the mfgt's provide instruction that say you can install/remove the cover from the ground -BUT- because of rooftop equipment, you really must go on the roof...

...DON'T DO THIS if you are unstable on your feet - a fall from this height is SERIOUS!

I have a Formosa. Like ADCO and a few others these are mid-grade covers that will last about 3-5 years if you are careful and don't tear them. They all have 3 zippered corners for ease of removal (and maybe a zipper at the door).

Top-end covers will cost upwards in excess of $1200, but are made of Sunbrella materials and the like, so of course they last longer.

The first time install is best done with a partner or two...but after that can be done with one person.

To Remove - This is the way I do it...fold it like a Burrito:
1. Unzip the corners and fold the front/sides/rear up onto the roof (lay flat or rolled-up - no difference).
2. Fold the entire cover into 3rds along it's length to the desired width.
3. Roll-up the cover from front to rear.
4. W/ Cover rolled-up you can drop it over the side of the RV or lower by a line.

To Install, lift the cover to the roof with a line or davit (these covers are heavy).
1. Place cover on the roof with the end of the roll on the bottom, pointing to the rear.
2. Roll the cover out to the front of the RV.
3. Unfold the 3 sections you made when removing.
4. Drop the rear, sides, and front over the edge.
5. Adjust position and zip-up the corners.

Wind will make this harder to do alone. Tie-downs are needed if the RV is stored in a windy area, but don't tie it too tight or the covers may tear and wear marks will appear on the RV.

Best of luck!
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My ADCO cover got used for 12 years, and was in great condition when it went with the rig on trade.

I used a 12 foot stuck to lift and lean the front end of the cover over the rear of the coach, and the climbed up and pulled.

They will wear in the wind, but very minimally if properly secured.
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"Stuck" to have been "Stick".
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Here is my modified Closet Pole about 8' long. I hollowed out and glued foam ball on end. No worries of ripping cover while pushing it around etc.

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