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Old 09-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Shade advantages vs. debris downsides of permanent site in tree grove?

I'm getting conflicting advice on where to situate my 36' fifth-wheel on permanent rural site (east Texas): Some say to take advantage of the shade (and AC energy savings in summer & solar heating in winter) of a deciduous tree grove. Others tell me that no matter how well I try to tarp and cover (or net) my RV, they say that I will reject the dangers and damage of even modest falling limbs as well as the falling tree sap and inspects. (And some say that even if I'm vigilant with weekly cleaning of everything, I should never park near trees.)

What do you think? (And what if the only alternative is parking out in the open sun, and perhaps using air-penetrating solar shades, etc.?)

[Yes, if I decide that I'm happy living their long-term, I may invest in a permanent roof structure above the RV, and perhaps the south side or more protected as well. But I don't want to make those kinds of investments yet.]

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Tree sap and such can be removed with washing and waxing. I prefer the shade to setting out in the sun.


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Shade will be a lot less expensive. The cost of running the AC in the hot sun far outweighs the cost and/or time of cleaning the roof once in a while.
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Shade, of course.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:18 AM   #5
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Shade, of course.
IF you don't mind the annoying pest that fly or run through the trees dropping acorns/twigs, or the residual rain that falls after a rain.
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After spending the winter last year under oak trees, I would have to vote, "no shade" the roof cleaning is a task, try removing all the sap off your awnings and slide covers!
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I park under / near pine trees when the coach is not in use - so half the coach gets pine straw covering the roof but I don't see anything really detrimental.
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I was at a site in mostly shade for 14 months a year ago. What a mess it made of the roof and that was only two thirds of the roof under the trees. Between acorns, twigs, leaves, and mold it was a nightmare to keep clean. The front roof portion, in the open, was like new. The worst mess was the way the leaves blew in under the air conditioner shroud on the rear air. It was a monthly trip up on the roof to blow out the leaves and shovel off the acorns and twigs. When it was time to leave, I had to push broom off the four slides just to get to the once white roof to clean it prior to bringing in the slides.

The slight advantage of being in the shade was not enough for me to do that again. This year I put it on the beach for the summer. The roof only required a hose off before returning to storage, which by the way is under roof and where it stays when we are not using it. So for me, any extended stay, no shade is not only the preference, its a no go item. That's why I have two air conditioners.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #9
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Very interesting how the comments/answers vary so greatly in the differing experiences.

I'd love to know how the species of trees might possibly have impacted your varied experiences....but thank you all for your excellent feedback on my question. You've been very helpful.
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I always avoided the trees if I could.

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