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Old 11-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Shrink Wrap for winter storage?

I just got done shrink wrapping my 41' fly bridge boat today and have enough left over to do my 39 ft DP. Around here (Hudson River upstate, NY) most bigger boat owners shrink wrap their boats for winter storage. Tarps tend to shred over time, and leaving the boat uncovered is not an option. The snow, wind, and ice would do horrible damage. Although I have a new ADCO cover coming from CW, I'm thinking about shrink wrapping the DP this year. It wouldn't be difficult (I have a lot of experience at it) and I would put a bunch of damp rid inside for moisture issues. As far as getting inside, I can cut a boat door in for easy access. Can anyone think of any other reason not to shrink wrap the coach? The one great thing about shrink wrap vs. a cover is that once shrinked, there is almost no movement of the cover that would cause chaffing...
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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I googled " shrink wrap rv and got a lot of hits . Apparently it's done in a lot of areas. I used to keep my boat at the Haverstraw Marina on the Hudson. I never even covered it. An old salt once told me that the fiberglass will be there long after we're gone .
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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Havastraw Marina is about an hour (by boat) south of me... I've spent many weekends there. Love their pool and restaurant! I'm not sure that "old salt's" advice was so good... Yes the fiberglass will be there long after we are all gone... But Just like an RV, the constant freezing, thawing, refreezing during winters here can wreak havoc on fittings and openings creating leakage...
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I never had an issue in twenty years , lucky , I guess. There were plenty who did cover or shrinkwrap . I didn't do it but doing it is better I'm sure.
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I wouldn't have such luck! Looking forward to the day when winterizing and putting my toys away for 5 to 6 months is just a memory.
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The only down fall I can think of is moisture coming from the underside and can't get out.
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I considered having my coach shrink wrapped. But figured i would want to use it some time during the winter for some short trip.

we ended up selling our coach so don't have to worry about it now.

These guys were gonna charge $10 per foot but were 100 miles away. They said if I could find 3 or 4 others who wanted there coach or boats done they would make the trip.

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I am curious how you do this. the op said he had material left over. I was wondering if you need special equipment to do the job. A huge hair drier maybe?
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A hair dryer is not going to do it. This stuff is 4 mil thick. They make propane Shrink guns specifically for the task that work very fast... but are not cheap. I don't know if they rent them, but that would be the way to go. I purchased a roll of shrink wrap (this year) for $350 that would do a 40 ft motorhome at least 5 times or for 5 years. About the same cost of a good cover and lasts about the same amount of time. In our area to have somebody do it, it's about 12/ft... Defintely not cost effective that way. Its not difficult to do and something like riding a bike. Again the main advantage is the protection and ease of mind even in the worst of winters.
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We have always covered our RV with a few tarps through the winter.
I was reading an article on shrink wrap vs. tarps https://www.zapshrinkwrap.com/2016/0...wrap-vs-tarps/
It made me rethink that idea.
I will try to find out more details on pricing.
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Off hand I can't think of a downside when compared to a cover.
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Off hand I can't think of a downside when compared to a cover.
I have done my own boats and had them wrapped.
I have a hard time believing the cost is anywhere near the cost of a tarp.
Boat shrink wrapping runs around $13-15 / ft.
Material alone is a little cheaper. ..maybe half but the heat gun will set you back $500 +/- the first time.
If you don't shrink it drum tight you may be able to remove /replace it and get a couple years... we did that w boats.
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If I lived where you live and had the ability to shrink wrap the coach, I would do it in a heartbeat. Why wouldn't you want the best possible protection.
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