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Old 10-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #15
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A garage, pole barn or anything to keep the weather off would be good...but not a cover. Too many disadvantages as noted on many threads on the forum.
No cover means ice damage. $$$

I used Adco for 12 years (same cover!!!) before I went fulltime.
No damage from the cover if the directions are followed.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #16
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Was planning on leaving mine outside this fall (1st year). It's 14 yrs old and has always been outside. Cleaned the roof this last year and it looks like new up there. No one would ever consider covering a car outside in the winter in WI due to the related moisture issues. Can't picture an RV being any different. I admit I am new at this just trying to reason my way through it.....
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Looks like a mixed bag and leaning towards preference. I can see a valid point on each side. You would think it would save it but I have never seen a cover on a RV at a dealership in the snow. I think I am going to winterize the RV for this winter and then build a pole barn this spring. Never know what can fall out of the sky lol. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:51 PM   #18
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I have covered my 37' RV since it was new to me. It gives nothing but advantages when you accept that using a cover is work to use it...just like washing and waxing.

To make removal and installation a 1 person on the roof procedure, I have learned how to fold it up in a way that it simply rolls out and into position. Just like a burrito. Also folding makes it a smaller bundle when removed.

These covers are large and bulky, requiring a safe system to lift and drop it from the roof. I use a nice length of nylon line with a snap clip on one end as a quick connect to loop around the cover for lifting or lowering.

The neutral colored covers do not leave any marks on the RV...those are from dirt that gets under the cover.
Being used to fight a wet climate, makes a mid-grade cover made from Tyvek or similar material a must.

Would a covered storage garage or barn be better than a cover? YES! But you gotta do the best you can to protect you investment.

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #19
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Have never covered ours. Yes, we get some moss and fir needles on it, maybe some pitch too. It all washes off in the spring.
Personally I think the covers are more work then they prevent and some people have reported wear on the paint where the covers rub.
They also need replacing after a few years although the more expensive one will usually last longer.
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X2. However, don't forget to raise the cover from the exhaust pipe when you do the monthly exercise of the generator. Ask me how I know...

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I vote for covering the RV. We put it away waxed and clean both inside and outside. So easy to be ready for camping in the spring.....
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I had mine covered and forgot to switch heater to "off" and it came on during the night when temps dropped and melted a hole at the exhaust vent. I'm very glad cover didn't start on fire !
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I am considering covering top with a tarp only. Anyone just using a tarp across top of RV?
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RVTime2,

Just a warning - a typical tarp will trap moisture between the tarp and RV.
You probably want to keep moisture away from the RV...so take it for what it is worth.

Mid-grade and top of the line covers use materials that wick away moisture.

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thanks, I appreciate info and feedback
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #25
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If you are physically abel and do not have a roof/shed to park under it...put a cover on her...ADCO is the brand I use...
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I have done both on previous rvs. I wont add a tarp. Given our storage plans,we won't cover . I want to start and drive it periodically during winter also and uncovering is impractical,given the effort and associated fall hazards.
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I have done both on previous rvs. I wont add a tarp. Given our storage plans,we won't cover . I want to start and drive it periodically during winter also and uncovering is impractical,given the effort and associated fall hazards.
I used an Adco cover, tied the cover away from the exhaust, started it every 2 weeks, moved it 2 feet on the 2x10x40 boards. Also exercised the gennie on schedule.

And thru 12 years the Adco held up great, and the roof and sides had no freeze thaw damage like the other rigs in the storage lot.

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We inherited a cover when we bought our rig from the original owners. I tried to put it up the first winter but it was such a hassle, I gave up. Haven't used it since.

It's unusual for us to have extended periods of sub-32 degree weather. Even at worst, the winter daytime highs are usually high 30s, so ice damage isn't an issue. My gut feel is that walking around on a rubber roof for an hour or more, trying to deploy the monster, probably causes more damage than leaving it off.
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