Originally Posted by frankdamp
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.
Well, the issue is not -32 temps.
It is the periodic freeze/thaw stuff that rips stuff apart. You know, freeze (expand) and thaw (contract). Water goes into a crack. It freezes and expands the crack. Then it thaws to allow more water in the crack. Yadda, yadda.
Get the picture?
I got the picture on my first rig. But not after that. Nonono. I protected my next one.