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Old 09-12-2011, 04:32 PM   #15
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Since you store it in the winter...can you store it other times when not in use? IMHO, covers are an expensive pain, most of which have been noted above.

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Old 09-13-2011, 05:30 AM   #16
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Lots of opinions on this one. I have no way of storing it in the summer months. Wish I did.

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Old 09-18-2011, 01:19 AM   #17
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Down here in southern California all you have to do is look down the street at all the sun beaten super faded (even some newer ones) rigs to realize that you need a cover unless you have some sort of roof over it. I understand the weather beats them in different ways depending on climate but I wouldnt leave my rig uncovered down here. Best of two evils.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:27 PM   #18
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I cover mine....remember a cover needs to be smooth as a baby's behind not to cause paint damage. The big issue with an RV cover is finding a quality cover and the pain of installation. Amazing how good something looks when uncovering in the spring as compared to it being uncovered
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My wife and I are picking up our new coach this weekend and I asked the dealer about a cover. They said don't do it and sited moisture buildup and paint damage as the reasons. We store outdoors and plan to keep the coach for 8 years or more. I want to protect from sun damage but the dealer is adamant that a cover does more harm than good.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #20
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My wife and I are picking up our new coach this weekend and I asked the dealer about a cover. They said don't do it and sited moisture buildup and paint damage as the reasons. We store outdoors and plan to keep the coach for 8 years or more. I want to protect from sun damage but the dealer is adamant that a cover does more harm than good.
You are in WI. The freeze/thaw cycles are murder on a roof.
I used a Camco for 11 years (now F/T) without problems.
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If you search thread titles for "RV cover" you will get lots of info.
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There may be issues with mold/mildew in various parts of the country. The main thing I've read about has been the paint being worn off by the wind buffeting the cover.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #22
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Another factor - the wind beating the cover on the nicely painted surfaces is a real enemy. Then, of course, there is the 'dirty cover' effect. If your rig is not super clean when you install the cover, the interior of the cover will pick up every bit of dirt and become an abrasive element, scratching up the finish nicely. I have seen this on a few of my Corvettes. If you don't pick off every little piece of dirt from the cover interior, it can be a real "aws**t when you remove it.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:43 AM   #23
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I use one and am glad that I do. I put my rig to bed in the fall and the cover keeps leaves and other crud from getting onto the roof, into the gutters and AC Units It is designed to breath so that moisture does not stay. It is a second layer of protection from dirt and generally I feel that I a better with it than without it. It is easier to handle with two people but I have that so it isn't really a problem.
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You have to be careful about which cover you get. I had a car that I left in storage so I thought I'd cover it to protect it. I got a generic cover for it (that might have been part of the problem) that seemed to fit well enough but after I took the cover off after a few months the cover rubbing from the wind and rain had damaged the paint. Also depending on the material, when it gets wet, you might get some discoloration (this is very common with car bras; they get wet and then they dry in the sun, they get very hot and damage the paint. You pretty much have to remove them while they are wet and dry them off the car). With a cover that's not completely waterproof, you might get the same problem; when it gets wet, areas that are more exposed to the sun might dry much differently than other areas and the paint might fade more there.

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