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Old 01-23-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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Keeping Covers from Ripping

Someone wrote about using tennis balls to help the rv cover from ripping. I need more info about tips on this issue
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #2
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Any sharp edge or protruding object on the RV will wear a hole in a cover.

The tennis ball method works for items that stick out like a manual awning ratchet arm...cut a hole in the ball and place it on the protrusion before installing the cover.

For our cover, we protect all wear points with padding made from our old cover and we use the covers carry bags to wrap the TV and SAT antenna.

Recommend avoiding padding that will hold moisture like towels and cotton wrags for mold/mildew concerns.

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I would suggest not using them and then you wouldn't have to worry about them ripping.

Generally they do more damage to the surface of the coach when the wind is buffeting the cover around than they do to protect it.

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One of iRV2's hottest topics - Cover/No Cover. Right along with Gas vs. Diesel and Flat or Dolly tow

Poorly fitting covers (like those with no corner zippers and end straps) will flap in any wind and could cause wear marks. But a properly fitted and properly installed (protect the sharp points on the RV) cover should not damage the RV and should last 3-5 years of regular use...see photo below:

We use a moderately priced cover, and have for 5 years. It is a better option than the cost of repair to the finish and more importantly, the TPO roof from extreme exposure with the western Sun. Covered storage would be best - of course. But that costs $550 and more a month where we live - not in the budget.

For full-timers, a cover would not work. But our cover has a mid-coach zipper panel that allows easy entry when the RV is covered - a good function to look for at purchase. And, the sun protection from the cover also reduces summer heat inside the coach.

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P.S. Yes, we use a dolly too, pulled by our gas powered RV...and love it!
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