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Old 12-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Water Damage from Cover???

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Newby here. I just bought a new-to-me Coachmen Catalina Sport class c motorhome. Overall great condition but after I brought it home I discovered soft wood in the very bottom of the bulkhead, behind the drivers door and just in front of the generator. Looked EVERYWHERE but couldn't find any obvious sources of water. Plan to take it back to the dealer from whom I bought it but the damage wasn't covered by the warranty so I am not in a rush.

Anyway, I have it covered right now with the ADCO cover that came with it. I went to check in it today and discovered that the cover is holding water in the spots where it is pulled tight underneath the camper. One of these spots just happens to be in that front corner where the cover make the turn from the camper to the cab.

Have you guys ever seen water damager from a scenario like this? If so, how do you prevent? The cover is near the end of its useful life so I am wondering if that is part of the problem.

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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Follow up question to my original post. Can those of you who have and use ADCO cover tell me if it is usual for water to get through the cover? I know that these are supposed to breathe but my RV appears soaked underneath the cover and I again found water pooling in interior pockets of the cover.

My ADCO came with the unit so I am have no idea of the age. I am wondering if a new one is in order.

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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Does it have a TYVEK (white perforated looking material) top on the cover? Mine does and all of them I have had have been so equipped. The tops of mine have shed water very well, the side will get soaked but does shed the water away from the coach. I have never had a pool of water ever. I do not cinch mine down as tight as you describe. I have had mine come off or rip in the wind.

From your description it seems plausible this contributed to the problem but there really is no way to be sure is there?

My covers last three to five years. I favor covering mine but most people do not cover or even like the idea judging from comments in the past. I believe mine have extended the life of the exterior of the MH.
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Does it have a TYVEK (white perforated looking material) top on the cover? Mine does and all of them I have had have been so equipped. The tops of mine have shed water very well, the side will get soaked but does shed the water away from the coach. I have never had a pool of water ever. I do not cinch mine down as tight as you describe. I have had mine come off or rip in the wind.

From your description it seems plausible this contributed to the problem but there really is no way to be sure is there?

My covers last three to five years. I favor covering mine but most people do not cover or even like the idea judging from comments in the past. I believe mine have extended the life of the exterior of the MH.
Thanks. Mine is an ADCO but it doesn't have the TYVEK top. I must have the classic.

The first weekend we had it I didn't cinch it down. I awoke to find that the whole cover had blown off. I now have a rope looped over the coach several times. The result is that the bottoms tuck underneath and are catching the aforementioned water. The cover is definitely older and tearing in multiple spots so I think I may spring for a new Tyvek cover.

Interestingly, I was pricing them last night on the camping world site and the prices when up while I was looking at them. Go figure.
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