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Old 11-07-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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Opinions on RV covers.

For this winter season the coach will be outside on a gravel pad and plugged in.
Do the covers trap moisture? Are they worth the trouble?
We live in central Indiana, so we have leaves, snow, and ice.

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Old 11-07-2017, 03:48 PM   #2
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My rig is 45' feet long and so far I haven't found one for it and even if I did it'd be too heavy for me to use!

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Old 11-07-2017, 06:46 PM   #3
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I used a cover one year. Never noticed moisture but it was heavy and more work than one old man could handle. Only had one spot that had rub marks from the wind blowing on the cover. It is really hard to remove in January with ice and snow when we leave for the warmer parts. It lives in the garage now. I live in Indiana too and most of our leaves are gone since the storms Sunday.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:31 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by BOOZE TRAVEL View Post
For this winter season the coach will be outside on a gravel pad and plugged in.
Do the covers trap moisture? Are they worth the trouble?
We live in central Indiana, so we have leaves, snow, and ice.
I just did a thread on this very subject.... Against the majority of respondents suggestions I am going without in Michigan. Will hope for the best and deal with the fallout in the spring.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:36 PM   #5
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I am in MI, the tip of the mitt. I have owned 3 TT and 3 MH. One came with a cover and I sold it on E-bay.
Wash,wax and wash again when you break it out of storage.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:46 PM   #6
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I use (needed) a cover to protect from sun and wind here in AZ. The type I chose 13 years ago was made with very good fabric, (cotton I think). Problem was its weight was more then I dared to safely get to the RV roof top via ladder. I think it weighed upwards of 65 pounds.

My solution was to use a low capacity(1500 lb.) 12 volt winch I purchased at HF for about $50 - back then. I mounted this on a metal frame attached to the facia boards of my house adjacent to my RV pad. Made the mount to be able to swing out 3 feet so it could drop its load onto the RV roof top near the back end.

Then simply unrolled it toward the front. Spread the folded material to each side and completed the rest at ground level.

After more than eleven years, the cover has held up very well and none the worse for wear of it against the RV. The slide out panels and entry door panel make access easy for getting ready to travel or maintenance inside. it came with multiple straps side to side and front to back. Wind has not been an issue. I used vent covers on each ceiling fan vent and ac covers to keep the cover mainly off most of the roof. Any effects of rain or moisture has not resulted in mold or other problems other than a dirty roof.

Stowing is reverse of installing and usually takes about twice as long.

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Hope this gives someone inspiration.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:10 PM   #7
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I just tied a rope to the storage bag and hoisted it up by hand after climbing onto the roof. Our cover started to shred from the wind halfway through its second season. Buy the highest quality cover you can afford. I liked having the roof protected from freezing, thawing snow to avoid leaks. Not sure what coach you have but be careful with the cargo doors, they will crack from severe cold and temp changes. Try leaving at least one latch undone so they can expand and contract more freely.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:05 AM   #8
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I just received my ADCO cover this week and will be using one for the first time in 11 years. I weighed the pros and cons and think here in the Northeast where it will be unused for 5 months or more it is a logical choice. Time will tell and I will try to give a follow up in the spring.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:16 AM   #9
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Never considered a cover for any of ours over the years...
just too much trouble, especially since we can use it in the winter and we have covered parking now

one thing I would suggest is park it so water, etc... will run off - i.e. nose high etc...

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