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Old 09-30-2020, 02:12 AM   #1
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Cover or Not to Cover

Ok I'm new here and live in Michigan the question I have I have a new2021 class C Tiffin 24ft motorhome should I cover the motorhome for the winter? I'm worried about the paint job, but then I have the ice and snow! what to do?
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Old 09-30-2020, 10:05 AM   #2
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Cover with a building

A structure that protects the RV from the elements and will withstand the ice and snow load associated with higher latitudes, while keeping vectors out, is the best solution, short of chasing 70 degree temps with appropriate use and enjoyment.
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Old 09-30-2020, 01:48 PM   #3
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A shed or carport type shelter would be best. If not available, a fabric cover would be next best choice but that comes with the downside of paint chafing due to wind etc. Also, with a cover, sharp points on the roof will poke through and cause rips. I think the worst damage is caused by the snowmelt - water seepage - freeze expansion process that can cause leaks at seams and joints in the roof. Especially in the spring when you have a lot of thaw freeze cycles. When I was using a cover, I had a whole system of protection on corners, antennas and roof protrusions. I put a row of upside down keep boxes down the middle of the roof to create a "tent" effect so the water would run off. It took an hour to put the cover on. Now I live in Southern California so I just keep it waxed and don`t use a cover.
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:39 PM   #4
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I keep my 2008 42 QRP stored outside. Everyone thinks that it is only a year or two old based upon the paint condition and shine. A cover is not needed, and could potentially cause other issues.

I would agree that covered storage would be ideal, but not necessarily needed.

Give it a good quality polish and wax each year, and your Motorhome's finish will last a long time.
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Old 10-05-2020, 12:39 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the replies I can see it both ways I'll let you know how I make out.
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Old 11-05-2020, 09:50 AM   #6
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Watching intently...

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. . . I'll let you know how I make out.
Our 'new to us' camper is stored 70 miles away. I'm considering/leaning to a cover for ours as well.
I'm curious to know what you've decided, and where you might have obtained the cover. I'm just beginning the discovery process.

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