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Old 09-26-2021, 07:49 AM   #1
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RV Cover or not...

We have a 2015 Dutch Star 4018. Live in Maine. I have been paying $450/mo for climate controlled indoor storage since it has been new. Never winterized the MH.

Been looking at these RV covers as I have plenty of space at my home. The problem I have is the roof of the RV is depressed becuse of the front cap and rails on the sides. Seems to me that a cover would result in a 40'X8'x18" pool on top of the roof. Weight????

Has anyone covered their MH with the same roof configuration? I can't wrap my head around the amount of weight it would retain on the roof between snow and rain.

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Have you considered putting up a rigid cover you could park under? At 450.00/ mo I would think the break even point would come pretty quickly. I tried using a fabric cover ONCE. Needed help getting it up there and while it did a pretty good job of protecting the coach, i found it difficult to store when not in use and just too much trouble when trying to re-install the next year when it was not still wrapped as when new. Heavy, too. I think your concern because of the side rails causing pooling is a good enough reason to keep what you have or build your own facility.
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I tried a cover, for 1 season. First off, I’m not real crazy about ladders or climbing around in roofs. But, got the cover on and secured. We get done pretty good winds during the winter months here in central Oregon. At the end of winter, the cover was shot! Wear holes from the wind on corners and bends just proved I threw away a bunch of Monday. For what you are paying per month for storage, you can get a nice, permanent shelter built fir s one time fix.
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I would definitely go with a structure of some kind, metal or wood. You can pay for it real quick with what you save on that indoor storage!
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JMO but a cover living in Maine would do what you suggested pool up there so it wouldn't be worth the effort. What you need to do is figure out how many more years you'd be RV'g. Currently the $450/month is costing you about $5,400 a year. Of course that price will go up. Small bonus is you don't have to winterize it. Though you state you have the land so it would be best to get some quotes to do the work. If you want to go all out to have a garage fully heated with power for the MH with land prep, building cost and monthly electric bill especially during the winter... you're probably looking at somewhere in the $60-100K. That adds up to a lot of storage fees. Now coming from Mass. myself with the winter snows and Nor'esters a Canopy would provide minimal protection. Add some sides to keep you'll still looking at $20K or more for concrete, land prep and this is without any power. I'm living in Florida now and have looked at canopy's with sides, Metal and Block garages because living in Florida there's some strict hurricane building codes. Someone I know just did a metal garage, concrete & power and he owned the land like I do and it was about $50K. His one regret is he has a 40' coach built it 24x45 wished he had gone $50. Final inside dimensions aren't 24x45 but a foot or more less. As for a cinder block it would be about $100K... I'm still gather quotes but a metal garage is in the focus right now. Weigh the pros and cons of each along with costs then you can make a solid decision, IMHO.
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We have a 2015 Dutch Star 4018. Live in Maine. I have been paying $450/mo for climate controlled indoor storage since it has been new. Never winterized the MH.

Been looking at these RV covers as I have plenty of space at my home. The problem I have is the roof of the RV is depressed becuse of the front cap and rails on the sides. Seems to me that a cover would result in a 40'X8'x18" pool on top of the roof. Weight????

Has anyone covered their MH with the same roof configuration? I can't wrap my head around the amount of weight it would retain on the roof between snow and rain.

Thanks
When I had no other choice, I used a cover. I put large styrofoam blocks on the roof to give it pitch. Work satisfactory considering my options. Keeping the cover tight is a chore.
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