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Old 09-15-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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RV Covers for Ohio winters?

I know a lot of people say covering your RV with a tarp is bad for moisture, so what about nice $300+ RV covers? Our new (to us) coach had a never used cover still in the box in the basement. I'm attaching a link the photo of the box cover:https://goo.gl/photos/FTSd83XrUUN9yjNt8

Seems to be an Elements All Climate cover with all bells and whistles that a good cover should have. I plan on using the cover this winter to protect the roof from the northern Ohio snow and ice since we only have outside storage.

Any advice, even if it's "don't do it", would be helpful.
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For OH winters, a cover is better than no cover at all. We used one for 3 winters before we built our RV port. Just be aware it won't last more than a few years. You can see the 1yr pics of our cover in my photo albums.

Put it on only when the wind is still or it (& maybe you if holding onto it) will go sailing off the roof. It can be put on by one person, but better if at least 2. Be sure you pad any sharp edges & remove or pad anything that might poke through. Cut up swim noodles & tennis balls work well for that purpose.

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Old 09-16-2016, 02:42 PM   #3
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We covered ours in Massachusetts, $350 cover didn't make it through the second winter. Eyelets for tying it down didn't
make it thru the first year. Very cheaply made for what you're paying. Maybe spend extra for a premium cover if you want it to last. If yours came with the rig, go ahead and use it but don't expect much from it.

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Old 09-16-2016, 03:36 PM   #4
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I live in NW Ohio. This is a common topic in the General aviation community, and is where I draw my experience from, and the reason I don't use a cover.

Covers are very nice if used inside a hangar to keep bird crap, dust, and the occasional unauthorized looker from inspecting an airplane.

However, when used outside, they generally cause more damage then they prevent. The cover will collect dirt and moisture, and trap it. A loose cover that is flapping in the wind is the equivalent of #30 sandpaper and soon eats its way through paint, plastics, windscreens, windows, etc.

Care must be taken on sharp edges, so as not to damage the cover, which then flaps in the breeze, traps water and dirt, etc.

Critters love the new found home and create nests in pockets under the cover.

The big warning is, if you do decide to cover, make sure the cover is tight, secure, and nothing can flop in the wind.


A well secured cover will also make access to the MH virtually impossible without removing, then re-securing the cover.

The MH is designed to be outside, it should be able to survive Ohio's harsh winters.

Instead of a cover, do a good wax job on the MH to protect the surfaces from the winters blues.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:34 AM   #5
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I live in NE Ohio and don't cover my RV. I did cover my travel trailer and that caused more issues than prevented.

Also, how many RV's at dealers in northern Ohio do you see covered in the winter? None.
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