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Old 08-16-2022, 12:28 PM   #1
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Cover for Travel Trailer

Hi,
What do I need to know before buying an RV cover for my 32' TT?

I'm in a part of Maryland that gets 4 seasons of weather and close to half of it is damp. My TT is parked 6' away from the side of the house with tall trees about 15" away on the other side so the dampness sticks around day by day unless it's hot and dry. Trees provide shade promoting green and mossy growth on the older driveway edges and TT roof (no moss on the roof though). I scrubbed a lot of green off the roof (edges/corners) a few months ago.

Which types of covers/material should I avoid? I'm assuming, but don't know if cover quality affects how damp it can get underneath.

Is it worth getting a full cover or is just the roof sufficient?

Anything else that I won't realize is an issue until I put it on??

Is it worth getting a more expensive cover, or do they all need replacement in a 2-4 years making a something like mid-grade version the most cost effective?

Thanks for any advice or suggestions !
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:17 PM   #2
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I bought an ebay special once! It lasted a week and the wind here shredded it. The local custom boat cover shop will build very nice covers that last but not cheap. I have since put up a building I keep mine in. Def want a good one that breathes or you could get mildew build up.
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:33 PM   #3
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Suggest building a hard cover vs. soft cover to protect your TT. I installed a lightweight cover for my 36 ft fifth wheel trailer which shreded in 9 months, then replaced it with a heavy cover and it shredded in just over 2 years while stored outside. Now I store my fifth wheel trailer and motorhome uncovered, both outside.
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Old 08-17-2022, 08:23 AM   #4
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I bought this one with a lifetime warranty and I like it so far. I used it last winter and it held up to the wind and heavy snow. If it rips, I'll test their warranty. Otherwise, I hope to have a carport type cover in another year.


Edit: link removed. It's a Gold Shield 5L RV cover
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Old 08-18-2022, 02:24 PM   #5
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A cover can't stop moss or mold from growing. The spores are already there.
I never use a cover in the summer. Too much work to put on and off each time I go camping.

However, to answer your question, what you need to know to order a cover is the dimensions of your RV.
To prevent the cover from ripping apart in the wind you will need a properly fitting cover, properly strapped down and secured. You also need to put down your radio antenna and cushion any sharp corners such as gutter drains.
Remember, good fit, properly strapped.

I bought a cover from Amazon 4 years ago and it is still in service. It's similar to this ADCO
https://www.amazon.com/Covercraft-74...-18-spons&th=1

You can spend a whole lot more on a custom-sized cover.
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Old 08-19-2022, 09:05 AM   #6
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Suggest building a hard cover vs. soft cover to protect your TT. I installed a lightweight cover for my 36 ft fifth wheel trailer which shreded in 9 months, then replaced it with a heavy cover and it shredded in just over 2 years while stored outside. Now I store my fifth wheel trailer and motorhome uncovered, both outside.
I've been thinking about building a tall barn style carport attached to the garage for the RV, but it's out of reach financially for a few more years. The wife disapproved plans for a metal structure.
I built an A frame out of 3/4" pvc that rests on top of the TT's roof so I can toss a large tarp over it and still keep 12-18" of air space, but it's too much hassle even for winter only usage. Just a real pain in my arse.

Glad I asked. I'll keep my plans pointed toward a barn style structure. I'll procrastinate if I get a cover in the meantime.

Thanks !!
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Old 09-16-2022, 09:21 PM   #7
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We bought a full cover for our TT. It fit fine, and seemed to be just the answer to keep the snow off the trailer.
However, the only time we took the cover off, it weighed a ton (wet), and we had a real chore drying it off in the garage. Over a month to completely dry it.
The next month, we just gave up and rented a covered storage. Cheaper than falling off the roof or tying up the garage with laundry.
Not the answer you wanted, sorry.
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