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Old 11-23-2020, 07:58 AM   #1
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RV cover. New to group.

Hi, we are new RV owners 2004 Fleetwood Southwind 37c.

It only has 18,000 miles, kind of like in a time capsule. But we will not be able to put a new roof on until the summer months. Looking for recommendations for a cover, I realize this topic has been beat to death probably but trying to filter through. Thanks in advance for all the help. I am sure we will be frequent posters.
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Hello and welcome!!!

Why are you in need of a new roof? Leaking? Cracking? If itís in very poor shape, an RV cover may not suit your needs this year as they do allow moisture thru to the roof. They work well but arenít waterproof. Hard covered storage may be a better option as to not cause any further damage.
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Old 11-23-2020, 10:15 AM   #3
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RV covers are meant to breathe. It would keep the majority of rain and snow off, but some moisture can pass both ways.
A tarp would also keep outmost of the rain and snow but it would trap any moisture that gets in, and are usually not the best choice.
Best choice is to get it under solid cover as suggested above, a cover might be your next-best alternative. A quality tarp should be your 3rd choice. Make certain it is battened down tightly.

also, any motor vehicle that is not driven regularly is subject to breakdowns. Counterintuitive, huh?
Seals, gaskets, tires and fluids all break down over time and weather exposure. Be prepared for repairs.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! I agree with what others have suggested. I think you will be better off to rent a covered storage bay until you can get the roof repaired. Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thanks,
Appreciate the advice.
Unable to locate available covered storage.

Roof is in good shape and intact. No visible damage inside.

Yep, am expecting some deferred maintenance. Just flushed brakes and will do all fluids this week.

So, no suggestions on covers?

Thanks in advance
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This is ours made by ADCO. As I said before, itís not waterproof but permeable and breathable. Works great!! It has large zippered entrances for access. Get one as close to your size requirements for the best snug fit. This is our third winter on it and it looks like new with no tears or wear. No scuffing on the coach either.

Lots of people hate these things!!! A pole barn isnít in the cards in our location so itís our best option. Used one on a previous coach and performed great also.

Be sure you wrap sharp corners and edges to prevent tears and punctures (tv antenna, remove radio antennas, etc).

Weíre under cover of trees so wind isnít a real issue but it doesnít billow much when it does get windy.

When putting it on, be aware that youíre covering up everything on your roof so they can become tripping hazards and the ground is a long ways away.

When you take it off, lay it on the ground as it came off (inside down) and roll up back to front. Makes easier install next year. Tie a rope to the front end (outside of roll) and pull it up the ladder.

You can do it yourself but having two people helps.
Good luck!!!
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:41 AM   #7
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I bought an Amazon basics cover last year and it made it through very well. I expect same results this winter. It is a 3 ply cover and met my cheapo budget well. You can find covers built up to 6 ply that would last for many years.

Regardless the one you get, make sure it fits. cover any sharp corners with cardboard or foam board. Tighten all the ties and straps well.
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Roof is in good shape and intact. No visible damage inside.
If the roof is in good shape with no visible leaks and it's survived all these years, I wouldn't go through the expense of buying a cover if you plan to replace the roof next year. It's not going to keep moisture out anyway.

If you're in snow country I would definitely keep the roof cleared of heavy snow.
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Other considerations regarding a cover are how will you get it on the roof....they are big and heavy and where will you put it when using the MH?
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I've had a cover on my motorhome the last two winters and don't plan to put it on again. In southern Minnesota the wind just makes a mess of it. I have used three of the large cargo straps around it to try to keep it from bellowing up and it just didn't work like I thought it would. All the exterior is in good shape so I don't worry about it. JMO
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Why do you believe you need to replace the roof? It's TPO, which should give you many years of durable service.
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