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Old 05-29-2020, 09:00 AM   #1
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Storing under a cover?

For now my Florida-based rig is a hurricane-escape vehicle, and will sit through the summer. Covered storage is almost impossible to get here and formidably expensive if you can find it. I'd hate to see my beautiful finish fade. I'm wary of a cover, though. I suspect it invites moisture collecting inside, and there's a possibility of chafing in a high wind. I wonder what experiences others have in hot-climate storage.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:53 PM   #2
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Yes the sun will dull the finish. I just called it attrition and lived with it. Wax will help. You still need to run it and the generator for 20 min or so with the ac on. Run the heater and water heater on gas to burn out the spider nests. Run the fridge too.

Covering it up is a pain and invites rust and rot from the humidity. If you did cover I would probably use a pole shelter with the ends open. We used ours regularly but did use it for Bug out also and it is invaluable. Makes evacuation bearable. I must point out that, you will now have to evacuate for anything over a tropical storm even if you would have stayed (perhaps for a one) because a storm might mess it up or roll it.

PS: in the event that the storm follows you and you will be overnighting in possible blustery winds from the tail end, the safest place is in the lee of the Walmart. There will be others there too.
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:01 AM   #3
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Here's my two cents. I love waxing our 2006 Expedition and keep it looking like new, so I usually cover here in So. Cal. mainly due to heat over 100 degrees inside during the summer months. I can see my paint starting to fail at some points on the full body paint. I've had front and rear cap repainted and clear coated due to this. I also have four or five scuff marks on my luggage doors caused by the plastic buckles on the r.v. cover, even wrapping them with pieces of old towel. It's a P.I.T.A. for sure. But I'll probably keep doing it until I can't climb there anymore.
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I've used ADCO type RV covers on several different RVs in the past and there has never been an issue. You do have to watch those buckles and other rub points. Moisture was never a problem either in middle TN or in FL. I now have an RV port so I no longer use a cover.

ADCO covers are pretty breathable. Now if you're talking about a cheap plastic tarp type cover I imagine that's a different story.
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