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Old 11-27-2021, 03:41 PM   #1
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Tarp over RV

I recently purchased my 2018 Forest River therefore do not have time to build a cover shed. Would I be ok simply pulling a tarp over the top and lashing it down for this winter season?
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Does Bryan TX even have a winter? Just kidding, but the winter is certainly easier there than many other places.

Others will chime in with their thoughts, personally I would simply not cover it and instead routinely inspect the RV both inside and out, but if I did want to cover mine (even more so when it was newer), I would only use a cover designed for RV's as most tarps are not very breathable and somewhat abrasive. ~CA
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I agree with craigav...dont use a tarp. I dont know anything about those RV covers...but the thought of punking that heavy wad of fabric up on my roof by myself...then trying to adjust it to be in the correct position - looks like an impossible task for me now. And then removing it...makes my back hurt just thinking about it.

15 yrs ago we bought some property out in the sticks northeast of Austin. It is surrounded by agricultural fields and pastures and the wind blows like crazy. We bought one of those “tarp garages” from tractor supply to use until i got the permanent structures built. The tarp thing was beat to shreads in less than 1 year of wind and TX sun. Do not use a tarp.
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The plastic tarps have reinforcing "threads" that can be abrasive. IMO you can't tie it down enough to prevent movement / flapping. If you are in a boating area you might find a service that does shrink wrapping. If interested I would only wrap the roof and leave the sides exposed. They can also cut / install vents to allow it to breath under the wrap and leave a roof vent open to vent the MH. Downside is $$$
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