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I get about 5 years out of a cover. I wouldn't want to do it in the middle of the season, but for winter hibernation it is perfect. just be sure to pad the corners and make sure it is tight.


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I used a cover once. It only lasted a few months. A big storm came through and tore it up. And yes, it was secured properly. Never again will I waste money one one. We bought our previous trailer new and had it for 10 years and never covered it. The only thing a cover would have helped would have been to keep the decals from fading. Other than that our trailer looked great.

I do cover the tires in the winter more to keep the wheels from rusting than anything else. I also cover the AC in winter.

Where I can see real value in a cover is in extreme climates like the SW or in Canada. There are lots of trailers and motor homes in my neighborhood and in the 28 years we've lived here we've never seen any of them covered. When all is said done, the best thing you can do is inspect and maintain your trailer. Covers are for the most part personal preference. I believe they help in some circumstances but not most.


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Campfire Time wrote:

I used a cover once. It only lasted a few months. A big storm came through and tore it up. And yes, it was secured properly. Never again will I waste money one one. We bought our previous trailer new and had it for 10 years and never covered it. The only thing a cover would have helped would have been to keep the decals from fading. Other than that our trailer looked great.

I do cover the tires in the winter more to keep the wheels from rusting than anything else. I also cover the AC in winter.

Where I can see real value in a cover is in extreme climates like the SW or in Canada. There are lots of trailers and motor homes in my neighborhood and in the 28 years we've lived here we've never seen any of them covered. When all is said done, the best thing you can do is inspect and maintain your trailer. Covers are for the most part personal preference. I believe they help in some circumstances but not most.


Your right. Some situations it's not needed but here in the SW the sun is brutal and plays heck on fading and roof condition.

That's the main reason I can get only about 3 years from a cover.

For a little over $100/year I'll pay the price to help maintain my TT.





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Our trailer was a total cost of 28k out the door. I don't drop cash like that too often so we wanted to protect out investment. Just for kicks I checked on what a set of graphics would cost. $1000.00 plus shipping. Since the dang graphics are what go to heck and make the rig look funky, the possibility of fiberglass de-lamination and the rubber roof, I think the cover is well worth the investment. Yup it's a pain to put on..........and my trailer is short. But I feel real good after it's on while the sun is beating down on the rig. I still may get a set of graphics for the future, not sure if they have a shelf life expectancy.


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I'm a newbie. I plan to purchase a fifth wheel trailer and store it outside during the winter months in Colorado. It will see a lot of snow! Will the snow just fall off? Must I be concerned about snow loads?

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Yes, the snow will just fall off but the rain will need to be drained.


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It's a pain to cover, but I do. You pay that much for a camper, you want some protection so it doesn't look like ****. It takes about 30 minutes to cover, which is not bad considering the alternative. We bought our cover at Camping World (on sale) and bought the warranty with it. The replacement warranty is awesome because I trade that out every 3 years for a brand new one (you do have to buy a another warranty on the new cover, but its better than paying another $300-$400. I found out the hard way that wheel covers are just as important. Had to replace 2 of my tires because I didn't cover.


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ScottG wrote:

Well worth it in my opinion but this is the kind of question that brings out the kind of people who will go negative because they dont have one and are antagonistic towards those who do. It's really quite strange.


Agree completely, and as predicted criticism against covering has already begun yet again in this thread. [emoticon]

In my own case I always kept our popups in my heated workshop but when we moved to a hybrid I had to find an alternate solution. The first winter I paid for indoor storage which around here is quite expensive so the following winter I covered the trailer with an ADCO AquaShed and had no issues at all. By the following winter we had a larger travel trailer so I sold the AquaShed and bought an ADCO Tyvek which I used for 5 winters, again no issues at all. We eventually sold that trailer and the cover so I later purchased an ADCO Designer Series Tyvek cover for our current shorter Coachmen. It's seen 3 winters, no issues at all, but last winter a friend of a friend offered indoor storage so I sold the cover to pay for the storage. If that indoor storage is still available for this coming winter I'll probably go that route again simply because it's easier, otherwise I'll buy another ADCO and cover the trailer for the winter as there's no question in my mind that a covered trailer will survive winter snow & ice much better than an uncovered, unprotected trailer.


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Does anyone use just a roof cover?

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We purchased a new TT for use at our seasonal site at the beginning of the season. It will sit for almost 8 months unused, so we decided to get a cover. We purchased a Camco UltraGuard cover. Camco does not make a cover for a 40+ foot TT. Since ours is a Bungalow with 8' ceilings, we decided to go with the 40' - 42' cover for Class A motorhomes. We just put it on yesterday. Sadly, Camco did not include instructions with it, but I found instructions online for it. Even though it was for a Class A, it fit well.

This was the first time we ever covered a RV. Our main concern is sitting snow. Our camper is 800 miles from our home, so we can't get the snow off the roof. It took us about 90 minutes to cover it. I really didn't know what to expect with such a long cover, but it went pretty well. All four of us (wife, 16 yo daughter, 14 yo son and myself) worked together and made pretty quick work of it.

The cover is very well built. It has vents at the top that should allow moisture to escape. The fabric looks similar to clothing designed to wick moisture away. Unlike a tarp, if the fabric was to tear, I don't think it would cause any problems with the camper's finish flapping against it. It's very soft. Since it was such a large cover it was expensive at $331 from Amazon. Our only other option was to have one custom map at over $1,000.

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