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Old 04-07-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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TT storage ?

OK here is another question :

Ive heard that covering or tarping the TT or RV is bad cause moisture can sit under the tarp or cover and freeze and thaw over and over again but i see a whole bunch of them that are covered. i would assume that a custom cover would be better than just a blue tarp but would i really be hurting my trailer if i get a good cover for it. it has to sit outside all the time and i hate to see all the snow and rain hit it constantly.

what do you guys think

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Old 04-07-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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I don't know what others will say, but my experience has been that I covered mine for the entire winter with a gray tarp from harbor freight tools and bungied the thing down and I didn't have any moisture under it when i pulled it off last weekend. Each situation is different, but that's been mine. My buddy owns a true engine driven motorhome and he covers his with one of those expensive covers and he has to replace it about every 2 years due to the wind tearing the fabric. I almost went that way with a $100 cover, but not if i have to replace it every 2 years. The tarp was around $35 if i remember correctly and it's a bit heavier duty then the blue or green ones.

Another thought is drainage off of the roof of your TT or RV. It's probably not a bad idea to have it tilting back or forward (drive an axle up on blocks if you need to) so that if anything does collect under it, when it thaws, it drains. I guess something is better then nothing and depending on how much you want to spend is what it comes down to. I had a couple of my plastic vents crack on me so when I decided on my cover, it was a last minute, need it quickly, kind of decision. It worked...lucky me
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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that was what i was thinking, so i think this season will be tarp season

thanks for the info
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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Hi Ben,
No problemo.
Oh, btw, my wife is from Brighton...semi close to Detroit.
Say YA to da UP, eh?
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You can get "breathable" covers. That's what I would recommend. Had one for a F150 that I had to leave outside. Worked great. No trapping of moisture but kept sun, debris, rain, off the truck. Amazing stuff.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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yeah Brighton is about 40 minutes from me, sweet

how much are the breathable ones, are we talking hundreds of dollars ?
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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As an example, at rv covers direct dot com, an 'up to 20 foot' cover for my roo would run me over 200 bucks. The price goes up as the size of trailer goes up. Now I know that I could surf around and maybe find it less somewhere else, but it will still never be less then the price of the silver tarp i purchased. If i have to replace the tarp once a year, I could go 5 years before i break even with the single purchase of the 'aqua shed' or other brand of breathable cover.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:59 AM   #8
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I use silver tarps and deliberately leave some slack so snow weight does not tear the cover or press too hard on AC covers, etc. The looseness also allows air to circulate and keep things drier. If moisture is still a concern, top vents can be left slightly open to circulate fresh air under the cover. Weight, for covering and removal, is a consideration. Probably the biggest thing to watch for is wind-induced abrasion by grommets and such. My fix for that is to tie soft strips (bike inner tube strips will work) at the grommets.
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I feel for you guys. I use our camper year round, MORE in the winter than the summer actually. NO NEED for a tarp! I KNOW it's BEAUTIFUL out west or in PA, but to each his own, I suppose! Randy
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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i would use mine all year but most of the campgrounds are closed that we like to go to. and the wife thinks it is too cold even with the heat running
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