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Old 06-11-2010, 12:43 PM   #11
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The sun is brutal here in South Louisiana. Snow, not so much. I would rather buy a cover than have to build one to park under if it's doable. I worry that we could not handle it ourselves, tho.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:34 PM   #12
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Cover Thoughts

I was almost ready to "pull the trigger" on a cover for my 5th wheel.
I am so glad I did not.

I asked some friends who were RVers about the pros and cons and the cons spooked me.

The pros are pretty well covered here, but the cons they mentioned were:

Winds:
Accelerated wear of roof edges due to rubbing.
Damage to antennas due to flapping

Access:
Hard to check for damage throughout the winter
Hard to air out camper after high humidity days
Hard to impossible to open camper slides to periodically check for critters and damage

Rain:
While it is supposed to keep the rain off the rig, water has a way of getting in (don't ask me how - I think it's voodoo magic)

I bought an AC cover to keep trash out of the fins and that's it.
I need to wash the roof once a year anyway so I just do it in the Spring with the "Spring Cleaning."
I also run out the slides and awning after each rain once the sun comes out to dry everything.
I air out the camper every couple of weeks and check for critters and damage.

Hope this helps

Oh, and why I am glad?
I found water on the floor under the AC after a really hard rain due to a mis-installed gasket from the factory and would never have found it until maybe months later while camping in a heavy rain if it had been covered.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:39 PM   #13
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That made my decision. Thanks so much.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:35 PM   #14
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To be fair

We are from PA and your issue is more SUN than rain.

As to winds, I think you are worse off than us.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:40 PM   #15
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Who? Us? Winds? :lol: We do get winds. Katrina painted a target on our house and hit the bullseye. Took the house somewhere and we will never know where. Yes, we get winds. Next time we get winds, we will get oil too.

I have decided to not get a cover, but go ahead a pour a concrete pad and build a cover over it.

But your winds are so wonderful for gliding.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:51 PM   #16
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Gliding?

I.E. no engines?

Sorry, you won't find my butt in anything with less than 4 of the suckers.

Ok, two if they are HONKIN big ones.

After 33 years of flying, I find I am afraid to fly.

Go figure.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:59 PM   #17
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Gliding was wonderful just outside of State College, but I was young and dumb then.
I would be afraid now, I think. You are brave to fly. Everyone knows that airplanes are too heavy to leave the ground. <G>
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:06 PM   #18
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Voodoo Magic for sure

I think helicopters become airborne strictly on faith.
There is no logical reason for them to fly.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:13 PM   #19
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I flew in one once as a volunteer after Hurricane Camille in 1969. It had no doors. That was the first and last time. Anyone can see those things can't fly. Especially without doors.
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