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Old 09-13-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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Cover or no cover?

Hi All - September is here, which means camping season is winding down. Doesn't mean it's over....just getting closer to the first snow (yikes, a four-letter word!!) flakes.

Our TT will be stored outside during the winter months, in snow, ice, rain, etc. Is it better to cover it, or leave it uncovered? If we cover it, can we just cover the roof, or is it easier to cover the whole thing? Any comments, suggestions, recommendations are greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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No cover....If you cover it and you have any wind with the snow...like we do in NY. The flapping of the cover will buff the shine right off the camper. even if its a little 2X2-foot square flapping...you'll be upset come spring !! Don't ask how I know !!!
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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No cover....If you cover it and you have any wind with the snow...like we do in NY. The flapping of the cover will buff the shine right off the camper. even if its a little 2X2-foot square flapping...you'll be upset come spring !! Don't ask how I know !!!
You know, I never thought of that. We have an aluminum fishing boat and while covered & towing, the paint wears off from the cover. So I can see where that can happen. Maybe we'll look into storing it inside for winter. I'm going to freak out seeing it covered in ice and snow.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:56 AM   #4
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Has anyone bought a custom fit cover, and experiences with them?
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:43 PM   #5
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I was going to buy a cover but decided not to and we get a LOT of snow here in Canada (you know "where we all live in igloos") and I never had any problems at all. Sometimes when you store them inside like in a barn or whatever you may have the risk of getting little critters coming to visit the inside of your TT. Just think of all the trailers at the dealers that are still on their lots at the end of the season, do you think they cover them all up so that the weather doesn't get to them - no they don't and they are all still fine come spring. So if I were you and if you have room in your yard, you should store it there this way you can keep a close eye on your investment all season long. I go up about mid-way through the winter and remove some of the snow depending on how much there is.
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I'm on my 5th camper of one sort or another over 25 years and I've never covered mine. I've seen many in storage with torn covers blowing in the breeze slowing rubbing away the finish. I think a good bi-seasonal wash/wax is in order, but covering them is not as helpful as it might seem (sometimes).
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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I'm considering a cover as I now have a hybrid, last thing I need is a surprise leak at the bed ends, lord knows it happens if you read enough posts... My parents had a Rockwood pup new since 77, it finally retired (read: fell apart on the hwy) in 2008, but it was always stored inside....
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:35 PM   #8
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We'd actually be storing it inside at an old bowling alley, turned into a storage facility. Coldest it got inside last year was 37. They also keep track of the humidity. But I wouldn't be able to look out my window every day and see it there. Covered in ice and snow.....yearning to be in the woods, next to a roaring campfire.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:55 AM   #9
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We have an 1986 road ranger elite and it's been sitting out side all it's life and so far so good no leaks. It has an aluminum roof and i check the seams every spring and use solar seal chaulk if it needs a touch up . The cost and the hassel to put it on and off isn't worth the hassel .more chance for injury or damage to your camper roof or side walls . Inside storage is the best if you have it.


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Old 09-17-2011, 12:49 PM   #10
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I covered my first TT and the critters must have thought it was a tent for them. When I went to uncover it in the spring I had to chase a bunch of rabbits out from under it! I also had mice along with some other unidentifiable droppings. I also found it had damaged the gelcoat in some spots. I threw it away and haven't used one since.
Last year I stored it at a racetrack and could not asccess it until they opened in the spring. We had record snowfall including a couple storms with very wet, heavy snow. I was very worried about what I would find but no damage or evidence of leaks. They are designed to be outside in the weather, don't bother with a cover.
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