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Old 05-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I just purchased a new 2015 salem cruise lite 195BH. First time RV owner. I have a question about covers. Some people are against it and some are for. I can't park the trailer at my home and so it's at an RV storage area which is outside - baking in the climate. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons for an RV covers?
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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I bought an RV cover because I park by pine trees and the needles pile up pretty bad. Every fall I wash and wax my TT, and when I open her up in the spring its looks as good as the day she was put away. I vote 'yes!'
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:01 PM   #3
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One of the RV owner at the storage site told me that since I have a rubber roof on the TT, that covers is not good for it. Also that when the wind comes, it rattles the cover and the tie down end up hitting the side of the TT. Scratching it. Another person said the same thing.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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I only cover my RV off season during the winter. I live in Ohio so winters can be unpredictable. I cover because I want to protect against ice damage to the trailer. The constant melting and refreezing around here during the winter does wonders to a trailer. Ice is very good at separating joints.
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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Cover that sucker. Nothing worse than baking sun on fiberglass. If it's tied properly nothing gets scrached
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:44 PM   #6
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Cover that sucker. Nothing worse than baking sun on fiberglass. If it's tied properly nothing gets scrached
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:08 PM   #7
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Buy a good quality breathable cover. Tarps do not breath and will trap moisture. I would suggest putting the cover on for a trial fit and then mark the corners and/or any spot that will potentially poke through. Take the small pieces that come with the cover and sew them in as reinforcements before you use it.
I wish I had done this as I now have holes that need to be patched.
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When I bought a new camper in January, I immediately ordered a good cover with a 5 year guarantee. I live in Florida and the sun will dry out and crack the roof seals. Even if I don't get 5 years out of the cover, it is money well spent in my book if it protects my camper roof. Bad roof seals lead to water inside the walls, which leads to destroyed flooring. I had to replace a third of the floor on my first toy hauler and don't want that fun again. Trust me, a few scratches is nothing compared to that job.
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Buy a good quality breathable cover. Tarps do not breath and will trap moisture. I would suggest putting the cover on for a trial fit and then mark the corners and/or any spot that will potentially poke through. Take the small pieces that come with the cover and sew them in as reinforcements before you use it.
I wish I had done this as I now have holes that need to be patched.
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