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Old 04-29-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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The case for and against covering an RV for storage

So I am admittedly new to the RV world. I've purchased my RV, and tow vehicle, have some trips planned but am keeping a keen eye on the date and realize that I will have to winterize before I know it. As such, can you give me the pros/cons to putting a tarp/cover on an RV for winter storage? Do you do it? If so why? Do you leave your unit exposed? If so why?
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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Leave mine uncovered.

Reason why, dealer recommended it. I live in a cooler damper client with lots of snow. He stated to keep it waxed well and that is the best protection. He advised he would sell me one if I really want one but stated they can be hard to take on and off and he has seen damage to the roof while it is being applied and taken off when not careful. As well he feels there have been a connection to decals coming off and hard to remove dark spots in the camper finish. Although they are breathable they are not perfect.

Ultimately the less I am on the roof the better off it will be. He added if I did cover, buy tennis balls and put them over your rain spouts to protect them, have seen a number of them snapped off.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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Wow....awesome feedback. My dealer recommended 2-3 times a year to get up on the roof an inspect for cracks. We never hit the topic of covering an RV, I was too overwhelmed with learning the ins and outs of my unit. Never towed anything, never owned a camper so buying a 30 foot/5700 pound TT has been a touch overwhelming. I guess I was approaching it from the aspect of car covers but in reality, it compares a little more to a house which I don't cover in the winter. I am in the Southern New Jersey area. Lately we have been seeing our fair share of cold winters with snow and ice. I am just trying to figure out the best way I can protect my investment. I want to keep this unit in the best shape possible. Anxious to hear from others on this.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
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I am from Nova Scotia but actually in Jersey on business.

If you can store it indoors is best but for most unrealistic. the advice of getting up on the roof and checking it is sound, not going to hurt it. Also it was recommended to wash the roof at the start of the season with blue dawn dish soap to remove dirt and bird droppings.

One bit of advice when it comes to snow, leave it on there. This was from my dealer, they have never cleared their campers, they have never seen snow collapse a camper roof, they are engineered strong, they repair a few every year that were damaged when someone was trying to remove the snow.

Wax,wax and more wax protects the finish. I use a spray on wax but also spend the time on the cap with a mothers wax. When applying the non wash wax I do not wax the decals based on other reviews. Some state that the wax can get under the decal and cause it to lift. Real pain not to wax over it but I spend the time doing it. I cannot confirm if this is true, I did read it on another post for a Thor product regarding my last camper.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:14 PM   #5
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X96, what kind of wax do you use? How often do you wash and wax yours? My dealer said 1x per month.


Where in NJ are you on Business? NJ gets slagged for a lot of things, but I've lived in the state all my life - it's a nice place to live.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:35 PM   #6
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The only cover I recommend is a building. Where we live it is always windy & a cover doesn't last but a year or less & it beats up the camper.

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Old 04-29-2015, 04:40 PM   #7
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Boy it would be nice to store in a building...
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I wash and wax it roughly three times a year. Sometimes more if I travel dirt roads. Usually watch the water needing, when it starts to not need I will do it again. Keep in mind I only see 3 weeks a year above 90f and maybe one day above 100f, I would most likely do it more if I had higher temps beating down on it. I was taught by an older RVer who has his unit in Florida and he follows a similar routine. When you look at his trailer compared to those around it, night and day difference!

I will need to check what I use, do not know it off hand, will be home in a few weeks. Works well, water really beeds off the camper and lasts a while!

I am in Parsippany primarily, head to Jersey City and Manhattan a couple of days here and there.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:54 PM   #9
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Yeah I would think that the summer heat and sun would be more destructive, seems to me that good habits and routines established now will pay off in the future for long term use, or trade in/resale.


Enjoy your time in NJ. I am in the other end of the state, a few miles east of Philadelphia PA.
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:06 PM   #10
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I keep mine covered when not in use which is about 330 days a year. I just feel better with it being covered. I feel the sun and elements do more damage than could possibly be done by the RV Cover. I do NOT use a tarp. You want a breathable cover. I am currently using the ADCO with a tyvek top. It is doing a good job. Do not expect it to last more than two years but that is just the price you need to pay to keep it protected. If it only costs me $10/month to protect it, then I can live with that.

I live in Boston so we see both the cold and the hot humid weather.

I own a pop up so it is not all that difficult to uncover. My roof is only 6' high. I understand the thoughts of those with 10' TT's.

Others have different opinions as stated above.

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