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Old 09-29-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Trailer Length and Storage Covers

I am planning on buying a storage cover for our new 23' TT. But what size of cover should I shop for? Here is why I ask. The TT is a Microlite 23FB and sold as a 23 foot trailer. However the actual length of the cabin measures only 20'. I am assuming that the front end that holds the LP tank accounts for the extra 3'. So do I shop for a cover that fits 23' or 20'.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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From what I have seen for most covers, they have their own distinct instructions on what and how to measure. Decide on the manufacturer you want and see if they have their own instructions.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Hi,
You need to order the cover to fit from the rear bumper to the very front of the trailer wall. Do not include the tanks or tongue.
So, based on your measurement, you need the 20' cover.
Measure 3 times, order once.
I have been looking at covers too. Which brand are you looking at? I am considering the ADCO Tyvek designer series, seems to be the most popular but also the most expensive.
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Funny thing

I asked the same questions of my dealer when I bought mine. I was advised not to cover it at all because the cover could actually cause more damage to the trailer. Now I'm working on a storage shed for mine but that'll be awhile. That's likely not going to be an option for most but thought I'd mention it.
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Should I also allow for the spare tire that is attached to the back bumper? So in total, I would have 20' for the cabin, 1' for the bumper, and another 1' for the spare tire. All told 22' cover?
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Tent2TT,
Like one of the other post had mentioned. The MFG has a instructions like this..
"For proper fit, make sure to include bumpers, ladder and spare tire when measuring your RV. You can exclude ground clearance. Made to accommodate roof-top accessories such as A/C."
Find the cover you like and read the measure description before ordering.
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I asked the same questions of my dealer when I bought mine. I was advised not to cover it at all because the cover could actually cause more damage to the trailer. Now I'm working on a storage shed for mine but that'll be awhile. That's likely not going to be an option for most but thought I'd mention it.
I can see if a person lived in a high humidity/wet location (PNW?) but with the way most of the covers are constructed, there are vents to allow for breath-ability. There's enough "stuff" on the roof to keep the cover from completely laying on the roof, and thus allowing plenty of air to circulate.
Sounds to me like some dealer may be looking at performing an expensive roof repair job in the future.
Just my $0.02

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Trailer is 4 years old now. Never covered (except for the air conditioner).

Spring roof maintenance (cleaning and scrubbing tree sap and dirt; then coating with UV blocker) is higher than keeping it totally covered.

Since we camp on and off all year round (Florida in winter and "somewhere" in the summer, the cover would not be on the camper more than a few months, we have not looked into them.

Next year no Florida, so I am looking into a cover. Still not convinced it is a "must have" and there are lots of other places for my camper money to go.
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Trailer is 4 years old now. Never covered (except for the air conditioner).

Spring roof maintenance (cleaning and scrubbing tree sap and dirt; then coating with UV blocker) is higher than keeping it totally covered.

Since we camp on and off all year round (Florida in winter and "somewhere" in the summer, the cover would not be on the camper more than a few months, we have not looked into them.

Next year no Florida, so I am looking into a cover. Still not convinced it is a "must have" and there are lots of other places for my camper money to go.
Agreed. We go somewhere once a month, and getting the cover off and back on that often has become tiresome.

Lou: Is 303 Aerospace the protectant you use after cleaning the roof? Also, does 303 Aerospace work well for slideout gaskets, or is it better to use the products made specifically for those gaskets? Thanks.
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Agreed. We go somewhere once a month, and getting the cover off and back on that often has become tiresome.

Lou: Is 303 Aerospace the protectant you use after cleaning the roof? Also, does 303 Aerospace work well for slideout gaskets, or is it better to use the products made specifically for those gaskets? Thanks.

Got a sample of 303 from Old Coot at the rally. (Thank you again OC!)

I still have quite a bit of Protect-All's Rubber Roof Treatment, but when that is gone I will be using 303 for the roof and tires from now on.

WAY worth the extra money.
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