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Old 09-05-2016, 06:34 PM   #1
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Another cover question

I am still considering covering options and Pooneil has helped a bunch! My questions are:
1. Living in Colorado Springs we get heavy snows that melt pretty quickly. Would a cover or a tarp work better. We also get winds being close to the foothills and Pikes Peak.
2. Using a tarp, how far would any of you recommend it overlap the edges?
3. Any particular suggestions for mice problems?

Any other Colorado a-framers out there who can share what you do? I know RV's sit out in the winter at dealerships, but once it became 'ours', I became protective of it!
Thanks for any help at all....
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:28 PM   #2
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Our 2012 trailer- we have had to replace the cover three times.
They are not long wearing, but they do help the trailer. I just don't like spending money almost each winter season to buy another cover.
The two tricks-
1. I do use a blow-up beach ball under the cover near the skylights to help with "twitching" of the cover in the wind. Hopefully minimizing scratching the skylights.
2. On the corners using "swim noodles" so the sharp corners don't poke holes in the cover.
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:47 PM   #3
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Tarps are not recommended because they do not breathe. I used an Elements cover from Camping World last winter. It held up well, no rips or holes. I covered all non-rounded edges with a piece of pipe insulation. (antenna, gutters, door stop) This brand of cover has several cinch straps that go under the trailer to tighten it. It also has straps on the front and back for tightening.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thanks! Do you get heavy snow, and is the elements cover water proof or water resistant?
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Thanks! Do you get heavy snow, and is the elements cover water proof or water resistant?
The cover is listed as water resistant. I think the most snow we had last winter was about 5".
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Tarps are not recommended because they do not breathe.
Tarps are fine in used correctly. Using an 8 foot tarp with a spreader pole in the middle prevents the cover form wrapping over the sides. Properly installed it vents very well, probably better than a "breathable" cover.
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Thanks! We are considering staking out the sides of the tarp almost tent style since we have the room and it would be easy to keep the tarp fairly tight and allow for air circulation. Also, because of the amount of snow we can get here, my DH is building protective boxes out of 1X6 with plywood slats across the top. He finished the one for the long bubble window, the slats will allow for air circulation, but support snow, and the whole box isn't really heavy and rests on the side not the roof itself. We really liked the box idea. The 1X6 frame is the perfect height to be above the windows.

What do you think?
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:19 PM   #8
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My experience with tarps/covers is that they cause more problems than they prevent. No matter what you do, eventually the wind will ripple the cover causing rub marks and breaking covers/drip guides. Good luck!
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I have read were some people build the protected boxes for the bubble windows out of the 2" foam from home depot or lowes, that's what I might use.
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I made a foam box for skylights the first year. Then I heard the beach-ball (not taped) that is almost all the way filled with air. That has been just as good as the foam boxes. The boxes in the wind shifted under the cover, they needed to be taped down. Which was a pain to get all the tape off the next season. Just thought you might want to know.

I took a picture of what the cover looks like with beach ball underneath and one showing the beach ball underneath the cover, between the two skylights. Hope it helps.

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