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Old 03-06-2016, 08:15 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 2016 Salem 36BHBS and just returned from our maiden voyage of 4 days camping. Plan to use the TT at least once a month and have the TT stored at my equipment yard at work on the north side of a 16' tall building. I live in Oklahoma and we have a prevailing south wind and the sun can be brutal in the summer. Ideally I would need a roof over the TT but don't. I was thinking of purchasing a tarp to cover it while not using to help protect the roof, ac units and the skylight and vent cover for the bathroom. The technician at the dealership told me not to do this as it may damage the coating on the roof from the wind blowing. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:28 PM   #2
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There are custom-fitted covers for your TT. They can be a bit cumbersome but do an excellent job and when properly secured, won't damage your unit. There are several makers to chose from with different warranties.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:36 PM   #3
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I did some checking around on the custom fitted covers. My TT is 36' long so I'm not going to get off cheap. I'm assuming they are durable and will last several years?
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:03 PM   #4
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They do! How long they last depends on how well you secure the cover. If you have gutter spouts, you will need to cover the with tennis balls to protect the cover at that point. Warranties range from three years to five years but the covers can last much longer if you take care of them. You should run a comparison of cost versus benefit of a fabric cover versus a covered RV port. Hail protection is definitely better with the metal shed and it will last much longer (unless you get hit by a tornado, then not so much either way).
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:10 PM   #5
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Good tip on the gutter spouts of which I have. Looking at about $200.00 to be my best cost. Of course the more you spend the better the cover......I would hope!
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Basically, you get what you pay for!
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