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Old 09-08-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question To cover or not cover....

Well, here comes Fall and then time to put the Silverback 29RE away for the Winter. I would appreciate the Cedar Creek Forum members to voice your opinion on the subject of "Cover or Not Cover?". Is it necessary with the gel coat exterior of a Cedar Creek? Just cover the A/C compressor?

We live in Michigan and could see 30+ inches of snow. It will be setting out in the open. I would welcome discussion of the Pro's & Con's of covering. Those of you that DO use a cover, have you found a preferred brand/type of cover that you are happy with?

We are very much enjoying our 29RE and so far, no issues.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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The wind here would soon trash any cover I could use so no.

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Old 09-08-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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I am also interested in this. We are at the end of our first summer os rv ownership. We do not have a gel coat exterior. The OP mentioned that as a factor. I thought it was the seams and seals that were a concern.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:51 PM   #4
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I'm debating this as well. When we attended the FROG Rally in Goshen I asked the Dicor people about a cover and they felt it was not necessary. The rep did say however some type of shelter/pole barn would be beneficial with large amounts of snow. We live in upstate New York. The reason for not using a cover was the rubbing that might occur over the winter.

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Old 09-09-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Those shrouds are designed to take the punishment of weather and temperature. I wouldn't even bother worrying about it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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Rv covers

I bought a cover two years ago, covered it the first year and when spring came around I removed it.
I was surprised to the paint had been rubbed off on one corner molding of the exterior. Luckily it was a metal corner so I was able to touch it up. This was due to the cover not being tied tight enough and the wind rubbed the RV ALL winter long. I did not cover it last winter and all was fine so I would not cover your TT.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:59 PM   #7
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We started RV'ing this year and live in South Carolina. The summers have a lot of sun and we store our 36CKTS Cedar Creek 5th Wheel outside also. We acquired a 1x ADCO 37'1" to 40' 5th Wheel Designer Tyvek Plus Wind RV Cover. It has plenty of vents for air circulation and most important covers the top of the trailer. I feel it is a good investment to help the longevity of our new trailer. We do have some strong winds that come along but we have had not problems so far.
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:06 PM   #8
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The wind here would soon trash any cover I could use so no.
X2 a cover lasts less than a year here..............


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I will relate a conversation I had just last week with a very well regarded and reputable repair shop in our area. This will take some set-up and I apologize for a long post.

I am having a delamination type issue that just started. I've been to 3 shops and have gotten 3 different opinions of what may be happening to my TT. I got a really good "vibe" from one shop in particular and further checking proved the high regard his shop has. In fact, I had two dealers repair shops and the local Camping World shop supervisor all refer me to this guy.

One of his first questions was, "do you cover your trailer." I said yes, from mid-October to around May 1st. He said, "how about the summer?" I said no, it's dry then, why would I? His response? Summer is when you should cover your RV. He claims that a well maintained roof with no leaks will weather rain or snow with no problem but ......... the most damaging issue for an RV is UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. My TT does sit with the affected side facing south ... directly facing the sun ... when it is parked. He said he would check for water leaks, of course, but if none are found (which is what I expect because I climb up there and check often) the culprit is be UV and heat causing the glue bond in the wall to fail and the component parts to delaminate.

Interestingly, I contacted the factory and sent photos of the problem areas. Their answer matched this shop owner. They said they had never seen exactly my problem before in one of their units but if no water leaks were found the only answer is a glue failure.

So ... should you cover? Maybe. But it appears that it really isn't necessary. Your choice.
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Only issue I have with the cover is the weight and trying to get it up on the roof. Almost slipped and fell trying to get the cover in place and over the side. Other that that I feel the cover did what it is supposed to do and that is keep the RV cleaner and somewhat protected from the elements. Having a place to take it off the RV in springtime and keeping it clean, is a plus also. I would take and pull up the sides then have the wife pull the front towards the driveway as I was pushing the cover forwards and keeping it from hanging up on stuff. We would clean the driveway first before doing the cover so it didn't get sand or dirt on parts that would rub the RV the next time it was put on.
I felt the cover was a good thing and we had a camping world cover an ADCO that we had for 4 years with minor tears that were patched as needed. We changed RV's and got a bigger fifth wheel and did not cover it due to the size of the cover needed. Just got to be too much of a chore, but in retrospect I wish we had as the roof has deteriorated as well as the awning from the hot Florida sun.

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