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Old 08-18-2018, 03:08 PM   #1
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Do any of you cover rv in winter?

I need to find out what cover my Grey Wolf 20RLSE will fit any ideas? Now we do get snow in Lower Michigan but I really didn't want to pay someones mortgage on a cover. need help please
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:16 PM   #2
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:19 PM   #3
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Nope when I lived where there is snow...

And nope...now that I live in the desert of Arizona!

How many people put a canvas cover over their sticks and bricks house!

They are RV's...meant to be outside!
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Not now that I am back home in Florida.

When I was contracting and living in my RV in North Carolina I didn't cover the RV.

I did have small tarps (about 5' x 9') with 5 ounce fishing weights tie to the grommets and a rope attached to one end. These I used to cover the steps into my toy hauler. In the afternoon after work or before it started to get cold or snow. The rope I would tie to the grab bar. When I got ready to leave for work in the morning I would use the rope to pull the tarp off of the step.

With the tarp over the step you didn't have to worry about having ice on the steps. Of course you do miss out on some really exciting slipping and sliding ( and occasional falls)

If you are using the RV, make sure you buy heat cables to wrap your water hose from the hose bib to the water inlet (also covered with foam tubes).

From experience (total loss of my toy hauler) make sure do make sure that you put rat and mouse poison in the underbelly, close compartments etc.

Rodents will use your trailer to stay warm (without asking for permission) and destroy A/C, heating ducts, wiring, hoses, mattresses, tv, furniture and food.

The insurance company totaled the RV and paid me enough to buy my Arctic Wolf that I have now.
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Old 08-18-2018, 07:28 PM   #5
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I park under trees, so yes, I absolutely cover in the fall and winter. I camp in the fall, but it only takes me a few minutes to cover/uncover for trips.
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I don’t use a cover and never will unless the cover is the roof of a nice garage. I’m more concerned about abrasion from the cover buffeting in the wind than I am about any potential for damage from snow and ice.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:21 PM   #7
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I haven't been doing this as long as some but I've been covering my last two RV's to protect from the Minnesota winter's. When it's covered I don't need to worry about inspecting the roof until spring. If you decide to cover it make sure you get a quality custom fit one that will breath.
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:02 PM   #8
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I think that's the real issue. You need a good quality BREATHABLE cover. It will pretend mildew and mold from forming and save you a couple of hours of scrubbing in the spring. If you go cheap (no offense intended to anyone) like buying a plastic tarp, you are asking for issues. My two cents worth.
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:21 PM   #9
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I use a breathable ADCO cover for my class c. I live in the upstate NY area and put the vehicle in a fenced in lot with the cover on from November to about April each year. I also take out the house battery and the chassis battery and put them in the garage at home with a battery tender. Have had no issues for many years.
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:58 PM   #10
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Yup...me too here in SW OH! Tell that to ITat above too? For about $300- you can buy a quality abrasion-free cover as we both have...
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:59 PM   #11
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I think that's the real issue. You need a good quality BREATHABLE cover. It will pretend mildew and mold from forming and save you a couple of hours of scrubbing in the spring. If you go cheap (no offense intended to anyone) like buying a plastic tarp, you are asking for issues. My two cents worth.
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:23 PM   #13
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Do any of you cover rv in winter?

This has been our cover since 2007. Itís 18X40, with concrete pad was around $4K. Weíve had a 35í fifth wheel, a 40í Mountain Aire DP, and now our little W&P stored under it. It sure helps keep the paint from fading and the roof less exposed.Click image for larger version

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Nope when I lived where there is snow...

And nope...now that I live in the desert of Arizona!

How many people put a canvas cover over their sticks and bricks house!

They are RV's...meant to be outside!
I cover mine. yep may be an RVs but coverings no matter where you live helps preventing issues with drying out sealant and prolonging roof life in harsh areas of sun especially where you live. As mention help prevent algae and and will keep it clean. When I put min rig up for the winter gets a good wash and wax job and looks great when I uncover it in Feb. Later RJD
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:56 PM   #15
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Leaves, walnuts, and the staining that comes along with those elements. The winter, freezing rains, ice damage and the winter thaw takes itís toll on an RV.

Our old RV which I never covered in the winter had roof damage at the gutters and the awning from ice/snow buildup, only after three seasons.

Each spring I remove the cover and it looks just how I left it, clean and fresh.
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:02 PM   #16
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ADCO makes some nice RV covers for smaller RV items, I just do not care for their whole unit covers. Classic Accessories makes some nice lightweight RV covers that shed water well, have vents at the top to promote air flow and moisture removal, plenty of ties to keep the cover tight to minimize abrasion. There are a lot of reasons to cover or not to cover. And covering is a decision best made by the owner of an RV. RVís are notorious for leaking water and a good cover can help minimize water intrusion. A bad cover or one improperly installed can increase water intrusion. Of course, anything that blocks UV rays from the sun is going to increase the life of anything under the cover. If trading an RV every few years, I wouldnít go to the effort to use a cover. If keeping an RV over 10-years, covering could provide some benefit. However, the benefit may be offset by the cost of covers over that time as many will not last more than two years. Not everyone has the space or can get a building permit to build a roof over their RV.
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:06 PM   #17
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I take our camper to the county fairgrounds to store under roof $9 a foot
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:42 PM   #19
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If not on the road it's under cover the snow is bad . The real killer is the sun buy a cover for about$600 they only last about 2years from start to finish about one hour to put on
Comes off 15 mins .like a clean shiney ride
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I have a 2015 Signature Ultra-Light TT. I purchased one of the premium RV covers from CW and very carefully covered it. I live in the Metro Detroit Area so we get a lot of wind and snow during the winter. For two years, I had NO problems with the cover...it did exactly as it was advertised to do. After all, it was a pricey item. However, I did have an issue this year. In mid to late March, I went to the RV storage lot to check on my "baby." It was fine...no problems. While there, I checked to ensure it was snug and not coming undone. However, when I made another trip in early April, I discovered the entire cover had split down the middle of the roof panel (not down a seam) and the entire cover was lying on the ground. I had placed old beach towels over anything that might cause a rip or abrasion tear, so that wasn't the issue. WHAM! Lots of $$$$ down the drain! The entire cover was a total loss. So, being the wise fool I am, I will NEVER waste money on an RV cover again!
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