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Old 10-26-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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To cover or not to cover??

We are ending our first year with our 23ikss roo. Sad the year is over but had a blast with it!! It is currently being winterized now and then will be stored in a friends field for the winter. We have seen threads where people recommend and love their covers. Does anyone not cover? We have heard a few people say not to cover bc moisture will find a way in or just that they have had one for 15 years and never covered. Is it necessary and worth the money? We live in nj.

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Old 10-26-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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Have the same question and add to it the question of using a tarp instead of a bonafide RV cover.

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Old 10-26-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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This probably won't help much but, I just went through the same thing you are doing with mine. I went through comments after comments and talked to people who have camped for awhile as well. I got about 50% of people saying cover it and 50% saying it's not worth it.

Of course, the people that cover it, swear by it, the people who don't believe it's a waste of time and money.

I ended up finding a really good price on a cover so I'm going to cover mine. If at the end of the cover's life I don't feel it's all it is cracked up to be then I'll discontinue using it.

If you do get an RV cover, get something that is breathable, I think an actual RV cover is better than just a plain tarp.

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Old 10-26-2014, 09:22 PM   #4
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My preference is to cover. I use the camo tarp sold at Oceanstate or Harbor Freight. When I didn't cover, the spring cleaning took a lot longer. But, I do live in the woods, so I'm not sure how being in the wide open might not leave so much tree debris. I also bought the $3 7x11ft tarps to put over the tires to keep them protected. PS, don't pull the tarp so tight that the weight of the snow is being held up by your a/c and whatever else sticks up from your roof.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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I never cover it. A tarp will blow and move in the wind. Will do more damage to the paint and finish than leaving it uncovered. Maybe a breathable works but a tarp will also subject everything to mildew under the cover. I have to cover my boat but have to cleanup the black mildew every spring. At least the boat has an a frame to tent the tarp and not subjecting the paint to rub marks from a tarp that will always move in the wind.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #6
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P.S.S The camo cover also does double duty. Right now its over 2 10x10 canopy frames for the Haunted Halloween tunnel I pull the lawn tractor trailer loaded with hay and kids thru.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:09 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by ladun6 View Post
Is it necessary and worth the money? We live in nj.
I don't know that it would be necessary, but I would say worth it. Our Classic cover for our 23IKSS was about $300, which is not a huge investment compared to the cost of the trailer. I wouldn't recommend a tarp - rv covers are breathable and fitted. You don't want moisture trapped under there and you don't want the cover flapping in the wind.

In this climate, the trailer spends 6 months sitting winterized and sun and weather are what really deteriorate a trailer's appearance. I like washing it before putting the cover on and then pulling it out the spring still nice and clean. I really wish I had a garage to keep it in, but I don't, so the cover is the next best thing.

The Roo last winter. Going to add tires covers and cover over the tongue jack this year.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:32 PM   #8
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Don't use a tarp! Unless you want mold/mildew all over the roof of your trailer.
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Last yr was the first time i ever covered my htt. Opened in the spring and it was as clean as the day i covered it. I also feel it helps shed some if the water off htt. The less water on roof frozen, the better!
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:19 PM   #10
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Hi I just bought the same 2015 trailer I did buy a 20-21ft cover that is the right size when measured I put it on to make sure my measurement was right n it was it's the adco designer series 20.1-22ft looks like a real nice cover I think the way this cover breaths won't let moisture in lots of air vents plus it good I think to keep as much snow n ice from working its way in places you don't want got mine on eBay free s/h for like $220 a lot cheaper than a dealer enjoy joe

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