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Old 11-20-2015, 04:13 PM   #31
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Cover it however you can. For me it's not about the math. If you are worried about the math, this is the wrong hobby for you. RV's never pencil out no matter what you do.
I tend to keep my stuff quite a while and I don't like my stuff to look like crap. Cover it and enjoy it looking good and performing longer with fewer problems. UV is a bitch!
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:53 PM   #32
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Do you keep your car in a garage????????
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:04 PM   #33
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Do you keep your car in a garage????????
Yes like most people??
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:10 PM   #34
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Question answered.
Not really directed at you BendOrLarry. Just those that think there is no need to cover RV.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:58 PM   #35
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Question answered.
Not really directed at you BendOrLarry. Just those that think there is no need to cover RV.
The thing is, the OP was asking about the math of covering or not, and the effect one way or another.
Obviously some have more means than others, and covering would be the ideal situation. But even in your post (post #2) , you stated that you have had 3 campers that you didn't cover......maybe op is in the situation you were in for your first 3?

I don't care one way or the other, im just a numbers person, and my camper is on a seasonal site all year, no cover, and very little dirt or nastyness that a quick rinse wont fix. And yes i could bring it home and shed it if i wanted. But honestly it doesn't make any difference to me, cause it's going to depreciate regardless and for my situation the camper shouldn't wear much for the time period that i will have it.

I think bashing people for not covering is unproductive.

Ps. And i have had a camper totaled from storm damage. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away". Not every situation is in our control no matter how hard we try.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:06 PM   #36
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Not 'bashing' anyone, just making a point. To each his own. You are correct, some things are out of our control, but some things are in our control. I have found from experience that an RV under cover survives much better than one not under cover. I've done both & the results are obvious. I was just trying to help. Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:21 PM   #37
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:05 PM   #38
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The thing is, the OP was asking about the math of covering or not, and the effect one way or another.
Obviously some have more means than others, and covering would be the ideal situation. But even in your post (post #2) , you stated that you have had 3 campers that you didn't cover......maybe op is in the situation you were in for your first 3?

I don't care one way or the other, im just a numbers person, and my camper is on a seasonal site all year, no cover, and very little dirt or nastyness that a quick rinse wont fix. And yes i could bring it home and shed it if i wanted. But honestly it doesn't make any difference to me, cause it's going to depreciate regardless and for my situation the camper shouldn't wear much for the time period that i will have it.

I think bashing people for not covering is unproductive.

Ps. And i have had a camper totaled from storm damage. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away". Not every situation is in our control no matter how hard we try.
It's all about perspective. If you want to focus on the math associated with anything RV related, then how about divide the cost of an average RV by the cost of a nice hotel and rental car. You would be able to go to some very nice out of the way places and stay in a hotel with a rental car for years... many years! ( using the same number of days camping per year as a guide). This issue is about... does it make sense from a return on investment perspective or any other.
If you like to watch your stuff deteriorate from water and UV exposure then, leave it uncovered. For a cheap cover that has to be replaced every 2 years or so, you can have a rig that lasts and gives you less problems. Screw the math!
It's amazing how people get so lost on the reality of the RV lifestyle. RVing costs money, period, and it's worth every dime.
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It's all about perspective. If you want to focus on the math associated with anything RV related, then how about divide the cost of an average RV by the cost of a nice hotel and rental car. You would be able to go to some very nice out of the way places and stay in a hotel with a rental car for years... many years! ( using the same number of days camping per year as a guide). This issue is about... does it make sense from a return on investment perspective or any other.
If you like to watch your stuff deteriorate from water and UV exposure then, leave it uncovered. For a cheap cover that has to be replaced every 2 years or so, you can have a rig that lasts and gives you less problems. Screw the math!
It's amazing how people get so lost on the reality of the RV lifestyle. RVing costs money, period, and it's worth every dime.
We are reading the same thread, right?
None of us on here are rolling Prevost, so obviously money, cost and math have to be considered. Besides the fact that the OP specifically asked about it.

In my situation there is no hotel available close to were we would stay. We have stayed in our camper over 52 nights this year, so for a family of 5+ like us, our hotel bill would easily be $10k a year, and that wouldnt be nice, 5 stars either. Plus the added benefit of being right by the water instead of 15 miles away from the lake in a hotel.....you get the picture. So my break even is very quick and compared to a hotel, i actually will have a small ROI in 4 years or less if i do sell.

What really gets me is how it seems that some of you are basically implying that those who dont cover are neglectful. I bet there are many, many "uncovered" campers that are extremely well maintained, and many of us would be delighted to own.

Im done, just try to respect the fact that not everyone can throw away money like others of us do. And not everyones camper is their prize possession.
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I make the motion....

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