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Old 09-20-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Tarp or no tarp?

It's almost winterize time here and I was wondering if it's a good idea to put a full size tarp over my new TT for outside storage(no cover from mother nature) or better off not to cover it at all. I understand it has drawbacks on water/snow drainage etc.
Any thoughts?
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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I would not use a tarp because it is not breathable and would trap moisture inside the camper. I would, howerver, buy a cover for it. I have a cover that I bought for my coach and it keeps the snow from directly sitting on the coach. I'm not worried as much about just the snow on the rig, it is when the snow melts and water gets into any seams or other areas and then freezes. Since water expands when it freezes, I worry that the expanding ice will cause more damage. JMHO.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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I'm going to vote for no tarp, no cover, just a couple of good coats of wax.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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uh...wax??
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uh...wax??

Wax will offer some protection to the exterior surface from environmental elements such as , snow, wind, rain, UV light. Tarps will blow in the wind, rub and damage exterior and trap moisture inside during fluctuations of temperatures, which cause condensation.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:04 PM   #6
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I vote "No Tarp"

A good coat of wax (sides) and a roof treatment with UV protectant will winter you just fine.

A tarp will trap moisture (leads to mold and rot) and wear holes in your roof (wind) leading to leaks and a new roof every year (not covered by warranty).

A good quality (several hundred dollar) breathable cover will eliminate (mostly) the mold and moisture trapping problem; but IMO there still is the excess wear on seams and edges.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:03 PM   #7
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Ok, can I get an explanation as to what type of wax, where do we apply it exactly and what tool is best for applying it.
I've never heard of this application, but I'm not able to spring for a TT cover so other options might be needed..
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:25 PM   #8
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wax it like a car
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wax it like a car


Agree. I use Zip car wash and soap the RV down good. I apply a couple of coats of Meguiers NXT Tech Wax 2.0 the old fashion way, with a soft cloth applicator and buff off with a good quality microfibre cloth. I sometimes use Nufinish car polish whic repels water nicely. No tools, just elbow grease.
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I use a good quality Wash & Wax Like Turtle Wax n' Wash and follow with a coat of NuFinish twice a year (Fall when I winterize and Spring when I get it out the first time; wash it and wax).


I DO put an AC cover over the air conditioner; mostly to keep the bugs out.
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