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Old 12-06-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Covering RV for winter

Hi everyone... I'm new to the forum today. I've been reading about covering my RV for the winter. We've been advised not to use a tarp but instead a breathable fabric such as a specific cover made for your RV. How can a breathable fabric repel the water and snow well enough? Thanks
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to FRF! Here you will get that some do and some don't cover and they will chime in with their comments, but me I don't since I just bought my TT I'm not worrying about it, if you do cover I wouldn't use a tart because you can damage your trailer.

I will use a good breathable fabric cover that repel the water if you are going to use one.There are a lot of good people here that will comment more, because I'm new at this myself.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. I do cover mine every winter with a TT Adco cover which is a breathable cover. Not only helps protect it but helps keep it clean and nice looking when you uncover for next season. Later RJD
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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Breathable fabrics have openings in the weave/fabric that are too small for water droplets to penetrate but large enough for water vapor to pass. This is the same as the stuff they use on S&B construction - Tyvek etc.

For what it's worth, I noticed in the lot where I store my trailer. There is precisely 1 (yes one) trailer that has a cover... Lot has an eclectic mix of TT, 5ers, popup, Class A and C units. YMMV
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:32 AM   #5
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Old 12-07-2016, 04:23 AM   #6
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We cover ours from the end of November until end of March.

Personal preference really but it protects from UV exposure which is just as big an RV killer as weather. My neighbor made the argument that we don't have much sun here in PA during the winter however you still get UV damage on cloudy days. I have seen rooftop fridge vents and other plastic items disintegrate from it.

Also here in PA freeze thaw in the winter can play havoc with caulk joints and seals. The cover lets very little water through which eliminates that.

I would think that in the same climate the uncovered trailer is going to need exterior maintenance sooner than a covered one. As far as ones you see at storage lots uncovered, I'd say the vast majority of those are seldom used trailers and the owners neither care or know how to maintain an RV. We keep ours at home but have a storage yard a few miles away, and I seldom see most of those trailers ever leaving that lot. The only times the place looks different is the big holiday weekend.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:27 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum! When I lived in Ohio I always covered my RV with an ADCO cover during the winter months when not using it. I put it away clean and it stayed clean with the use of the cover and also kept the UV from the sun off of it. The snow and ice could, and would, cause damage to the roof. My dealer always talked about that when warm weather came and people were coming in for repairs from water damage that were caused by the snow and ice. Now I am in South Carolina and I still use it during the winter storage period. Snow & ice not usually an issue here but strong UV over the winter.
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:21 PM   #8
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I cover ours every year, and I used a tarp for several years, but since have bought a 4 season breathable cover. I had no problems using a tarp, but some people have. Get yourself a good breathable cover, it's worth its price.
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:51 PM   #9
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I covered my class c with an Adco cover, very well made and breathable. Top is water proof, sides are breathable, def worth the investment, especially after spending so much on a new rv!
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I picked up an Elements cover from Camping World.

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Old 12-08-2016, 04:26 AM   #11
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An Adco windshield cover ruined the paint on my drivers door. The magnets in the corners scratched the paint. I dropped off my Solera recently at a RV specialist Body Shop. The owner stated to me that he receives alot of work from people covering their MH's.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:26 PM   #12
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If it's not to late check with your county fair board for inside storage. Mine charges $9.00 a foot for the whole winter has to be out by the end of April. I'll Take that any day.
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