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Old 08-11-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Quality RV Cover?

It's been our first season with our 2017 White Hawk, and while we still have two more outings planned, I'm starting to think about protecting it during its first winter of outdoor storage in upstate New York.

I know there are debates here and on several other forums regarding "to cover or not to cover," but I'm leaning toward covering - New York winters don't leave me much choice. I've started my research and there are of course plenty of options. Is there a cover out there that you'd strongly recommend? Something that is reasonably priced, does a good job and lasts more than one season? Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:12 PM   #2
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I suggest you cover it with the Special "South Florida Sun" winter cover, or perhaps the "Arizona Desert Winter Cover..."
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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We use the this and it has worked well for us here in Pennsylvania. Had this last 3 years on my 26BH then sold the trailer and got a new cover for my 28BHBE (needed a new cover because the old one would not fit my new trailer) Old one is still in great shape and will be looking to sell it.


Here are the statistics:
Superior quality Elements RV Covers offer your RV triple layer protection against intense sun, snow, rain and black streaks.
Water-resistant covers feature heavy-duty Tyvek that’s 10% stronger than leading brands plus exclusive features for easy use and improved durability,


including:
(1) Four reinforced roof panel handles help position cover
(2) Six included Tyvek Gutter Gard protectors protect cover from sharp edges
(3) Poly-formed grommets won’t rust or corrode; stronger than metal in pull tests (4) Reinforced solid vinyl panels behind grommets and buckles to help prevent pull-out
(5) Unique elastic inserts plus adjustable straps on front and rear for snug fit
(6) Reinforced vinyl front and rear bumper corners for extra wear protection Other Elements


Features: Extended heavy-duty Tyvek fabric on roof protects corners Front/rear/side vents improve airflow to help prevent mold and mildew Zippered panels for easy entry and access to storage areas Breathable polypropylene side and end fabric lets moisture escape Lock-stitched, UV-protected straps and buckles Includes storage bag Mfr. 2 year warranty - See more at: Elements All Climate RV Cover, Travel Trailer, 26'1"-28'6" - Elements Covers 69283 - RV Covers - Camping World




Elements All Climate RV Cover, Travel Trailer, 26'1"-28'6" - Elements Covers 69283 - RV Covers - Camping World
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:17 PM   #4
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I suggest you cover it with the Special "South Florida Sun" winter cover, or perhaps the "Arizona Desert Winter Cover..."
Tim, if only!
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:18 PM   #5
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We use the this and it has worked well for us here in Pennsylvania. Had this last 3 years on my 26BH then sold the trailer and got a new cover for my 28BHBE (needed a new cover because the old one would not fit my new trailer) Old one is still in great shape and will be looking to sell it.


Here are the statistics:
Superior quality Elements RV Covers offer your RV triple layer protection against intense sun, snow, rain and black streaks.
Water-resistant covers feature heavy-duty Tyvek thatís 10% stronger than leading brands plus exclusive features for easy use and improved durability,


including:
(1) Four reinforced roof panel handles help position cover
(2) Six included Tyvek Gutter Gard protectors protect cover from sharp edges
(3) Poly-formed grommets wonít rust or corrode; stronger than metal in pull tests (4) Reinforced solid vinyl panels behind grommets and buckles to help prevent pull-out
(5) Unique elastic inserts plus adjustable straps on front and rear for snug fit
(6) Reinforced vinyl front and rear bumper corners for extra wear protection Other Elements


Features: Extended heavy-duty Tyvek fabric on roof protects corners Front/rear/side vents improve airflow to help prevent mold and mildew Zippered panels for easy entry and access to storage areas Breathable polypropylene side and end fabric lets moisture escape Lock-stitched, UV-protected straps and buckles Includes storage bag Mfr. 2 year warranty - See more at: Elements All Climate RV Cover, Travel Trailer, 26'1"-28'6" - Elements Covers 69283 - RV Covers - Camping World




Elements All Climate RV Cover, Travel Trailer, 26'1"-28'6" - Elements Covers 69283 - RV Covers - Camping World
Rick, thanks for this!
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If you have space, I suggest a metal carport. If you plan on keeping an RV for a longer period of time, then you'll appreciate being able to back the trailer under it and forget about it until you want to use it again. Protects your trailer from both sun, rain, snow, and hail. The initial cost is higher, but you'll appreciate it almost immediately....and for several years to come worry free.

If you don't have the space for a permanent cover, then you have a few choices based on your school of thought. If price is your ultimate concern, then get a cheap cover and expect to replace it after about a year or less. If that's your preferred choice, then just about any cover will do. If quality and longevity is your ultimate concern, then purchase a quality cover made from Sunbrella material---like the Calmark brand. Covers are just about like anything else...you typically get what you pay for.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:41 PM   #7
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If you have space, I suggest a metal carport. If you plan on keeping an RV for a longer period of time, then you'll appreciate being able to back the trailer under it and forget about it until you want to use it again. Protects your trailer from both sun, rain, snow, and hail. The initial cost is higher, but you'll appreciate it almost immediately....and for several years to come worry free.

If you don't have the space for a permanent cover, then you have a few choices based on your school of thought. If price is your ultimate concern, then get a cheap cover and expect to replace it after about a year or less. If that's your preferred choice, then just about any cover will do. If quality and longevity is your ultimate concern, then purchase a quality cover made from Sunbrella material---like the Calmark brand. Covers are just about like anything else...you typically get what you pay for.
Thanks, Justman, I WISH we had room for a carport or metal building! When we bought our home on a smallish lot 5 years ago, we had no idea we'd be RV owners some day. I did see the Calmark line and got an estimate for one (about $1,300 delivered). I'd be willing to consider the increased cost if I knew some owners who were satisfied with the product and could vouch for its durability firsthand. Have you used it, or do you know anyone else with a Calmark cover? Thanks again.
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Check out ADCO brand covers.
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I suggest you cover it with the Special "South Florida Sun" winter cover, or perhaps the "Arizona Desert Winter Cover..."
Yep, I prefer to cover mine during the winter with good ol' Arizona sunshine. But I know, it's not possible for a lot of people, at least not for a few years.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:14 PM   #10
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Bill,

Yup, no wintering in the south or southwest for me yet...I'm about 14 years away from retirement. For now it's just extended getaways during the camping season with my wife and daughter. But a man can dream, right? Someday...
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