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Old 09-24-2016, 06:11 PM   #1
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Do you cover your fifth wheel?

When we had our Jayco Eagle, we covered it during the winter. Of course, it is a lot of work to put on and take off. And then there is storing the cover, it takes up a lot of space.

We typically kept the cover on for 4 or 5 months. Now that we have our Pinnacle, we have been discussing the merits versus the cost of buying a cover.

This year, we plan on winterizing in November and heading to Florida at the end of January. So that means it would be covered at the most for 2.5 to 3 months. At the cost of about $550 for the cover we are looking at, we are not convinced that we would gain enough benefit to cover the cost and work.

I am just wondering what other's experience/thoughts have been with covers and their benefits.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:22 PM   #2
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It is a hassle but I do believe it really saves overall, it takes the direct sun off the roof, shades and gel coat.

I've always covered my trailers and they stayed looking nicer than the uncovered rigs.
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I never covered any of our units in 39 years. Since you plan on going to FL in JAN what happens if the cover is under a layer of snow or some ice, you'll never get it off.
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I never covered any of our units in 39 years. Since you plan on going to FL in JAN what happens if the cover is under a layer of snow or some ice, you'll never get it off.
Thanks Grumpy, that is a good point. I hadn't given that any thought. We live in Virginia. We don't get wintry weather often but we do get it. That is reason enough not to put a cover on. Don't know how I missed that.

On a side, note, you never put a cover on, is that because you didn't think it was high enough value?
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On a side, note, you never put a cover on, is that because you didn't think it was high enough value?
Never saw a need and never had any damage, Our first 4 units had metal roofs to boot.
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Put a cover on our ToyHauler one season. The wind blew the cover and all the flapping wore spots in the roof on the edges. Called the manufacturer of the cover, they said yeah that happens if you don't protect the roof from the cover... So I guess you need a cover to protect it from the cover...

After a couple of years of looking at the mess in the shed I took it to the dump. Waste of 500$
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Put a cover on our ToyHauler one season. The wind blew the cover and all the flapping wore spots in the roof on the edges. Called the manufacturer of the cover, they said yeah that happens if you don't protect the roof from the cover... So I guess you need a cover to protect it from the cover...

After a couple of years of looking at the mess in the shed I took it to the dump. Waste of 500$
We had a cover on our Eagle for two seasons. We put covered sharp roof edges with foam to prevent damage to the cover. That was a lot of work. Despite our best efforts, each time we took the cover off, we noticed more rips / tears.

It was still usable when we traded in our Eagle for our Pinnacle but I am not sure for how long.

I must admit, the roof stayed nice and clean. That is why I posted my question because we are trying to determine if the effort and cost would be worth the benefit. Grumpy brought up a good point about our leaving at the end of January and possibly having to remove the cover when it is buried in snow or ice. So I think that settles the question for us at least for this season.

Still given how the cover wears each year even with lots of TLC, the effort and cost, is it worth it at all, even when covering it for a full winter?

That is why I value each and everyone's response as feedback into that decision.
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In mho, no. Dealers in our area don't cover their units both new and used
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I say, absolutely yes, cover it. $500 to protect your $30K investment is cheap. Everyone knows that over time, UV rays will damage your RV. To say otherwise is just not true. It takes maybe an hour to put a cover on, or take it off. If you buy a decent cover, and correctly put it on and secure it, it will not do any damage. 2 hours a year, and $500, it's foolish not to cover it.
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