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Old 09-17-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Covered or uncovered best during Canadian winter?

I am wondering if there are any members on here who get temperatures close to what we get during the winter ... well below zero all the way down to minus 40. Thats minus 40 whether you are Canadian or American... very cold.
We are trying to determine whether to purchace a cover for our travel trailer.. Tyvek? Other brand? Or just leave it uncovered.
Our winters are very harsh and windy.. and we just want to do it right.
Any help making this decision would be appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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I have no answer but all I can say is -40? OMG!
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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I covered my last TT for one year. Actually only 3 months due to the cover ripping from the wind finally taking it's toll. Adco replaced the cover after 1 month of warranty investigation. I never used the new one but sold it with the camper.

IMHO it's not worth the hassel and will potentially do more damage than good. Now I wax my unit before the long winter and leave it outside. The covers can scratch your sides and wear down parts of your rubber roof where it rubs. I've seen some people use marine shrink wraps on their roofs which would be a good alternative, but I am not putting a flame to my unit.

So I am now of the 50% that say no to fabric covering based on my experience. If you are in an area with no wind or protected like a barn and want to keep dust and dirt off then okay.

Maybe a storage unit if rates are fair.

The cover will not help in anyway to keep it warmer. 40 below or 40 above it's still going to be cold until spring time.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:27 AM   #4
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I was looking at purchasing a cover for our new trailer this winter but I got a line on some covered storage for $70/mth so I think I will go that route, for this winter anyways. 9 months in the cold and snow and the low intense sun reflecting off that snow I think is hard on the trailer. Our last trailer seemed to take a beating and looked like crap after a couple years. The decals all cracked and the fiberglass started getting chalky in places. I waxed it on a regular basis and used aerospace 303 on it as well. I don't think it can hurt to cover as long as you get the proper type of cover and make sure it is secured properly so it is not flapping around. JMHO

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Old 09-18-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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I am starting to worded.. if maybe a half cover (tarping the roof) would be a solution...
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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Not the poly ones. You might as well go for the Tyvek roof with the sides if you seriously want to cover it. Those poly tarps will destroy something, not to mention scratch it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #7
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Personally, look for a farmer’s barn. That is what we do, and it is cheap ($80) for winter storage. Our farmer lets us come and go as we please. Some of the boaters pull the boats out in the winter for a jaunt down south, and then put it back. For us once it is in for the winter we leave it until we are ready for spring camping. What I like is having the snow load is off the roof, and the stresses from the ice is off the various vent covers.

If any of your coworkers have a hobby farm, they may store trailers, or they will know someone who does.
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The barn idea is promising... Do you have any problems with mice in the barn?
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #9
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If you have a sheltered outdoor spot (meaning not windy) a cover could be good. I bought a nice Addco cover for our previous TrailManor trailer - it lasted most of one winter before developing a tear. Our yard does get some wind, though, and I could never figure out how to better secure the cover than it was already. If your location is windy, I wouldn't bother with a cover unless you've got a really good plan for securing it (beyond the manufacturer-provided method).

With our Jayco C-type, there's the size thing, and also that it's already spent it's previous life outdoors in Florida, so the decal damage is done. The storage lot we're using is somewhat more wind-sheltered than our yard, but I don't really see any advantage to covering it now. That said, if I had access to reasonably priced indoor storage I'd go for that in a heartbeat, just 'cause.
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Back when I was forced to work for a living we had travel trailers in North Idaho. We never covered them and never had a problem. If the snow gets around 3 ft deep (100cm) you might think about brooming it off to about 6 inches (15cm).
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