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Old 11-11-2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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Excellent idea mustang. Glad you created a solid floor & roof "hard shelter" for your TT.

During my "towing years" with a shorter 19ft TT, I wanted to pour a cement pad with "hard top" structure at the side of my home as well. Darn authoritizes were called in (by my PITA neighbour) and in the end, I had to can that idea. Instead, I built a pad of 24" x 24" patio stones - sitting on 3" of gravel. Did large 6 stones wide by 12 stones long. Since patio stones are NOT considered a permanent structure, I completed the project (using "portable materials"). And my PITA neighbour put his tail between his legs and crawled away.

Before building your "hard shelter", do investigate your local building code. In some regions, a cememt pad with structure on it is considered tax-able. And, needs a building permit as well. But if removable (like patio stone pads), no permit is required.

Great idea in building hard top floor with hard top shelter.

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Old 11-11-2010, 12:47 PM   #12
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During my "towing years" with a shorter 19ft TT, I wanted to pour a cement pad with "hard top" structure at the side of my home as well. Darn authoritizes were called in (by my PITA neighbour) and in the end, I had to can that idea. Instead, I built a pad of 24" x 24" patio stones - sitting on 3" of gravel. Did large 6 stones wide by 12 stones long. Since patio stones are NOT considered a permanent structure, I completed the project (using "portable materials"). And my PITA neighbour put his tail between his legs and crawled away.

Before building your "hard shelter", do investigate your local building code. In some regions, a cememt pad with structure on it is considered tax-able. And, needs a building permit as well. But if removable (like patio stone pads), no permit is required.

Great idea in building hard top floor with hard top shelter.

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LOL... one of the reasons I'm glad we're 'fortunate'. We have a neighbor who was upset when we had a pop-up tent trailer (popped up) on the side yard a few years back. She complained (her back yard looks onto our side yard and she didn't like that view!). Now we have the Jayco tt back there. If we found the need to build a cover, I'm sure she would be b*tching from here to eternity LOL!

Definitely check with the county/city for building codes/permits. Here, we can only have a free standing structure if it is more than 10' from the roofline. If not, (like our rv pad) we would have to build it attached to the house.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:09 PM   #13
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Cover your RV

I've 3 popups that were covered with the famous 'blue poly" not tied, but I then used a offical trailer cover with the straps that go under the trailer. I live in NH, so snow & ice covered it most of the winter. We never had any moisture or mold problems.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:15 PM   #14
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I will chime in with my two cents on the subject. I have always covered my trailer with a good quality breathable cover, like the ADCO covers. If you install them properly they do indeed stay put and do not flap in the wind. The trick is to take your time and install them properly. Most newer covers have eyelets on the front and rear of the cover to take up excess slack and I tie those ends off to the the rear bumper and A Frame for added security. I don't care what you say about newer finishes, the finish and the decals will sun fade over time. I figure if I am not using my unit I might as well cover it and protect it. I have had no issues with scrapes, scuffs, or damage from the cover and imho they protect the unit during extended down time. When I have the spare cash I will invest in a Carolina Carport but until then, a good quality cover is my choice.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:39 PM   #15
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We never reccomend using a tarp as they are not breathable. We have several customers that bring their units to us in the spring and they are green and nasty. If you insist on using a tarp make sure you place something underneath it to keep it off the unit and allow air to pass through.

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Old 12-02-2010, 03:28 PM   #16
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I would buy a cover. Adco covers are good and like said previously when they are installed properly, work awesome. I think people are crazy to use a tarp
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:30 PM   #17
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The Classic Covers are just as good as the ADCO, have a 3 year warranty and are normally less expensive. http://classicaccessories.com
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:20 AM   #18
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Excellent idea mustang. Glad you created a solid floor & roof "hard shelter" for your TT.

During my "towing years" with a shorter 19ft TT, I wanted to pour a cement pad with "hard top" structure at the side of my home as well. Darn authoritizes were called in (by my PITA neighbour) and in the end, I had to can that idea. Instead, I built a pad of 24" x 24" patio stones - sitting on 3" of gravel. Did large 6 stones wide by 12 stones long. Since patio stones are NOT considered a permanent structure, I completed the project (using "portable materials"). And my PITA neighbour put his tail between his legs and crawled away.

Before building your "hard shelter", do investigate your local building code. In some regions, a cememt pad with structure on it is considered tax-able. And, needs a building permit as well. But if removable (like patio stone pads), no permit is required.

Great idea in building hard top floor with hard top shelter.

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What did you use for a temporary roof?

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Old 07-23-2017, 01:47 PM   #19
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I realize not everyone has the room or money for a metal cover, but if you do, you won't regret it. Mine is 41x14, cost $5800, and took a 4 man crew just 3.5 hours to install. I also use it to store ladders and stuff that I want to keep the sun off. Compared to the cost of the 31FS, I think it's good insurance.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:04 AM   #20
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Just to be clear, by tarp I'm assuming you mean the Hardware store variety, Blue or silver.
I agree that it is not good for the unit.
An Adco RV type cover is breathable so it doesn't trap moisture, and still keeps sun off of the unit.
Are some of you saying that the RV covers (Adco type) are not helpful during long extended storage (Dec thru April around here)? I use the RV cover and also cover my tires for the long winter season.
Am I wasting my time and money?
I have wondered on more than one occasion, while driving by mega RV dealers with hundreds of units in the dead of winter, not one of their units are covered. Heck, I see slides out all year.
Maybe RV covers are a needless hassle ?
What about covering the tires?
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