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Old 11-07-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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tell me why not to cover my camper with a tarp?

i have read opinions both ways
can i get some opinions here?
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:49 PM   #2
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I would NEVER cover my rig..... I have seen too much damage done from those covers.. If they are not tightened properly or work lose they flap and do damage to the exterior finish. They can also cause moisture problems inside your rig... and are a major pain to put on.. esp if you are older.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:03 PM   #3
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The service manager at Jayco said they see far more damage from tarps than anything else. The reasons are as posted by Seann.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:48 AM   #4
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trailer cover

I've used a cover for several years now and never had a problem. The secret is to tighten them down so they don't flap.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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In a perfect world in which protection dollars and available parking room was NO concern, I'd build an RV shelter for my RV/TT. Something solid - that keeps the snow and spring heavy rains off my TT's Roof. For example: https://www.sheltersofamerica.com/pr...5549ef07c4.jpg

Since I cannot built such a solid structure at my my seasonal camp site, I simply leave its roof open. Every 6 month (spring and fall), I hand clean its roof. And, I apply Protect-All Roof Treatment to it. Thus, allowing its UV exposed surface to remain soft and allow it have more water resistant. Just like exposed hands, adding treatment to keep them soft and water resistant is a good thing. This is my 2nd choice RV/TT Roof protection choice.

Personally, I heard too many horror stories about tarps creating a destructive moisture barrier. Moinsture, lack of drying and mould is very bad on roofs. And, flapping tarps create damage in high winds as well.

Just like my vehicles, I hand wax my TT's sides and front every 6 months. Thus, allowing better protection in micro-cracks and help repel water. And I apply Protect-All Roof treatment twice a year as well. re: http://www.protectall.com/rrtlong.aspx

Note: If my RV/TT was under a hard top protected cover, I'd still wash and treat my roof a minimum 1 time per year.

This works for me and my many previous RVs/TTs.

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:48 PM   #6
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This is the first year I have covered my TT. I covered mine with the Adco aqua shield
which is a breathable cover. The buckle straps run underneath the trailer from one side to the other. We had 40-50 mph winds this morning and the cover was totally secure with no flapping. I'll see what it looks like when I remove it in March for my trip to Daytona. I would never put a "tarp" over it, but I think the newer better quality covers are OK. Only time will tell.
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Take a trip to a boat storage yard in early spring and you will see why boat owners have the same debate. Tattered covers beating boats into submission, 100 gallons of water pooled in a sagging tarp stretching the life lines, bowsprit and bending windshield frames. Then you'll see boats covered with good fitting covers and frames, thoughtfully tied on that have met their objective of fending off rain, snow and sun. Those owners pop off the covers and, assuming they waxed at the end of the season, there is virtually no above the water line finish work to be done.

I'm one of the latter guys and I have owned boats that after 10 years still have a factory fresh gel coat sheen. I have covered cars in the winter and left them outside for up to six months with awesome results (I do start them monthly).

Cars, boats and RV's can be covered with great results. The covers need to fit and be thoughtfully attached (this may require a grommet tool , some slit tennis balls to round sharp edges and your own straps as well as some framing work). Most importantly, you have to check on it - a lot. Monthly is not enough. Weekly is the rule of thumb.

I've often wondered why people don't cover their $600 gas grills - I'm sure they debate that too.
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After 35 years and many RV's I have never covered our RV's. The paint finishes today are so good you don't need a cover. But if you have to why not shrink wrap it like boat owners do.
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In a perfect world in which protection dollars and available parking room was NO concern, I'd build an RV shelter for my RV/TT. Something solid - that keeps the snow and spring heavy rains off my TT's Roof. For example: https://www.sheltersofamerica.com/pr...5549ef07c4.jpg

Since I cannot built such a solid structure at my my seasonal camp site, I simply leave its roof open. Every 6 month (spring and fall), I hand clean its roof. And, I apply Protect-All Roof Treatment to it. Thus, allowing its UV exposed surface to remain soft and allow it have more water resistant. Just like exposed hands, adding treatment to keep them soft and water resistant is a good thing. This is my 2nd choice RV/TT Roof protection choice.

Personally, I heard too many horror stories about tarps creating a destructive moisture barrier. Moinsture, lack of drying and mould is very bad on roofs. And, flapping tarps create damage in high winds as well.

Just like my vehicles, I hand wax my TT's sides and front every 6 months. Thus, allowing better protection in micro-cracks and help repel water. And I apply Protect-All Roof treatment twice a year as well. re: http://www.protectall.com/rrtlong.aspx

Note: If my RV/TT was under a hard top protected cover, I'd still wash and treat my roof a minimum 1 time per year.

This works for me and my many previous RVs/TTs.

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That is what we are currently doing we poured a concrete pad and are going to purchase a metal roof cover to park our unit under.
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I just realized that we are pretty fortunate (!) to have the side of our house cemented and shaded. During the late Spring - early Fall we have sun hit the roof part of the day, but it also doesn't get real hot here. The roof only gets hit with significant direct heat and sun when we travel through those sections of the country in the summer (when we wouldn't use a cover anyhow). Fall through Spring, we get some rain but never snow. We also wash our roof several times a year and wax it every Oct. Good luck with the cover issue, hope it works out for you
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