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Old 10-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Question about winterizing my Jayco 19H

I was hoping for any tips on winterizing my 19H hybrid. Does anyone recommend tarping their unit as I will have to store it outside ?? I do live in Michigan where we have some dandy winters. Also, anything I should do special with the canvas tents on my unit ???

Any tips would be appreciated.
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I was hoping for any tips on winterizing my 19H hybrid. Does anyone recommend tarping their unit as I will have to store it outside ?? I do live in Michigan where we have some dandy winters. Also, anything I should do special with the canvas tents on my unit ???

Any tips would be appreciated.
No, I do not recommend tarping. I tarped mine the first year I had mine years back, as I thought that was necessary, but wind flap caused scratching of my paint everywhere there was a rivet on the tarp.

They are made to be outdoors, I have had mine and my older one uncovered a combination of ten years and no issues. Snow itself doesn't hurt a TT - it is the weight that could be an issue if you are in an area of HEAVY accumulation on your roof (which I trust could very well be a problem in Michigan) but a cover or tarp won't help you with this, you would need a canopy or shelter to park it under.

If one MUST cover, buy a quality fitted cover and I don't recommend skimping. Cheaper ones that are a poor fit can do more harm then good with scratching during wind flap.

As for your canvas tents, I have never owned a hybrid, so I won't weigh in on that. I have owned PUPS, but they store down completely in the box so I never had to do anything to the canvas.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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Unless you go with a quality fitted cover, best to leave the tarp off. I have never covered my TT's (I also live in Michigan) and haven't had any problems. I do store mine outside but keep the TT tongue up a little so rain, melting snow, ice, etc., flows off the rear of the TT and not over my front cap window. With your HTT a tongue up attitude would also minimize water from flowing over the bed-door in your front cap.

Also, put a couple canisters of DampRid (http://www.damprid.com/product/refil...absorber-fg01k) inside, and a couple of mouse traps (I check the traps every couple of weeks during the winter).

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Old 10-02-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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All fabric covers will damage your rig more than the elements will... These units are built to live outside... just make sure that the roof caulking is in good shape and everything will be fine...
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:35 PM   #5
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You could buy a fitted cover for the A/C unit like I did. Keeps the snow from blowing in then melting and running inside your trailer. I kept mine in the back yard and shovelled it off a couple of times during the winter. Be very careful when doing this to avoid hitting the plastic bits sticking out of the roof(vent covers, stink pipes, shower skylight, fridge vent, etc). I used a plastic shovel to help minimise any potential for damage.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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It depends on where you live. I live in WA state, and would never leave my trailer outside uncovered over the winter.
Here, everything grows on anything, the trailer would be green from moss by spring.
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I live in NH with a lot of trees, so I have covered all 3 pups with the infamous blue plastic ( not tied or bungied so no scratchs)then covered with fitted covers with the strapes that go underneath the pup. Pups were kept dry and stain free. I bought a water proof cover for my 19H, A pain to put on but it's dry and clean . Larry
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