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Old 09-03-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Trailer covers?

Hello - Just wondering if anyone has any experience using trailer covers on their unit? My hubby saw some on Amazon for about $190 and this would by far be the least expensive option up here in the freezing north (Green Bay, WI). Someone told us that when the wind blows and the covers move it scratches the unit. We never covered our Pop-up and stored it on our wooded lot and it was fine but when we went to sell it we noticed that people who had stored their units in-door had a higher asking price and the unit looked so much nicer. So...large storage units are out (unavailable) and building a garage is out (although the hubby would love to have an extra garage so covering it may be the best option. We're also worried about the air conditioner unit being covered by ice and snow in the winter. Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks so much!

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:56 AM   #2
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i alway covered my pop-ups when we had them and now i cover the TT. as long as the cover is tight and not allowed to blow and flap in the wind it worked very well and kept the campers looking "new". i wash the TT once a year as well as the roof. we have the Adco cover for the TT.
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Last winter was our first winter using our Adco cover for our 5th wheel. Not sure if we will use it again this year. We did notice a few light "scuff" marks against the sides. I'm sure this is because we didn't have it tight enough. It was not a custom one, so it didn't fit "perfectly". Ours is parked right up against our barn and luckily we didn't have much snow in our Ohio area. So its hard to say if it helped or not. One thing I would highly recommend if you use a cover is to get a few pool noodles or those pipe insulation pieces and cover up the "pointy" parts on your trailer...the stop behind the door, the water runoff things at the top, etc. These help from punching holes in your cover. From what I remember, these covers are porous to allow the camper to "breathe", so water will still get in...? I could be wrong though. I know what you mean by "hubby would love an extra garage"! This seems to be a huge justification for us to put one up as well! lol
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i alway covered my pop-ups when we had them and now i cover the TT. as long as the cover is tight and not allowed to blow and flap in the wind it worked very well and kept the campers looking "new". i wash the TT once a year as well as the roof. we have the Adco cover for the TT.

Agree 100%, you have to keep them fairly snug and this may mean adding extra hardware, none of them are "custom" to any particular trailer. Here is a pic of our X17Z in storage mode. I used tarp clamps to add extra attachment points. This actually worked out well as I was also able to cover the LP tanks. I do think they help quite a bit, and no they are not completely waterproof, but they do stop driving rain and snow. I did not notice any damage from the cover.
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I covered my unit last year (Adco) and agree that if the cover is tight it should minimize any scuffing. If there are any sharp corners might also consider putting a towel between the sharp corner and cover to minimize the chance that the corner will cut through the cover material.

My think was that if I could get two or three years out of the cover, keeping as much dirt, leaves, bird droppings, UV and other stuff off the trailer, the cover is worth the $200 cost. It was a pleasure removing the cover in the Spring and having a clean trailer underneath.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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I covered my unit last year (Adco) and agree that if the cover is tight it should minimize any scuffing. If there are any sharp corners might also consider putting a towel between the sharp corner and cover to minimize the chance that the corner will cut through the cover material.

My think was that if I could get two or three years out of the cover, keeping as much dirt, leaves, bird droppings, UV and other stuff off the trailer, the cover is worth the $200 cost. It was a pleasure removing the cover in the Spring and having a clean trailer underneath.
I'm in agreement with you and I will be covering mine again this winter. :wink:

BTW...... Crabman has started a poll in the General Jayco forum. Vote if you're interested!
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i alway covered my pop-ups when we had them and now i cover the TT. as long as the cover is tight and not allowed to blow and flap in the wind it worked very well and kept the campers looking "new". i wash the TT once a year as well as the roof. we have the Adco cover for the TT.
Just a added note i forgot to mention i drill out a hole in 4 tennis balls and placed them on the gutter extensions to protect the cover
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Trailer covers?

I like to go camping year round. So no cover for me. I just make sure to wash the trailer real good about twice a year. When done washing it looks great. I think though that if I neglected washing for a couple years and then decided to do it... It would be a bit too late and the dirtiness / discolorations would probably be more permanent. I figure the effort in washing is probably not much more than the effort in fighting with a cover. I live where there is little if any snow in the winter and that might make so e difference in the choice to cover / don't cover.
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Just a added note i forgot to mention i drill out a hole in 4 tennis balls and placed them on the gutter extensions to protect the cover
I really like the idea of the tennis balls, taking it a step further you could do the same for the door stop
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Covering can be a pain but I think worth it. Using the tennis balls is a must. Larry ps I use the Classic Industries.
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