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Old 10-05-2015, 08:14 AM   #1
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Cover or Not to Cover - the big question

There are numerous conversations about covering your RV/TT or not to cover on here. But we are planning our final trips in our 2015 Greyhawk 29MV before we retire it for the winter.

We live in Chicago-land with lots of winter (freezing rain, snow and wind). It will be parked exposed/outside and wondering if we should buy a custom cover or not? Do the benefits outweigh the risks in covering for 3-4 months each year? Our winters can be tough and want to protect our investment.

Your personal thoughts/experiences are greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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If you've got ice and snow with temps that run above freezing for several hours a day...


Cover!


Water is insidious stuff. It will settle into tight places while the sun is shining and then expand as ice at night.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:03 AM   #3
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Even on the cover water and ice will settle. I bet 95% of RV's doesn't get a cover and are still surviving. Cover mfg.'s see a nice in the market and there always who bite.
I haven't covered a unit in 45 years and still keep my stuff in well maintained condition. If the TT mfg.'s and dealers would cover all their units wouldn't you think they would. It is all about preferences.
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I have posted my reasoning before... But will gladly repeat it. Cover, cover, cover!

Last winter a skylight in my old TT became brittle and developed several cracks in the top layer. If I had not had a good quality cover on during the spring thaw the melt would have meant huge amounts of water in my roof and walls. Nothing is more damaging to a trailer then water.

And to Mike's point... Ice settling on the roof is not the major problem. It is the repeated Freeze, Thaw, Freeze cycles that occur in the spring that is so damaging. A good quality cover will keep the ice on top of the fabric where it may create a snow load but will not enter small crevices where it can refreeze and expand. It is the exact same concept as what occurs to your water lines... You would never leave water in them.
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I absolutely agree with Mike837Go. A build up of ice and snow will melt from the bottom, seep and puddle in crevices or dimples and then refreeze at night. The damage will progress over years, not months. Cheap protection, if you stay where its cold and wet.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:09 AM   #6
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To add to the reasons... Your Rubber roof and RV paint are significantly damaged by UV rays. The black streaks we all endure every year are a direct result of the oxidation of your roof, in other words the slow destruction of the material as a result of exposure to sunlight. Can they survive in the sun... Certainly. But a cover is cheap preventative maintenance that and significantly increase the lifespan of your unit and makes your first wash and wax in the spring significantly easier!

The rig will be parked for 4-5 months. Protect it's outside the same way you do the inside. Winterize your lines, protect against rodents and put your cover on!
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I've heard some say cover...some say not to due to mold & mildew. I guess it's preference.
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I've heard some say cover...some say not to due to mold & mildew. I guess it's preference.
If the cover allows air circulation under the trailer and the cover is intact (no significant water intrusion) where is that water that will allow the mold to flourish?

The RV should be rain-tight before covering so there is no 'loose' water aboard when the cover is put on.

The only valid reason for not putting a cover on an intact RV is the chafing that can occur when the wind moves the cover repeatedly over the same place...

That is overcome by securing the cover. Not just draping it. Then inspecting the cover tie-downs every month or so while the cover is on.

Since my RV is parked next to my barn/shop inspections are even more frequent. And flapping noises of loose fabric are investigated immediately.

I understand those that have to park their RV's away from home may choose to not deal with such a regimen.
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what about those of us who don't get freezing weather and snow? Lots of rain and very hot sun yes. We use our trailer once a month and store it the remaining 3 weeks rain or shine. We are undecided on whether to cover or not
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what about those of us who don't get freezing weather and snow? Lots of rain and very hot sun yes. We use our trailer once a month and store it the remaining 3 weeks rain or shine. We are undecided on whether to cover or not
I think in your case, Griswald One is bang on. UV Rays damage the Roof, Paint and who knows what else. If anything, It's to protect from the elements. Sun/Rain/Dirt/Bird crap/Wind and the stuff it carries like Sand/soil which is abrasive.

Do you cover your Tires when stored? If so, then why not protect the entire investment. A few Hundred Bucks is a small investment for piece of mind.
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