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Old 06-23-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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RV Covers Yes or No?

I am considering buying a cover for my Eagle HT 5th wheel. My dealer (28 years in the business) suggested otherwise. He says even the best will chafe the exterior whenever the wind blows. That wasn't an issue with my previous popups. I'm concerned about UV exposure, especially with the new darker colors in the paint scheme. I might accept some chafing over cooking the finish. Anyone have any ideas pro or con? Thanks!
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I bought a 2005 Popup last year that had been covered since new. The exterior is in excellent condition. I know for sure that it would not have been nearly as nice sitting out in the harsh New England winters for 8 years without a cover. So when I take delivery of my 2015 X213 I'm going to get a good cover for it.

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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Thanks John. I agree that you would have a different opinion of the exterior if that popup had not been covered. I guess the issue that my dealer was pointing out is the difference in the vertical side wall height of the 5th wheel vs. a popup. Not very much area to chafe on the popup but an awful lot on the other. Still pondering.........
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I have covered my last and my new TT for 3 years they look great the only place i saw a small problem was on the metal roof trim on one back corner. After 2 years the cover had started to rub the paint off. It could not be saw from the ground. I will continue to cover mine.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:59 AM   #5
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I cover mine every winter. It sits covered up for five months out of the year. I haven't seen any damage caused by the cover, but I have seen some pretty weathered looking units in the storage yard that don't get covered. Buy a quality cover and make sure you install it properly. Check it periodically to make sure nothing has come loose. A small scuff would be preferable to a faded and weathered trailer.
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I am considering buying a cover for my Eagle HT 5th wheel. My dealer (28 years in the business) suggested otherwise. He says even the best will chafe the exterior whenever the wind blows. That wasn't an issue with my previous popups. I'm concerned about UV exposure, especially with the new darker colors in the paint scheme. I might accept some chafing over cooking the finish. Anyone have any ideas pro or con? Thanks!
I have covered mine since I've had it. There is some degree of paint chafing on the front corner piece where the diamond plate and aluminum siding meet, but it isn't a big deal to me. The rest of the TT looks good, and just like my DW she cleans up real good! The covers do take some care, patching and attention how you fold them up so they aren't a real chore to put them on. Hint: don't do it when its windy! It might want to get away from you

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:45 AM   #7
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Here's what pushed me toward buying one....

UV protection - tires, roof, awning, shades / blinds, exterior finishes in general
Water, ice - penetration protection, freezing damage protection
Theft deterrent - reduces temptation
Stays clean / waxed longer

If you cant store it indoors....it's the next best thing IMHO
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:22 PM   #8
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Here's what pushed me toward buying one....

UV protection - tires, roof, awning, shades / blinds, exterior finishes in general
Water, ice - penetration protection, freezing damage protection
Theft deterrent - reduces temptation
Stays clean / waxed longer

If you cant store it indoors....it's the next best thing IMHO
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So where do you buy a quality cover?
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:10 PM   #10
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So where do you buy a quality cover?
Adco seems to be the cover of choice although there are several manufacturers out there. Available at your local Camping World or check online.
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