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Old 06-04-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Covered Storage?

So I just bought my first trailer. Is it worth paying more for covered outside storage? Obviously covered is better than not covered but by how much? I live in TX so the sun is a beast.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:08 AM   #2
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So I just bought my first trailer. Is it worth paying more for covered outside storage? Obviously covered is better than not covered but by how much? I live in TX so the sun is a beast.

I think this is a decision that depends on how you see the value of keeping it like new while you own it.

Having traded in 3 campers that were kept under a roof when not in use I can report that it did nothing to add to the trade in value. But it did what I intended to do and that was to keep it looking like new the whole time I owned it. That is personally important to me.

I have a brand new 2016 Pinnacle that is sitting inside a metal building as I type this.
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:17 AM   #3
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It really a personal thing. The weather can be really hard on tts. It will weather the unit quicker, faDE fabrics and so forth. I'm up north, so for me snow is a bigger concern. I place my htt in a barn for the winter months. I believe it helps minimize my maintenance, and keep from having water leaks due to ice heaves.
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:48 AM   #4
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You will have to replace your roof a few years sooner even if you keep it treated. But the amortized cost on the roof won't equal the increased storage costs.
Your graphics will fade faster and other purely cosmetic issues will deteriorate also - but none of that will effect use.
My biggest concern would be where outside. For one year I rented a space right up next to the storeage building. An incredible amount of oily dirt splashed off that flat roof and was hell to get off the RV.
I've also had to watch ants and other living things, yes even on a paved urban lot. Backed my new 5er onto it usual spot last month and realized the tires were sitting on top an ant hill over a crack in the asphalt.
And then there's the landscape trucks, discussed in another thread.
Oh and the worst was the one year I tried keeping the former TT in the GA pines at my lake place. Those little droppings of pine sap - I invented a few new cuss words!!


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Old 06-04-2016, 08:14 PM   #5
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Round Rock, Texas - covered storage

We store ours under cover because we will trade/sell it before we have to replace the roof for $7000-8000. I figure we will gain 2-3 years and the appearance will get us top dollar.

In a previous life, I was a Licensed Texas Insurance Adjuster. When evaluating a total loss, the RV's condition was paramount. Better condition added value and money for the claimant.
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:36 PM   #6
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I left my old trailer uncovered for a few years and the sun ate it up. You won't regret covering it.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #7
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Spur, I see your in south central TX and with the heat down here, get the covered the heat eats everything. Look around town and the faded paint and cooked clear coats on the cars. S/W sun will do that and more to your trailer, get the tires coverd too!
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Our roof's mfr. says it can withstand the sun, but we still built a shed for it. After five years the whole rig looks as good as new to my eyes. And never a leak. Critters have never been a problem, although I don't know why. We get mice in the house, never in the shed.
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Cover it. There are three enemies of every RV... sun, water, vibration. Anything you can do to mitigate any of them is a good thing.

Consider this not only an investment in this RV... but every one you buy moving forward.

Covering it will...
- Keep the roof in better condition longer
- Keep black streaks away longer
- Make wax treatments last longer
- Reduce fade on decals
- Reduce weather rot on tires
- Reduce any mold/mildew from water seeping into the awning roll
- Keep caulked joints in better condition longer
- Keep it clean longer after washing / waxing it

Yes there is an increased cost... but if your time is worth anything to you... it's worth the investment.


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Our roof's mfr. says it can withstand the sun, but we still built a shed for it. After five years the whole rig looks as good as new to my eyes. And never a leak. Critters have never been a problem, although I don't know why. We get mice in the house, never in the shed.
The sun in CO is no comparison to the S/W, TX 90+ NM 97 Phoenix 111 today and will the roof manufacture stand behind leaving it in the sun? Get it covered if you value it.
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