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Old 10-11-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Do you cover the roof A/C for winter?

I live in New England where the winters are very cold and snowy. I don't want the hassle of a whole camper cover but should I at least cover the air conditioner on the roof? If so, is a vinyl one good enough?
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Haven't covered our a/c or rv in over 37 years and we've gotten some bad snows and cold weather in Ohio.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:03 PM   #3
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Do you cover the roof A/C for winter?

Last winter was our first with a trailer with AC and we covered it. I'm in Canada, we get a lot of snow. Maybe it would have been fine without? I have no idea. It's recommended to cover house AC here in the winter too. We actually have never done that but we do go out and sweep off the snow regularly. Not easy to do on our trailer once it's in storage, so a cover it is.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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Like my unit at home I cover both of our RV's roof ACs. It seems to keep a lot of wind blown dust and debris out, along with snow. The coil and areas under the cowling are as clean as when the cover was put on. That said, the AC units sit out in the open all camping season without problems.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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I have never covered my RV unit or my homes two units.... Not saying it's a bad idea but I haven't...
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:38 PM   #6
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I don't see the need to cover them.They are pretty much covered the way the are.Dust and pollen are at the worst in the spring and people don't cover them then,i dont see the need to do for winter.The reason for covering a home AC unit is that they are open from the top where the fan is and you don't want snow and ice to build up inside them,that being said I haven't covered mine ever and it runs fine.
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:41 PM   #7
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Not a bad idea if you get a lot of snow. Snow contains nitrogen and trace amounts of salt which are caustic.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:05 PM   #8
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My opinion.

The design of the AC units sheds most of the weather. Fine blowing snow may get in, but that is likely not an issue.

From what I have read, and my personal experience.

If you are inclined to cover the unit be certain not to wrap it too tightly. The moisture will more easily build up in the unit than it will evaporate out. Trapped moisture extending the "wet times" is not a good thing.

Shrink wrapped boats include vent systems.

Some of the covered/wrapped AC units I have opened in the Spring are quite wet inside.

FWIW. vic
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:12 PM   #9
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I have never covered my RV's A/C's (nor any part of the RV in winter) nor my homes A/C. Never any issues.
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