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Old 03-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Tarping your trailer question

I would be parking my trailer at work which is close to the water so it can get windy and with the salty air I was wondering if I should tarp/cover my trailer while not in use. Is there any advantages or disadvantages to tarping a trailer. Also, are there any tips on keeping the critters out of the trailer. I have heard cayenne pepper works.

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One problem with tarping is the abrasion if any parts of the tarp are moving. It can also hold water and cause mold/mildew to grow.

Have not done it to ours but have seen friends with these problems.
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Been RV'ing for 38 years and have never covered any of our trailers, fifth-wheels or motor-homes and we live in the mid-west.
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Do not cover it. It's only going to multiply the corosion effects by keeping it wet longer and allowing the salt to continue to eat away at it. The rains will clean it off as well as an occasional fresh water hose should you have access.
Tarps do not breath and are like sand paper when rubbing against the unit. Give it a good coat of wax and some corrosion spray on the moving parts like stabilizers and such underneath and you'll be better off.
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We have been camping since 1969 and we have never covered one of our trailers. We live in North Idaho.
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Thank you for all the feedback. I have access to power and water at my work. Once in awhile I can bring it into the helicopter hanger when no one is looking and give it a good cleaning and wax. Unfortunately I can't keep it in the hanger permanantly.

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Thank you for all the feedback. I have access to power and water at my work. Once in awhile I can bring it into the helicopter hanger when no one is looking and give it a good cleaning and wax. Unfortunately I can't keep it in the hanger permanantly.

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my tenant who is an RV mechanic sold me on the ADCO cover....it aloows it to breathe and also will protect it from the UV rays. The one that I have is not completely waterproof but it does allow it to dry with the mould and mildew issue. You just have to cover the sharp edges so that it doesn't tear the fabric.
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Thank you for all the feedback. I have access to power and water at my work. Once in awhile I can bring it into the helicopter hanger when no one is looking and give it a good cleaning and wax. Unfortunately I can't keep it in the hanger permanantly.

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Covering works for us ....

Using a fitted RV cover is much different than just using a tarp. We have a semi custom CalMark brand cover, that fits really well, and has not caused any wear or moisture problems. Our trailer looks much nicer than other similar aged trailers in the same storage are that are not covered. We get it nice and clean before we cover it, and when the cover comes off it is shiny clean and ready to go. Also don't have to worry about minor leaks, mud wasps, or other flying critters ....
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I would be parking my trailer at work which is close to the water so it can get windy and with the salty air I was wondering if I should tarp/cover my trailer while not in use. Is there any advantages or disadvantages to tarping a trailer. Also, are there any tips on keeping the critters out of the trailer. I have heard cayenne pepper works.

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I wouldn't tarp it. It can trap moisture under the tarp and will lead to mould and Mildew issues. I bought a ADCO cover for mine at Al's RV in Delta near the tunnel. It is supposed to allow any moisture to evaporate but yet protect the trailer. I am trying to find those pool noodles for swimming to cut up to cap the sharp edges before I cover it to prevent it from ripping the fabric.
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