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Old 07-20-2015, 10:04 PM   #1
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Took our 23MBH Whitehawk on its maiden voyage this weekend and was a big success! Can't wait to use it the rest of the camping year but don't want the season to go to fast. What I was wondering when the time comes, should I put a cover over the trailer for the winter months? Will this just cause moisture produce and promote rot? I see a lot of campers do cover the wheels and I've seen airconditioners covered as well. Just been wondering what anyone thinks.
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I did not for my first winter but I am not an expert. I was just not wanting to use a latter To put it on with. I really would like an answer as well.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Jamaddox, hopefully someone will have an answer. One of the reasons I'm curious is that I had an air conditioner /furnace repair man over to the house for a repair on our furnace . We got on the subject of air conditioners and covers. I told him I had the cover on my unit to protect it from the elements in the winter months and when it wasn't being used. He told me they were to protect the unit from falling ice from the eves trough. That if I left it on all the time when it wasn't needed, that it would hold moisture and eventually rust out parts and shorten the life of the unit. Kind of makes sense. I'm wondering if it would do the same to my trailer if I put one on.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:23 AM   #4
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100% Yes

From a fellow Ontarian I will tell you 100% yes put a cover on! There are a few very good reason to do this. Particularly in our climate and almost all of them protect your investment long term.

1) Protect your paint - you are going to park it 6 months of the year. why let the sun destroy your investment
2) Reduce the damage done by roof oxidation - the cover helps keep the black streaks from building up over the winter.
3) Insurance against unforseen winter leaks.

Number three is really my number 1 reaason based on personal experience. I had a 2013 TT. Last winter (only it's second) one of my skylights became brittle and cracked in several places. If I had not had a cover I suspect the spring water damage would have been beyond repair. I have always bought the Tyvek covers for my rigs and go South of the border to make my purchase as they are much cheaper. They are designed to breathe and allow appropriate air flow around your RV.

And one final benefit... Because I have the cover on (as well as a Maxx Air vent cover), I keep the bathroom vent cracked open all winter, in 10 years I have not had a musty smelling opening yet.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:22 AM   #5
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I use a cover every winter. It is nice to uncover in the spring and find a nice clean TT. Just DO NOT use a regular tarp they do not breath.
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Thank you Griswald One and WVDUSTY, looks like I'll be planning a trip to the US before winter. Griswald One, would I still need wheel covers if I have the cover for the RV? I'll get them too if I do. Just one more question here, I have a skylights overthe kitchen and bathroom. Would you recommend laying towels over them as well. Sorry for all the questions, this is first rig we've owned. Thank you again!
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I have never used a cover.

The only reason I like a cover for is to keep the UV rays off the trailer, roof and walls.

I do not like a cover because the wind can cause the cover to move around in some spots and cause wear on the finish of the trailer if not secured tightly at all times and the hassle of putting it on and off.

Pros and cons, you have to decide what works for you.
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We do use a cover, also. After the last time out, empty out all the mouse food/nest material/ruined-by-freezing stuff, wash, (wax if there's time), and cover up, and install tire covers, too. Ditto on the black streaks, and birdpoo. You'll be happier in the spring, when it's already clean and ready to go.
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Thank you Griswald One and WVDUSTY, looks like I'll be planning a trip to the US before winter. Griswald One, would I still need wheel covers if I have the cover for the RV? I'll get them too if I do. Just one more question here, I have a skylights overthe kitchen and bathroom. Would you recommend laying towels over them as well. Sorry for all the questions, this is first rig we've owned. Thank you again!
The tire covers are a good idea to protect the rubber. My understanding is Trailer tires are not as resilient as your car tires and are prone to UV damage. That being said I don't use them because I have no Southern exposure so mine are always shaded. Not sure where the towel's will help with the skylights? The brittleness in mine is not uncommon, it comes from the summertimme UV exposure and in my case likely the very cold winter we had last year. But if you do put a cover on be sure to pad any sharp points to prevent tears. You can anticipate a good cover lasting 3-5 seasons at best... So an investment of about $100 per year.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:07 AM   #10
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I've never used a cover over the whole unit. I use an AC cover only over the winter months, same for tire covers. And those mostly to deter the wheels from rusting.

The only issue I had over the 10 years we had our last trailer was the decals fading out.
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