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Old 03-21-2018, 05:47 AM   #1
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Shrinkwrap

Anyone ever had their pop up shrink wrapped for winter? Just wondering if its worth the risk, and by risk I mean the shrink wrapper burning it. I have a canvas cover that came with it, and it seems to do fine so far (1st winter with the Pop up) But thought maybe shrink wrapping would be better ..Thoughts (pros/Cons).
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:30 AM   #2
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I wouldn't since it would stop any air circulation.
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Boats are shrink wrapped all the time up north. But you’ll note it’s not cheap and has to be done to allow air circulation
Some boats need a frame topside to allow this and vent holes
I’ve never seen an RV shrink wrapped
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Living up north, I have seen a lot of boats shrink wrapped and only a handful of RVs wrapped. The materials are expensive. I have heard if you do it right, you can reuse it, and re shrink it for 2-3 years.

Growing up, we had a PU, in the winter it was parked next to the garage. We did not use any cover. We did lift the tongue as high as it would go to allow any melt to run off. We never had any issues.
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Price wasn't really my concern.. I have owned several boats over the years and understand circulation requirement as well as how much something like this would cost.. (based I Sq Ft , Id say $2/300 buck tops). Which is easily solved by adding the proper shrink wrap vents.. my main concern was that unlike boat that have a lot of open space under the framing that would never really come into contact with the heat gun of the operator.. my concern was if anyone ran into a situation where the camper was burned as a result of shrink wrapping..
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nope, they need to breath. A good cover is the best, but make sure it's nice a tight, it's amazing how that soft material can damage paint when rubbed on long enough. Mine last year actually rubbed the color of a few spots on my awning, and it was tight with extra cords. Had to use vinyl paint to repair the rubbing damage!
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:13 AM   #7
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Thanks..Thats what I figured.. I have a Canvas cover that came with the pop up and it stayed on throughout the winter..I did notice some wear marks in the canvas cover itself (not sure if those were there) , but haven pulled the cover off to see if it did anything to the actual camper yet..next week weather is supposed to be nicer here in lower Michigan.
I also left it cranked up about 3" so air would flow through it.
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We used an Adco cover on our Rockwood 1940 LTD and it worked well. Be sure to use pool noodle pieces to cover sharp edges (e.g. stabilizer pads, top of propane tank, etc) to avoid rubbing and subsequent tearing of the cover.
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