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Old 09-21-2016, 04:36 AM   #1
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Cover our coach?

Not able to garage or use a shelter. Should we get a cover? We have the HD-Max. Possible issues with cover would be mildew under it and the rubbing placing it on and off as well as wind movement. Better off protecting the outside without it, or keeping UV off with it? We go out about once a month.

Also anyone use the Duck covers by Globetrotter?
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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I usually keep ours covered most of the spring and summer and all winter. Usually uncovered maybe a total of 6-8 weeks/year. I've always used Adco covers and never had a problem with mildew or scratches. I was a little concerned with scratches on the full body paint, but after being covered all winter, spring and part of the summer it looks perfect. It does take about 45 min or so to cover and about a half hour to uncover and store the cover. I also keep the tires covered.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:43 PM   #3
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I have never used a cover and after more than 10 years I don't see any reason to start now. We have lots of snow in the winter and it has never caused a problem.
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:49 PM   #5
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If you are going to skip the cover, make sure that you keep the coach waxed. I prefer a synthetic sealant.

The other thing to do is make sure your tires are covered. The UV will deteriorate the rubber rather quickly.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:03 PM   #6
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Whether to cover or not depends on how long you plan on keeping the unit and how much value you expect to get out of it when you sell or trade. An RV exposed to the elements will slowly deteriorate over time. Rubber will dry out, fiberglass will fade, seals with shrink, graphics will dry out and start to peel, etc. Some of this can lead to leaks which then start to deteriorate what's underneath. I keep my unit under a 3/4 closed in RV carport in hopes of keeping it for many years to come.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:06 PM   #7
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We never covered our 5th wheel. Over the 10+ years we had it: All the wallpaper inside that was exposed to sunlight faded, the vents on the top became brittle and cracked (requiring replacement), the outside decals all faded and peeled off (I know you don't have decals with the HD-Max).

Our Axis I've been covering it over winter, and during the summer months all the windows are covered with foil, and the inside of the vents are covered to keep the sunlight out. So far, after 3 seasons, our Axis looks brand new (there is another one in our storage lot that doesn't get covered so I'll have a reference over time which one looks better...so far you can see that ours looks a little better..but then I'm biased aren't I ).

In the long term UV is the camper's worst enemy; do whatever you can to protect against it.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:12 PM   #8
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Im leaning towards covering. Plan on keeping 10-15 years until kids are grown and we retire and get a small Class A. We have had Pop-ups and Travel trailers prior to and dont need another upgrade for the foreseeable future. Wasnt sure about "rub" though and its affects. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:20 AM   #9
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I keep ours covered six months out of the year, just keep the sharp corners covered, If you got a solar panel, or sharp objects on the roof cover them first, or else the top of the cover will ripe and tear real fast.
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