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Old 06-05-2018, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question How often to put cover on RV

I have bought a cover for the RV (Thor Vegas). My intended use during the summer is to take 2 to 4 day local trips throughout the summer. While not on the trips the RV will be at a neighbors house under some trees. My question is should I install the cover for even short periods (4 to 6 days)? I am in my 60's and while I can do it, it is a hazard I would like to minimize.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:36 AM   #2
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You will get many differing opinions here concerning covering your RV. I do not cover mine for a few reasons:
1) it is a big pain in the a$$ to get one on my Miramar by myself.
2) if they are not secured tightly then there is the danger of scratching the finish.
3) I wax my RV quite often and take care of the TPO roof myself so I can tell right away if there is anything going on that needs my attention.
4) I can take it out at a moments notice and not have to worry about uncovering it.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:38 AM   #3
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I have bought a cover for the RV (Thor Vegas). My intended use during the summer is to take 2 to 4 day local trips throughout the summer. While not on the trips the RV will be at a neighbors house under some trees. My question is should I install the cover for even short periods (4 to 6 days)? I am in my 60's and while I can do it, it is a hazard I would like to minimize.
I have a cover for our Axis that I use in winter only as it remains covered for 6 months. During the summer (I'm in Michigan) it doesn't get covered since it is a pain to put on and remove all the time. Thus I put it on and remove it once each per year.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:43 AM   #4
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You will get many differing opinions here concerning covering your RV. I do not cover mine for a few reasons:
1) it is a big pain in the a$$ to get one on my Miramar by myself.
2) if they are not secured tightly then there is the danger of scratching the finish.
3) I wax my RV quite often and take care of the TPO roof myself so I can tell right away if there is anything going on that needs my attention.
4) I can take it out at a moments notice and not have to worry about uncovering it.
This makes a lot of sense. I will make it a point to check the roof quite often.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:59 PM   #5
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I covered our old popup camper for a while, and even that was a pain in the neck.
When we first got the MH, I was considering covering it in storage. Most of my research pointed to not covering at all, but I was still on the fence.

I was talking with an old friend of mine that lives in SE VA about it. he had a C at the time too. he told me that he covered his for the winter, but that no way would he cover it if he didn't have a several month stretch of no use. Said it was too much a pain in the neck for the benefit (and we were in the upper 40's then so much younger even... and he's very active and fit too, to put it into better perspective). Since we typically will have it in storage maybe at the very most 6-8 weeks and usually less, his comment settled it for me.
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:15 PM   #6
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This is a pretty interesting topic.
Can you tell me what it is about covering the rig; that makes it such a pain?
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:19 PM   #7
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This is a pretty interesting topic.
Can you tell me what it is about covering the rig; that makes it such a pain?
The cover for 37' RV has some weight to it, so getting it up onto the RV and getting it laid out is challenging. You try not to "drag" it along the RV because it will scratch the finish.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:05 PM   #8
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This is a pretty interesting topic.
Can you tell me what it is about covering the rig; that makes it such a pain?
The cover is quite large (even for our little 25 footer) and you have to drag it across the roof without breaking anything. Even if you have a helper on the ground it still is a bit of work.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:12 PM   #9
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I think LIGHT WEIGHT covers are great for dust prevention with a unit stored inside or under a pole barn. they flap around with the wind rubbing paint off, ripping off gutters and antennas and they trap moisture. Plus...as indicated...they are real heavy and it's dangerous up there with all the trip hazards.
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:04 PM   #10
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Since I sit in my office; overlooking the roof of our rig: I can now clearly see your point!
There sure is a whole bunch of stuff up there that could make dragging a cover across it... interesting!
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:35 PM   #11
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It's heavy, bulky, big, covering a surface full of obstacles that are 10-12' up with a sudden stop below & at some point has to cover the spot you're standing on, kind of like making your bed while standing in the middle of it with a couple people still in it.
My answer to the OP, don't put it on short term or long term. Clean it, wax it, & park it.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:57 AM   #12
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I use what is somewhat like a half cover and fairly easy to put on and off. That being said, I usually put it on after each trip primarily to keep the sun off.
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Old 06-09-2018, 01:37 PM   #13
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That's not a bad idea!
Have you had any trouble with the wind beating the half-cover against the finish of your rig, and marring it?
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:31 PM   #14
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So far I have not noticed any marks. I did however, add a few extra tie down points.

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