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Should We Put A Cover On Our New Travel Trailer?

by Dale Zastrow
(Milwaukee WI )

Why You Should Cover Your RV

Why You Should Cover Your RV

Why You Should Cover Your RV
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We have a new 09 trailer and are wondering if a cover is a good thing in the winter or does it damage the finish by banging in the wind?

ANSWER: Hi Dale, the answer to your question is yes, if any RV is going to be stored outside for a month or longer regardless of the climate you should cover it.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, the Sun's Ultraviolet Rays and Ozone all have an effect of dulling and damaging your RV's finish. These elements do not only damage the finish, they also shorten the lifespan of your RV's Tires, Weather-stripping, etc. Covering your RV with an RV Cover protects it from these harmful elements.

Your concern about an RV cover causing damage to your Travel Trailer due to wind is a legitimate one. If you just go down to your local hardware store and buy a tarp and put it on your RV, yes, the wind could catch it and cause damage. For a little extra money you can buy a fitted cover that is designed for use on an RV. These RV Covers when installed properly will protect your RV for many years.

RV Covers are reasonably priced and come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some great places to look for RV Covers. RV Covers At, eBay has a huge selection of RV Covers and RV Covers From Campingworldicon.

Tire Protectors

If the cover you buy does not also cover your RV's tires sufficiently there are Tire Protectors (pictured above). Your tires should always be covered when your RV is parked. Tires will become damaged very quickly when exposed UV Rays and Ozone.

When you browse through the RV Covers in the links I have above, you will see that there are even RV covers that will allow you to enter the RV without having to remove the cover.

In my expert opinion, buying a cover for your RV is one of the wisest investments you can make to prevent unnecessary damage to the RV you have spent your hard-earned money on.

I hope that this information has helped you.

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I paid the price of not covering
by: Anonymous

RV Covers

When I purchased my Camper, I bought a cover for it. 2 years later the wind destroyed it and I took it off. I didn't buy another one for a couple years as we didn't use the camper much and it was in the back of my mind.

Well, when I decided to take it out I knew I needed to go clean it. Talk about a task. The staining and sun damage was awful. I spent 2 days washing it and fixing seal joints and vent covers. I then had to buy 4 new tires because the sun destroyed them.

If you purchase a cover, be sure you get the correct one for your climate. If you live where you get all 4 seasons, be sure to get one rated for the rain and snow. Most all the popular one's are vented and breathable so there's no fear of trapped moisture. I did notice that ours did chaff a small amount of paint from a corner trim piece but nothing compared to the damage of not having it covered.

Here's a BUYING tip for almost all RV items. The prices will be higher depending on the season. Covers will be higher priced in the fall as people prepare to store their unit. Maintenance items may be higher in the spring and fall as campers are preparing to store in the fall and use in the spring.

Cover on RV in storage
by: Kristi

You commented that a fitted RV cover will protect the RV and not cause damage from the wind. Is there any concern wth damage from moisture trapped under the cover?

Covering Your RV
by: Anonymous

It's Great the Dealers Tell U that U Should Cover Your RV. Well If That's the Case Why Don't the Dealers Cover The Ones Sitting In Their Lots For Months Up On End. Just Wondering That's All.

cover for travel trailer
by: zeyda

Hi, we just purchased a used 26 foot travel trailer and trying to find a good deal on a cover. I found a couple on a by ow er site that is for a class a 31 feet. It's a 500 cover and they are asking 100....can I use a larger..longer...different class rv cover on my travel trailer or does it have to be specific to the class and length? Thank you

by: wildak8246

I wish I had seen this article BEFORE last winter. I bought a used 5th wheel and dumb me put a tarp on it and bungied it down. Well the wind definitely did its duty and damaged things big time.

Not only did it tear the tarp up, but it kept slamming the bungie metals against the RV and hence took the paint off at those points. Needless to say, it broke my heart to see it, but the damage was done and now I have to live with it. I really appreciate the wisdom of all your articles and try to read everyone that you put on. THANKS

by: emanuel

Hello, we are from Canada,i just bought a brand new 24ft travel trailer by kz, i was just wondering if it is okay to use a white plastic tarp just for one year for this winter? Will it damage the trailer from this October to next year's March? Next year i will buy a proper cover? Thank you

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