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Just like pineapple on a pizza, or ketchup on a corn dog, there is also a debate on the use of RV covers. If you asked 100 RVers what their opinion is, you would probably have close to half for it and the other half against it. To prove this, I recently threw the question out on social media to some fellow RVers. The responses I received were just as I was expecting. I’ll get to that a bit later in this post.
We all are aware that Mother Nature can cause severe damage to any RV. From damaging UV rays, to high winds, to snow and ice, she tends to have her way of letting us know who is in charge. What options do we have to mitigate some of these issues? How can we protect our investment? Let’s talk a little bit about that. Not all RV covers are created equally.
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Types Of RV Covers
There are a few different types of RV covers. The climate where you store your RV and your budget will determine which type is right for you. Of course, the best type of RV cover is going to be a freestanding cover. These are gong to be the most costly as well.
Freestanding covers offer protection from all weather types as well and rain and snow. The only weather event to worry about in this case is high winds. High winds can damage the cover and subsequently damage your rig.
“The average cost of a metal RV carport/cover starts at $2660 based on the structure and area of installation, but metal RV Carport prices vary based on sizes, roof styles, and customization options.”MaxSteel Buildings
Universal Fit RV Covers
The universal fit option is just that, universal. These covers will fit most rigs in any size range. You simply enter your RV dimensions when ordering. Universal fit covers come with adjustable tensioning straps and some have zippered panels to access the door of your rig should you need to.
Custom Fit Covers
Custom fit RV covers usually come with longer warranties than the universal fit option. They fit your rig better and offer a more sleek look. ADCO’s Custom Fit Aqua Shed Series RV covers are designed for all heavy rain environments and they offer a 5 year warranty. These covers allow moisture to escape preventing mold and mildew buildup.
ADCO DuPont Tyvek
These cover are made for all weather conditions. The top panel is made to reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays. And the top extends down the side just a bit for extra protection. The Dupont Tyvek cover is breathable to allow moisture to escape like the Aqua Shed Series.
Leader Accessories Windproof Upgraded
The best RV cover for snow and ice is the Leader Accessories Windproof Upgraded. The top panel is made of a 4-ply waterproof membrane to keep the water out from melting snow.
RV Tire Covers
The sun’s UV rays can greatly reduce the life of your RV tires. Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every five years or so regardless of how many miles are on them. One good way to make sure your tires make it to the 5 year mark is with tire covers. Covers will help keep your tires from dry rotting and cracking prematurely.
Social Media Responses On RV Covers
Still undecided? These RV covers sound great on paper, but what do other RVers have to say about it? Let’s take a look at some of the responses I received.
I asked the question, ” Does anyone use an RV cover? I’m getting some tire covers soon and was wondering what your thoughts are on the RV covers.”
Here’s what fellow RVers have to say:
- “I just purchased a camper yesterday and the salesman told us not to cover it because it traps moisture in and is worse for it. He said two or three times a year to just check your seals and caulk areas.”
- “There’s a cover out there that has a total cover on top and like a mesh on the sides for air. I talked to a parts service manager and that’s what she mentioned.”
- “We bought one as we line in Florida and the sun is a killer. We have a 33′ fifth wheel. The cover is so heavy it is difficult to drag up to the roof to put it on. We don’t use it much. If I were to decide again I would decide against it because it wasn’t cheap and it just sits in our garage in a bag.”
- “Way too much work and didn’t find it beneficial.”
- “We just cover the tires.”
- “My opinion? STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.”
- “I do not use a full cover, just the tires.”
- “Best purchase I have made for our RV.”
- “Best thing you can do to preserve the life of plastic paint and seals.”
- “I clean and wax the camper then cover it. When I take the cover off, I’m ready to go.”
Conclusion On RV Covers
Most RV covers are a two person job to install. Depending on the size of your rig, they can be quite heavy. Are the benefits worth the cost? That’s a question you will have to answer. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. There are some that swear by them. And some on the other side of the coin that don’t like them. For me personally, I will be covering our Kodiak this off-season.
In case you were wondering, I’m a ketchup on the corn dog, no pineapple on pizza guy. Kellie is a mustard, pineapple girl.
What are your thoughts on covering your RV? Leave us a comment below and let us know which side of the coin you are on.