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Old 11-09-2014, 11:45 PM   #1
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To cover, or not to cover..that is the question

I have used RV covers in the past; they can be hard to put on (windy days), some have been torn by winds, but I want to protect my new investment.
The dealer wants to sell me a product they apply to the RV that, "creates a transparent barrier of polymeric coating that protects and seals out the elements". It comes with a five year warranty which states they will repair any fading, or environmental damage.
OK, that's great, but I feel a cover would provide more protection. So, the possible problems with a cover is, as I mentioned earlier, they can be hard to put on, they can be damaged in winds, but the one thing I worry about the most is the rubbing of the finish. It has been many years since I have purchased a cover and wonder if they have improved over the years. Are they more durable, are they made to protect the finish?
Personally, I don't mind the effort to put on a cover, but would I be doing more damage to my finish, than I would be protecting it from the elements?
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:01 AM   #2
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I have used RV covers in the past; they can be hard to put on (windy days), some have been torn by winds, but I want to protect my new investment.
The dealer wants to sell me a product they apply to the RV that, "creates a transparent barrier of polymeric coating that protects and seals out the elements". It comes with a five year warranty which states they will repair any fading, or environmental damage.
OK, that's great, but I feel a cover would provide more protection. So, the possible problems with a cover is, as I mentioned earlier, they can be hard to put on, they can be damaged in winds, but the one thing I worry about the most is the rubbing of the finish. It has been many years since I have purchased a cover and wonder if they have improved over the years. Are they more durable, are they made to protect the finish?
Personally, I don't mind the effort to put on a cover, but would I be doing more damage to my finish, than I would be protecting it from the elements?
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I covered my tt with a adco cover it was soft on the underside and it had vents so the wind could kind of get out of it (never seen it balloon up) but it was gel coat no rub marks in 4 years don't know about the paint though. I'm still up in the air on the cover
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:28 AM   #3
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I would opt for a very good cover. The UV rays are more harmful to a finish than environmental fallout. As far as a poly sealant......magic snake oil. Besides, your Redwood will still look good in five years without the sealant.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:36 AM   #4
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We just can't do them around here - too close to the sun and the wind just destroys them, along with the coach. I have mine in a covered storage barn, and I worry that it will be able to withstand the wind sometimes!
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:50 AM   #5
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I would opt for a very good cover. The UV rays are more harmful to a finish than environmental fallout. As far as a poly sealant......magic snake oil. Besides, your Redwood will still look good in five years without the sealant.
Funny that you said that. I was thinking the same thing, that the RV would still be looking pretty good after 5 years. Now if they gave a 20 year warranty......well then maybe.
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I would think if you keep it waxed good you wouldn't need a cover. It has a automotive finish cars set out for years and years and still look good, if you keep them waxed.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:50 AM   #7
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I would think if you keep it waxed good you wouldn't need a cover. It has a automotive finish cars set out for years and years and still look good, if you keep them waxed.
I concur, keeping the paint clean and waxed will prolong as well as anything. But pay more attention to the plastic, aluminum, and rubber items. They usually take a beating first.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:23 AM   #8
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re covers - I go back to a nice little red sports car I had a while back - that expensive front bar looked very nice and all...
but the finish under it was sand papered by the buffeting...
and that was with the best available at the time installed correctly ...


So IMHO, no go on the covers - but it's your rv, so do your due diligence and decide how you'd like to do it...

(Oh, they do sell lifts to get the covers on the roof for a reason too !
I'm just saying )
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:32 PM   #9
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Like AA, I put mine in a pole barn and just keep it waxed! A lot of work but worth it in the long run!
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #10
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Like others have said, I'm worried about the damage the covers cause. I raise the front end of the Redwood so the snow and ice will run off of the roof and that's it. I do go out and start the generator every couple of weeks to keep it running and prepared for emergencies.

A friend of mine has asked that I rent his warehouse this winter (for insurance reasons), so I might have a huge building to keep mine in.
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