How to Choose an RV Cover for Winter
Imagine spring, when you can finally take your RV out of storage and hit the road for the first time after a long winter. You open the door and expect to see the interior in mint condition—just how you left it. But instead, it’s a disaster, complete with leaves, bugs and other critters that do not belong in your class A. This could happen to you if you don’t invest in an RV cover.
RV covers are important, of course, to protect your RV when it isn’t in use. And if you don’t use your RV during the winter months, a cover is particularly important. If you store your RV outside, a cover is absolutely necessary. But even with indoor storage, a cover can help keep bugs out.
Think of it this way: the cost of repairing your RV’s exterior is substantial— whether it be a paint job, roof repair, or window treatment— chances are it will be fairly expensive. If your RV is exposed to the elements over a long period of time, these repairs will be inevitable. Covering your RV and preventing that damage in the first place is very inexpensive in comparison. Not to mention, you’ll need fewer exterior washes and maintain the resale value of your vehicle.
There are three main things to keep in mind when choosing a cover: type, size and material.
Type: The first way to narrow your choices of RV covers is to look at covers for your type of RV. The covers for a class A motorhome are much different than those for a truck camper, travel trailer or any other model. In order to best protect your vehicle, only shop for covers that correspond with your RV’s body style.
Size: Getting the right size cover for a snug fit against your vehicle is also important. The best way to do this is to measure your RV by hand, from end to end. And make sure you include everything in your measurements, like the bumpers, storage racks on the back, ladders, mirrors—all of it! Once you have accurate measurements, it’s time to shop for that size cover. Warning: do not get a cover that’s too big. This won’t make covering your RV easier. A loosely fitting RV cover is an open invitation to critters!
Material: The type of fabric you want depends on the climate your RV will be stored in. Our favorite RV cover manufacturers are ADCO and Camco, each of which produce a variety of materials for different weather conditions.
ADCO Products, Inc. specializes in RV covers. The company has four primary RV covers designed for a variety of climates. The Tyvek cover is prepared for all climates, including intense sunlight and dust, so it’s good to use if you live in southern states. But because it can also handle rain and snow, this is the cover for you if your RV is stored across different climates throughout the year. SFS Aquashed is a cover intended for moderate climates with some rainfall, as it is water repellent and prevents mold. Polypropylene covers are ideal for short term storage and new RVers. Sunbrella is the top-of-the-line cover, made for all climates and holds up for a minimum of 5 years!
We also carry products from Camco Manufacturing, Inc. For cold, snowy regions, Camco recommends their UltraGuard cover. It resists rain and snowfall, and helps prevent mildew. And, for warmer, sunny regions, Camco offers the UltraShield. This cover is extremely lightweight and breathable.
RV covers are essential, and it’s important to select the right one. If you need help selecting the appropriate RV cover, or you’d like to view our inventory, please contact us today.
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