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musicman
08-06-2021, 03:11 PM
looking for advice as to best cover to buy for outdoor winter storage in Wisconsin..model is 2011 Keystone Sprinter. 1st time storing camper outdoors..thanks musicman

chuckster57
08-06-2021, 05:04 PM
A good coat of quality wax. Save your money.

ftrupe
08-06-2021, 05:31 PM
I've had an Adco cover since 2014 and the trailer is nice and clean when I take it off in the spring. I am in NY and the trailer is next to my house, so really bad wind is not an issue.

chuckster57
08-06-2021, 05:42 PM
I bought an Adco cover for my previous fiver. Paid like $700 for it and it turned to “dust” in 3 years…Never again but to each their own.

JRTJH
08-07-2021, 05:49 AM
Some things to consider when using a fabric cover on an RV in "COLD" climate locations:

1. When you cover the trailer in the fall, expect the first few snowfalls to melt. The moisture remaining will turn to ice. Through the fall and early winter, that ice will build up, effectively "sealing" the cover to the roof. Further snowfall will/might lay on top of the cover, but there will be a layer of ice buildup on the surface of the cover.

2. If you plan to tow before "snow melt in the spring", you can't remove the cover without risking damage to the roof because of that ice buildup.

3. If you plan any "spring camping trips", reschedule them now. The trailer can not be uncovered until all that ice is melted, which is usually well after the surface snow is "long gone".....

After one winter of being "trapped in the snowbelt" with reservations in south Texas, basking on the beach, we learned not to cover a trailer if there's any remote plans to use it before "May or June"..... YMMV

dutchmensport
08-07-2021, 04:07 PM
Adco covers are probably the most available and do pretty well. However, they usually do have short life spans, meaning...by the 3rd year they have holes in them from the down spouts from the gutters along the roof line, the eyeletts are ripped out where the ropes feed through, and there will be worn spots.

Caution is needed when covering, because if there is any movement of the cover in wind, that movement will rub and cause paint to wear thin on the camper.

If you decide you need to move the camper in the middle of the winter and there is snow and ice on the cover, are dealing with an almost impossible job to get that cover off, let alone find somewhere to dry it out, and folding it back up will be next to impossible. If you wad it up, it will freeze again into a wad, and you won't be able to cover the camper with it again, until things thaw out.

However, if you feel better covering, then go ahead, just make sure the cover is pulled extremely tight so nothing can move in the wind. This is what causes the eyeletts to rip out.

IF you use your camper in the winter, move the camper in the winter, need to access your camper in the winter, then covering is a horrible idea. If you have to put it on and then off, and then on again and off again between very short spans, you WILL get sick and tired of fighting the beast, and eventually just leave it off anyway.

Your choice, but in my opinion, they are a real pain-in-the-neck and I'll never use another one again.

sourdough
08-07-2021, 04:48 PM
^^^^^Dutchmen and John said it well - I would never put a cover on an RV.

travelin texans
08-07-2021, 08:27 PM
A good coat of quality wax. Save your money.

Absolutely agree with this method.
Couple other things to consider;
The covers are heavy, are you physically able to carry it up a ladder, not the ladder mounted to the rv?.
You'll be 11-12'+ high on the roof, are you able to hopscotch around all the roof protrusions while wrestling the heavy cover to cover/uncover annually?
If there's heavy winds in your area it may not last a year?
If there's lots of dust the cover can do more damage chaffing everywhere it flaps against the rv.