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Old 01-19-2015, 02:16 PM   #31
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I would definitely put your trailer under a cover. For the past decade or so I have put my RV under a modified Costco canopy, and more recently under a larger canopy. Most trailers spend the majority of their life parked and a cover definitely extends their life. Here in the PNW its not so much the sun damage but the moss buildup.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:03 PM   #32
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Bob, what brand of cover do you have?
I'm on my 2nd Adco. The first was probably the same as Dave's gold one shown above but before they went with the fancy slash and the gold color. Lasted 6 years then disintegrated in the wind 3 winters ago. Bought another of what I thought was the same (after they changed the styling) but ended up with their cheaper model which is not as good as their Designer Tyvek Line. My first was Tyvek, I think this one is Aquashed it's considerably thinner. The color change through me off.
The number one issue with these, aside from turning green for you PNW folks, is the wind causes tears on all the sharp corners, now that we have an Escape the only sharp corners are the solar panel and the Jack antenna. A pool noodle on the solar panel and a plastic laundry basket over the antenna took care of those.
When the time comes for a new one, I'll probably stick with the ADCO, but get the correct one. I'm good with it lasting 6 years, and maybe more with the Escape. If I was still working I'd go with the custom Calmark.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:22 PM   #33
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I would guess, that regardless of the manufacturer, in time a fabric RV cover will rot. I got mine from ETI about 5 years ago and, as I stated in a previous post on this thread, this is likely, if not definitely, the last season.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:06 PM   #34
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I'm on my 2nd Adco. The first was probably the same as Dave's gold one shown above but before they went with the fancy slash and the gold color. Lasted 6 years then disintegrated in the wind 3 winters ago. Bought another of what I thought was the same (after they changed the styling) but ended up with their cheaper model which is not as good as their Designer Tyvek Line. My first was Tyvek, I think this one is Aquashed it's considerably thinner. The color change through me off.
The number one issue with these, aside from turning green for you PNW folks, is the wind causes tears on all the sharp corners, now that we have an Escape the only sharp corners are the solar panel and the Jack antenna. A pool noodle on the solar panel and a plastic laundry basket over the antenna took care of those.
When the time comes for a new one, I'll probably stick with the ADCO, but get the correct one. I'm good with it lasting 6 years, and maybe more with the Escape. If I was still working I'd go with the custom Calmark.
Thanks for the info. I'm going to check out the custom Calmark first, if not too expensive this is probably what I'll get. Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:41 PM   #35
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Thanks for the info. I'm going to check out the custom Calmark first, if not too expensive this is probably what I'll get. Thanks!
Several of my coworkers who have RV's, boats, and trailers have recommended Calmark. Not cheap, but custom made to your trailer dimensions, and reinforced at seams and to support the hanging weight of the vertical parts of the cover. And lasts (we'll see for how long).

When we pick up our 17 this summer, I'll take it over to Calmark in person (they're 12 miles away), let them measure directly and file the data away. Then, anyone who orders an Escape 17 cover won't have to measure.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:45 PM   #36
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Which brings me back to maintenance. What do you plan to do about the green slime that is growing on the trailer cover? Are you going to remove it and dry the cover prior to storing it away? Up here in the North Wet even drying my awning is a challenge.
The other question I've had, is a cover to prevent oxidation cheaper than hiring somebody to do a restoration after several years? After the cover is long worn out?
If I could, I'd store my trailer in a covered, heated garage, but that's not going to happen either unless I win a lottery with a ticket that I never purchased.
Two good questions.
I plan on getting a grey cover so any residual stain after washing the cover isn't noticeable. From past experience with tarps I believe I can quick wash a cover while still on the trailer in maybe 30 minutes. Washing our old trailer and using Black Streak Remover to take away the stain was MUCH more labor intensive (and the skin was fibreglass). I found that the vent grills and any non-smooth surface were a real bugger to clean the black and green crap out of. Regarding drying the cover, we store our trailer from mid-October to April, so in retirement we can always find a day in March or April when the wind dries the cover and we can remove it for storage.

Your question about the cost of restoration vs cover is valid. I was wondering the same thing myself when looking at $600 covers. However, looking at some of the covers around $200, I believe it would be more cost effective to go with a cheaper cover, despite them only lasting a few years. (Will use Ship Happens or Hagen's of Blaine)

In our neighbourhood there are quite a few trailers and RVs (including some fiberglass; also 2 Escapes), and most of them are covered for the winter. I regretted not getting a cover for our previous trailer when it was new to save the yearly big spring cleanup.

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Old 01-19-2015, 08:57 PM   #37
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We've used an Elite for the past couple of years. It's starting to wear, so this may be the last few months for it. Was relatively inexpensive though -- around $120. That breaks down to sixty bucks a year. At that price we can buy more. No green or black slime either. Fits perfectly. It takes about 5 minutes to put on and 2 minutes to remove.

We wax twice a year. According to ETI, anything with carnauba wax is the way to go. I think we're using a Turtle Wax product. It works quite well. And if it gets on our skin, nothing disastrous happens.
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:47 AM   #38
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I’ve discovered over the years the best way to protect an RV is to keep it covered. It stays cleaner, looks newer and lasts longer when it’s protected from the ravages of weather, be it summer or winter. We kept our 15b under a portable shelter we picked up at Canadian tire and I prefer that to an RV cover because the air space around the unit allows it to “breathe”. And because of all the rain here on the wet coast the inside stays drier and fresher smelling.
Right now I’m in the process of building a storage shed big enough to hold the 17b that we’re picking up in March and it will be parked there when ever we are not using it. I think if you got the room to do that, it is the best way to protect your investment.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:21 AM   #39
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Ive discovered over the years the best way to protect an RV is to keep it covered....

Right now Im in the process of building a storage shed big enough to hold the 17b that were picking up in March and it will be parked there when ever we are not using it. I think if you got the room to do that, it is the best way to protect your investment.
I agree that covering your trailer vastly simplifies the work required to keep it clean and shiny looking. Indoor storage would be my preference, followed by a tent or carport type structure. Given the lack of space on my property for any of those options, I use the third best option (IMHO) which is a cover. Least favorable option to me would be parking it uncovered and having to clean it up more frequently to get the accumulated gunk off of it.
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In my daily travels in the area I see way more trailers with tarps covering just the top and maybe a foot or so down the side, then full covers like we are talking about. Covered structures are very few in numbers. There are a few barns with trailers of one sort or another just visible.

I was under the impression that tarps are the least desirable option. Is just covering the top with a cheap tarp that bad?
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