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Old 01-22-2015, 12:30 AM   #51
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A properly-designed cover using a decent fabric should be fine. A tarp, on the other hand, not so much.

On the brand we use, the plastic buckles are underneath the rig. We've had no problems with zippers, as extra material built up around them protects the finish. The air vents near the top allow the rig to dry, so no slime occurs.
What brand cover are you using?
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:26 AM   #52
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With the air conditioner, TV antenna, max fan, bathroom vent and solar panels on the roof, it could be difficult to not have an air space below the tarp.
Ice-breaker I think you may have missed my point. When you look at the way most people attach a tarp they usually snug it down tight on all sides so that there is no air flow to the space created by all those devices. With out that air flow condensation is still a problem.
Besides at best a tarp only protects your roof leaving the rest of the unit exposed.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:14 AM   #53
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Ice-breaker I think you may have missed my point. When you look at the way most people attach a tarp they usually snug it down tight on all sides so that there is no air flow to the space created by all those devices. With out that air flow condensation is still a problem.
Besides at best a tarp only protects your roof leaving the rest of the unit exposed.
Hey, I am not arguing for using a tarp. I would leave my trailer uncovered first before I chose a tarp, unless there was roof damage that needed to be covered. I do choose to use a cover, and it meets my expectations.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:53 PM   #54
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Oregonian,

We have an Elite. They make two versions for our 15B. One has no zipper ($80) and the other has an access zipper so you can enter the rig without removing the cover ($120). We bought the zippered version on Ebay a couple of years ago.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:46 PM   #55
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Thanks, I will check it out as I might be in the market for a cover soon.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:58 PM   #56
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Besides at best a tarp only protects your roof leaving the rest of the unit exposed.
That depends entirely on the size of the tarp, right? If you're willing to wrangle a huge one, you can wrap the trailer up like a gift.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:27 PM   #57
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Tarps, and I'm thinking the plastic kind, if they're not cinched down, will scrub the surface of the gelcoat. If there's enough grim under it, SANDPAPER. I'd rather my trailers sit in the elements than be loosely tarped. YMMV
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:19 AM   #58
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That depends entirely on the size of the tarp, right? If you're willing to wrangle a huge one, you can wrap the trailer up like a gift.
I think we should try and see how it works. But we'll use your trailer not mine.
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I think we should try and see how it works. But we'll use your trailer not mine.
Already sort of done
I have tarped my trailer, and since the tarp was quite wide it went well down each side, so much more than the roof was covered... and even wider tarps are available. I still didn't get it wrapped all the way under the bottom, of course!

It was a big thing to drag over the trailer, and I agree with the comments about the unsuitability of tarp material for this purpose, so I decided not to use a tarp again. I also haven't bothered with a proper cover, but as a result there's a lot of cleaning to do. I think a shelter is definitely the best way to go, but I haven't found it worth the cost (including time to build and space taken) yet.
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