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Old 11-19-2015, 07:19 PM   #91
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I don't know how a flannel bed sheet with kitty-cats compares to a standard trailer cover, but I can see that "some" energy is likely being produced, perhaps enough to maintain a float charge if the main battery switch is off.
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Interesting experiment. Maybe someone will try it with a trailer cover and see how the results compare. With zero draw on the batteries it wouldn't take much to compensate for self discharge.

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Old 11-19-2015, 07:36 PM   #92
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I added a SAE port outside and wired it in parallel to the rooftop solar. Bought a 6 watt $30 panel. Plan to plug it in when trailer is under cover to keep batteries up.

I got about 1/2 amp through the cover last year. After a good snow cover, that went to zero.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:47 PM   #93
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Okay, I'll bite, what's an SAE port?
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:25 AM   #94
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The polarized connector comes on the little 6 watt panel. So it plugs right in. I already made up a 50', 10 gauge extension cable for a future folding panel.
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:23 PM   #95
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I got my Adco cover on the 21' today. Listed for 18'1" to 20'. A little big. Covers from spare tire to front of ball hitch. I put a plastic coffee can over the hitch and plastic peanut butter jars over back bumper. Used some tarp clamp/hooks to take up some excess at the front and back. All in all happy with it. Will see how it holds up. Paid $140 back in the late spring on special at Camping World.
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Old 11-27-2015, 11:11 PM   #96
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Looks like you got a great deal. My own experience is that these cheaper covers provide much more value for your dollars than the outrageously expensive Calmar products. My own cover was priced similarly to yours and is still performing flawlessly three years later.
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:15 AM   #97
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I got my Adco cover on the 21' today. Listed for 18'1" to 20'. A little big. Covers from spare tire to front of ball hitch.
A typical Adco cover for 18 to 20 foot trailers is 243 inches long - that's 20 feet plus three inches. When they say 20 feet, they mean that the body of the trailer is 20 feet long - that's how most trailer manufacturers designate their products, both in cargo and travel trailers. Most moulded fiberglass travel trailers - including Escapes - are designated by overall length, including the bumper and tongue. An Escape "21 Foot" has a body only 17'4" long, so perhaps the next size down (for 15'1" - 18') - as mentioned by Ron in post #13) and at least considered by two other 21' owners - would be a more suitable fit... at least for those without the storage box.
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:26 AM   #98
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A typical Adco cover for 18 to 20 foot trailers is 243 inches long - that's 20 feet plus three inches. When they say 20 feet, they mean that the body of the trailer is 20 feet long - that's how most trailer manufacturers designate their products, both in cargo and travel trailers. Most moulded fiberglass travel trailers - including Escapes - are designated by overall length, including the bumper and tongue. An Escape "21 Foot" has a body only 17'4" long, so perhaps the next size down (for 15'1" - 18') - as mentioned by Ron in post #13) and at least considered by two other 21' owners - would be a more suitable fit... at least for those without the storage box.
I will probably give the next smaller a try next time. I do like how it covers the hitch and all.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:42 PM   #99
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I'm thinking of getting something more permanent and wanted some input from you guys.

I was thinking of getting a large carport or possible shed to house my trailer. So far, I've seen some mentions of Shelterlogic for something on the cheaper side or Weatherport for something more durable and longer lasting. Wanted to see if anyone had any feedback on products?
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