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Old 09-28-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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Leaving it uncovered for the winter?

Getting ready to winterize my 19' for the first time. I'm storing it outside in the elements where it snows and freezes. During my orientation I was advise to line my awning strap up to the outside light, when it's closed, to prevent it from damaging the trailer while it dangles in the wind while driving down the road. So if I cover my trailer, will the cover do some damage maybe from the wind? What is the worst if I choose not to cover? Not really interest in spending anymore cash till next season.
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:50 PM   #2
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What is the worst if I choose not to cover? Not really interest in spending anymore cash till next season.
The worst, it will get really, really grimy. When I stored my trailer outside, I had to spend one full day scrubbing the black/green/red mold off of it. If you're lucky, you won't have that issue.

And, you should really watch for any snow load or ice load.

If you can give the trailer a really good wax job before winter, that will really help.
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:51 PM   #3
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Mine has spent its entire life outside in the open. Not sure, but I don't think Escape stores trailers under cover either.
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Mine has spent its entire life outside in the open. Not sure, but I don't think Escape stores trailers under cover either.
Escape is getting out of the storing trailers for customers business. We pulled our trailer out of their yard this spring. I guess we were still in ETI data system as storing the trailer on their compound. A few weeks ago We got an email saying they are expanding their buildings and need the space. Everyone out in two months
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:22 PM   #5
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Hi: GRINGOandTICA... Ours used to be stored out in the elements. We've now managed to change the elements of storage. Alf
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And to answer your ? We have ours uncovered here in the wet coast.
Next year if/when I retire I will wax the trailer to keep it shiny.

Worse we had this year was some ash from the forest fires. Ive waxed it 2x this year
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I leave BlackJack uncovered, but plugged with with a small heater. That way if there is a weather break we can get away for the weekend without too much trouble. I do remove snow if it gets too high
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:22 AM   #8
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We leave ours uncovered. Try to give it a wax coat each spring and fall.
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Where I live, the damage from a cover flapping in the wind will be greater than any protection.

I'm looking for a solar panel cover, the rest of it can fend for itself.
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I'm thinking the solar panel can take care of itself and keep my batteries up so they don't freeze.
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