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Old 05-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Trailer cover

OK, OK, OK,

I am beginning to reconsider my position on a trailer cover.
Toad has spent the winter, uncovered under a cedar tree in the front yard.

Today, I pulled it out from under to get it ready for the Escape Rally.

I just spent two hours and 45 minutes washing the beast. Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will go over it with tar and bug remover to tidy up a few spots ( mostly on the roof ). Then, beer supply permitting, I will wax and polish.

I used Simonize "wash and wax" to wash, but I want to give it shine and protection so I'm going to give it a good wax job. I expect that will take an afternoon.

How much is that trailer cover?

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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I believe around 25 cases of beer.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
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Three hours waxing the Toad.

I read the label on the Simonize liquid was and it advised not to apply on vinyl so I was concerned about the decals. Used Mother's instead. Probably the same stuff, both with Carnauba wax.

I couldn't really tell the difference between what I had already done, but I'm confident it was worth the effort.

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Escape says to help protect the fiberglass from UV light if you can. Does anyone know if the escape cover does that? Or does UV pass right through it. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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I can't contribute anything about the cover from Escape or about UV. We did, however, just order a cover for our 19 from Calmark Cover Company. It is made of Sunbrella fabric. Has a six-year guarantee. --Liz
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #6
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We purchased a trailer cover and were very happy we have it. No washing required after a winter of being covered and everything nice and dry in the trailer. It was "trailer-in-a-bag" all winter and not very attractive as the cover was made for a standard rectangular stick-built conventional trailer. We purchased it on sale and consider it was well worth it to have the protection from all the elements.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Ebay sells under "Elite motor homes" covers for the Casita and Scamp that will fit the 17' Escape, around $150 if I recall- Ihad one on my EggCamper, nice cotton inside and had access panels.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:17 PM   #8
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I was looking through the camping world products. They have Tyvek RV covers. It says the top blocks 99.8% of UV rays. If you are a club member it costs 319.49.(up to 20' length). There is also a $6 shipping charge for club members.
We have yet to get a cover.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:55 PM   #9
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I was thinking of one of these covers. http://www.campercoversonline.com/traveltrailercovers
This company ships to Canada. But shipping is not free.
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Re: Trailer cover

I'm still pondering the trailer cover, but how do you keep bird poop and sap off of it? And how do you wash it?



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Old 05-24-2012, 01:23 AM   #11
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I guess not to park it under any birds or trees would help. As for washing it that part I would do while the cover is still on the trailer. Some mild soap and a soft brush. Let it dry a day or two pull it off and fold it up.They always look old and used after a year or two.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:52 AM   #12
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My Escape is parked very near a lot of trees. After the first year, it was a major effort to clean to the top. Last year I purchased a cover on sale from CW. A few weeks ago I removed the cover and the Escape looked great! The top of the cover not so great. The cover's instructions stated to use just water to clean it, nothing else. After I blew off the driveway of needles and cones, I laid out the cover and power washed the top of it with a fan nozzle. Came out looking not too bad with a few stains that couldn't be washed off.

The cover takes a little effort to put on but easy to remove. The cover is oversize with the end panels designed to tighten the cover. The cover has a door access that I found to be useful.

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Old 05-24-2012, 11:53 AM   #13
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Silicone Spray on just the area that gets the most sap and birds has worked for me on car covers. Not a solution but does help.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:06 PM   #14
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Here is the link to kibitka Escape walk through. About half way down mentions ultra-violet damage from the sun is important to longevity 8)

http://kibitka.blogspot.com/2012/05/training.html
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Here is one made for the Escape
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Deluxe-Escap...ht_1228wt_1180
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:40 PM   #16
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Our Calmark cover was delivered while we were away camping the last three days. We had to send accurate measurements to the company so they could make this a custom-fit. Measuring was kind of tough with a too-short tape measure and the curvy/tapered camper. When I get some pics of the cover on the 19, I'll post them on my blog and I'll let you know here that the deed is done.

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #17
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I just posted an entry about our Calmark Cover on my blog. It includes pictures and commentary. --Liz (kibitka.blogspot.com)
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:07 PM   #18
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Wow two weeks is pretty fast service. Thanks for the update.
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