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Old 12-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #51
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LBaranyai - Do you get much snow or wind where you live? If so, it will pay you do do some research on snow load and wind durability codes in your area, and purchase a unit that will hold up to your weather. Also, consider length: for our 19 I bought a 26' carport, and the overhangs are just enough to keep rain and snow off the unit.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:47 PM   #52
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LBaranyai - Do you get much snow or wind where you live? If so, it will pay you do do some research on snow load and wind durability codes in your area, and purchase a unit that will hold up to your weather. Also, consider length: for our 19 I bought a 26' carport, and the overhangs are just enough to keep rain and snow off the unit.

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Thanks for the info Bruce. We're in Vancouver, B.C. - the best place on earth so we don't deal with weather extremes - however who knows what Global warning will do in the future!

I had one major consideration when deciding to get a trailer - it had to fit on the side of my house. I refuse to pollute my view or my neighbors by parking a trailer on my driveway year round so the research started into smaller trailers then the decision to buy a quality product like the Escape. The benefit to this side parking place is it's fully sheltered - by the house on one side and a solid fence on the other. When we were designing the new side driveway, we had planned to mount a sloped patio cover to the side of our house to cover the trailer but local building restrictions wouldn't allow it - thus the plan for a freestanding unit. It's also easy to attach wall panels to these carports too if you wanted more protection. Now, with our side driveway gate closed, you can't even tell we have a trailer parked on the side so it's met all my requirements.

You are definitely right about an adequate overhang - we installed a commercial patio cover on our deck and went with a 4' overhang. The supplier I ordered the materials from thought it was overkill but it really makes a difference with the rain and the rare snow fall we get here. But speaking of snow loads, I think even if you have a cloth trailer cover, you have to be wary because the weight of that snow could easily stretch the cover to the point of tearing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #53
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Yes I use 2 X !2s under the tires. I beveled one end so to drive up on them easy. Works as a frost and moisture barrier. some may disagree that it is of any advantage. It's old school stuff, The old bias ply days. The new redials are more forgiving. But i still do it for a 2or 3 month stay. During winter months.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:31 PM   #54
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Hi all,
We are thinking of ordering a Calmark cover for our 19, and I wondered if anyone who has ordered from them has any new experience to share?

Being made of Sunbrella and having a full 6 year warranty, it seems as though Calmark covers must be well-made. They also claim their fabric is 100% non-abrasive....if I put it on a very clean trailer I wonder if this is true for the most part?

We don't have a carport/garage option and I feel like a cover must be better than letting it sit exposed to UV rays all day long, even with 303 or wax.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:39 PM   #55
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:59 PM   #56
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:56 AM   #57
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Yes, thank you, I did read through those blog entries. I'm curious to see if there's any recent testimonials of durability, abrasiveness of fabric, etc.....

And, yes, we get loads of sunshine all summer long in our part of Washington!
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:11 AM   #58
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I have a cover and have yet to use it. I think that a cover may hinder last minute trip
spontaneity as well as once you get it out of that box it was shipped in, forget about getting it back in. I hope to use my Escape at least one weekend a month. If that slows down, then I may consider covering.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #59
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We bought a Calmark cover a year ago and it was on the trailer all winter. It has held up very well and I was surprised how clean the top was after that much time. The cover is well made and the people are straight forward to deal with. I would recommend it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #60
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I got my cover from Escape and I'm very happy with it. It take 1/2 an hour to tie it down properly (working by myself). The trailer looks like new every time I take the cover off. I think it's worth it. That said, I would rather have a barn or shed or garage to store in.
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