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Old 11-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hi All,
Looking for thoughts and advice / suggestion on trailer covers. We live in Port Moody BC and so we do get a fair amount of rain and even some snow. Are they an absolute necessity?
I look forward to reading word of wisdom!
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Is it going to be stored under a tree? Mine is under a cedar and I sometimes wish I had a trailer cover to block sap and leaves, but Toad will be naked for yet another year.
Next time you drive through Chilliwack, count how many trailer covers you see on all those new trailers for sale at the dealerships.
I think a good coat of wax is what's called for.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Hi
I'm kind of interested also in a cover of some kind.What do others use or does someone know were to buy something specific for the trailer.I have the 15'. I live close to a lumber mill and through the winter things get coated in a black dust that when it rains, it runs down the side of the trailer in streaks and is difficult to wash off.And it's pretty hard to wax the roof.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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The primary materials that covers are made from are Tyvek and Sunbrella. I've heard that Tyvek lasts about 2 years exposed to the elements and Sunbrella lasts about 4 to 6 years. You also pay more for Sunbrella. I ordered Sunbrella to protect my trailer which is what my boat cover is made from and is holding up well on it's third year.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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Hi , we picked up " our little Gem " in August and did buy what may have been the last - or at least the last trailer cover (at Escape Trailers ) for a 15 ftEscape to go with it . It is great - decent quality and not difficult to put on . For our previous trailers we used a tarp for winter storage - not as easy to put on but it also worked well and it really does make a difference when they were covered for the winter , just a lot easier to clean up in spring ( actually keeps it pretty clean ).
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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The primary materials that covers are made from are Tyvek and Sunbrella. I've heard that Tyvek lasts about 2 years exposed to the elements and Sunbrella lasts about 4 to 6 years. You also pay more for Sunbrella. I ordered Sunbrella to protect my trailer which is what my boat cover is made from and is holding up well on it's third year.
When you say you ordered Sunbrella did you have the cover made?
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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Curiosity ..... says my posting time up there is 11:22 pm - it is actually 4:24 pm right now .... I wonder if there is something I need to do ?
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #8
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Yes Glen the mos t likely spot will be under a tree...maple and an evergreen.
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Curiosity ..... says my posting time up there is 11:22 pm - it is actually 4:24 pm right now .... I wonder if there is something I need to do ?
Go into your profile and scroll down to settings and options... "Edit Options." Go all the way down the page to set your time zone variance from GMT.
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What worries me, and it's not going to be alleviated by a trailer cover, is a branch coming down in a heavy snow fall. We had one take out our power lines a few years ago. Took four days for Hydro to show up and do the repair. Meantime, we had no heat.
I'm going to be prepared to haul Toad out to the street if conditions suggest I should. For one thing, it's my emergency shelter.
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Go into your profile and scroll down to settings and options... "Edit Options." Go all the way down the page to set your time zone variance from GMT.
Thanks .... think that was it !
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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When you say you ordered Sunbrella did you have the cover made?
Yes, it is custom made.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:20 PM   #13
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We bought the very expensive cover from Escape, but after two winters it was pretty tattered. Someone on the forum mentioned a company in the states that custom makes covers for a variety of trailers, including Escapes. It was only around $60.00, and still under $100 with shipping and duty. I'm really happy with it so far, and hope to get a longer life out of it by sweeping the snow off to keep it from tearing over the TV antennae. I did not get it on in time, and wet poplar leaves stained my roof.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:00 AM   #14
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We ordered a custom Calmark cover from California for our 19. It is made of Sunbrella and guaranteed for 6 years. Our blog has several entries about the cover, including pictures, so rather than repeat that info here in the forum, you can check it out on Kibitka.blogspot.com
To help you find them, the entries are in June, July and August of 2012.
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Here you go, scroll down to Escape
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bought on for my EggCamper, real nice product. Bought another for Quahog, have not covered yet, still camping.
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The primary materials that covers are made from are Tyvek and Sunbrella. I've heard that Tyvek lasts about 2 years exposed to the elements and Sunbrella lasts about 4 to 6 years. You also pay more for Sunbrella. I ordered Sunbrella to protect my trailer which is what my boat cover is made from and is holding up well on it's third year.
Am wondering if that is in the U.S. or Canada.Also can you order it to fit ,so the door is in the right place to have access.
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Am wondering if that is in the U.S. or Canada.Also can you order it to fit ,so the door is in the right place to have access.
It is Calmark in California..
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:55 PM   #18
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We got ours from the Elitemotorline off eBay. There is no door on the cover, but if you loosen the straps, you can still squeeze in the trailer door.
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We bought one of the last ones from Escape for our 17B. This will be the 2nd winter for it - came through fine last year. We do cover the solar panels and other projections with foam before putting the cover on as a precaution to extend the life of the cover.

When the cover wears out, we will be purchasing an aluminum "carport" to cover our Escape.
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I'm awaiting delivery from CalMark of a Sunbrella cover for my 17B. Pricey, but after looking at one on a Casita, I'm confident it will be a good investment. I sent them them measurements and photos, and will have the door opening in the correct location. Also having them build a separate matching cover for the dual tanks & storage locker that will cover the entire front end, including the hitch. I'll post pictures when I get them, probably after Thanksgiving.
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