Answers to questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from RV expert Dave Solberg, author of the “RV Handbook” and the managing editor of the RV Repair Club. This column appears Monday through Saturday in the RV Travel and RV Daily Tips newsletters. (Sign up for an email reminder for each new issue if you do not already receive one.) Today Dave discusses whether or not to cover an RV when stored outside.
We are storing our 2018 Coachmen Prism at home and outside in the usually wet Issaquah, WA, area. Do you think buying a cover for it is a good idea? And what type of cover would you recommend?
And if we are to cover it or some portion of it, when should we do it – after all the leaves are down? Does it have to be dry to cover? I’m not sure how that is possible. All suggestions will be very much appreciated by this newbie. —Stephanie
I have always been a huge fan of covering the rig while it is in storage, as it will help protect the materials from UV degradation as well as keeping the sealants pliable. The rubber roof of your rig can get very dry fast and start to chalk, which is actually the material breaking down. The fiberglass sidewall material has a clear gelcoat outer finish that will start to fade when exposed to UV rays which can become cloudy. And vinyl decals will start to not only cloud but crack and peel, as well.
My choice has always been Adco. They not only build a superior product, but also have customized sizes to provide a perfect fit that has less flapping in windy situations.
Features to look for when buying a cover for your RV
Whatever cover you choose, here are some features I would recommend:
• Whatever brand you choose, look for material that is tear-resistant, waterproof, and will withstand most weather conditions. Some brands are designed for short-term storage or moderate climates.
• Find a brand with reinforced corners and stress points. Certain areas such as roof air conditioners, slide out rooms, and roof to back wall trim can be tough on material. Also, the wind will whip the material around when it is not fitting snug at these points.
• Lighter fabric color reduces heat build up and specifically designed vents help reduce condensation. Some even have zippers for occasional entry. And don’t forget to cover the tires!
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Dave Solberg worked at Winnebago for 15 years developing the dealer training program, as marketing manager, and conducting shows. As the owner of Passport Media Creations, Dave has developed several RV dealer training programs, the RV Safety Training program for The Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation, and the accredited RV Driving Safety program being conducted at rallies and shows around the country. Dave is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.
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