The short answer is: yes, but we know whether you're new to RVing or a seasoned RV owner, you’re sure to have questions about covering your RV. Below, we've addressed some of the more frequently-asked questions, from "Do I need an RV cover?" to "How do I install a cover?"
What is an RV cover?
RV covers are designed to provide protection for your motorhome, travel trailer, or camper. They fully cover your unit, defending it against harmful UV rays, moisture, and other environmental hazards. Unlike a tarp, which can flap in the wind and cause scratches, RV covers are specifically designed to fit your RV type and are made from protective fabrics.
Do I need an RV cover?
It’s a smart idea to cover your RV because it will reduce the amount of maintenance and repairs you’ll need to make. UV rays can fade your RV’s exterior and cause cracking on the roof. Moisture breeds mold and mildew. With a cover, you can avoid these problems.
What are the benefits of using a RV cover?
There are many benefits to using an RV cover. Covers will extend the life of your RV by protecting the paint and finish, interior fabrics, and other components. Many environmental elements can cause problems for your RV over time, including UV rays, rain, snow, debris, dirt, bird droppings, and sap. High-quality RV covers are made from UV-reflective materials that are water resistant yet breathable to allow moisture to escape.
What is the difference: waterproof RV covers vs. water repellent RV covers?
Waterproof RV covers or tarps are not recommended by professionals or RV owners who have experience with them. These covers are not breathable, which means that moisture accumulates and breeds large amounts of mold and mildew. Water resistant or water repellent RV covers, on the other hand, are breathable, facilitating the escape of moisture, while still offering a water repellent barrier between your unit and the elements
What is the best RV cover for winter?
Classic Accessories Skyshield cover offers the highest possible resistance to intense sun, heavy rain, and snow. The roof of the cover is constructed from Dupont Tyvek, which is proven to provide a completely weatherproof barrier. The sides of this cover are a lighter weight, rip stop fabric which is easy to handle, along with being excellent for high winds.
Which RV cover is best for sun/UV protection?
ADCO’s DuPont Tyvek Plus Wind is specially designed for intense UV exposure. The top roof panel provides maximum protection from moisture and the damaging UV rays. Triple layered polypropylene sides ensure maximum breathability to eliminate mold and mildew.
What is the best RV cover for rainy climates?
ADCO’s SFS AquaShed Designer Series is made for climates with significant rainfall. The top panel beads water on contact. High-performance, triple-layered polypropylene sides provide maximum breathability to prevent mold and mildew.
What is a storage lot RV cover?
A storage lot cover is specifically designed for long term storage. These heavy duty covers feature a snug fit with added reinforcement for extra durability. Built-in vents throughout the roof line maximize breathability and prevent billowing.
Can a cover scratch my RV?
While a cover could scratch your RV if it’s not properly installed or if you’re using the wrong type of cover, a properly-fitting cover will not scratch your RV. Be sure to clean your RV to remove all dirt and debris before you install the cover and use tie straps to prevent the cover from flapping in the wind.
Do covers cause black streaks on my RV?
Black streaks appear as a result of moisture. If you are using a waterproof cover that’s not breathable, you may experience black streaks. You should instead use a breathable water-resistant cover to prevent black streaks.
How do I install an RV cover?
- Clean your RV, removing all dirt and debris.
- Place the cover on the roof of the RV and roll it out toward the back end of the roof.
- Working from front to back, pull the cover over the sides of the RV.
- Secure the hems of the RV cover under the front and the rear of the unit.
- Finish by using tie down straps to secure the cover.