You love your RV. You take pride in cleaning the windows and shining the rims as soon as you get to your destination. But now it is time to park for the season. Are you going to just leave your “baby” exposed to the elements?
Building an RV garage isn’t possible for every owner and enclosed rented RV storage garages are hard to find and will come at a premium. The sensible alternative is to park your RV with a cover over it to provide protection from the harsh elements.
An RV’s worst enemy is UV degradation damage done by the rays of the sun. The sun can fade paint, crack decals, cause the shrinking of seals around doors and windows, and the shrinking of caulk around all the components mounted to the RV’s roof.
Damaged paint can be particularly problematic as the paint or the clear coat gloss is the first barrier of protection of many components on an RV and when the paint is compromised, those metal and plastic parts are now exposed directly to the sun and will begin to degrade and corrode as well.
It’s also important to keep your RV tires covered, too. If the RV cover you purchased isn’t long enough to cover all the tires completely, then you will need separate wheel covers. Tires with less than 100 miles on them can still experience a blow out if they sit in the sun for years. The integrity of your RV tires is essential to your safety as you roll down the road and you should not take any chances.
Another issue during storage is tree sap from nearby trees. Sap can cause staining on your RV exterior as well as paint erosion. If you have ever worked your fingers to the bone trying to clean sap off a vehicle, you will understand the convenience of pulling off an RV cover in the spring and having a sap-free rig, ready to travel! By keeping your RV covered, you will spend less time washing it or repairing damage to it and more time getting out there and enjoying it.
When choosing RV covers, you will want one that sheds moisture well and holds up to having snow sitting on it for long periods. You will want to make sure that it can withstand the summer sun and is breathable. It should also be treated to resist mold and mildew and be easy to clean.
Some design features are vent flaps to prevent billowing of the cover, adjustable tie-down straps to keep the cover in place in high winds, and roll-up panels that allow access to the RV’s entry door without having to remove the entire cover.
RV covers come in all shapes and sizes and are adjustable. Whether you have a tiny travel trailer, an enormous fifth wheel or a luxury motor home, there is a cover that is just right for your rig. Considering the burdensome cost of having an RV professionally repainted, an RV cover is not only ideal for saving you time and money in regular maintenance, but also saves you from the potential dramatic depreciation of your recreational investment.