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Rhigley

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Posted: 04/16/20 03:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did not cover edges with anything but that is not the place that became a problem. It failed over the front cap that is rounded with no edges. The cover is paper thin in places the sun hits. I am in a windy area. (Beaumont Ca) the white part (top) is fine, gray part on front is very thin and torn.

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I've have the "Elements Premium all Climate" just finished the 4th year with it. I should be able to get 1 more year out of it. I think that because it just happened to be a very tight fit made it last this long.
I tape old cut up bath towels around the usual corners and pull the bottom straps just tight enough to let the top settle when the snow piles up. Because of the tight fit, there hasn't been any damage from rubbing. I usually put it on mid November and off at the end of March.


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Posted: 04/16/20 07:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sunshield tarp. See my previous posts and other posts.


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Sailors & RVers have a common enemy. Chafe. That little movement may not seem like much but when it happens tens of thousands of times something is going to wear.

I used to cover my 32' boat for winter storage. There were many more sharp corners & weird shapes on that boat than any RV, which is basically a box.

Tape folded terry towel over sharp corners. Tie the corners down. Around the sides add water filled bottles to help keep tension. The bottles should be hanging off the ground. The size of the bottles used will depend first of all on the strength of the cover grommets, the amount of wind where stored & frequency of checking on the unit.


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Posted: 04/18/20 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless you purchase a custom-fit cover that uses some expensive, exotic material, IMO there's not a lot of difference in longevity from one brand of cover to another.

The weather in your area (UV, wind, rain, etc.) and how well it is installed (and fits) will determine how long a cover will last. The high UV's you find in many desert SW locales will turn most any cover to dust in 12-18 months. Wind will destroy a brand new cover in one day if the cover is not installed properly.

When we covered our 33 ft. TT, it tooks us about 4 hours to prep the TT before we ever installed the cover. We applied painter's tape at every wear point (including the edge of the rubber roof). Pool noodles custom cut for every sharp corner. Added extra tie-downs to secure any loose cover material. It's a lot of work. If you don't take the time to do the prep work (especially in very windy areas) the cover will self-destruct, not to mention damage the exterior of your TT.

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I have an Adco cover - I have had no issues with it.

This is the 4th winter I have had this cover - on a 32' Fifth Wheel. I was thinking when I put it on last fall it would be the last winter. But as winter is coming to an end I was looking at it and I see no reason it won't go another year. It has a small tear on the side, that I created when installing it 2 winters ago. Putting it on myself I pulled when it was caught on the awning, small tear. It has a couple thin spots on the corners of the bottom edges, but no real tear. When I put it on next winter I will just make sure those spots don't line up with the same corners. The key is making sure the straps are tight and it doesn't move much when the wind blows. We get plenty of wind and I have no issues from the cover wearing the paint or edges or anything.

All in all I would say money well spent, it really saves the roof and surface of the trailer. I clean and wax before I cover it and when I take it off it looks like I just cleaned it. Ready to go.

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Posted: 04/28/20 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tried to contact Adco to see about my warranty ( the one I have is 3 years) but so far they have not gotten back to me. It's been a couple weeks now. Not sure how good this warranty is.

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Carolina Carport, 18'x32'. Cost me about $2400 installed, but keeps the rain, sun, snow, leaves and bird poop off my roof. We bought it 6 years ago, have at least another 8 in this house. That's 14 years, or $171 a year to keep it under cover and dry. That's cheaper than buying a cheapo cover every year, far easier and more effective to use.

Our next house will be even cheaper per year, because we'll be there for a lot longer. Consider it if you can. Its a small investment (10% of the price of my new camper in 2015) that keeps my trailer looking newer longer.


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Posted: 05/08/20 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got ahold of Adco and sent pictures of problem areas of my cover and they are sending me a new one, all I have to do is pay for shipping.

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I had an Adco cover for our old trailer. I got 5 years out of it then bought another. All worth the money. The key is to pad the corners and any protruding objects. I didn’t use it in the summer though. It was only for the winter. I now keep my MH in indoor storage. Yes it’s expensive, but so is a MH! And my 2012 rhat the previous owner kept with covered or stored indoors looks like new.


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