RVs are a big investment! Whether you have spent a few thousand dollars on your new RV or have sold your home and spent a small fortune on your new home-on-wheels, you’ll want to protect it. The best way to take care of your RV when it’s not in use is to cover it. The size and type of your RV will help determine what kind of cover you should look for. Whether you tow a 19’ travel trailer or a 40’ fifth wheel, there are plenty of RV covers to choose from that will help keep your investment looking newer longer. Choosing the right RV cover is an important step in owning an RV and we are here to help you decide which one is best for you!
Why Cover Your RV?
UV rays cause the most damage to RVs of any weather-related element. When an exposed RV sits for weeks and months on end and bakes in the sun, it suffers from UV degradation. The UV rays eat away at its painted exterior and rubber seals. The exterior starts to take on a lackluster appearance. The once-vibrant graphics can fade to an almost unnoticeable design that looks old and weathered. By looking at the outside of it, you’d never guess it was only a year or two old. Additionally, as the exterior shell starts to break down under the intense UV rays, the elements underneath it do as well. The metal and plastic components become exposed and are subjected to the same weathering process as the fiberglass shell. Rubber seals suffer harm from UV rays, too. They dry out and crack when exposed to the sun’s rays for a lengthy period of time. Replacing rubber seals is expensive and time consuming.
Acid rain can do horrible damage to an RV. The acids in rain (and in fog & snow) don’t evaporate. So when the water they’re in evaporates, the acids remain, forming a lasting ring on your RV’s exterior. The intensity of the acid increases as it dries.
We’ve all come out to our newly washed car in a parking lot and been maddened to see one side of it covered with bird poop. Especially since it only sat there for an hour! Imagine if it sat there for 3 months without moving! It’s a disaster waiting to happen! The same goes for your RV. After months of sitting uncovered outside, your RV would look like an entire flock of birds perched above it, ate berries all day long, and never moved. Bird poop can dull the finish of an RV and cause stains.
If your RV is parked under tree limbs, chances are it may end up with tree sap dripped on it. Talk about a sticky situation! Avoid this headache by covering your RV.
I don’t know how they do it, but critters and bugs manage to squeeze into the tiniest of places, even when it’s secured like Fort Knox. The warm, dry interior is very attractive to little creatures during the winter months. An RV cover provides a layer of protection that helps keep them outside (where they belong). It covers the otherwise exposed doors, windows, storage compartments, slide outs, and other areas where tiny rodents can squeeze through.