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dougw
03-03-2013, 07:33 PM
Hi,
I'm thinking of getting a cover for my cyclone (5th wheel). I was wondering if the idea of having a cover wears off after having to put it on a few times.

in the end is it pretty hard or time consuming to install / remove?

is it worth it?

Thanks
Doug

FiremanBill
03-03-2013, 07:42 PM
I will be interested in the replies to this as I am looking to get one for our 3110 also.

jnbhobe
03-03-2013, 07:53 PM
Spend the money and pay for inside storage and save the grief of a cover that blows off, rips, rubs the roof, and no installation problems. Just my 2 cents worth!!

davebennington
03-03-2013, 07:58 PM
We have a cover for our Landmark, I have used it a few times. Since we have started to camp more in the winter months(headed to Florida) we do not use it any longer and while taking the cover off is not a big deal. I have found that it is a pain to first try to get it on top of the rig by yourself. There is a pulley system that Camping World sells I think would make this an easier task.
I do understand the protection that a cover gives the unit however would not buy another one. If you have the room and the local ordnance will let you buy a metal shelter you can pull through or back in. This is the best solution IMO.

dave

mlburst1
03-03-2013, 08:05 PM
We used one for two months the first winter that we owned our Sundance.

Even though it was a good fit, the cover rubbed several thin spots on the roof edge.

I wouldn't recommend using one.

Mike

ksmith555
03-03-2013, 08:21 PM
We used one for two winters on our first trailer. We also had the same experience with the small holes being rubbed on the roof edges, even with a snug fit the wind still cause movement that isn't good for the roof. It caused a leak that by spring had caused delamination spots. The cover also began to tear and almost dry rot by the second winter anyway, but the roof damage was enough for us...never again!

marvmarcy
03-03-2013, 09:25 PM
They are expensive and don't last long, usually one year. They are heavy, hard and time consuming to install, can't be installed tight enough to avoid wind damage to both cover and rv, and are not only unnecessary but create new problems. Over 35 years, I've had three covers for different vehicles and all were worse than worthless. I thought they would be better over time. They are only for use where there is no wind - typically indoors.

mzcummins
03-03-2013, 09:39 PM
Sorry for the noob question but I am

What are you guys doing for storage? I'm worried about the harsh Minnesota winters and hot/humid summers getting to the camper



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hoefler
03-03-2013, 10:14 PM
Carolina Carport. Back it in when done, pull it out when you go.

FiremanBill
03-03-2013, 10:21 PM
Carolina Carport. Back it in when done, pull it out when you go.

That's great if you are able to store it on your own property! I would love to have one of those.

dougw
03-03-2013, 11:46 PM
I'd love to put up a stationary overhang but the bid I got was $18k because of the weird way we pull the trailer in. It's basically a circular drive. Anyways the sun is taking a toll already on our 2010 cyclone. I just had to replace the 2 vent covers that wear brittle. So I need to find some solution.

thanks

mobilcastle
03-04-2013, 04:58 AM
Mine sits out beside my barn-I think they were built to sit outside. No cover for me. Good luck.

ksmith555
03-04-2013, 07:28 AM
We store ours in our yard also, no cover or car port. When we picked up our new one we talked to the dealer about the best way to battle the elements. In his opinion he felt the sun was the worst for the trailer and recommended we focus on keeping up with good roof maintenance. We clean 4 times a year with dish liquid (called Dicor and they recommended this) and then treat 2 or 3 times a year with a mop on UV treatment. After washing the siding we follow up with a good wax for gel coat, also with UV protection.

Lynn1130
03-04-2013, 07:21 PM
I pay for covered storage and on top of that have an RV detail company do a complete wash and Rejex application (detail) each Spring. Most RVs left in the elements here (Arizona) show sun damage within the first two years. Not to mention the dry rot of the roof and drying of cabinets and other wood items inside the RV. RV covers don't last long in this part of the world. They dry-rot fast.

FiremanBill
03-04-2013, 08:12 PM
No covered RV storage around here. I have the room to put in a canopy in my backyard and I can legally keep it here but the county I live in charges personal property tax on RV's garaged in the county, 4% of the value of the vehicle annually. :eek:

The next town over, Hampton, does not charge that tax, only the $20 annual registration. In Virginia taxes are based on where the vehicle is garaged so to save $2500 or so annually I won't store it in my yard. Storage is limited with the best location being right on the Chesapeake bay at a boat/rv storage lot but then I have to contend with the salty air.

They are putting in a new lot on the Air Base that should be open in about 6 weeks so will be putting it there then, still no covered storage though. That would be awesome!

dfk009
03-04-2013, 10:18 PM
Will NEVER buy another cover! Threw over $300.00 away on a supposedly good cover from CW, that winds ripped too pieces in a matter of a couple months.

FiremanBill
03-04-2013, 10:24 PM
I'm pretty sure the cover issue is answered!!! At least for me anyway... NO COVERS!