Hi Mark, I have a question about covering your trailer for the winter. I have a large unit and the cost of the cover for it would be several hundred dollars. I want to maintain my investment but am wondering if this is really necessary. What are the advantages of covering it? Is there a difference in the quality of covers and what should I look for in a cover if I do buy one? Thanks, Elizabeth, Virginia Beach, Virginia

When you store your RV outside for extended periods of time the exterior starts to show signs of wear, caused by the constant exposure to the elements. The sun is the primary threat to an uncovered RV, but wind, rain and snow aren’t far behind when it comes to damaging the RV’s exterior. It doesn’t take long for ozone and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun to damage an RV. Early signs are when the paint on the exterior begins to fade, and eventually you start to notice other products like rubber, vinyl and plastic drying out and cracking. If it’s not possible to store the RV under a covered shelter an RV cover is a cost-effective way to protect the RV. When you purchase a cover, you want one that properly fits the type and size of your RV you have, and it should be made from material that can withstand the elements. You also want a fabric that is breathable, this lets air circulate and keep surfaces dry which helps prevent mold and mildew. Never cover your RV with one of those blue plastic tarps. Tarps or covers similar to that promote mold and mildew, and keep moisture and water in rather than allowing it to evaporate and stay dry. Read this article for more information on pros and cons for covering your RV.

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