Why Should You Cover Your Motorhome?
Author: RV Super Centre Date Posted: 11 May 2017
Why should you cover your motorhome?
Winter is nearly upon us and that means the RV season is starting to wind down. New Zealand has already been hit by heavy rains this month, the cold weather draws near and snow is practically within sight in the coldest parts of the country. Covering your RV and protecting your investment should be a priority.
Covering your recreational vehicle for the off season can seem daunting and expensive. But what happens if you leave your RV unprotected from the harsh natural elements?
- The sun’s damaging UV rays beat down on your RV causing high heat build-up on the surface, which can cause seal deterioration and damage plastic parts on your roof and awning
- Exposure to the sun can fade cushions and curtains inside your RV
- Harmful weather like snow, sleet and rain can leave an unprotected RV vulnerable to leaks
- The paint, graphics and trim on your RV can fade, crack, and deteriorate
- Dirt, debris tree sap and bird droppings wash off the roof of your RV, causing black streaks
If renting a storage unit is outside of your budget or inconvenient for you, another option is to purchase a cover to protect your RV in winter.
Material covers designed specifically for RVs will reduce the need for washing, waxing and other roof treatments. A good quality cover is an excellent investment that will extend the life of your motorhome and preserve your RV’s resale value.
Tyres also suffer from sun exposure. We recommend you cover your tyres when your RV is parked for more than a month or they will get damaged from exposure to harmful UV rays .
How to find the right cover for your RV?
Measure your motorhome from the longest two points to determine proper fit, including bumpers, spare tire and ladder – but excluding the hitch. The size of your RV is not the correct size of the cover that you will need since it does not include the spare tire, bumpers or ladder and the actual length may vary. These items increase the length of your RV, which means you will actually need a larger cover. If your RV is in between available sizes, always purchase the larger size to ensure that your entire RV will be protected and to prevent binding or stretching the cover.
Below is a list of features you should look for in your cover:
- Breathable material
- UV stabilised fabric
- Built-in vents
- Water-resistant roof panel
- Reinforced corners
- Heavy duty fastening system
How to install your cover?
Clean and dry the exterior and interior of your RV before applying the cover. Applying the cover by yourself might be a challenge, so grab a family member or friend to help you. When the cover is completely sheltering all sides, make sure you double check that it is secured properly to avoid it from coming off. Be careful around any sharp corners that could potentially tear through the cover’s material. Flatten any antennas on the RV’s roof and make sure to keep your roof vents open a bit to allow proper airflow.