For most people, the largest investments they’ll ever make are their home, recreational vehicles and their retirement.
Most homes are built to hold up to the outdoor elements without adding much additional protection. For our vehicles, we have regular maintenance performed and keep them garaged to fend off weather exposure. But what about our RV’s?
If you’re planning on keeping your RV for years to come, it needs to be protected from the elements. If you’re not able to keep your RV stored indoors, RV covers are your best option.
Here, we’ll take a look at the best way to protect your RV with a top-quality RV cover.
Protecting the Roof
First, you might be wondering what it is about an RV that requires better protection than your house? The first answer is the roof of your RV.
The majority of modern RV’s have roofs constructed of either TOP plastic or EPDM rubber. For the most part, these roof constructions do a wonderful job at protecting your RV. But only to a certain extent.
What most limits long-term protection are the seams in the roof. The seams utilize a flexible sealant at the joints that allow them to move as the RV travels down the road. This sealant wears out over time and needs to be refreshed.
However, the sealant will last much longer if your RV is covered during times when it’s not used. An RV cover will protect roof sealant from damaging moisture and UV exposure. It’ll also protect the rest of the RV if a seal fails.
Protecting the Sides
Many tarps available on the market only protect the roof of your RV. This isn’t good enough. These tarps leave the coach and sides exposed to moisture and UV.
Over time, this exposure becomes very noticeable. You’ll begin to see faded aluminum or fiberglass siding and end caps, as well as dried out door and window seals. Dried out seals lead directly to leaks and other damage. Black streaks that end up on your finish will never be removed.
Your RV sides need to be protected.
RV Covers vs. Tarps
What are the main functions of an RV cover, and is it actually better than a tarp? The key here is how the RV cover works to protect in a way that a tarp can’t.
High-quality RV covers are made from materials that effortlessly resist elements while releasing the moisture that accumulates under it. This eliminates, or at least drastically reduces, mold and mildew buildup.
RV covers are rip-resistant and strong. They’re lightweight and simple to use. They’ll come with fasteners and connectors that assist in a snug cover-up without damaging your RV’s surface.
You’ve probably seen many RV’s through the years that are covered in tarps. Of course, tarps come in a variety of sizes, are easy to find and are inexpensive. However, tarps retain moisture and heat just like a huge plastic bag. This leads to an eventual buildup of mildew and mold on the surface of your RV.
A tarp will also begin to fray in the elements. They have harsh metal grommets that can easily gouge or scratch your RV when in use.
Even worse, tarps are extremely abrasive. This causes unsightly damage to the corners and sides of your RV. In the worst cases, they can begin to rub through the edges and corners of the roof, causing expensive repairs.
A tarp provides little to no UV sun protection, especially if it leaves the sides completely uncovered. If a tarp isn’t properly tied, a brisk windy day will cause it to shift. The flapping that ensues will cause even worse damage to your coach.
Protect Your RV the Right Way
Your RV is a major life investment. Covering and maintaining it not only makes you look better while traveling, but it also keeps money in your pocket.
Properly protect your RV when not in use so that it’ll last as long as possible.