Do You Really Need an RV Cover?

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Most RV owners have to store their rigs at some point during the year. While there’s still some good fall camping to be had, at some point you’ll likely have to put your rig away for winter.

Not everyone can afford or has access to a climate controlled storage area for their camper or motorhome. That’s where an RV cover comes in. 

But your RV is designed to be a shelter. Shouldn’t it be able to withstand the elements? Yes and no. Your RV is designed to be your home away from home, but like any dwelling, it requires care. Covering your RV when it’s not in use is one way of caring for it.

Think of it like routine maintenance. Any time you store your RV for an extended period of time, you’re going to have maintenance steps to do to the water system and engine in the case of a motorhome. The RV cover should just be part of that maintenance list.

Don’t Use an Old School Tarp

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When a lot of people think of covering their RV, the first thing that comes to mind is an old tarp. The traditional blue, gray, or green tarp that you can buy at any hardware store might be cheap, but it’s far from being the right kind of cover.

These types of tarps don’t breathe at all and that can trap moisture between the tarp and your RV. As you likely know, moisture and RVs don’t mix. It’s a recipe for water damage and mold.

Also, covering your RV with a traditional tarp is a pain in the backside. In order to cover the whole RV, you’ll need a huge tarp and probably plenty of bungee cords. It’s better to get a cover that’s specifically designed for RVs.

The Benefits Real RV Cover

A cover manufactured for an RV is designed to protect the RV. It’s made of the right materials and will keep your RV in good condition while you wait for the next time to use it. Let’s take a second to look at the true benefits of an RV cover.

Protection From Harmful UV Radiation

The sun’s UV raditiaon can do a number on your RV’s exterior. It can fade colors, cause paint to peel and seams to dry out and crack. Covering your rig with an RV cover will protect it from these UV rays. 

The Proper Levels of Moisture

As I said above, a plain old tarp will trap moisture. You don’t want that. You also don’t want to expose your RV’s exterior to all of the elements like rain and snow. A RV cover will keep water off of the outside of your RV, and it will also allow for the proper level of breathability. This keeps moisture under the cover at the poper level.

Some Tips About Buying the Right RV Cover

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Not all RV covers are treated the same. It would be nice if every RV cover manufacturer used the best possible materials, but the simple fact is that they don’t. You need an RV cover that provides the benefits discussed above. You also need an RV cover that will last. This means buying a high-quality one. You also need to make sure it fits your RV. A cover that doesn’t fit, will flap in the wind and be more likely to tears, which reduces its effectiveness.

Gander RV & Outdoors carries several top-quality RV covers. One that stands out in my mind is the Classic Accessories PolyPro 3 RV Cover. It features a triple-ply construction on the top of the cover and a single ply construction on the sides. It comes with a three-year limited warranty, and the company has several different styles for all classes of motorhomes and types of campers.


There are plenty RV covers available at Gander RV & Outdoors, check out the full selection


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