Do you park your trailer inside or outside? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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I'm wondering if most people have a covered parking area for their fiberglass trailer or if they park them outside?

We are planning on buying a used 16' Scamp and it won't fit in our garage. In fact I will have to keep it in an outside RV storage yard as I don't have room at home. So, are there any problems with parking a Scamp outside in the Arizona sun 100% of the time? We don't get a lot of rain or weather to worry about, but it is sunny about 360 days per year. Plus extreme temps in the summer. I was just planning on putting reflective sun shades in all the windows when stored and probably a fresh coat of wax every year. Another option I guess would be a cover, but I worry about the occasional windy day.

Any thoughts or other things to think about? Think it will do ok?

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Old 06-16-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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The sun will be brutal to the fiberglass exterior. I would at least invest in a cover for it.
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:06 PM   #4
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Thanks Kevin and Steve. I will look into getting a quality cover once I find a trailer. Maybe I can find one that will tie on.

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:18 PM   #5
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Mine is parked outside, but under cover. The cover protects from the sun, but more importantly in the Pacific NorthWET... the rain! Prior to the cover, it would take me all day to "degunge" the trailer for the first camping trip in the Spring. All the black/green/red mold and slime. Not any more!!! Now all that happens is it gets dusty. The carport is 18'x25' and even when it's raining outside, I can work on the trailer and stay dry. I've even washed and waxed it where it's parked and that's GREAT! Besides, if I should sell the homestead, I can say I have "permanent RV parking," the whole area is asphalted. To me, it's worth every nickle I spent to have this area built.
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:47 PM   #6
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Inside unless it's out and about camping.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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Mine is outside. While being lucky enough to be able to "store" it at home, we use it as a guest cottage and do not cover it. I wax it about 4 times a year, top to bottom. This helps keep up with the schmutz that accumulates on the roof after the sprinkles we call rain here.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:05 AM   #8
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This may not be the best quality but if its anything like some of the inexpensive covers I've purchased in the past it will begin to deteriorate from intense sun exposure within a year. Sharp objects on the trailer will also easily tear the cover. But even with those shortcomings it at least shields the trailer from a good part of the sun.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:18 AM   #9
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:40 PM   #10
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We ren a 10X25 unit in a storage facility. 9ft high door. Not that expensive to keep the Scamp in good shape plus have room for other stuff.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:49 PM   #11
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My egg is outside in the Texas weather and is always covered when not being used. I spend roughly $150 for a cover and can get usually 2 years use out of one. My main goal is to protect my trailer against the hot TX sun. It gets really windy here sometimes too but I've never had a problem with the cover blowing off although I've gotten pretty good at knowing how to tie the cover around and under the trailer.

I would definitely recommend covering your trailer especially since you live in an area with so much sun. Good luck!
P.S. Be sure to put a "breathable" cover on your trailer and don't just throw a walmart tarp on it!
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #12
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We have our Scamp under a "car port". We had room beside the house.

Our Scamport.

We use reflective sun shades as well....really helps.

They are taylor fit for each window and both vents on top.

If nothing else, I'd suggest getting a cover for the air conditioner shroud.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:50 PM   #13
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Outdoors. No cover. Florida sun. Good marine wax, at least twice a year.
Oh, and we keep it moving in the summer and fall months, our camping season.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:15 PM   #14
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Sorry Kevin I thought I clicked on Dale AZ's post!

The sun eats up the snap buttons on the outside of the camper in about 4 years in the midwest with moderate exposure. You can buy a set from Scamp for under $20. You will only need the covers if you do these regularly.

Park it on the east side of a Bulgemobile in storage to give you half a day of shade!

When nobody is around... Go out and open the awning on the bulgemobile for a carport...HEHEHE (just kidding)

We are now blessed with a brand new shop building with space for the Scamp, finishing touches this week!

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