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Old 05-16-2018, 09:22 AM   #1
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Cover or not?

I have a 1999 Casita 16 LD that I got used and the exterior needs some restoring due to dull finish; what I think is oxidation.
It looks ok after cleaning but not shiny. I live in Georgia and bought it in Florida so it has probably been in the south with lots of sun exposure during summers.
I don't have a garage or carport for it and am hesitant to spend $500 on a CarMart cover. Are there any less expensive alternative covers that work?
Also, does sun exposure lead to permenant damage of the fiberglass or comestic only?

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:34 AM   #2
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I have a 1999 Casita 16 LD that I got used and the exterior needs some restoring due to dull finish; what I think is oxidation.
It looks ok after cleaning but not shiny. I live in Georgia and bought it in Florida so it has probably been in the south with lots of sun exposure during summers.
I don't have a garage or carport for it and am hesitant to spend $500 on a CarMart cover. Are there any less expensive alternative covers that work?
Also, does sun exposure lead to permenant damage of the fiberglass or comestic only?

Thanks
I use a classic cover for my scamp 13 from amazon, it was ~$100. They have bigger sizes that fit 16+ Seems like a decent cover for the money.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:18 AM   #3
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I polish twice a year with a quality wax. If needed, I will use 3M Cleaner/Wax. For regular wash jobs, I use Simonize Wash and Wax.

I have no cover, nor do I have a cover for my cover to keep the green slime off it.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
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thanks, I'm going to see if they have one for my trailer.
Do they 'breathe'; allow air circulation
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:43 PM   #5
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I polish twice a year with a quality wax. If needed, I will use 3M Cleaner/Wax. For regular wash jobs, I use Simonize Wash and Wax.

I have no cover, nor do I have a cover for my cover to keep the green slime off it.
How do you get up there to do the top? Can you stand on top? I can't reach it on a ladder.
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I lean a ladder against the trailer and use a long arm brush. Pool noodles on the ladder protect the trailer. NEVER stand on top. You can lean on it, but weight is on the ladder.
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I lean a ladder against the trailer and use a long arm brush. Pool noodles on the ladder protect the trailer. NEVER stand on top. You can lean on it, but weight is on the ladder.
Great idea with the pool noodle! I will make use of this soon as I just received my Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax from amazon.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:55 PM   #8
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Great idea with the pool noodle! I will make use of this soon as I just received my Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax from amazon.
.Pipe insulation comes pre-split just like what you are seeing on this ladder and it is black or grey. Pool noodles are not pre-split, it comes in summer time fun colors. What you see in the photo is not a pool noodle it is instead pipe insulation.

It makes sense to get the pipe wrap stuff that is already split. It also comes in a variety of diameters which makes it easy to find something that will fit around the ladder's structure. No point in sending people out to shop for stuff that is a lot more trouble to work with.
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I am now using pool noodles. Easy enough to split with a bread knife ( to be picky, I used my Leatherman ). Pool noodles were thicker and cheaper.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:23 PM   #10
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I used a piece of left over carpet folded over the top of the ladder and held in place with a bungee. The carpet insured that no marks or damage were left on the Scamp.

But I have since gone to a step ladder and find it works eaiser.

In both cases I could reach about 90% of the roof without putting more of my weight on the roof than I thought prudent. If you need to get to that last 10% (or are shorter in statute), then scaffolding or some creative solution might be called for.

But back to the original question, I am no authority but I think frequent cleaning and waxing (with quality products) will avoid almost all UV and environmental damage to the fiberglass (gel-coat). it does take more effort however.

The rubber and the hoses, etc are another concern. I use pure silicone paste 2 x a year on most rubber surfaces.

A garage is ideal. A car-port almost as good, and a cover can be good or bad. A good cover likely protects the camper well in many environments. A bad cover, such as one that traps moisture, or rubs on the glass, causes more harm than it does good. I don't think there is any question that Calmark makes a good cover. It is possible that other covers also work well and are cheaper, but that is not as sure a bet. And there are some covers that you are definitely better off not using and instead letting the sun have its way. At least that is my take on the question.
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There was a recent poll with some interesting posts on the subject here:

Poll: Do you cover your egg between uses?
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:32 AM   #12
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We have a Calmark cover. It's hard to put on, but quite effective in use. It came with the trailer, so I did not need to shell out the $$$$ directly for it!

The sun here in Morgan Hill CA is brutal, and starts peeling automotive clear coat in 5 to 7 years. You see a lot of older cars with 20% to 50% of the clear coat gone. I once used a cheap nylon cover on my car, and found it scratched the paint when the wind caused it to rub the dust on the paint.

Gelcoat is not as picky, but still, I keep the trailer covered.

If you don't use a cover, Gelcoat is a lot thicker than paint or clearcoat and can take a lot more buffing if it turns dull. But that's a lot of work on something the size of an egg!
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I am now using pool noodles. Easy enough to split with a bread knife ( to be picky, I used my Leatherman ). Pool noodles were thicker and cheaper.
Noodles are a dollar at Dollar Tree. Usually about the same most other places at the end of summer. A while back, someone suggested putting them across the roof to act as a standoff so the cover isn't rubbing directly on the roof. They could be glued to the cover, or tied to each other with string so the don't slip.
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