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Old 08-30-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Cover vs no cover

Alright! When we had a canned ham, it was often stated that an rv cover would simply keep moisture inside the camper. Promoting mold and rot. We chose not to use a cover on ours.

But, with fiverglass, what are the pros and cons of a cover, especially in the winter?

(Long term, I want to build a shed roof for it to live undr, but that won't happen this year)
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Covers are made with breathable material so that they don't hold moisture. A tarp, on the other hand..
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:49 PM   #3
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I put a tarp over the top and just large enough to come down about 2 feet around the walls . This keeps water from pooling and freezing on the roof and backing up in the vents etc. on the roof , but also allows the trailer to breathe . Good idea to take it off in the spring and letting everything dry out before replacing it .
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I put a tarp over the top and just large enough to come down about 2 feet around the walls . This keeps water from pooling and freezing on the roof and backing up in the vents etc. on the roof , but also allows the trailer to breathe . .
Plastic tarps are pretty abrasive and the above could result in the gelcoat wearing off on all 4 corners of the trailer if the trailer is stored outside and subject to any amount of wind that could cause the tarp to move even the tiniest amount... have seen the not so good tarp results on a number of bolers in this region.
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Moisture is one concern, but to me dust and dirt is a bigger problem. Any dirt on the surface of the trailer or embedded in the cover will act like sandpaper every time the wind blows and moves the cover. I have seen this many times on cars that are kept under covers where the paint is scratched or even worn right down to the metal on the corners.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:27 PM   #6
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This is really good discussion, thanks! Looks like I should get on that roof for the trailer. I hadn't thought about dust/dirt, but it's not not windy here...we get plenty of dust and wind.
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Good idea , I have been in Colorado in a February during a snow storm and snow load will also be a concern .
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:55 AM   #8
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I had a "carport" installed the following my first year of ownership with my Scamp. No turning back. BUT... when I mow grass....and/or it's dry and dusty in the summer, I STILL find myself at LEAST rinsing off the Scamp because it still gets very dirty. That's not good for the gelcoat finish.

The only TRUE way to protect it is in a 4-walled environment sealed from the wind etc- ala... a garage. I would like to put ends on my carport eventually, but I doubt it will happen. But it's still protected from direct sunlight, heavy rains/snow/ice.

For what it's worth, I used a "breathable" cover for mine for one year. It cost about $100. After one year it was WORTHLESS. I also had to wash the Scamp every time before putting the cover on for reasons described in other posts. Calmark makes a nice cover with a 6-yr warranty. I would go with that if I was doing a cover. If I was going to use a cheap plastic tarp, I wouldnt use anything and just keep it waxed and clean. But you still have to think about plastic lenses, hoses, snapcaps, window/door rubber seals.... tires being exposed continually to the elements.

I remember telling the wife after the first year of using an aggravating cover, "Either we're having a carport put up next year or the Scamp is for sale." (No, obviously i'm not a Scamp or camping "purist") Here's the carport and installation we did.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50351683@N08/6141409044/
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That's a nice looking carport! It would definitely help protect...I wish we had a garage room, but alas we do not.
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Darrel T: Like your carport. How much was that setup?
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Thanks Barbin. The carport itself by the time I added 1' of height, full walls (to me they're almost useless for tires if you dont drop the sides), and some added roof bracing was about $1200. They put it up as you see it in ONE hour! This was back in 2011.

I will note that I went the extra mile on securing it. I took some advice and made me 4 angle braces that extend into the ground into concrete at the outer most 4 corners of the carport. (ZOOM in on my pic and you can see the front brace.) I have stainless steel bolts/nuts that secure the CP frame to my angle. Not only does it secure it to the ground better, but it also helps stabilize the entire structure! I've been VERY pleased with this setup.

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Thanks Barbin. The carport itself by the time I added 1' of height, full walls (to me they're almost useless for tires if you dont drop the sides), and some added roof bracing was about $1200. They put it up as you see it in ONE hour! This was back in 2011.

I will note that I went the extra mile on securing it. I took some advice and made me 4 angle braces that extend into the ground into concrete at the outer most 4 corners of the carport. (ZOOM in on my pic and you can see the front brace.) I have stainless steel bolts/nuts that secure the CP frame to my angle. Not only does it secure it to the ground better, but it also helps stabilize the entire structure! I've been VERY pleased with this setup.
Thanks for your enlightening reply. How long are the 4 corner angle braces and how far into the ground? I'm across the road from the ocean and we get some pretty wicked windstorms in the the winter. The only space I have for a carport like that would face directly into the wind, hence my questions!
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Thanks for your enlightening reply. How long are the 4 corner angle braces and how far into the ground? I'm across the road from the ocean and we get some pretty wicked windstorms in the the winter. The only space I have for a carport like that would face directly into the wind, hence my questions!
Don't know where you are in BC but you might want to check with our local Municipality to see what the rules are in regards to that types of movable/portable garage. Some do not permit them at all and others only allow them if they are in a back yard and out of sight.
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I use a mid-grade outdoor rated, breathable car cover. I always get a cover for a mid size SUV or the like. They usually last 3-5 years before they get thin and start to tear due mostly from UV and wear & tear.


If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can "customize" the cover for a good fit, but I usually just pull it in place from the back end and use some paracord to tie up the excess at the front of the camper.


The only drawback is it doesn't come down past the belly band, so little protection for below the belly band. It does work well for keeping dirt and tree sap off the majority of the Boler.


I have been doing this for over 20 years and have had NO paint damage or other issues.

Wall Mart typically has what I need for ~ $50.

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