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Old 10-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Looking for Winter Cover and other Winterizing Tips

Hi everyone,

I'd like to purchase a cover for our 16' Scamp to keep it cozy over the winter. Does anyone have recommendations before I snag something from eBay?

Also, aside from the steps listed on the Scamp video, what else should I do to winterize the camper? How do I keep it dry and mold free?
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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After reading stories of the gelcoat being sanded away by the movement of covers, tarps, etc I've settle on a good coat of wax to protect my trailer. The wax helps the snow brush off easily as well. I've considered a pole structure or perhaps one of those metal roof on pipe structures but I'm reluctant to make additional contributions to the tax collector. Raz
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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Well I would think if the cover is tight and strapped down that wouldn't be a big issue...especially if I wash/wax it before covering. I'm worried about all the snow we get and I know I'm not going to be checking up on it very often.
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Well I would think if the cover is tight and strapped down that wouldn't be a big issue...especially if I wash/wax it before covering. I'm worried about all the snow we get and I know I'm not going to be checking up on it very often.
All it takes is a few months for the trailer to be left undercover with a little bit of tarp rustling due to wind to be abrasive enough to take the gelcoat off after a couple of years of that - sometimes less. Most common to see on the top corners of the trailer. Have seen at last 5 trailers with that as the end result. That is unless you are willing to pay the big bucks for the covers that the folks with expensive cars use which are apparently a lot softer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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So do people just let the snow pile up on them?
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Yes and no. Best to clear it off if it starts to pile up to high. Some people in high snow load areas put a brace inside the trailer on the ceiling - run a 2 x 4 along the ceiling with 2 x 4's holding it up to give it extra support. If you have sealed all your hatches and windows correctly you shouldnt have a problem.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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I use a Sunbrella cover from CalMark that is custom made for Scamps. Has waterproofing on it, breathable, a zip door opening, straps to keep it in place. They are not cheap tho -- For my 13' Scamp it was $600 with shipping to Seattle. Every few years I clean it (NW green slime) and recoat with waterproofing spray. Have had it for 7-8 years. It's very nice and comes with a warranty. Inside the rig, I use the Dri Air crystals to keep the moisture out. Has worked well for 11 years. CalMark Custom RV Covers - Sunbrella Fabric Made in the USA

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Sounds like Shannon has the right kind of cover. I also use the Dri-z-Air system but you need to replace the crystals through out the winter as needed. You can get them from Walmart as well. If your concerned about mould take the cushions & other soft items out of the trailer or put the cushions on their ends/sides in the trailer.
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Thanks Shannon, I'll consider that model.
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So do people just let the snow pile up on them?
No. A foot of fluff is no problem but when we get the freezing rain on top then you need to worry. If you can't be there to brush it off I suggest you rent a barn, garage, etc. Too great a load will cave the roof. Raz
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I apply 2 coats of Nu Finish polish , brace the roof , bought a soft bristle push broom to take snow off of roof, We are predicted to get 6 to 7 ft of snow this winter, so same problem as you . Easiest solution is to take your trailer to southern Florida for the winter
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Yes and no. Best to clear it off if it starts to pile up to high. Some people in high snow load areas put a brace inside the trailer on the ceiling - run a 2 x 4 along the ceiling with 2 x 4's holding it up to give it extra support. If you have sealed all your hatches and windows correctly you shouldnt have a problem.
Good idea!
I will do that to mine..

What do you guys do with the battery?
Mine is connected to a solar panel(small uhaul original panel) wich do a good job of keeping it full...
Should i leave it in the trailer or take it inside the house?
Is the cold a problem for marine batteries? Will the liquid freeze in them?
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I was planning on putting mine on a shelf in the garage...although I never do that with the lawn tractor and it starts every year.
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Chris, I also echo Carol regarding your cushions/bedding: I set all my cushions up on their edge, take blankets into the house, prop open all the cabinet doors, hatches, fridge, closet. I also leave the small kitchen crank out window slightly open for air flow. Keeping air circulation really helps. In my small 13' camper I use 2 Dri-z -Air baskets. And as Carol said, as the crystals pull the moisture out of the air and collect it in the bowl, you have to empty it out and refill the crystals. I check once a month...will depend on the moisture in your area.

Also regarding a cover --- for the first few years I did not have a cover and had it parked at a storage facility (had nowhere to park at home). It go blasted by sun and weather and rain, etc. It was hard on it, especially the rubber seals/gaskets around the windows. If you can't get a cover, at least cover your tires and treat the window gaskets often with UV inhibitors -- 303 or something like it. Keep it waxed to protect the gel coat for oxidation....

Alrighty.... and thus, my deep words of wisdom end....(again) Selah...
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