To Cover or Not - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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To Cover or Not

Just got my U-HAUL VT-16 delivered and I am wondering if I am abusing it!I did a search for my answer but there are so many variables I couldn't decide!
I live in a large open field on top of a hill. The wind howels, and the snow blows. This makes me wonder if a cover is smart? No snow will stay on top, no limbs to hit it, would definately rub in the wind, but still it looks so out there by itself.
Any suggestoins? I am new to all this.<_<
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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I dont like to leave fiberglass out in the elements. All year for that matter and i keep mine covered all year when not in use. It would get oxidized and dull quickly where mine is always shiny and no ultraviolet sun to beat it up.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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I too live in a very windy area. If you choose to cover your trailer, be very aware that whatever you use can actually scrub the gel coat if it touches. For that reason, my trailer is under a metal carport with 3' earth anchors holding it down because of the wind.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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Has anyone ever looked into the shrink wrap they put on boats for the winter? I was thinking about that the other day when i seen some boats all wrapped up for winter here and thought it would probably be good for a camper too.......anyone?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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We have never covered our campers but made sure they have a good wax job. Our 5th wheel looks lonely and cold but it's been awhile since she has been anywhere.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:36 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input

The other thing I forgot to mention is where I live has less sunny days than anywhere else in US, so I am not sure the UV rays are very strong, plus we only get 3 or 4 days in the 90s. Now I am wondering why I moved here...
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:42 PM   #7
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So outdoor tanning is out, lots of Vitamin D and long johns year a round?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:58 PM   #8
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So outdoor tanning is out, lots of Vitamin D and long johns year a round?
That about sums up CENTRAL NY. Just got 3 feet of snow since Sun. and they are calling for 8 to 12 in tonight!
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:45 PM   #9
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Kathie, snow does stick to fiberglass, even highly waxed fiberglass... after all the roofs are nearly flat. IF snowload on the top is a concern, you may want to put a support inside the trailer. One that's effective and easily made is one out of two or three 2x4s. Think of a capital "I." One 2x4 (or section) against the roof in the middle of the trailer, and another 2x4 on the floor as a foot. The third 2x4 is the center section which helps prevent the roof from bowing in..

More than one molded fiberglass trailer has been destroyed or badly damaged by snow. We've seen the "hulks" for sale for salvage.

This is a cheap solution to what could be a permanent problem. Others may have other ideas
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Thanks for the info on snow weight Donna D. I just cleaned about 14" off the roof of mine.
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If you are in a situation where you need to use a tarp it helps to slide a 4 inch or so section of pool noodle over the ends of the bungee or whatever you use for tiedowns. The pool noodle holds the edge of the tarp up,including the grommet, as well as keeping the bungee from making contact with the fiberglass. rb
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Any wrap you use could prevent you from plugging in for a day once a month to keep the battery up.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:01 AM   #13
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Wow

Thanks for all the info!
I am leaning in the direction of not covering for the reasons stated before, and snow weight is a problem covered or not, but with our wind I can not see that as a problem either. Does anyone eles want to weigh in on this as a bad idea?
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:45 AM   #14
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Covering the trailer?

I have gone covered and not. I think I prefer the not.
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