If you own a Recreational Vehicle (RV), chances are you would not use it all throughout the year. At some point you would have to think about storing the vehicle, to be taken out again when the time is right. For the times when you do decide to store your RV, whether in the driveway of your home or in a storage facility, it is always a wise idea to invest in a RV cover. An uncovered RV is subject to full force of Mother Nature, which might cause some expensive wear and tear of the RV, not to mention the damage to the aesthetics of the vehicle. After much searching, the top pick is ADCO 52245 Designer Series SFS Aqua Shed Travel Trailer RV Cover.
The cover is designed for moderate climates which have a high amount of moisture. The cover has triple layer SFS AquaShed top panel and a triple layer of polypropylene sides with customary design on them. If you want to spend some more money in protecting your RV, then you can choose Classic Accessories 80-138-181001-00 OverDrive PermaPro Heavy Duty Travel Trailer & Toy Hauler Cover. The zippered panels in this cover would allow you to easily access the RV doors and storage compartments. You would not have to crawl under the RV to install tension straps as the cover features an integrated strap attachment and weighted toss bag system, and the tension panels present reduce the stress on the cover when you are tightening the straps.
If you do not want to spend that much money on RV cover, you can choose Traveler by Eevelle Class C RV Cover. The cover is made out of rugged water resistant material, which will also protect your RV from mildew and ultraviolet light damage. The corners at the bottom of the cover are elasticized to facilitate quicker and easier installation, and the cover comes with a convenient storage bag.
Table of Contents
- Damages that can occur to an uncovered vehicle
- Choosing the right cover
- The Top Pick
- The Runner Up
- The Other Picks
Damages that can occur to an uncovered vehicle
An uncovered vehicle left outside will encounter the full force of Mother Nature. The finish on the exterior of the vehicle will be subjected to ultraviolet rays, dirt, bird droppings, tree sap and acid rain. According to an article on how to keep the RV looking nice, the degradation by exposure to ultraviolet light is one of the biggest problems that RV owners have to face today. “The UV light will essentially destroy everything in its path”, says Morgan Ein, managing partner at ADCO Products Inc., one of the leading producers of RV covers. “Not only does covering your RV preserve its appearance, but you must remember that the paint itself is a protective barrier used to keep metal and plastic components from breaking down.” So once this coat of paint is somehow destroyed, the components being covered by the paint is exposed to the elements, leading to the start of their decomposition, and some major costs to you in the form of expensive repairs. Paint is not the only thing that is subject to damage from ultraviolet light exposure. Gel-coated fiberglass, which is used in the manufacture of modern RVs, can oxidize over time, which will make the RV lose its shine and make it look chalky and dull. This will greatly reduce the resale value of the RV, as customers in the market to buy used RVs will first look at the condition of the exterior surface, and sun-damaged roofs, faded decals and chalky front/end caps are not on the list of most buyers.
A RV cover will not only protect the vehicle from sun damage, but, as mentioned before, anything that nature might throw at the vehicle. Tree sap can be very damaging to the exterior of the RV. The liquid will cause staining of the paint and eventually erode the paint off the RV exterior. And of course, the obvious advantage of covering your vehicle is that you would not have to spend too much time washing it, or have to wash it frequently.
Choosing the right cover
So now that the need for a RV cover is established, it is time to discuss about how to choose the right cover for your vehicle. It is worthwhile to do a bit of research before going out to the nearest warehouse store and buying the cheapest cover that you can lay your eyes on. The right RV cover will protect your investment for years to come, so it is always a good idea to spend some time in selecting one.
An RV cover will generally be made from polypropylene fabric or polyester, with manufacturers doubling or sometimes even tripling the layers so that the roof of the RV stays protected. Sometimes the manufacturer will put some water repellant or ultraviolet rays repellent on the covers, or specially formulate the fabric to do so. The fabric also must allow the moisture to evaporate so that mold and mildew do not form below the covers. Of course you can get custom made covers for your vehicle which might be constructed out of different materials to provide better protection, which will set you back some more money, but will give you better protection compared to the universal covers due to their tighter fit on the vehicle and less billowing in the wind.
When you are taking measurements of the RV in order to buy a cover for it, you need to make sure that you take the measurements correctly. You need to measure from one end to the other, bike rack to the ladder. According to an article, while taking the measurements, you need to ensure that you take into account the allowance for the fifth wheel, bumpers, ladders and propane tanks that are attached to the vehicle. If you need to make a choice between two covers of different sizes, then always go for the bigger size. The smaller sized RV cover will need to be stretched over the vehicle to ensure a proper fit, and stretching fabrics will introduce tension which will ultimately lead to damage because of stress. Covers of a good quality will have vents so that the cover does not billow much in the wind, and some will have zippered panels to allow access to doors and the different compartments.
When you are buying covers for your vehicle, make sure that you get one which has the ability to protect your vehicle from damage from the sun and the rain. Some covers will allow you to protect your RV even when you are out in the park. Remove your covers when you plan to drive around in your RV. Ensure that you always keep a patch kit handy. This will come in handy if the cover gets a tear or is ripped. It is always a better idea to take some time and check the covers for any rips and tears, rather than risking the chance of the cover getting completely destroyed and you needing to buy another cover, which is a cost-effective solution for sure. That being said, do not think twice about replacing the cover if you find out that the cover has lost its integrity and is no longer able to serve the purpose of protecting your RV, and for this reason ensure that you conduct regular checks on the cover periodically.
The Top Pick
ADCO 52245 Designer Series SFS Aqua Shed Travel Trailer RV Cover
The ADCO Designer Series RV Cover is available in various lengths, with the particular one featured here suitable for an RV of length 28’7″-31’6″ (381″ × 104″ × 102″). The ADCO designer Series RV Cover is best suited for storing your RV for a short-term in a moderate climate. This cover is made out of triple layer of SFS AquaShed top panel, with the sides sporting a two-tone polypropylene material. The material used in making the cover will bead water once it comes in contact with the cover, giving it excellent resistance to water and very humid climates. The cover will also protect your RV from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. The cover can be secured at the front and back by a buckle, and the strap/buckle system is bottom mounted, so you would not have to grab a ladder and go to the roof in order to secure the covers. The strap/buckle system also securely fixes the cover on to the vehicle, preventing it from being blown away by the wind. The material that the cover is made out of ensures that maximum amount of air can pass through the cover, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. The cover has zipper entry panels, which will allow you access to your RV easily when your RV is in a storage facility, eliminating the hassle of taking the whole cover off. To assist you in easily installing the cover underneath the coach, the cover comes with weighted tie downs. The front corners of the cover are reinforced so that they do not snag or tear easily. The cover has the ability to make room for any type of front end that your RV might have, air conditioner installations and ladders and slide outs on the sides and any height of the side wall.
In general the customers are very pleased with the way the product has performed for them. The ease with which the cover can be put on the RV is something many customers are happy about, though some customers are a little unhappy that for larger RVs, the installation of the cover might be a two-people job. Some of the critical reviews of the cover were of customers complaining about the cover getting torn, especially at the “gutter” extensions. Customers have said that even with the slightest wind, the cover will catch onto the sharp edges of the gutter extensions of the RV and tear, which is a surprise for the customers as there is extra padding at the spots to prevent the occurrence of this event.
The Runner Up
Classic Accessories 80-138-181001-00 OverDrive PermaPro Heavy Duty Travel Trailer & Toy Hauler Cover
The Classic Accessories Heavy Duty Cover is available for RVs of various sizes; the one being discussed here fits trailers of length 27’-30’. The cover provides maximum protection from rain, snow, dirt and ultraviolet ray damage. The cover has zippered panels which will allow you easy access to the doors and storage compartments when the RV is being kept in a storage space. The included strap attachment and the tie-down weights make it easy for you to install the cover, preventing the need for you to crawl under the RV for installing tension straps. The special ripstop fabric used in the manufacture of these covers ensures that the cover does not completely disintegrate even when a part of it is torn. The cover has adjustable front and rear tension panels with elasticized hem corners which provides a custom fit for your RV. The cover has air vents which reduces the tension that can be caused by the air blowing through, and also dries out excess moisture, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. And when you are not using the cover, you can easily store it in the included expandable storage bag, which will unzip to reveal five inches of additional height in storage space. The manufacturer provides a four-year warranty for the product.
Various customers have recounted their experience of using the cover in harsh Ohio winters, and the cover coming out without any damage. Some customers have expressed concern that it might be difficult to install the cover on a windy day as the material used to make the cover is so light, and it would blow around too much in the wind. Some customers however seemed to have problems of the cover tearing apart in areas where the wind blows generally at a high speed. Some customers have even found out that their cover is getting torn in the roof area of the RV which is a flat surface, and ideally there should be no reason for the cover to tear in that area. Another customer, however, has said that he had heard many such stories of the cover getting torn on flat surfaces, and has warned other users to inspect these areas carefully before putting on any cover.
The Other Picks
Traveler by Eevelle Class C RV Cover
The Traveler by Eevelle is constructed out of rugged material but still does not cost very much. The cover has been designed in such a way so that it can give protection to your RV through even the harshest of weather conditions. The cover is constructed out of extra strong polypropylene, which makes the cover not only rugged but also water resistant. The cover has loops with tie-down rope and sizing straps which ensures that the cover will securely fit your vehicle. The cover features an easy slip-on design which will allow you to put the cover on your vehicle without much difficulty, and when it is time to take it off, the process will not be very difficult either. The cover is constructed out of breathable fabric, which means that no moisture will remain underneath the cover even if there is heavy rain and hence there will be no growth of mold and mildew. The cover is also capable of protecting your vehicle from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. When it is time for you to take the covers off and store them for the season, a convenient storage bag is included with the cover. The customers who have reviewed this cover on Amazon were in general happy with the way the cover has performed. One customer has remarked that the cover is of a good quality for the price. He has advised that the RV needs to be prepared before the cover can be put on, since the cover has no side panels. The sharp edges on the sides of the RV needs to be covered with padding before the cover is put on. This process takes a little bit of time to do, but will ensure that there are no premature rips and tears on the cover. Some users have complained that the cover is a bit too large for the size of the RV that it is supposed to cover, and the vehicle gets lost under all the extra fabric. But the cover is made out of lightweight material and seems to weather storms pretty well.
For cold and snowy region: Camco 45734 ULTRAGuard Class A Cover
Camco 45734 ULTRAGuard Class A Cover
The Camco 45734 ULTRAGuard Class A Cover is made of triple layer SFS top panel that is capable of beading water on contact, which enables to provide maximum resistance to rainfall and snow. The cover has an integrated self-adjusting hold down system which makes sure that the cover will stay in place during the winter season. For protecting the sides of the RV the cover uses heavy-duty polypropylene fabric. The vented flaps reduce the moving around of the cover when the wind is blowing around, and also reduces the amount of moisture buildup inside the cover. The cover is made of breathable fabric which helps the moisture that do build up inside the cover to evaporate quickly. Hence this reduces the chance of mold and mildew growing inside the covers. If you are worried about your vehicle cover tearing off, the tough interlocking seams will help prevent that. For the times when you would need to take your vehicle out of storage and would need to store the cover for the season, the cover comes with a handy storage bag. The customer reviews on this cover on Amazon are mostly positive, with people impressed by the way the cover is capable of withstanding nasty winter storms and high winds, with one reviewer particularly impressed that the cover could withstand two wet/windy seasons without having much of a problem. The most common complaint that people had about the cover was that the cover seemed to be too large for the length of the vehicle it is supposed to cover. Some customers also discovered that there is a lack of instruction on how to correctly put on the cover, with one reviewer mentioning how he was about to send the cover back because he did not know what to do with the different pieces of equipment in the cover when he thought of looking in Amazon and found a review from another user which clearly explained how to properly set up the cover.
For quick drying: Classic Accessories 79563 Overdrive PolyPro III Deluxe Class C RV Cover
Classic Accessories Overdrive PolyPro III Deluxe Class C RV Cover
The sides of the Classic Accessories 79563 Overdrive PolyPro III cover are made out of single-ply PolyPro which dry away quickly, making this cover perfect for wetter climates. The integrated air vent system reduces the stress of the wind on the cover. The heavy-duty triple-ply PolyPro3 fabric at the top helps to provide maximum protection against rain, snow, dirt and nicks and scratches that might occur on the RV. The rope attachment system that is integrated in the cover and the provided toss bag will help you to easily install the cover by preventing the need for you to crawl under the RV. The front and rear tension panels are adjustable and the hems on the sides are elasticized, which ensures that the cover will perfectly fit your RV. The cover also includes zippered panels on the sides which means that while you are storing your RV, if you need to go inside the vehicle to check its state, you can easily do so. The single-ply PolyPro sides makes the cover lighter and reduces bulk, which makes it easier to store the cover when it is not being used in the included stuff sack. Though customers have been relatively happy with the way the product has performed, one customer has complained that the fabric that the cover is made out of is not very durable and resembles more a heavy-duty paper towel in appearance. Hence you need to be really careful when you are pulling on it, because if the cover wraps around sharp edges and you pull on it too hard, chances are that the cover will develop a rip or a tear, and the customer was not sure if the rips and tears could be repaired. The cover seemed to be a bit transparent to the user, so he was not sure how the cover would protect his RV from UV rays from sunlight. Some of the users even said that the fabric that the cover is made out of is so bad that even a simple polythene tarp would make a better cover.
Perfect blend of protection, strength and value: Classic Accessories 80-174-141001-00 Overdrive PolyPro 1 RV Cover
Classic Accessories 80-174-141001-00 Overdrive PolyPro 1 RV Cover
The PolyPro 1 RV Cover is made of polypropylene which makes the cover light but strong. The cover is made so that it will not scratch the paint on the exterior of your vehicle. The cover is best suited for climates where no heavy snow or blustery winds are expected, a moderate climate. The single layer of PolyPro 1 fabric will easily repel water and will protect your vehicle from dirt and scratches from outside sources. The breathable fabric that the cover is constructed out of will ensure that if there is any moisture beneath the covers, it will evaporate thus preventing the growth of mold and mildew. The cover can be easily put on the vehicle thanks to the elasticized bottom corners which makes sure that you do not have to spend too much time in trying to put the covers on, and the covers will provide a custom fit. The cover has an integrated rope attachment system with four attachment system which means that the cover can be securely tied to the vehicle. When you need to store away the cover, it can be easily done by using the included tie down rope and storage bag. Customers who have used this product have in general questioned the longevity of the cover. In his review, one customer has written how the cover lasted for only seven months. He covered his RV for the winter, and then when he came back, he discovered that the cover has totally deteriorated, to the point that when he tried to remove the cover from his vehicle, it came apart like tissue paper and little pieces of cover were falling everywhere. There has been many other customers who have made the same statements, but as has been explicitly stated by the manufacturer, this cover is not meant for harsh climates. However there have been some customers who have had their cover deteriorate prematurely even when it was exposed to just some rain and 10 MPH winds, and they have recommended not to buy this product and save your money from being wasted.
For rugged durability: Expedition by Eevelle Travel Trailer Cover
Expedition by Eevelle Travel Trailer Cover
The Expedition by Eevelle Travel Trailer Cover is manufactured out of extra strong fabric and then coated with Durapel which means the cover is capable of providing some rugged protection from the elements, and makes the cover durable. The cover has zippered panels which will allow you to access your vehicle easily when you are storing it. The cover has loops with tie-down rope and sizing straps which will make it easy for you to securely get the cover on your vehicle. The cover is also waterproof so even if the weather becomes wet, you do not have to worry about your RV soaking in the rain. Most of the customers on Amazon who have reviewed this product have positive reviews about the cover. A customer has declared that these are the best trailer cover that he has owned. The cover is made from a great material and is quite durable. He even likes the color of the cover, so he is indeed a very happy customer. On the other end of the spectrum, a customer was totally opposed to the idea of buying this cover again. For him, the cover lasted 6-8 months before it began to deteriorate in the sun and had holes everywhere. Since the cover has a three year warranty, the customer called the company, and on the pretext that the customer has to pay the shipping charges, the company shipped a replacement cover. Of the replacement cover, the top part started falling apart within 8-10 months, so understandably the reviewer was not very happy and was in the market looking to buy a cover from another manufacturer.
For a cooler RV: ADCO 34847 Designer Series DuPont Tyvek Travel Trailer Cover
ADCO 34847 Designer Series DuPont Tyvek Travel Trailer Cover
The top panel of the ADCO 34847 Designer Series Travel Trailer Cover is made out of Tyvek, which reflects the sunlight and keeps the RV cooler. The designer material adds to the aesthetics of your van. The slip-seam strapping system connects at the top and bottom of the cover to result in a snug fit thus protecting the cover from incurring damage by the wind. The cover has reinforcements all throughout the top and bottom of the side panels. The cover has a weighted toss at the bottom which eliminates the need for the user to go underneath the vehicle to properly install the cover. The lapper cap helps to reduce wear of the cover over the ladder area.
For the tent trailer: Pop Up Tent Trailer Cover
Pop Up Tent Trailer Cover
The Pop Up Tent Trailer Cover is for the Pop Up Tent Trailers whose size are 14-16 feet. The cover will protect your trailer from all kinds of bad weather, and not only that, it will also protect your vehicle from dirt, and from receiving scratches from other sources. The exterior of your trailer will also be protected from ill effects of being directly exposed to sunlight. The cover is made from elastic hem which ensures that the cover will fit your trailer very snugly. The cover will not easily rip or tear thanks to the reinforced grommets. The cover has 2 adjustable buckle straps on the rear panel and can be cable locked to secure it.
For the camping trailer: Classic Accessories 74203 PolyPropylene Folding Camping Trailer Cover Kit
Classic Accessories 74203 PolyPropylene Folding Camping Trailer Cover Kit
The cover is constructed out of polypropylene material so that the cover has maximum durability and longevity. The cover has been designed to provide maximum protection to the trailer in all kinds of weather, rain or snow, and also provides protection from harmful effects of the ultraviolet rays from the sun to the exterior of the trailer. The cover will protect your trailer from scratches, nicks and dirt. The cover has been produced to be resistant to water, yet the breathable fabric of the cover makes sure that there is no growth of mold and mildew underneath the covers. The bottom corners of the cover is elasticized which makes sure that the cover fits on nicely on to the trailer.
Rather than leaving your RV to the mercy of Mother Nature, completely unprotected, it is always a good idea to invest in a cover, and we think the best RV cover is the ADCO 52245 Designer Series SFS Aqua Shed Travel Trailer RV Cover. Not only will the cover protect your vehicle for years to come, you would not have to spend too much time in cleaning your vehicle every time you decide to use it, and when you decide to sell your RV, you will get a good resale value for it. When you are buying a cover, pay special attention to the type of cover you are buying to make sure that you have got the correct cover for the correct climate. The wrong cover for the wrong climate will not be of any use to you. And make sure you measure your trailer properly before you buy a cover for it, because if the cover is too small it will rip and tear easily under tension and if the cover is too large it will billow too much in the wind.