RV Trailer Cover – Is It Necessary?

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Is a cover necessary for your RV? It depends on who you ask. It also depends on whether you RV part-time or full-time. I certainly would not want to struggle to put a cover on my RV if I knew I was going to use it in a week or two. So, why have one? When would it be appropriate? Let’s dive into those questions.

Why Have One?

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The first and most obvious, answer is protection from harmful UV rays. They degrade color in the paint and will disintegrate fiberglass over time. Any rubber seals will become hard and loose the ability to seal.

* It keeps the outside AND the inside cleaner. Dust will still get in.
* It protects from the elements. Rain, snow and other things (think
birds) falling from the sky will accumulate on the roof.
* They can help shed water down the sides and not stain the RV itself.
* They can help ward off critters inside the RV.

Many people are against covers because of several factors.

* It usually takes more than one person to put it on and take it off.
* They can rip on sharp corners and objects on the RV.
* When they are wet they are very difficult to handle.
* You can easily break components on the roof while dragging the cover
on or off.
* Many have zippers and clips that can be quite confusing.

When Would It Be Appropriate?

A great deal of the need for a cover comes from the environment in which it will be stored. Many store their RVs in storage lots for long periods. These almost always require a cover for both cleanliness and safety. Storing your RV under a canopy of trees? A cover would help protect against sap and other droppings from above (think birds).

What Kind Of Cover?

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There are many types of covers. Various fabrics are in use. Some are coated with UV resistant paint. Others have the UV built into the fabric itself. Some will have as many as three layers for the roof portion. There are cheap covers that only have one layer of fabric over the entire cover. Many have zippers or snaps. Some are modular and can be adjusted for many types and sizes of RV. If you are going to get one, get the best one you can afford. It will save you in the long run. RV repairs can be extremely costly.

A Fabric Cover Or A Structure?

Some people are content with parking their RV under some sort of permanent shelter. They will protect from much of the water and UV damage. Unless it is RV Pole Barn entirely closed in, the UV rays will still affect an uncovered RV. Even under a structure pests can drop little presents on the roof with can erode paint and roofing material. If you have solar panels on the roof they can get covered with debris. Be prepared for a lengthy process getting it ready for use when you are ready to camp. A covered shelter does not protect from blowing dust. Critters can still get in no matter what you do. They will require some other means of repelling.


The ultimate decision is yours. How much do you want to spend to protect your investment. Are you willing to wrestle putting the cover on and
off? For the best protection a cover over the RV and a shelter over that is required. Some sort of rodent/critter deterrent would help protect
the underside.