Is it important to have a cover for the RV?
This is one of the first things that I asked myself after acquiring an RV. After all, the RV itself costs a lot so you can blame me why I wasn’t inclined to spend money on an RV cover. To be honest, I even thought of covering my RV with the traditional blue tarp often seen around RV parks and campgrounds.
But a good friend who's also into camping made me realize this--- why should I think twice about an RV cover when it can protect a very expensive investment?
He also discouraged me from using traditional blue tarps because he argued that it can trap moisture into the vehicle, causing leaks and damage to the RV in the process.
So I researched further and found out that RV covers can protect well against UV rays. The sun’s ultraviolet rays will damage your ride by peeling its pain and fading its color. But when you put a cover on it, it will block out UV rays and keep your RV’s looks in tip-top condition.
It can also minimize black streaks and protect your RV against dust, dirt and bird droppings. This means less maintenance on your part as you don’t have to frequently wash your RV when you have it covered.
And because a trailer cover can keep your ride in good shape, your RV will retain more of its value in the long run. This should lead you to command a higher selling price for it if and when you decide to sell in the future.
What to look for in a trailer RV cover?
One of the most important things to consider in choosing a trailer RV cover is the material or fabric from which it is made of. You want not just fabric that’s durable but also lightweight and easier to put on. Fabric that’s breathable is also desirable to prevent mold and mildew from developing.
Polypropylene is considered the most commonly used material in RV covers. It’s cheap and should work well for short-term storage. It is also lightweight though not as durable as other fabrics.
Size is another important factor to consider when shopping for an RV cover. It can even be argued that this is the most critical; for how can the cover protect a travel trailer when it doesn’t fit well?
That said, you should be very particular with the measurements specified by RV cover manufacturers. You must also measure your RV and compare it with the cover you are interested in before buying. I would also recommend that you choose a cover that is slightly larger than your RV.
3. A number of layers
Aside from the material and the size, I advise that you look into the number of layers of the cover. You’ll come across models with double or triple layers which add up to the durability of the cover.
In my experience, covers with triple layers are worth the extra cost as they can withstand the elements especially strong winds and rains. A downside, though, is that covers with triple layers tend to be heavier and more difficult to install.
4. Ease of installation
The ease of installation of the cover is another factor that you should consider when shopping for a trailer RV cover. Manufacturers usually include installation instructions in their products. You’d also want a cover that has a toss bag, so you don’t have to crawl under the RV when installing it.
The warranty coverage is also something that may affect your buying decision. Most manufacturers back up their covers with 2-3 warranties. The warranty period, though, can give you an idea on how durable the covers of these manufacturers are.
You may also find firms that offer up to 5-year warranties, but normally, these manufacturers also tend to price their covers a bit higher.
Top Trailer RV Covers Available Today
Now that you have an understanding of the benefits of trailer RV covers and how to look for one, I am presenting below four of the top rated trailer RV covers today. At the end of this article, I will reveal my pick among these covers.
#1 Classic Accessories OverDrive PermaPRO Deluxe Travel Trailer Cover
This travel trailer cover is designed for trailers that are 24 to 27 feet long and 118 feet high from the ground to the roof.
It is made of extra strong but lightweight PermaPro ripstop fabric. Said material can repel water well while protecting the RV against UV rays and dirt. The cover also has a strap attachment, which when used along with the toss bag system, practically eliminates the urgency to crawl under the RV.
It also has an air vent that is designed to minimize wind stress and moisture inside the RV. You can still access your RV with this cover because it has zippered panels for a hassle free access to the doors and storage compartments.
#2 Camco ULTRAGuard Cover
This trailer cover is designed to fit a 28 feet long trailer RV. It is ideal for use in cold and snowy regions thanks to its top panel that can bead water on contact. It provides superior resistance to snow and rainfall.
The top panel is just one of the three panels in this trailer cover. Its sides, meanwhile, are made of strong yet lightweight polypropylene fabric. It has a hold down strap system that’s self adjusting plus zippers for quick and easy access to the doors and compartments of the trailer.
The polypropylene fabric is also breathable. It minimizes the chances of condensation and mold damage.
#3 Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO 3
This particular cover can fit 18 to 20 feet long RVs, although it also has sizes for smaller RVs (15 to 18 feet long) and bigger RVs (20 to 22 feet long). It is a three-ply cover with the top layer made of polypro 3 fabric and the bottom layer made of Polypro for reduced bulk. This cover is ideal for use in a wet climate.
It is a nice looking cover with built-in straps on the ends. There are air vents along the top seam. Two large access panels are located up front meaning you can access the trailer even when covered with this product.
There’s no need to crawl under your RV to set up this cover thanks to the rope attachment system and toss bag included in the package.
#4 ADCO Designer Series Cover (52243)
This cover is designed for moderate climates. It features a triple layer top panel with polypropylene sides.
There are many reasons why it could be the best trailer RV cover today. One is that it is pretty simple to install. It features a buckle toss-under that is designed to make snapping of buckles from opposing sides very quick and hassle free. Then there are strapping systems that cinch at the top and bottom for a very snug fit. You can also access the trailers even when it is covered thanks to the zippered entry doors.
This cover also provides exceptional protection to your RV. The top panel can bead water while on contact. It also gives superior protection for rain gutters and roof corner seams. The three layer side panels made from polypropylene are breathable and thus can eliminate the growth of mildew and growth.
The ADCO 52243 Designer Series SFS Aqua Shed Travel Trailer RV Cover is my pick on this list.
I like the way it was designed particularly its triple layer top and weighted buckle toss under the system. I find installing it a breeze thanks to the latter.