We just purchased a 261RB and it's our first travel trailer. We live in a truly winter wonderland area so I'll be putting it away for the winter within a month or so. The question I have is should I invest in a trailer cover? The trailer will be in my yard next to our garage but will be exposed to the elements (sun, wind, snow, rain, whatever else mother nature has).
I'm assuming that for sure I should purchase tire covers but wanted to know if anyone had thoughts on a cover for the trailer.
Post by hannahsdad on Sept 17, 2018 10:31:48 GMT -5
I bought my 241RLK last fall. I live in Colorado and I wanted to mitigate the effects of the strong sun so I bought a cover for it. I read something in Trailer Life magazine a month or so ago about covers scratching the surfaces of the trailer, but when I took the cover off last spring I didn't see anything like that (and it gets WINDY here). Mine is in trailer storage and there is probably only 10% of the owners there that cover it (which I found surprising). Nonetheless, I'll be covering it again this year (after washing and waxing and winterizing, etc).
You'll need to make sure you cover any sharp corners with something so they don't tear the cover. A lot of people cut up pool noodles for areas like the corner downspouts. The good news was that I didn't have any tears despite the winds. The bad news is that I was not careful in taking it off and ripped it on the sharp TV antennae (which I had covered with sections of pool noodles and thought had taped securely) so I have to sew it up before I use it this year.
I have a 2018 RLK and purchased a cover for it. I used it last winter and did not notice any scratching. I will put it back on the trailer when I store it for the winter; I think it helps protect your trailer. I also use tire covers; all the time.
We live at 8,500' in Colorado. This past season we had snow on the ground for 6 months and 3 days. We had a cover on our 2014 Spree Escape the first winter. It was nice and worked great until we wanted to go camping in late Spring. There was 6"-10" of snow and ice on the entire roof that kept us from getting the cover off. I tried running the heater overnight and during the day but it still took a long time (multiple days) for that snow/ice to melt.
I went to a dealer winterizing seminar a few years ago and they said that they wouldn't use a cover. Their concern was moisture be trapped inside. They said maybe if trailer was parked under a tree, maybe. A cover would probably help with fading from sun, but the time to use it would be during the summer and I'm too lazy to put it on and take off every trip. I do use the tire covers to protect the tires.
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