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Old 06-10-2011, 12:24 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I need some advice!

While I would prefer to put my 23' AS in a temporary canvas-type garage to protect it from the Pacific Northwest's winter rains generally rotten winter weather, zoning wont allow it. I can't leave it in the open with our weather (and bird life) without out some degradation including moss growth. So my only option is to cover it with some brand of form (?) fitting cover that I see marketed. However, I am worried that with winds and resultant inevitable fabric flutter, there will be chafe and the aluminum skin will get skuffed if not damaged.

Has anyone any experience with covers? Any reccomendations? Warnings?

Many thanks!

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Old 06-10-2011, 05:21 AM   #2
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Don't do it. Period.

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Old 06-10-2011, 05:30 AM   #3
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Did that on an SOB once, and had to replace the roof. I did have the cover snug, but it still moved enough to rub holes in the roof membrane at the roof edges.

I only say that to say that the cover will move in the wind, and your trailer's exterior will wear the marks.

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Old 06-10-2011, 06:26 AM   #4

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Don't do it. Period.
Another period here....

There is no way to keep moisture from getting under the cover, would be damp all the time, especially in your area. Flap'n in the wind would eventually damage the clearcoat.
Keep it clean and sealed with a good sealer, inspect for leaks regularly.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #5
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I love it - No fuzziness, no weighing this and that, coupled with "it depends" or "maybe". I get the message in black and white - dont cover!

Thanks to you all!
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:48 AM   #6
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You know, we thought we had to have a cover, to protect our precious and expensive new baby. Bad idea.

It does rub and move in the wind, chipped away edges of several of the letters and then when the ICE AND SNOW came, it was one helluva mess. Many inches of frozen stuff on the roof come January, which had semi-melted and then re-froze into an icy, snow blob. Nearly impenetrable.

Doug was on the roof for hours, in sub-freezing temperatures, chipping and hacking away at it so we could remove the darn cover and head south.

Don't cover.


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