Every fall, an enormous number of RVers put their trailers into storage. Some cover them, while others choose to go without a cover. That said, those who cover their rigs throughout the winter months—and any other time they happen to be in storage—are likely to extend the life of their travel trailer.
Read on to learn why this is, and how you can go about picking the perfect RV trailer cover for your rig.
Why People Use RV Trailer Covers
Before anything else, let’s cover the why behind travel trailer covers. After all, the things aren’t exactly pretty to look at, and they’re expensive and difficult to deal with to boot. Still, there are pros to these enormous trailer garments, and in most cases, the pros far outweigh the cons.
You see, a trailer left out in the sun too often is going to fade. Additionally, extended exposure to bright sunlight and other elements will cause decals to peel away from the surface of the RV. Wind can cause things to break, and rain has a sneaky way of getting into every little bitty crack and causing enormous problems on down the line.
Covering your rig with a nice sturdy cover can help prevent these issues by protecting the trailer from the weather while it’s being stored.
Choosing the Right Cover
When choosing RV covers for travel trailers, shoppers will find that there are a huge number of options on the market. This can make choosing the very best product for your situation feel impossible.
Luckily, by taking a step back and considering your needs, you should be able to narrow your choices down pretty quickly. Here are the things you’ll want to keep in mind:
Obviously, the most important thing to pay attention to is the size of the cover you choose. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to tell whether or not a particular cover will work for you. Simply ensure you are purchasing a cover that is for the type of trailer you own (bumper-pull or fifth-wheel), and check the packaging to make sure the cover will fit the length of your RV.
Another thing to consider is the thickness of the cover you have in mind. Some covers include only one layer, and in many cases this is sufficient. That said, those who want to provide extra protection from the sun, wind, and rain may want to consider a two- or even three-layer protective cover for their travel trailer.
Finally, you may want to check the features of each RV travel trailer cover you’re considering.
Some include extra UV protection, which is super important— especially if you live in a sunny location. Additionally, you may notice that some include water repellent. This is something we highly recommend investing in, since it will help prevent mold from forming on your rig.
Other features to look for include extra tie-downs and air vents that help keep the cover in place when it’s windy.
Using Your RV Trailer Cover
Once you find the ideal cover for your RV, the next step is putting it to use. Unfortunately, putting RV trailer covers on RVs is just as difficult as you might imagine. Still, it is possible and well worth the benefits it provides.
To make the process a bit easier for yourself, be sure to unfold the cover and familiarize yourself with the way it will need to be oriented, along with how it will need to be tied down and attached to the rig. Once you understand how the cover works, grab at least one friend and head outside. During the installation, one person should work from the RV roof while the other works from the ground.
With some good help and a bit of elbow grease, you should have the cover in place within a few hours, and you’ll be able to rest easy throughout the cold season, knowing your RV is protected and safe.
Looking for more tips for your next RV trip? Check out our article on how to RV in the winter.