What Is The Best Way To Protect Your RV During The Off-Season?

If you're like most RV owners, you take pride in its appearance. After all, what's the point of traveling the highways and seeing the countryside in a motor home that's dirty and dingy-looking? That said, doing the work of keeping it clean and well-preserved can be very time consuming. For example, think about when you last washed your RV. Cleaning the sides in big swipes was easy, but scrubbing all the nooks and working up on the roof probably turned things into an all-day job.

Beige RV Cover
Mess On Rooftop Of RV
Avoid rooftop messes easily with an RV cover.

When it's time to park your mobile home, a good RV cover will keep it cleaner for a much longer period - an extremely beneficial thing if ready access to running water near your parking spot doesn't exist. With a cover, you'll spend much more time enjoying your RV - and far less time cleaning it.

Water Repellent Polypropylene Fabric

Effective RV covers, such as those we sell, are made of polyester or polypropylene fabric that's been treated with repellants against water, mold growth, and ultraviolet rays. While repellants won't completely prevent water from getting through, an RV cover will effectively block airborne dirt, pollen, tree sap, leaves, seeds, bird droppings, and other hazards. Water that does manage to work its way in will evaporate quickly thanks to porous materials that release moisture. In fact, RV covers start drying practically as soon as precipitation ends - leaving surfaces underneath completely dry.

Because RVs tend to sit in one spot for long periods of time, ultraviolet rays from the sun can be a bigger threat to paint, plastic trim, rubber seals, and gel-coated fiberglass - all of which can oxidize over time and become chalky and dull. This hurts resale value, because the first thing a potential buyer will notice is faded decals, chalky-looking surfaces, and sun-damaged roof areas. Once those factors catch a buyer's attention, the entire vehicle will seem less well-maintained - no matter how thoroughly mechanical systems or the interior have been kept up. Perception easily becomes reality, and you come up on the losing end.

In this article, we'll look at a range of RV covers we offer - from basic covers that represent best values to those with additional features such as built-in vents to prevent wind bellowing, cinch straps for customized tightening, and zippered sections for interior access.

Selecting The Right Size Cover

Because RV covers are sold in universal sizes, achieving the best fit means choosing one with dimensions that are most applicable to your vehicle. We recommend measuring the length of your motorhome from bumper to bumper yourself. Don't rely on any printed information - because it may not always be correct. When it comes to height, measure from the roof down to the ground instead of to the bottom edge of the vehicle body.

How To Measure RV Scheme
RV Cover Size Options

Within the product page of each cover we sell, you'll find a drop-down box showing sizes available. If you find your measurements are somewhere in between smaller and larger size covers, it's best to go with the smaller size. Most cover manufacturers are conservative with their measurements, and build in a little extra room over the posted amount.

Covers typically also have built-in slack that's strategically placed to handle roof-mounted air conditioners and side windows that protrude a little bit further. These items do not need to be included when measuring height and width. Likewise, any ladders attached to the rear do not need to be included when taking overall length measurements. Slack can easily be adjusted out with the use of attached straps created just for that purpose.

Classes Of RV Covers

Since three class designations of motor homes exist, we've grouped our covers similarly. Class A (largest) is the one that's built on a commercial bus or truck chassis. Class B (smallest) is a conventional passenger van that's been modified with a raised roof or longer end cap. Class C is built on a minimal truck platform that uses a standard pickup or van cab section as its front. Class C RVs come in the biggest range of sizes, depending on what body is placed on the chassis.

Class A Covers

Black Colored Class A RV

For best value, we've got the Classic Accessories Polypro 1 Class A RV Cover and Eevelle Traveler Class A RV Cover - both made of polypropylene. These are basic covers, without frills. If you prefer built-in vents, cinch straps, and zippered access flaps, take a look at the PolyPro 3 and PermaPro Class A covers from Classic Accessories, and the Expedition Class A RV Cover from Eevelle.

For those looking for the thickest, most heavy-duty Class A covers, we've got the Coverking Presidium and the Eevelle Gold Line covers.

Classic Accessories PermaPRO Class A RV Cover
The Classic Accessories PermaPRO Class A RV Cover.
Cover King Presidium Class A RV Cover
The Cover King Presidium Class A RV Cover.

Class B Covers

For class B covers, we've got the Classic Accessories Polypro 3 and Eevelle Expedition covers. Both feature vent flaps, cinch straps, and zippered access panels. For thicker, heavy-duty construction that's best in severe weather areas, there's the Eevelle Goldline Class B Cover.

Class B RV
Eevelle Gold Line Class B RV Cover
The Eevelle Gold Line Class B RV Cover.

Class C Covers

For Class C covers, we've got the best-value Eevelle Traveler. It's a single layer of polypropylene fabric, and is equipped with tie-down hooks and rope.

Class C RV
Classic Accessories Polypro 3
Classic Accessories Polypro 3.

Adding built-in vents, cinch straps, and zippered access flaps are the Eevelle Expedition and the Classic Accessories Polypro 3 and PermaPro covers. For those with high-roof class C motorhomes, the PermaPro is available in taller sizes. If you prefer a heavy-duty cover, choose the Coverking Presidium.

A RV cover is a smart choice to protect your investment. After all - if a cover for your backyard grill makes sense, you owe it to yourself to purchase one for your home on wheels!


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