Unless you’re constantly out on the road, moving from place to place, the odds are that your RV is doing a fair amount of sitting in your driveway. When exposed to the elements, all of that sitting can do a lot of harm over time. If RV storage under a roof isn’t a possibility, there’s a very simple way to protect your investment—use an RV cover.
RV covers have a variety of benefits, but best of all, they keep your rig in good shape so you don’t have to spend as much time prepping when you’re ready to hit the road again.
Choosing the Right Cover
First, and this is very important: we’re not talking about wrapping your RV with any old covering. You’ll find lots of campers using the infamous blue tarp in driveways and at storage yards across the country. While this will do in a pinch, these tarps aren’t made specifically to cover RVs. You aren’t getting the best kind of protection and they should never be used as a long-term solution.
You want a cover that’s designed for your rig. These covers may be made to order so you can be sure it’s sized appropriately. They are usually made of breathable materials that are still weather resistant. Look for one that will fit snugly, with reinforced corners to help prevent tears or frays.
Here are a few things RV-specific covers will guard against:
It’s hard to argue that a beautiful, sunny day in the RV—whether you’re driving or kicked back by a lake—is hard to beat. But when your RV is sitting in the driveway, the sun’s UV rays are fading its colors, drying out its paint, cracking the roof, and doing damage to the entire rig.
Find a cover made of a material that will block UV rays. Any made from polyester or polypropylene should do the trick—especially if it’s double or triple layered. Many are treated specifically to provide extra UV protection.
Water is one of an RV’s enemies, specifically when it’s trapped under a tarp. If condensation collects below the cover and can’t escape, it provides a breeding ground for mold and mildew. In more extreme temperatures, it can lead to freezing and cracking around the roof.
Most good RV covers will be waterproof, yet breathable. Small pores in the fabric allow moisture to evaporate without don’t allow water droplets in.
Breezy conditions can catch tarps and some covers and cause them to billow out. This cause strain on straps, bungee cords, or ropes that might be holding it in place, or cause them to smack against your RV.
Vent flaps help reduce billowing, while elastic can help hold the cover tight against the RV. This way, you’re getting maximum protection from the elements with little risk of your cover getting loose and ending up across town.
Unless you’re interested in washing your RV regularly, a good cover is the easiest way to protect it from dirt and dust. These sediments can cause wear and tear to parts, components, and the exterior of the rig over time. No bird droppings, no stuck on leaves, and no general muck means a cleaner RV when you’re ready to roll again.
An RV cover protects your investment and helps keep your rig in traveling shape. Isn’t it worth it to be ready to go when the mood strikes you? Camping World carries a wide selection of covers, and we’re happy to help you find the perfect fit for your RV.